Nokia announced its new flagship Lumia 900 handset at CES earlier this week (and we spent a bit of hands-on time with it too), although to the great disappointment of many, for now at least, it will be exclusively available on AT&T in the US. The Lumia 710 also went on sale in America this week, and will be making its way across the Atlantic to the UK in a matter of weeks too.
The 710 is the most budget-friendly of Nokia’s new Lumia Windows Phones, and features a 3.7” ClearBlack LCD screen (rather than the AMOLEDs of its siblings), along with 8GB storage, a 5MP camera and the same 1.4GHz processor available in the Lumia 800 and 900. Like its bigger brothers, the 710 includes Nokia’s value-added software features, such as voice-controlled satellite navigation with Nokia Drive, as well as Nokia Music.
Both the Orange and Three networks have so far committed to stocking the handset, although neither has yet offered guidance on pricing. However, with Orange offering the more premium Lumia 800 free on contracts of £26 GBP ($40 USD / €31 EUR) per month, it’s likely that the 710 will undercut this price point, making it a very budget-friendly device. Other UK networks haven’t yet committed to offering it yet, although T-Mobile suggested that we should monitor their ‘coming soon’ page for further updates.
The device will also be available off-network; Coolsmartphone reports that one online retailer is accepting pre-orders for the Lumia 710 for £300 ($460 / €362) including tax, stating that stock is expected on 2 February.
At time of writing, the imminent arrival of the Lumia 710 in the UK hadn’t made it onto the Nokia Lumia Momentum Map – a global overview of the company’s progress in rolling out its new Windows Phones around the world – which we reported on a few days ago.
Our very own Tim Schiesser will also be reviewing the Lumia 710 in the very near future, so stay tuned for that!