Nokia on Wednesday commented on a report suggesting the Finnish vendor had plans to launch a Windows 8 tablet in June 2012. The company would not confirm or deny the report, which cited Nokia France boss Paul Amsellem has having revealed Nokia’s launch plans for the next-generation slate. “We haven’t announced any plans anywhere in the world at this point regarding a potential tablet strategy,” a Nokia spokesperson told BGR in an email. Read on for more. More →
AT&T may announce a Nokia Windows Phone during the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, WinRumors said on Thursday. Here is where it gets more interesting, though: The Verge said Nokia is supposedly in discussions with AT&T to make a big splash in the U.S. by launching a Lumia-branded Windows Phone with 4G LTE connectivity. If Nokia really wants to turn heads, we expect that it will launch either a tweaked version of its higher-end Lumia 800 device, instead of the watered-down Lumia 710, or a new flagship phone with entirely new hardware. It is possible that Verizon Wireless could get into bed with Nokia for an LTE device as well, but Verizon hasn’t appeared to be a big Windows Phone partner so far. The carrier has launched a single device, the HTC Trophy, while AT&T has launched more than a half-dozen. Windows Phone Tango, the release between Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and the more significant Apollo update, is also expected to launch in early 2012 with support for LTE, WinRumors said. More →
Nokia’s new Windows Phone handsets are priced to sell, and some analysts are impressed with what they’ve seen so far. A team from Barclays Capital on Thursday said Nokia’s first round of Windows Phones aren’t quite as differentiated as they would have liked, but they are priced competitively. “We believe [Nokia's] devices will be competitive in the marketplace from both hardware and pricing standpoints,” the Barclays team wrote in a note to investors. “Nokia in fact highlighted that pricing tariffs for the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 will be one notch cheaper than the iPhone 4S across all launch markets.” Read on for more. More →
Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph sat down with Nokia product boss Jo Harlow during the Nokia World conference this week to get her take on the Finnish vendor’s first two Windows Phones, the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800. Rudolph and Harlow had a great chat, but the meat of the interview certainly hits toward the end. When asked why a consumer would buy Nokia’s new high-end smartphone over the competition, Harlow didn’t mince words. “Yeah, the iPhone is simple to use. IPhone has a beautiful design. [The Nokia Lumia 800] is a gorgeous design, but the integration of the UI sets this apart. It is by far the best experience.” Read on for more. More →
Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop took the stage at Nokia World on Tuesday and unveiled the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, the company’s first Windows Phone devices. Unfortunately, however, the Finnish phone maker said neither phone will land in the United States this year. Instead, U.S. residents will have to wait until “early 2012″ for Nokia to introduce a “portfolio of products” for the U.S. The comments don’t completely rule out the possibility that we’ll see a version of the Lumia 800 device for the U.S., but it is a bit disappointing to learn Nokia won’t have a Windows Phone option here in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, Elop confirmed Nokia will launch CDMA and LTE devices for “specific local market requirements.” An LTE Nokia Windows Phone? Perhaps that justifies the wait after all. More →
Nokia announced a pair of Windows Phones on Wednesday and while the Lumia 710 is a fantastic value, the Lumia 800 was clearly the star of the show. Code-named Sea Ray, Nokia’s Lumia 800 features the same sleek unibody case as the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, but the similarities end there. The Lumia 800 packs a powerful 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor by Qualcomm, and it was impossible to trip this handset up while navigating Microsoft’s slick Windows Phone UI. The 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display is gorgeous, as it is on the N9, and colors are amazing in apps and during video playback. Hit the jump for more and be sure to check out our hands-on photo gallery below.
During Nokia World in London on Wednesday, Nokia took the wraps off of one of its first Windows Phone 7.5 devices, the Nokia Lumia 800. The Lumia 800, available in three different colors, is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera based on Carl Zeiss optics, 16GB of storage, a 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display, a 1.4GHz processor and 25GB of SkyDrive cloud storage for music and pictures. It also supports Nokia Drive, the company’s free turn-by-turn navigation software, as well as Nokia Music. Nokia said the Lumia 800 is available for pre-order for €420 unsubsidized in select countries and will land in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom in November. It will then make its debut in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan “before the end of the year” and in other markets in “early” 2012. Unfortunately, Nokia has confirmed the Lumia 800 will not launch in the United States this year. Read on for a video of the Lumia 800 and the full press release from Nokia.
Nokia will announce the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 during its Nokia World event in London on Wednesday, WinRumors reported on Tuesday. The Lumia 800 was originally leaked as the “SeaRay” and earlier rumors suggested the phone will pack an 8-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch display. The Lumia 710 first appeared as the “Sabre” and it allegedly offers a 3.5-inch display, a 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM. These two Windows Phone 7.5 devices could hit the market as soon as November, in-line with Nokia’s promise to launch a Windows Phone product this year. Thankfully we have less than 24 hours until Nokia CEO Stephen Elop takes the stage and clears up all of the fog. Hit the break for two additional images. More →