Nokia’s new line of flagship smartphones will tout a spanking new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango mobile operating system. We finally got one of them to take out for a spin — the Nokia Lumia 800.
The design and form factor of the Lumia 800 did not depart much from the first Meego handset Nokia released back in October 2011, the Nokia N9. You can check out our review of the Nokia N9 here.
The few physical differences would be the screen size (3.7″ for the Lumia 800 and 3.9″ for the N9) and the WP7 navigation menu (Back, Home, Search) at the bottom corner of the glass display.
While a 3.7″ screen might not be as big or at par with the other flagship phones and why Nokia did not just use the same 3.9″ display of the N9 isn’t clear but it surely does offer better pixel density with a screen resolution of 480×800 pixels.
Like the N9, the Lumia 800 also uses a micro-SIM card which is housed in a sliding compartment at the top of the handset. The contraption requires that you pop out the cover of the micro-USB port first before you can slide open the cover and pull out SIM card cradle.
And since the Lumia 800 uses an unibody design, the entire body is encased in a soft-matte polycarbonate material and there’s no way you can easily take out the battery.
The AMOLED screen and Nokia CBD technology provides the Lumia 800 a stunning display. The glass panel in the front still has that slightly embossed edge. I remember Nokia executives explaining how that embossed glass is critical to the navigation experience of Meego in the N9. With Windows Phone 7, I don’t think that same principle applies.
The hardware configuration of the Lumia 800 is decent but not as impressive as the specs of other flagship smartphones. Check out the official specs listed below.
Nokia Lumia 800 specs:
Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1.4GHz
Adreno 205 GPU
3.7″ AMOLED display @ 480×800 pixels (252ppi)
Nokia ClearBlack display
16GB internal storage
HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
8MP autofocus camera, Carl Zeiss optics, dual-LED flash
720p video recording
FM Radio tuner
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Ion 1450mAh battery
Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Conspicuously absent in the feature-set is NFC which, according to Microsoft, is not yet supported by Windows Phone 7.5 Mango (the WP7 update will eventually support it).
For a better perspective of what I think of the Windows Phone 7 platform, check out my review of the HTC HD7 here.
The Nokia Lumia 800 has not yet been officially launched and released in the Philippines but units are now being sold in some stores online for about Php23,500. You can get one here at Widget City.
Disclosure: Widget City provided for this review unit.