Nokia’s latest attempt to capture a bigger slice of the smartphone market, in the shape of the Lumia 800, will begin on 16 November here in the UK, with the phone costing £399 on pay-as-you-go.
The Nokia Lumia 800 will go on sale through all the major networks will be going head-to-head with the latest flagship Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which will launch a day later on 17 November.
The Lumia 800 was launched last week at Nokia World by Stephen Elop alongside the cheaper Lumia 710, which won’t go on sale initially in the UK.
So far only Three has announced a pay-as-you-go price of £399, however contract prices have been revealed by all the all five major networks. 12-, 18- and 24-month contracts are on offer with free handsets available with contracts as little as £26 per month.
While the Lumia 800 will go on sale on 16 November in the UK, it won’t ship to the US until next year. However the Galaxy Nexus will go on sale in both territories on 17 November with a pay-as-you-go price of £549.
Nokia’s first Windows Phone handset will face stiff competition not only from the Galaxy Nexus, but from the likes of the Apple iPhone 4S, the soon-to-be release Motorola Razr and the current huge selection of Android and Windows Phone devices that are on the market.