Looks like Orange is on the ball when it comes to colour variations of the Nokia Lumia 800 as they've now added the magenta model on their website. The only problem is this colour choice is "web exclusive" so customers will only be able to order it online and not have a test run in-store. This is an odd decision as surely a pink handset would attract folk into a store?
This falls in line with our release coverage where we stated that magenta shouldn't be too far behind cyan, should you be waiting for anything other than the usual black. We're looking forward to the magenta Lumia 800 rolling out across the UK too, hopefully more details will come to light soon.
Nokia has uploaded a sleek video of the Lumia 710, which shares the same theme, effects and music as past videos for the 800. To refresh the memory, the Lumia 710 is the lower-end, more affordable option to the 800, sporting less memory (8GB), a 5MP camera, and a TFT screen (with ClearBlack technology and Corning Gorilla Glass). While news has been relatively quiet surrounding the 710, it has been rumoured to be heading to the U.S. on T-Mobile.
On CNET, Roger Chen has written an article pointing at Nokia and Stephen Elop regarding the U.S. market and how the manufacturer should step up their game. He went into talk about customisation, carriers, handsets and more with how Nokia has failed in the past with global products being stocked by all carriers.
"One of the biggest mistakes Nokia made in the past was to stick with its strategy of building one global device and forcing it onto every carrier in the world, with only minor adjustments to the radio and frequency. From a business perspective it made a lot of sense, allowing it to generate massive economies of scale and, accordingly, higher profit margins. Among smaller carriers around the world, that works just fine."
Chen finished the post with the question, "Are you game?" Elop has since published a tweet stating, "Roger, we're game." It would seem as though the handset maker is set to not only create a successful marketing campaign in Europe, but in the U.S. at some point too.
Nokia (as well as Microsoft with the huge Windows Phone) has literally kept to "The Amazing Everyday" tagline they have been using throughout the Lumia 800 marketing campaign. You can now witness the beauty of the platform on Nokia's Facebook in a demo that loads your profile details and inserts your photos, contacts and more. It creates a personalised experience, which reflects how it would be like to own and use the handset with your accounts synchronised. Once the video walkthrough is complete, you are then able to manipulate the screen and check out individual features.
Nokia has blown us away with the continued marketing efforts, and today is no different. Should you be a frequent MSN UK user (or have happened to visit it at some point today) you will be aware of the Lumia 800 advertising that's plastered everywhere, but did you see the Snake game? Hitting the advertisement square on the right will load up the Snake overlay.
Don't be fooled thinking this is a mere 2D version of the classic title as this game features what would appear to be live tiles and multiple colours making up the snake (resembling the advertising campaign material for the handset). Also, the game makes use of the MSN webpage for elements to be eaten. It's well put together. As well as MSN, Snake will be making an appearance on Yahoo from tomorrow and will be on The Sun’s website from November 21st.
Nokia has announced that both of their new Lumia handsets, the 710 and the 800, will be coming to India. Though no specific date was given, they did say that both should be available come mid-December. Details were also scarce on how much each device would run or which carriers would offer them. Vodaphone is taking orders for the Lumia 800 in the UK, so it wouldn't be crazy to think they will be game to offer the same in India as well.
Both the 710 and 800 are pretty comparable, with 1.4GHz processors, 512MB RAM, and run Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) on 3.7" AMOLED screens. However, the Lumia 800 trumps the 710's 8GB storage and 5MP camera with its own 16GB and 8MP Carl Zeiss camera, while the more playful 710 has interchangeable back plates of varying colors.
Three UK has started taking pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 800. Prices start at £30 per month for 24 months, which includes the Lumia 800 with 500 minutes, 5000 text messages and 1GB of data. For a measly £7 more monthly, you can choose the All-you-can-eat data package, complete with 2000 minutes and the 5000 texts. If you are more of the pay-as-you-go type, the Lumia 800 can be yours for £399.99. The handset itself will be available in a week, on November 16.
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According to an article on the blog of the UK smartphone retailer Clove.co.uk, the Nokia Lumia 800 will not be available SIM-free until 2012. All handsets shipped until then will be contract bound, which will begin rolling out on November 16th. While this may come across as a real pain in the butt, carriers are offering some interesting deals with Orange giving away Xbox 360s (should you be an existing customer) and Vodafone doing the same with £60 worth of vouchers.
Gamex, a video game event being held in Sweden, is running from November 3rd to the 6th this week where Microsoft and Nokia will be present with Windows Phones. This should come as no surprise with Microsoft's three screen dream, which they are so determined to achieve. The two companies will be showing off the Lumia 710 and 800 handsets with presumably a number of Xbox Live titles being demoed. We need more Angry Birds!
You can check our hands on videos of the Lumia 710 and 800, as well as our coverage from Nokia World '11, where these handsets were announced. According to the report at WinMobile.se, the Lumia handsets will be launched in Sweden in 2012 with price tags of the 800 at 4500kr (£425/$680) and the 710 at 3000kr (£285/$450).
The Nokia Lumia 800 is the final result of hard work and active development in the time that was available since they announced the partnership with Microsoft earlier this year. Nokia has stated that 2012 will be the year to look out for innovative hardware, powerful handsets (with possibly dual-core chips) and much more. The Lumia family also includes the 710, a more affordable option.
The Lumia 800 is a solid phone with a unibody and a single piece of injection-moulded polycarbonate. The Gorilla toughened glass appears to "fold" into the chasis to provide the design a smooth surface. The screen is a ClearBlack AMOLED display, which ensures there's enough attention focused on what's being projected. The technology used in construction allows the Lumia 800 to be used in sun light. Being powered by a 1.4Ghz chip and fuelled by a 1450mAh battery, the Nokia Lumia 800 is a perfect handset for those who are arriving to the platform or looking to upgrade. Head on past the break for the run through.
No FF camera
Buttons feel cheap
Capacitive keys are too close to screen
Once again, Occasional Gamer's phone stats page reveals a few new Windows Phones.
This time around we see the Nokia 800--a device still shrouded in a bit of mystery--get a nickname: Lumia. Not much is known about the 800/Lumia series but it could very well be SeaRay with a different name--in fact, it jives nicely with the Nokia Sun on Orange, since Lumia="Art from light", ergo Sun . We're only expecting two, maybe three, Nokia Windows Phones this year meaning we could be seeing variants of the same core device (we're not even clear on the Sabre/SeaRay distinction yet). See also the Nokia 703.
The other phone is the Samsung Monument, which like the HTC Ultimate, sounds like an epic phone. Then again, Samsung's big device these days is the Galaxy SII which takes the form of the Focus S for Windows Phone. Could this be the Focus S for another carrier or just a whole new device? We're betting on the former but we'll look for more info.