Here on Day 2 of Nokia World, we had a fun little performance from the UK’s Got Talent group Diversity and I was able to film some of it on the Lumia 800. So if you’re wondering about what sort of video capture will Nokia’s first Windows Phone device be capable of, look no further.
The Nokia Lumia 800 packs an 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with a f/2.2 aperture, one of the largest that you’ll see in a mobile device. The idea behind that is to get as much light into the sensor as possible so as to enable better low light shots. Since the Lumia 800 shares its camera prowess with its older sibling, the N9, you might want to have a look at the N9’s camera accomplishments in a little detail.
But that’s all theory, so to see how the Lumia 800 performs in the worst conditions possible for a smartphone camera, I took an extended set of low light pictures around London. The full resolution pictures are available on Flickr as set.
So as you can see, the Lumia 800 did a fairly impressive job at keeping the noise low, colours accurate and producing a very acceptable picture overall. It might not have the N8’s prowess, but I think it would be fair to say that as far as smartphone cameras go, this is right up there with the best. The only thing that you need to be careful about is waiting for camera to finish focussing before pressing the shutter fully to take the picture, as the auto focus speed on the Lumia 800 isn’t as fast as that of the N9.
Nokia had promised that it would cut down on the time between the announcement and shipping, and they have delivered. I have with me the retail box of the Lumia 800, the device that will be making its way to Europe next month itself and other regins soon thereafter.
During the keynote Nokia showed a live stream of the Lumia 800 boxes actually being packed at the Nokia factories in Finland and here’s what everything inside looks like.
Looking for more Lumia 800 coverage? Find out hands on video and pictures here.
I have just spent some hands on time with Nokia’s first Windows Phone device, the Lumia 800 and here are my initial impressions.
The design is beautiful, its the same design as the N9, and that’s a very good thing. Most people will not experience the N9 first hand due to limited availability. The Lumia 800 will be the first such device they see, and it looks spectacular. In my N9 post I called the design the best I’ve seen to date and with the Lumia nothing’s changed.
The Lumia 800 gets a dedicated camera button and that’s always a welcome feature.
The screen size goes from 3.9″ to 3.7″ to accomodate the capacitive touch windows buttons, and that does seem like a disadvantage of using the same design. However, even otherwise the lower .2″ of the screen would always be occupied by the back buttons on the N9, so when you actually use the Lumia 800 after the N9, the screen doesn’t feel smaller. The only place you’ll probably notice is this while playing videos and looking at pictures.
The Windows Phone experience feels natural on the device, this is despite the fact that I am used to the Swipe UI on the N9.
For more watch the video below, we start off with a bit of an introduction and then cut to my thoughts on the device.
Here at Nokia World, the first Windows Phone devices from Nokia have just been made official and the first of the two is the Lumia 800. The design of the device is the same as that of the Nokia N9, with the 3.9″ display giving way to a 3.7″ variant to accomodate the touch sensitive Windows Phone buttons, and the only other difference is the addition of the camera shutter key on the side.
Internally, its a whole new ball game, because of the Windows Phone chasis requirements, the Lumia 800 runs a 1.4 Ghz Qualcomm processor, aided by hardware acceleration and a graphics processor. It however shares the camera module with the Nokia N9, an 8 megapixel shooter with a f 2.2 aperture. The screen may be slightly smaller, but it is every bit as nice as the N9’s with everything almost floating on the top.
Needless to say, the Lumia 800 runs Windows Phone Mango and will be shipping next month itself in select countries, in line with Nokia’s new policy of announcing new devices closes to launch. The Lumia 800 will come in black, pink and cyan and will retail at 420 Euros before taxes or subsidies.
Here are a few hands on pictures of the Lumia 800, stayed tuned for a ton of hands on coverage as the day progresses.
We now have confirmation of what many suspected for a while, Nokia’s Windows Phone devices will only be coming to India next year. In an interview to Economic Times, Nokia India’s outgoing Managing Director, D. Shivakumar said:
“Work for the Windows phone is on track and it would be launched in the first quarter of next (calendar) year.”
The Mobile World Congress 2012 is only happening at the end of Feb. 2012 and Nokia is expected to make a splash there. It is possible that phones announced at the MWC will come to India immediately, in line with the company’s new policy of announcing devices closer to the release date. However, we also know that Nokia is planning a rapid release model for its Windows Phone devices and therefore there is room for India getting other devices that are announced before the MWC 2012.
We’ll probably know more at Nokia World, which is happening in less that two weeks from today.