At the Nokia World conference in London Nokia has officially unveiled Lumia 800, the first Windows Phone-based device from the Finnish mobile giant.
The device is physically very similar to the MeeGo based Nokia N9, and we have no objections to that, as it is a beautiful polycarbonate device with a 3.7-inch, curved-glass, AMOLED screen.
The Nokia Lumia 800 sports a 1.4 GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor, 512 MB of RAM and 16 GB of internal user memory. It also has a Carl-Zeiss, f2.2 aperture, 8-megapixel camera designed to work well in low-light environments. It will be available in three colors: cyan, magenta and black.
It’s not just about hardware; Microsoft has also packed the device with free software. Lumia 800 will be the only Windows Phone with Nokia Drive, which offers full, turn-by-turn voice navigation.
Furthermore, the phone is coming with an entirely new service from Nokia called Nokia Music and MixRadio. It gives users a bunch of mixes with full-length music, without the need for a signup, login or a password.
Finally, Nokia announced a partnership with ESPN, showing off a sneak peak of the Sports Hub, which offers users sports news, scores and detailed info about specific leagues, teams and players.
All of the three software features – Nokia Music, Sports Hub and Nokia Drive – are completely free on the Lumia 800.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately €420 ($584).
The device is available for pre-order in select countries now on Nokia’s website. It’s coming to France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November; it will be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and in further markets in early 2012.
Nokia didn’t say when exactly the device will be available in the U.S., but it did say it plans to introduce “a portfolio of products” in “early 2012″.