Nokia Unveils ‘First Real Windows Phone’

CEO Elop calls it 'a new dawn for Nokia'

Today at the Nokia World conference in London, the Finnish phone manufacturer unveiled its highly anticipated Windows phones, kicking off what CEO Stephen Elop called “a new dawn for Nokia.” The company announced earlier this year that it would be abandoning its outdated Symbian platform in favor of Microsoft.

The higher-end Lumia 800, which Elop boldly called the “first real Windows phone,” comes with a single-core 1.4 GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera and 512 MB of RAM, in black, cyan, and magenta. It also features live icons that give constant updates on things like the weather or users’ Facebook feeds, as well as Internet Explorer 9, Nokia’s new free turn-by-turn navigation service, and Nokia Music, a free music streaming app.

The Lumia 800, which will sell for about €420 ($584), excluding taxes and subsidies, will be available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the U.K. in November, and in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan by the end of the year. U.S. customers will have to wait until early 2012, Elop said.

The less expensive Lumia 710, which will cost about €270 ($376), offers the same 1.4 GHz processor as its pricier counterpart, as well as a 5-megapixel rear camera and 8GB of expandable internal storage. It will initially be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Nokia also announced a new series of Symbian phones, dubbed the Asha, that will target young people in developing nations. “Our focus, particularly in emerging markets, is to bridge the digital divide by connecting people to the Internet through their mobile device,” Elop said. “With products like this, the line is blurring between smartphones and mobile devices.”