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Nokia releases Lumia Mango phones

Nokia revealed this Wednesday two new smartphones with Windows Phone Operating System plus four new low-cost phones with smartphone-like features targeted towards developing markets.

The two premiere Nokia phones running in Windows are the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. These two are the first products in the market after the partnership of Microsoft and Nokia was announced in February. They are primarily intended to contend with the iPhone from Apple as well as devices running in Android operating systems by Google. The Lumia smartphones are running in the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system also called Mango.

Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO mentioned that their products are already shipping. Users are to expect that the first units will arrive in stores very soon. A Nokia factory in Salo Finland already showcased a video of its employee packing a unit.

Elop said that the Lumia 710 will cost US$378 (€270) while the Lumia 800 will cost US$589 (€420). These are retail prices minus the subsidies or taxes. The Lumia phones will be available next month in selected European countries.

“It’s a new dawn for Nokia” said Elop as he explained that “Lumia” means light. The 3.7-inch screen Lumia 800 features a 512MB RAM and 16GB internal memory. It will be available in three colors namely black, magenta and cyan. Lumia 800 has 1.4GHz single-core processor with graphics processor and hardware acceleration. The phone’s camera has an 8-megapixel resolution with optics from Carl Zeiss.

On the other hand Lumia 710 has a Carl Zeiss optics camera with a resolution of five megapixels. It has 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. It will be available in base colors of black and white. However, the users can switch the colors of Lumia 710’s back cover into fuchsia, white, cyan, yellow and black. It also shares the same single-core processor of 1.4GHz with Lumia 800 including the graphics processor and hardware acceleration features.

Four other phones were launched in the event under the “Asha series.” These are designed with features similar to smartphones like touch screen capacities and Qwerty keyboards. All four phones in the Asha series are run by the Symbian S40 operating system. Price ranges from US$ 83 (€60) to US$150 (€115).

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  • Elizabeth GillyPou

    It is good that Nokia is coming out with affordable smart phones. Has the service improved? I had problems with dropped calls and calls going straight to voice mail.