Nokia Lumia 800 arrives sporting Windows Phone Mango

Nokia calls the Lumia 800 “the first real Windows Phone.” Let’s see if Samsung, HTC and LG are likely to agree

The world’s “first real Windows Phone” – as Nokia’s calling its new Lumia 800 – has been launched. Nokia’s going big on its strengths – mapping, optics and build – as it makes a break for the precious slice of the mobile market it’s been steadily giving up in the dawn of the smartphone age.

Perhaps taking a cue from Apple’s recent iPhone 4S launch (review here), Nokia decided not to pull off any big design surprises. – the Nokia Lumia 800 is a Window Phone Mango handset in Nokia N9 clothing.

The big sell isn’t a Nokia revolution. It’s the same things that have always attracted people to Nokia smartphones – there’s an HD-shooting (720p @30fps) 8MP Carl Zeiss Tessar lensed camera, Ovi Maps (enriched and relabelled Nokia Drive) and a curved glass screen (3.7in WVGA AMOLED ClearBlack, spec fans) that moulds into the unibody.

Battery life fans will be pleased to hear the Nokia Lumia 800 is claiming a whopping (for a smartphone) 13 hours of talk time, another Nokia legacy holding strong.

But those benefits now come riding a modern smartphone OS, Windows Phone Mango, on its 1.4GHz (single core, for shame) processor.

The Sundance Kid to the Lumia 800’s Butch Cassidy is Nokia’s Lumia 710, a cheaper build with a 5MP snapper and customisable back covers. And seven hours of talk time.

The Lumia 800 will hit Carphone Warehouse for a SIM-free price of £500 on November 16. We’re still waiting on details of more generous UK pricing, but we’d expect to be able to pick it up for less. Nokia’s citing prices of €420 for the Lumia 800 and €270 for the Lumia 710. For a free Nokia Lumia 800, Phones 4U is offering a £31/month pre-order through Orange or Vodafone.

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