Nokia on Tuesday unveiled its first two Windows Phones, a sleek high-end smartphone dubbed Lumia 800 and an affordable model called the Lumia 710. The latter is a mid-level handset that will retail for €270 abroad before taxes and subsidies. While it doesn’t have the sleek unibody architecture of the 800, it certainly packs a fair amount of bang for the buck. Starting things off, the Lumia 710 features a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor that makes navigating the UI a fantastic experience. That’s right, a €270 smartphone with a 1.4GHz Snapdragon. Read on for more and be sure to check out our hands-on gallery below.

The construction of the case is nothing to write home about but the materials felt nice and solid, and the interchangeable case-backs available in a variety of colors are a nice touch. The display is a 3.7-inch ClearBlack panel that is impressive for a high-end phone, let alone a mid-range device; colors pop and the blacks are remarkably deep.

In the end, this isn’t a phone that will knock any socks off, but it’s not meant to be. This is definitely a phone that can resonate among less demanding smartphone owners, and subsidized pricing will be beyond attainable. Let’s just hope Nokia decides to put a significant marketing effort behind the handset — something that other manufacturers seemingly haven’t been willing to do with their Windows Phones.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.