We've heard the rumors, seen the leaks, and now it's official -- Nokia's 'Sea Ray' handset is finally a reality. Officially called the Nokia Lumia 800, the handset shares the same form-factor as the oh-so-sexy Nokia N9, while adding Windows Phone under the hood.
During the keynote this morning in London, Nokia CEO and President Steven Elop described the handset as "The First Real Windows Phone."
With the purchase of the 800 you score three Nokia-specific features forcing on navigation, music, and sports.
Navigation: The Nokia 800 includes Nokia Drive for free, making it the only Windows Phone with free turn-by-turn directions. You can download maps at home, but the maps will connect and download additional map information if you drive out of your planned route.
Music: Nokia Music offers Nokia customers something like a Pandora experience, with special "mixes" of tunes you can listen to based around a certain genre of music. There's no login or subscription to listen to jams while you're out and about, and music can be made available offline,for listening to places where you might not get a cell or Wi-Fi signal like planes. Your favorite mixes can be pinned to the home screen on the handset for easy access.
Sports: Nokia has partnered with ESPN for Nokia Sports Hub. The Hub can give you quick up-to-date information on your favorite teams or favorite players.
Spec-wise we're looking at a handset pretty similar to the Nokia N9. The 800 has a 3.7" AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor, and an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture, which allows it to let in tons of light in dark situations, "that works well used by ordinary people under normal circumstances."
Nokia Lumia 800 Specs 3.7″ AMOLED screen 1.4GHz processor 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (f/2.2) WiFi Micro USB 16GB Built-in Storage (no microSD expansion) Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR USB 2.0 High-Speed 3.5mm AHJ Connector Bluetooth Stereo Audio The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately 420 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies. The handset will initially be available in pink, blue, and black and is shipping now (we actually saw one being put in a box in Finland to head out to retail stores) with plans to go on sale in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, and Germany in early November.