Nokia Reveals Its First Windows-based Smartphones

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Nokia has just unveiled a slew of new Microsoft Windows phones at the company’s annual Nokia World conference, which runs today and tomorrow in London. After CEO Stephen Elop called these devices the beginning of a new era for the company, he unveiled the high-end Lumia 800 and mid-range Lumia 710,

Nokia Lumia 800The Nokia Lumia 800 will feature a vivid design of cyan, magenta and black for approximately 420 EUR, or about $585. The Windows-based smartphone will sport a 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display and will pack a 1.4GHz processor. Though Nokia did not reveal the exact specification an onboard camera, the Lumia 800 is said to contain an instant-share camera experience based on Carl Zeiss optics.

The handset will come with 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for images and music. Nokia boasts that the Lumia 800 offers the best social and Internet performance, with one-touch social network access, integrated communication threads and Internet Explorer 9. 

Nokia Lumia 710The Nokia Lumia 710 will offer users the same power of the Lumia 800, thanks to its 1.4GHz processor, though for less money, as the handset will retail for approximately 270 EUR, or $376. The smartphone will be available in black and white with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers. Like the Lumia 800, the 710 version is designed for instant social and image sharing, according to Nokia. 

Both smartphones will include signature Nokia experiences optimized for Windows Phone, such as Nokia Drive, which offers a personal navigation device for free, and Nokia Music.

While the Lumia 800 is now available in select European countries for pre-order on Nokia’s website and will be available in November, the Lumia 710 will begin a gradual roll out at the end of this year. 

The Asha Series
Nokia also unveiled a lineup of Asha smartphones, noting that the name of the handsets derives from the Hindi word for “hope.” The Asha 303 will feature a 2.6-inch Touchscreen with a QWERTY keypad. Equipped with a 1GHz processor and 3G/WLAN connectivity, the Asha 303 will be powered by the cloud-based Nokia Browser. The price will vary from market to market, according to Nokia, but the estimated cost for the Asha 303 is 115 EUR, or $160, and will begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2011. 

The Nokia Asha 300 is also a touch device that will also offer a keypad and 3G speeds. The handset will pack a 1GHz processor and will feature a 5MP camera, a music player, FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity and memory space of up to 32GB. The device will also come preloaded with Angry Birds, as will the 303 model. The Asha 300 will retail for 85 EUR, or approximately $118, and will also ship in the fourth quarter. 

Featuring Nokia’s dual SIM phone with Easy Swap functionality, the Asha 200 is a QWERTY phone designed for young, urban consumers, according to Nokia. Integrated with social networking, email and IM, the Asha 200 will support up to 32GB of memory and will provide 52-hours of playback time, says Nokia. The device will ship in the fourth quarter and will cost 60 EUR, or $84. Another phone aimed at the young consumer, the Nokia Asha 201 will also retail for 60 EUR, though this handset will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2012. 

Among its phone announcements, Nokia also mentioned its plan to introduce a portfolio of products into the U.S. in early 2012. Also, in addition to existing products, Nokia plans to release LTE and CDMA products. 






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