Here at Nokia World 2011 in London, Nokia just officially pulled the wraps off of its first Windows 7 Mango smartphones, the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710. While both handsets sport very attractive designs, the Lumia 800 is the company’s hero Windows 7.5 device and immediately caught our eye with its drop-dead gorgeous good looks.
We were able to spend some quality hands on time with the Nokia Lumia 800, and we have to say this is the slickest Windows 7.5 phone yet. Check out our first impressions of the Lumia 800 and a hands on video below.
The Lumia 800’s high-contrast 3.7-inch AMOLED screen is a sight to behold. Using what Nokia calls ClearBlack technology, the edge of the screen is so dark that it seamlessly blends into the bezel. Nokia also used an innovative injection molding technique to craft the handset. The upside of this is that the Lumia 800 consists of a single block of high-quality poly-carbonate and has no visible screws or fasteners. It’s simply gorgeous.
At a light 5 ounces and less than half an inch thick, we can vouch personally that the Lumia 800 is incredibly svelte. We handled the Cyan-hued model, but Nokia plans to offer Black and Magenta colors of the Lumia 800 as well. The handset features an 8-MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics that captured images quickly during a separate hands-on session today in New York City.
We also saw the phone’s Windows 7 Mango operating system in action, too, complete with a demo of the People Hub which aggregates updates of your friends via Facebook and Twitter. Users can also create groups of contacts from within the People hub, then pin a “live tile” to the home screen to see real-time updates. Overall performance was silky smooth, thanks to a 1.4-GHz Qualcomm processor, though this is a single-core CPU.
Nokia also showed us the new Drive navigation feature on the Lumia 800, the first Windows 7 device to offer turn-by-turn voice directions out of the box. In New York the phone locked onto our location quickly, and the interface was intuitive. The only thing missing is a front-facing camera, which is a bummer. We’re also not sure what sorts of data speeds the Lumia 800 will support when it (or something like it) comes to the U.S.
What to see the Lumia 800 in action for yourself? Here’s a deeper dive into this powerful phone’s features via our hands on video.