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Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone Announced

David Gilbert


Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800

After what seemed like an eternity, Nokia has finally unveiled its first Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 800.

The Lumia 800, previously known as the Sea Ray, is basically a re-badged N9 – which is no bad thing. As with the Meego-running N9, the Lumia 800 will be encased in a single-piece, injection-molded polycarbonate shell which according to Nokia “screams premium.” It will be available in black, cyan and pink.

There was even a little dig at the death grip problem with the iPhones with the Lumia 800 having “outstanding antenna performance” according to Kevin Shields, Senior Vice President of Program and Product Management for the smart devices.

The Lumia 800 will have a 3.7in WVGA 800 x 480 AMOLED screen and will be powered by a single-core 1.4GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. There will also be hardware acceleration for better graphics. As well as the local storage, Lumia 800 owners will get 25GB of SkyDrive cloud storage.

Nokia Lumia 800

On the real is an 8-megapixel camera with an f2.2 Carl Zeiss lens and an LED flash which has been optimised for low-light performance. Of course the Lumia will ship with Windows Phone 7.5 (or Mango) but Nokia has added a number of tweaks, specific to the Nokia handsets. Nokia Drive, a turn-by-turn voice guidance app, will come pre-installed on the Lumia 800 and will be free to use.

It will allow users to download maps ahead of time and should you stray off the map, it will automatically download the map to get you to your destination. Nokia Music will give you access to hundreds of curated playlists in Mix Radio, which you will be able to download for offline listening, and it will again be free for Lumia 800 owners.

The final tweak Nokia has given to the Windows Phone platform is an ESPN app, which gives you access to a huge array of information on many sports, including scores, news and videos. Stephen Elop talked about Lumia being a “new light, a new dawn” for Nokia.

Nokia Lumia 800

He called the Lumia 800 the first real Windows Phone, which HTC, Samsung and others may take issue with. At the press conference we saw a live link up with the factory in Finland and saw the first Lumia 800s being packed and shipped and Elop said the 800 would be available here in the UK next month, along with five other European countries.

The US won’t be seeing the handset until 2012 and when it does ship will cost in the region of €420 before taxes. We will be going hands on with the Lumia 800 here at Nokia World and bringing you our first impressions very soon. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

So far Orange, Three, T-Mobile and Vodafone have all confirmed they will be offering the Lumia 800 in the UK next month. The phone is now avaialble to pre-order on the Nokia website and you can get a free handset on deals as low as £31-a-month on a 24 month contract.

Jon Williamson

October 26, 2011, 4:22 pm

Dissaponited. Thought this might be the answer to my mobile prayers (even wathed the webcast of the launch, that's how keen I was) - but on 16GB of storage? That's a deal-breaker for me, expecially when the iPhone now has 64GB. Perhaps the Nexus Prime will be able to rescue me from Apple ...


October 26, 2011, 4:57 pm

It doesn't matter how beautiful the hardware is, WP7 still looks like a tiled dogs dinner of an OS to me. Horrid, childish design. I know a lot of people rate it as a functional OS and it may well be leaps and bounds better than anything MS previously produced, but good grief it's ugly. I've played with various WP7 phones many times, and I know Nokia's options at the time were 'limited'...but I still can't believe that Nokia bet the farm on WP7.

I just can't see this OS getting the sort of traction in the market that Elop hopes it'll get. Nokia should of just continued to haemorrhage cash & customers and sped up their Meego Development program. Obviously, Nokia is a big enough company to roll with tough times but I think this partnership with MS will be strategically reversed in future years / decades.

Now, if only the N9 was as cheap and easily available as this Lumia 800 :)

Martin Daler

October 26, 2011, 5:10 pm

is the cloud storage not sufficient?

Martin Daler

October 26, 2011, 5:13 pm

The physical design looks spot-on, the software looks promising. Could be the phone for me? Hurry up with the review already!


October 26, 2011, 5:41 pm

I'd be interested except for the price. That price is 370 quid before VAT, so you are looking at nearly 450 quid for a 16GB phone. I don't think £50 is going to tempt anyone away from Apple.

If Nokia want to have any hope with these phones they need to price them far more aggressively than that. It's a real shame as I like the maps idea and the phone looks great.

The HTC Radar would have been my choice if it had a bit more (or expandable) storage. And the Titan is way too big, and also quite expensive

Windows phone is crying out for a killer piece of hardware and aggressive pricing. Otherwise it is going to languish in third or fourth place for a long time to come.

David Gilbert

October 26, 2011, 6:33 pm

Interesting comments guys and I would have to agree with most people having had a brief play with the Lumia 800 today. It just doesn't do it for me.
Interestingly, all the Nokia reps were walking around with the N9 and Nokia had a load of them on show, and I have to say that was the standout device on show, which I think says an awful lot.

Jon Williamson

October 26, 2011, 6:43 pm

@Martin Daler
Cloud Storage is all well and good - but local media storage for music and photots etc when you are out of range of 3G is essential for me ...


October 26, 2011, 6:45 pm

Just seen the pre-order prices on the website, stupdily priced.

Even worse I have just had a proper look at the back of the phone. What were they thinking?

Anyone who buys this wants their head looking at in my opinion

simon jackson

October 26, 2011, 8:02 pm

Well, that's a matter of opinion. I think WP7 is now up there with iOS in terms of usability and functionality, and i like the tiled main screen. Far from being a dog's dinner, it's actually well organised and informative. I'm not a WP7 owner myself, though a couple of my friends are, but i hope the platform does well. Mango is a really accomplished mobile OS and it will be to the detriment of the market and us the consumers if it isn't a success. The only thing holding it back is the lack of apps, but people said that about Android at first, and now the market rivals the appstore. It's a catch 22 anyway; you need apps to get customers, but you need customers to get devs to make apps.

The phones themselves look pretty cool to me, but they're too expensive. I'm not concerned about the specs - apart from the gpu (why ms don't get their finger out and bring some xbox indie devs to the WP7 platform along with a half decent gpu is beyond me) - since i think dual core phones (despite owning one) are mostly a gimmick. WP7 is extremely smooth and fast even on old snapdragon hardware, mostly due to a hardware accelerated UI.


October 26, 2011, 9:14 pm

@ Simon Jackson - Well, it's all opinion at the moment because WP7 is simply not well established enough to know if it has legs...or not. I know it's personal, but it's the aesthetics of the OS that leaves me hollow...all writing and tiles. WP7 will continue being developed, maybe one day it may even look nice, but I can't see its tie in with Nokia lasting too long. Ultimately it's the consumers who will decide if this OS will do well and right now it certainly seems to be a bit of a 'Marmite' OS.

I'm sure all of this uneasiness surrounding WP7 as Nokia's leading OS of choice wouldn't have been an issue if it wasn't for the fact that Meego on this hardware (What this hardware was actually designed for) wasn't so competent, pretty & user friendly. All this time we were fed the line of Nokia being on a 'Burning Platform' when it was Elop setting the platform alight! Elop had first hand experience & knowledge of the quality & development cycle of the Meego OS, which IMO far better suits Nokia hardware. Meego running Nokia phones could have been launched to mass market months ago, well ahead of this WP7 nokia.

Oh well, it's all just more gadgets for us to play with at the end of the day. Time will tell.

simon jackson

October 27, 2011, 2:29 pm

Everyone I've spoken to has been rather impressed with it, and that's the reaction my brother gets when he shows his cheapo WP7 handset to people - super smooth and dirt cheap old hardware. On the odd occasion i've used it it hasn't frustrated me at all and i've been able to navigate it really really easily, without any prompting from a more experienced user. The tiles do make more sense when you see them animated. Have you had the opportunity to play with the OS much?

I think at the moment WP7 shifts 40-50k units a day, versus android's wopping 500k and iOS's 200k. I don't think that's too bad for a relative newcomer. Only 6 months ago android was registering more like 200k activations a day, and the OS has been around for years and years. Only time will tell whether or not the mobile market can support 3 major operating systems.

I can't comment on Meego as i've never used it, but maybe Nokia thought it would be easier to back an emerging OS player in the mobile space than carve out their own niche all over again. Who knows? I wouldn't write WP7 off though, or underestimate how much microsoft wants it to succeed. The OS has a lot of traction at the cheaper/mid range end of the market, which is a good place to start, and it is very well respected amongst proper tech sites and their communities, like Anand. A lot of iOS and Android owners would consider it if if had the same app support as their current ecosystems. And I am one of them. I'm an android user, but it's a bit pathetic that it's taken android so long to even approach the smooth UX (ICS) of iOS and WP7 when it's been around almost as long as the former and about 4 times longer than the latter.

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