Microsoft goes over new Nokia Windows Phone 7 features

As we have reported earlier this morning, Nokia has now announced its first two devices that will run Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system; the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800. These smartphones represent a big risk for both companies as they try to compete with Apple's popular iPhone and a number of Android-based devices.

In the newest entry on its official Windows Phone 7 blog, Microsoft's Ben Rudolph goes over some of the more interesting hardware and software features of the new Nokia phones. Rudolph says, "... Nokia is building phones with high-end optics from Carl Zeiss so your photos are just as good as those taken with a point-and-shoot."

While Windows Phone 7 devices all have access to Microsoft's own Bing Maps and the Zune music and media software apps, the Nokia phones will have apps of their own such as " ... Nokia Drive’s voice-activated free, turn-by-turn navigation and Nokia Music’s massive library of tracks and hundreds of channels from MixRadio."

Rudolph also says that the overall design of the Lumia smartphones are something special. He says that the phones are " ... well built, sleek, fast, and flat out beautiful. And with Windows Phone onboard, they have an OS that matches that exceptional industrial design every step of the way. You’ll know exactly what I mean when you pick one up for the first time."

The big question: Will these Lumia smartphones be enough to turn Nokia's currently declining financial situation around and will it make Windows Phone 7 a true OS competitor to iOS and Android in terms of marketshare?

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Bigger screen, and FF camera. Not too much to ask for. AT ALL. Aim higher. I don't give a CRAP about dual core, or storage as I stream all my music anyway.

My only concern is the lack of a front facing camera (I think it makes more sense now than it did back in 03/04 with the 3G phones) and low screen resolution.
Other than that, it can work well on a weaker CPU if the OS is optimized for this (or designed to be responsive no matter what)

Why is the WP7 hardware always outdated? I mean everyone else is doing much better specs. All these Nokia phones are low res, small screen, single core, low memory devices. I can't see how they can possibly compete against the iPhone or Android.

One word-optimization. Why pack a dual-core processor & 1GB of RAM into a phone, and have your battery life reduced, when the OS runs fine on a single core processor and 512MB RAM?
Also, since when is WVGA a low screen res? Just because qHD and 720p are avalible now as a screen res. options, it doesn't mean Nokia has to go with them. See, if the resolution was something like 480x320, then I'd agree it's low res. But at WVGA, you aren't going to see the separate pixels even if you put the phone an inch away from your face.
And what's up with this mania for huge smartphone screens, some even reaching a size of 5". It's a phone, not a tablet! A phone's screen should be 4" max.

TL;DR:It's not outdated, WP7 is just better optimized.

XMac said,
One word-optimization. Why pack a dual-core processor & 1GB of RAM into a phone, and have your battery life reduced, when the OS runs fine on a single core processor and 512MB RAM?
Also, since when is WVGA a low screen res? Just because qHD and 720p are avalible now as a screen res. options, it doesn't mean Nokia has to go with them. See, if the resolution was something like 480x320, then I'd agree it's low res. But at WVGA, you aren't going to see the separate pixels even if you put the phone an inch away from your face.
And what's up with this mania for huge smartphone screens, some even reaching a size of 5". It's a phone, not a tablet! A phone's screen should be 4" max.

TL;DR:It's not outdated, WP7 is just better optimized.


So these WP7 phones all get great battery life? Is that your argument? Mine gets about the same as most smartphones which can be described as "lucky to make it through a day".

I just think when comparing a wp7 phone to an iPhone or android, the specs aren't even. For the same price, people usually pick higher specs. Most people don't care that wp7 is "good enough"

Invizi: you want a qhd resolution equivalent screen on WP7? You know android does with it now? Nothing. Just more space between the icons. Dual core hasn't kept away the lag in the android OS? Only some things take complete advantage of the dual cores most don't at this moment.

I am waiting for my N9 to get to me soon because I knew it would not be until 2012 for the WP release in the US.

It would be cool to see the lumia 800 design in a 4.1 or 4.3 screen size with a HD resolution. maybe lumia 900 or ace.

I feel it will be a big year for WP in 2012 and with the Windows 8 for tablets it will be such a great Eco system.

Yes, all true, but dual core and qhd can be used for other things besides the core OS. WP is designed amazingly so it stays smooth, but to run powerful apps, play HD movies, have faster internet speeds, hardware needs dual core, qhd screens, and lte. I love wp, and I was really anticipating what nokia would launch, but i'm extremely disappointed, especially by the lack of ff camera. Hopefully the ace will be the answer, but i'm going to hop ship to samsung focus s, even though it doesn't look as nice as the lumia 800, because it's a better phone, and i want an ffc.

Yes. IPhone blows these specs away. Android phones blow these specs away. I understand the whole argument "it runs better with this weaker processor than that does with that stronger one" argument. The problem is, most people don't care. There is no argument for keeping the screen at 480x800. I think that will be the main killer. I really love WP7. I hope Microsoft can keep it alive long enough for the specs to catch up to the others.

Kirkburn said,
Could you explain that further?

You know, ít's the same old, "what no dual core?" "What no 32GB?" and so on. Even though there is a 32GB WP out there, just only in Japan atm. And dual core etc will come some time next year when the chips are even better and don't eat your battery up like there's no tomorrow.

Invizibleyez said,
Hardware limitations may kill wp7. I am so disappointed.

You mean the lack of dual-core processors and small amounts of RAM?

You do know Windows Phones run just fine even with the "Hardware limitations" you think they have, don't you?

neo158 said,

You do know Windows Phones run just fine even with the "Hardware limitations" you think they have, don't you?

Please, tell me how to cram 10 Gbs of apps to the 3Gb storage (4Gb - 1Gb for the system) without support for external storage.

RealFduch said,

Please, tell me how to cram 10 Gbs of apps to the 3Gb storage (4Gb - 1Gb for the system) without support for external storage.

Whut? None of the phones in the western market today have only 4GB's of Storage. They vary betweehn 8 and 16GB, and two of the phones support MicroSD cards as well.

Invizibleyez said,
Hardware limitations may kill wp7. I am so disappointed.

There are always phones wich don't have hardware limitations..

James812 said,
*rubs chin* Just got an Iphone 4s perhaps I will get this when it comes out... Depends on battery usage tests.

Battery life of all Nokia phones I've had has been exceptional. Let's see how they handle WP

drazgoosh said,

Battery life of all Nokia phones I've had has been exceptional. Let's see how they handle WP

I hope the batter life is good. That's one issue with smart phones for me...

drazgoosh said,

Battery life of all Nokia phones I've had has been exceptional. Let's see how they handle WP

As much as I like wp, my mozart can keep a lot of battery when I'm at uni say for more than 6 hours and a lot of the time is on standby but I can also drain the battery in 4-5 hours under heavy use :-/