The Nokia Lumia 800 Specifications

Posted: February 14, 2012 in Technology

The Nokia Lumia 800 Specifications


The Nokia Lumia 800 is the first Windows Phone handset to spring from the Microsoft / Nokia tie-up announced in February, and we’ve got our hands on an early sample to check it out.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is quite reasonably priced, costing nothing on as little as a £26 Orange or Vodafone contract with Carphone Warehouse compared with HTC Titan starting at £31 pm with Vodafone and £36 pm with Orange.Below are the specifications of Nokia Lumia 800.

General

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-819
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 – For Canada
HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-801 CV
Announced 2011, October
Status Available. Released 2011, November

Body

     Dimensions 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76.1 cc
     Weight 142 g
– Touch-sensitive controls
 

Display

Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density)
Multitouc Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– Nokia ClearBlack display

Sound

    Alert Tiypes Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
   Loudspeaker Yes
   3,5 mm jack Yes
 

Memory

Card slot No
Internal 16 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
 

Data

      GPRS Class 33
      EDGE Class 33
      Speed HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
      WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
       Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
      USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
 

Camera

Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash,
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, 720p@30fps,
Secondary No
 

Features

OS Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
CPU 1.4 GHz Scorpion
GPU Adreno 205
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML5, RSS feeds
GPS Stereo FM radio with RDS
Yes, with A-GPS support
Java No
Colors Black, Cyan, Magenta, White
– MicroSIM card support only
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer/editor
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input

Battery

Standard battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh (BV-5JW)
Stand-by Up to 265 h (2G) / Up to 335 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 13 h (2G) / Up to 9 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 55 h

Misc

     SAR US 1.27 W/kg (head)     1.08 W/kg (body)
     SAR EU 0.94 W/kg (head)
     Price group

 

The good : The Nokia Lumia 800 has a singular design, a stunning display, and a nice driving console in Nokia Drive.

The bad : Camera and video quality on the Lumia 800 is poor, despite the fancy specs. A front-facing camera would make the phone more competitive. The Micro-SIM slot is hard to access.

The bottom line: The unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 has an innovative design and gorgeous screen, but the poor camera quality and lack of a front-facing camera are major detractions.

The importance of the high-end Nokia Lumia 800–the more elite of Nokia’s first-ever two Windows phones–can’t be overstated (the other is the Nokia Lumia 710). Less than a year ago, the cell phone maker all but chucked its homegrown Symbian OS to get onboard with Windows Phone, a chancy move considering phones running Microsoft’s platform aren’t exactly selling like hotcakes.

With Nokia’s fate intertwined with Windows Phone, and consumers and operators still lukewarm on the OS, it’s hardly a stretch to suggest that the weight of a company is riding on the Nokia Lumia 800’s polycarbonate shoulders.

And what interesting shoulders they are. The Lumia runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and has a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, a 1.4GHz single-core processor, and 16GB internal memory. It also has an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and dual-LED flash, and support for 720p HD video capture. Nokia has also added some interesting apps inside. Yet the camera is disappointing, there’s no front-facing camera, no tethering, and people will either love or hate the risky design.

Priced at $585 U.S. (420 euros), I don’t expect this unlocked version for European markets to sell well in the U.S. However, with some software tweaks and a hardware update, the U.S. version that Nokia told CNET it’s preparing to announce will look and act much like this flagship smartphone.

Design

The Lumia 800, like the Meego-based Nokia N9 it’s modeled on, is one interesting-looking phone. Worked from a solid piece of colored polycarbonate (a specific type of plastic), the smooth magenta, cyan, or black Lumia 800 reminds me of a fat stick of chewing gum (I reviewed it in black). It has a tabletop head and tail and rounded sides. The material, whose properties include resisting heat damage and denting, feels solid and durable in the hand, if a little bit slippery. It measures 4.59 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.47 inch thick. Thanks, in part, to its uniform shape, the handset doesn’t take up too much room in closer-fitting pockets.

On the right spine you’ll find the slim metal volume rocker, the power button, and the camera shutter button. A push-in door covers the Micro-USB charging port. Once you open that, you can slide out the Micro-SIM card holder, but this combo is an inelegant, unintuitive action that requires some patience until you get used to it. There’s also a 3.5mm headset jack up top.

The back is home to the 8-megapixel camera lens with dual-LED flash. There’s no battery cover on the back of this phone, so prepare to press and hold the power button to perform a hard reset should things go wrong (just like on iOS devices) instead of a battery pull, should things go wrong.

Let’s move on to one of my favorite parts of this phone: the screen. For starters, it’s fitted into the Lumia’s body to form a pretty tight seal. The screen material itself is curved and slightly bubbles out (about 2.5mm), which gives you a smooth, almost spherical feel as you swipe left and right across the screen. (It actually feels pretty awesome.)

Also awesome is the look of the screen itself. Its WVGA resolution (800×480 pixels) on 3.7 inches of AMOLED material just pops. It doesn’t hurt that Nokia has applied its ClearBlack display, a polarizing filter that helps improve visibility in direct sunlight, and indeed, it did as promised. Unfortunately, direct sunlight also makes finger smears stand out. With Gorilla Glass incorporated into the final product, you’re looking at a smooth, vibrant, and touchable screen that shows off black blacks and saturated color. The screen size could be larger overall, but some people will prefer the more petite size. Navigation is just fine with Windows Phone’s relatively larger live tiles, but composing e-mail messages and reading content online is easier with a 4-inch screen.

OS and extras

Windows Phone 7.5 is the OS that runs the show, and that means the Lumia 800’s interface consists of the Start screen and the app screen. The Start screen is minimally customizable; you can change the background color to white or black, and choose from one of 11 colors for the tiles, app icons, and other visual accents systemwide, including a new one, Nokia Blue. You’re able to rearrange live tiles, pin and unpin them to the screen, and also pin individual items, like a single contact or a contact group. Thanks to Mango, your personal profile tile is more dynamic, letting you check in to places and update social networks from the home screen.

As with all Windows Phones, swiping your finger down from the top of the screen shows your battery meter, signal strength, and data connection.

Nokia has a handful of proprietary apps debuting with the Lumia 800. The first is Nokia Drive, which competes a bit with Bing Maps for turn-by-turn driving directions. Navteq, a company Nokia conveniently owns, provides the maps. You’ll be able to download female and male voices in one of 58 languages. Maps show up in your choice of 2D and 3D, and the app works in landscape and portrait modes. I was able to enter the name of a business rather than an address and got correct directions up and running very quickly. You can zoom in and out, but you won’t be able to reorient your view; it’s designed as a simple set-it-and-forget-it app that will also track the number of miles to your destination as well as your speed. Interestingly, you can download and store offline maps for other countries as well, a handy feature for jet-setters.

There’s no back cover and no other exposed slots or jacks save this headset plug and these covered ports for the charger and Micro-SIM.

Nokia Music is a second music app that works with your Zune library to play music, but it also provides Mix Radio, a radio-streaming feature, and Gig, which finds live shows nearby. My prerelease phone came without Mix Radio on it, so I’ll need to evaluate it later on. Mix Radio promises to be quite the feature, with access to 15 million tracks that you can listen to through preprogrammed streaming-radio stations or through automatic playlists created a la Pandora. Word is, you’ll also be able to mark some songs for offline listening, for those moments you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or data. (Mix Radio has not been announced for the U.S.)

More features

As with all smartphones, the Lumia 800 has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, and lets you send e-mail, and text and multimedia messages. A new “Mango” feature present in the latest Windows Phone OS lets you seamlessly switch between text and instant messaging, if the contact is signed on to Facebook or Windows Live Messenger.

The People hub holds contacts you can import from Facebook, Twitter, Google, and more, and it’s virtually limitless as long as you’ve got the space. Mango lets you link together e-mail inboxes into a super inbox if that’s your cup of tea.

In terms of apps, there are the Windows Phone basics like alarms, a calculator, a calendar, Internet Explorer 9 (which supports HTML5, but not Flash), and Bing Maps for turn-by-turn voice navigation in addition to walking directions (there are no directions for public transit). There’s Marketplace for getting more apps, plus the Music & Video apps, which contains podcast subscriptions, a playlist generator called Smart DJ, and integration with Zune.

The Lumia took a long and rigorous six months to develop following the announcement that Nokia and Microsoft would be teaming up to offer Windows Phones.

It’s made out of one hefty piece of polycarbonate plastic, creating a durable but inviting affect. The Lumia feels great to hold, thanks to the soft touch finish on the plastic. It does feel a little chubby around the waistline, however.

The Nokia Lumia 800 shares its exterior styling with the previously substantially less hyped Nokia N9, a Meego-based smartphone, although the screen size is reduced from 3.9″ (854×480 pixels) to 3.7″ (800×480 pixels) to conform to the Windows Phone spec list.

The CPU, however, increases from the 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 to the 1.4GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon/Scorpion which certainly helps add snap to the Windows Phone Mango OS.

This being said, even though the colour depth is theoretically deeper than in the Nokia Lumia 710, AMOLED screens are seen as better than the older TFT technology due to the more vivid colours and better contrast ratios.

Moving away from Nokia comparisons, the Lumia 800 also has to compete with the likes of the HTC Titan and HTC Radar Windows Mango phones. When we compare screen size we find the Nokia Lumia 800 feeling a little small with the HTC Radar and HTC Titan entering the fray with 3.8″ and 4.7″ screens respectively although all competitors are limited to the same 800×480 pixel resolution.

Obviously the iPhone has managed to be a success with a smaller screen at 3.5-inches, but the trend towards bigger displays is increasing all the time, and we have to say we’re fans of those over four inches thanks to the improved internet and media experience.

This means that the pixel density on the Lumia 800 is a little sharper, but in our side by side comparisons we noted very little difference between the three, and even the Lumia 800 displaying text with a little less clarity.

When it comes to internal storage the Nokia Lumia 800 and HTC Titan are equal with 16GB of fixed internal storage, with the Nokia Lumia 710 and HTC Radar weighing in with 8GB a piece.

Based on the two manufacturer’s product specs it soon becomes apparent that the Nokia Lumia 800 is intended to compete against the HTC Titan and the Nokia Lumia 710 with the HTC Radar.

When compared dimensionally with the HTC Titan (131.5mm x 70.7mm x 9.9mm and 160g) we note that the Nokia Lumia 800 (116.5mm x 61.2mm x 12.1mm and 142g) cuts a very slim profile, with a lighter yet reassuring weight.

The physical appearance of the Nokia Lumia 800 is a dream to observe and handle, with its smooth curves fitting snugly to the hand both with and without the protective case provided in the purchase packaging.

First impressions of the phone are mixed. If you’re used to handling the current crop of super slim handsets doing the rounds in today’s phone shops, you can’t help but feel the Lumia 800 is a little on the chunky side, even compared to the iPhone 4S thanks to it being around 10% thicker.

However, that’s not to say it isn’t an attractive device, with its large 3.7-inch OLED screen pushed to the sides of the chassis and a cool curved polycarbonate shell gives the phone a very premium feel indeed.

Nokia has worked very hard on the unibody design here, making the battery inaccessible and using top-mounted flaps to cover the charging port and SIM slot – intriguingly, we’re seeing a microSIM here, which seems to be the fashion for the next wave of smartphones

It’s a slightly odd system, and one that some will find a little bit difficult to get used to – but it does lend a certain sleekness to the design.

The front of the Lumia is a giant piece of Corning Gorilla Glass. There are three capacitive buttons beneath the 3.7-inch PenTile screen that buzz slightly when you touch them. I like the amount of feedback you feel when pressing one of the three soft buttons—some devices overdo it.

Nokia did an exemplary job balancing the components inside the device. The Lumia has a palpable heft to it, a weight that makes it feel very valuable and precious. It doesn’t flex when you squeeze it, like many Android phones do.

A Few Hardware Issues Are Downers

There are few minor quibbles with Lumia design.

First, the volume rocker is on the right side of the device above the sleep button. No other phones I’ve tested use this configuration. It doesn’t make more or less sense this way, but it takes some getting used to.

Another issue is that the Lumia lacks a front facing camera for video chatting, a feature I’ve really come to expect in today’s smartphones. The Lumia’s big brother, the Nokia N9, has one.

While some might call the absence of a front-facing camera a dealbreaker, I would not. I think video chatting on your phone is overrated by hardware makers and under-utilized by consumers. The front facing camera is a feature I will not miss in the Lumia 800.

But that doesn’t change the fact that it should be there.

The camera the Lumia does have is decent at best, from my tests. Others have had far better experiences with the Lumia’s 8MP camera, but any pictures I shot in less than ideal conditions turned out blurry, overexposed, or discolored.

Additionally, the Lumia’s camera shoots 720p, while most new smartphones coming out today are shooting 1080p video.

It is fantastic as the First Real Windows Phone

What is your opinion?

Posted by Candra Utama

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Comments
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