Nokia Releases Lumia 800, 710 with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
They’re finally here, the legendary Nokia Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” phones. They’ve only just entered the market (and only in Europe), but what can we expect and what does the future of Windows Phone 7 look like? Tech specs and analysis are coming right up …
First up, the Lumia 800. The phone is encased in a cyan, black or magenta aluminum anodized ‘sleeve’ and packed with a chunky 1.4GHz CPU, a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen ad 16GB of internal space. Nokia is asking about €420 on the device before any subsidies, rebates or special deals. Second, is the Nokia Lumia 710. which is designed to be a “no-nonsense” phone. Looking strikingly like a white iPhone 4S with the corners rounded off, the Lumia 710 also will feature a 1.4 GHz CPU but with less internal space — just 8GB. The 710 will retail for €270. Both phones will be running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” and be outfitted with Nokia’s “Drive” application, which allows for turn-by-turn navigation and other in-car features.
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is set to include an overhaul of the Windows Phone 7 OS, including Internet Explorer 9 Mobile, more live tile features, better social networking integration, improved e-mail experiences, visual voice mail and better voice-to-text capabilities and tethering. Bing will also be more fully integrated into the mobile OS, along with Microsoft Skydrive and Lync capabilities.
Before you get too excited, though, take a deep breath. These phones won’t be hitting the U.S. market until “early 2012.” But that may be a smart move on both Nokia and Microsoft’s part: The U.S. smartphone market is one of the most volatile and competitive areas around, and if Windows Phone 7.5 Nokia phone carry heavy criticisms overseas, the phone can be tweaked and updated before it falls into the hands of picky Americans.
I’m personally rooting for Microsoft on this one. I appreciate competition because it makes everyone a better player. But I’m not sure if these phones will really be enough to compete in an iOS 5/Ice Cream Sandwich world, especially with a “late” entry in early 2012. The Windows Phone 7.5 update brings with it features both Android and iOS have had nearly since their inception. However, I think Windows Phone 7 is appealing enough that it could become the operating system that will replace “feature phone” operating systems. If that’s the case, Windows Phone 7 could find itself with a considerable market share if it catches on. Like most things in the consumer IT world, it’s a wait-and-see moment and we’ll continue to keep tabs.