Remember when Stephen Elop said that Nokia would be moving on to Windows Phone 7 and world peace will happen shortly after? Man, that was such a long time ago. Thankfully, that time has finally come to our shores. Nokia Windows Phones are a reality, and they’re even coming to the Philippines, some bazillions of months later. But fret not, because they’re coming in with some sort of bang. The two first generation Lumia’s will have one unit exclusive to one major telco each – the Lumia 800 for Globe; and the Lumia 710 for Smart. Both are excellent phones in their own right and are in preorder / coming soon now. Pity about the world peace thing though, that’s still on hold.
Smart’s exclusive phone is the Nokia Lumia 710, its technically a more budget-friendly spec of Windows Phone from Nokia, giving us the Windows Phone 7.5 software in a neat package. It has a 1.4Ghz single core processor, 3.7” 800×480 LCD screen with ClearBlack technology, 8GB storage (no SD slot), 5MP camera + LED flash, 720x30fps video recording, all encased in a slightly colorful plastic design. The Lumia 710 will be exclusive to Smart and it looks like more information will be posted on this page soon, as the date reads March 28 – tomorrow. (Probably a preorder form will appear.)
Globe has the higher-spec version of the first generation of the Finnish-company’s Windows Phone 7 devices – the Lumia 800. We happen to have done an amusing unboxing of this device for you already so if you want, you can go and check that out here. The device’s specs is nearly identical to the 710, except that the 800 has a better screen (AMOLED), better quality plastics (polycarbonate body similar to N9) and an 8MP Camera + Dual LED Flash. You can preorder the Lumia 800 from Globe now from their site here. The prices mentioned there are for postpaid plans and you can have the phone completely free or pay up to PHP 18,390 for the lowest plan. No mention if any prepaid kit will be available though.
Both phones are actually pretty awesome in their own right – with the 710 delivering a speedy 1.4Ghz in a mid-range device, while the 800 being closer to a flagship device. Additionally, you’ll be getting the Nokia Drive / Maps software for free on both devices and as always, that’s quite a bonus. Both phones don’t have a front facing camera though, so consumers looking for a video chat phone need to watch out. (The Lumia 900, which isn’t out here yet, has a front camera.) They also only support Micro SIM slots, so if you have a regular-sized SIM, you might want to consider your options first. Either way, we thank God its finally here. We’ve only been waiting for, you know, a year and a couple of months or so.
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