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Nokia Reveals Windows Phone 7.5 Lumia 800 & 710 Smartphones

Nokiahas today unveiled its first Windows Phone smartphones – with the launch of its Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 handsets.

The mobile duo are the first from the Finnish company to use the Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 operating system, known as Mango. They are designed to challenge both the Apple iPhone and Android platform.

Nokia Lumia 800 announced at Nokia World

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The top-of-the-range Nokia Lumia 800 was shown off this morning at Nokia World in London, an event designed to showcase the latest products and services.

It has a large 3.7 inch AMOLED display and comes in a range of eye-catching colours. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 web browser is also integrated for fast surfing, powered by the speedy 1.4 GHz processor.

Like many Nokia phones of the past, the Lumia 800 has a Carl Zeiss lens as part of its eight megapixel camera for stunning snaps. It also records HD video.

And with 16GB of storage, there’s plenty of room for music, movies and pictures. Owners will also get 25GB of free online SkyDrive space too and all sorts of social network integration such as Twitter.

Due out in the middle of next month, it’s available now for pre-order with Vodafone, Orange and 3 all announcing they will be stocking it.

Conor Pierce, UK Managing Director at Nokia, said: “It’s amazing to see partner pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 800 available on the day of announcement. We’re excited to know that our first shipments are due to arrive shortly, and will be on sale on the UK high street by the middle of November.”

Nokia Lumia 710 due in 2012

Also available from early next year will be the Nokia Lumia 710, with the same speed processor and interchangeable coloured back covers.

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three, welcomed the launch. She said: “Nokia is set to shake things up with its new range of Windows Phone handsets. We’re delighted to be ranging this fantastic new device which combine’s Nokia’s phone manufacturing and design history with Microsoft’s unique operating system to provide our customers with a first class smartphone.”

But can the Nokia Lumia really challenge the Apple iPhone and Android rivals? The Windows Phone operating system has never managed to crack the mainstream in the same way as its two more established rivals, not to mention BlackBerry.

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