Nokia launched the Lumia 800 and low-end brother, the Lumia 710, in London, we headed over to the Nokia offices in Sunnyvale, California, to get a practical look at the new devices for ourselves. (See Jessica Dolcourt to take on the Nokia 710 Lumia here).
If the Lumia Nokia 800 is seen in all family members, who might be thinking about the Nokia N9. In fact, hardware is very similar, with its unibody shell polycarbonite. As our colleague Jessica Dolcourt said, the general shape and design of the phone reminds us somewhat of a gum, not a bad way. The unibody design results in a sleek look from top to bottom, with flat tops and rounded edges and backgrounds. The 4.59 inches (116.5mm) 2.4 inch (61.2 mm) by 0.47 inches (12.1mm) and the body feels solid in the hand grip. La Lumia 800 comes in three different colors: cyan, magenta and black. Because it is a unibody design, which has a user-removable battery.
The Nokia Lumia was designed from the inside out to fit the screen perfectly in AMOLED curves polycarbonite unibody.
Set within the shell is a magnificent 3.7-inch AMOLED screen ClearBlack. It has a WVGA resolution and ClearBlack term means incorporates a polarizing filter that helps you look good under the sun. A Nokia spokesman has said the phone was built from the inside out to fit the screen perfectly. We were told that it is actually a small screw on the phone that when released will open the standby (in case you have to replace it, we suppose). La Lumia 800 is said to be very robust thanks to its solid build quality and screen Gorilla Glass.
Interestingly, the screen is actually slightly curved outward (about 2.5 mm deep) so it looks as if the vessel is floating over the phone. Light results in a smooth curve from side to side sliding motion, which was intended to Nokia and Microsoft. In our few minutes with the phone, we noticed remarkable responsiveness while browsing, although it could also be due to the phone 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 processor. It has 1 GB of RAM of the N9, however, only 800 Lumia has 512 MB of processor memory.
Nokia has always been known for its excellent cameras, and are happy to report that the Lumia 800 has a 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar f/2.2 and dual LED flash. We have tried to break a few pictures, and did not seem much shutter lag between shots. You can record 720p HD video at 30 fps and the camera application offers some extra features like red-eye reduction, reduction of motion blur, and more. It supports 16:9 widescreen images as well.
Other specifications of the phone includes 16 GB of internal memory, with no signs of external storage media. However, users will get 25 GB of storage free, courtesy of the cloud services Microsoft SkyDrive.
Apart from regular phone service Windows, Nokia has also contributed some of their own applications and services. Including the Nokia unit to turn turn navigation thanks to the acquisition of Navteq (Maps can be preloaded on the device via Wi-Fi if it receives no data connection), ESPN Sports Hub, and Nokia Music and Radio Mix free music streaming.
La Lumia Nokia 800 is available in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November. The price is expected to be around 420 euros (585 dollars), and can pre-order yours today through the Nokia website.