The partnership between Nokia and Microsoft to manufacture Windows Phone 7 devices is no open secret; after their joint announcement in February this year and the signing of a definitive agreement later in April, tech pundits and consumers alike have been anxiously waiting for the Big One's re-entry into a market saturated with Android smartphones and iOS users. Following up in August, Nokia made an announcement on same day of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update, mentioning that their first WP7 phone will come with the update (as a quick side mention, interested readers might want to follow up on a writer's experience on switching from iOS to WP7). Finally, the Lumia smartphones made their first official appearance at the recent Nokia World in October (which our HWZ Malaysia team covered), fitting nicely into the timeline for their official availability in Q4 as mentioned earlier by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.
Flaunting a refreshed and very much improved Windows Phone 7.5 update (check out our top five Mango features here) alongside competent Nokia hardware, will the Lumia lineup be a big threat to current top smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, and its contemporaries? While we might not be able to comment on that just yet, here's a quick look at the not-quite-final Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 sets.
Off the bat, the Nokia 800 is a headturner, featuring a slim metallic unibody chassis alongside a 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display; a lot of thought has obviously been put into its design (as it was with the N9). Its rather 'diminished' 1.4GHz single-core processor and 512MB RAM might faze potential buyers - especially since their Android counterparts have focused on churning out one dual-core phone after another this year - but our first-hand experience with the phone is largely a positive one. Hardware specs isn't everything, so there's not much of a point in judging phones purely by hardware specs like it's often done on desktop systems.
Key highlights of the Nokia Lumia 800