The Lumia 710 is the more affordable of the Windows Phone smartphones that were announced at Nokia World. The candybar device will ship in black and white for an unsubsidized price of 270 Euros, before taxes. It packs a 5 Megapixel Camera with a LED flash, a 3.7″ CBD LCD display, and weighs in at 126 grams.
On the inside, its similar to the Lumia 800, packing a 1.4 Ghz Qualcomm MSM8255 (WCDMA) processor with 512 MB of RAM. Another interesting thing about the Lumia 710 is that swappable back covers make a comeback to Nokia devices. So you can have a black or white Lumia 710 with backs ranging from blue, yellow, pink and a few other colours.
Another remarkable aspect of the device is that instead of the usual capacitive Windows Phone buttons at the bottom, the 710 has physical buttons. I am not a huge fan of these as to my mind they detract from the seamless touch experience. That said, you will probably get used to them very quickly.
Like the Lumia 800, the 710 ships with Nokia Drive, Nokia’s free in-car navigation app pre-installed. Also present is he Mix Radio functionality which lets you stream playlists based on genre for free and even save them for offline listening.
All in all, the Lumia 710 is presents a fairly compelling proposition if you are looking for a speedy mid range smartphone, and if you like Windows Phone, the Lumia 710 could quite easily be one of the better options out there. We’ll be covering the Lumia 710 in more detail in the future, for now here’s my hands on video from Nokia World.