Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

Summary: The first Nokia Windows Phone will be available on January 11th for $50. The Lumia 710 is not as attractive as the Lumia 800, but it is still a solid smartphone for the new buyer.

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It turns out that the rumor of T-Mobile announcing the Nokia Lumia 710 was spot on and today they made it offical. The Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone device will launch at T-Mobile stores and online starting on 11 January in the white and black models for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two year contract.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is not as gorgeous as the Nokia Lumia 800, but it is still a very good device and is priced at the right level to appeal to a lot of new smartphone customers. I debated Larry this week on Windows Phone's success and getting new devices from Nokia coming in at $50 is one way to reach the lower end market. I am sure we will see higher end devices from Nokia in 2012, but this is a decent start.

The Lumia 710 has the following specifications:

  • Qualcomm 1.4 GHz processor
  • 3.7 inch ClearBlack WVGA (480x800 pixels) display
  • 5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture capability
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • HSPA+ 14.4 Mbps download
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • FM radio with RDS
  • A-GPS receiver
  • Removable 1,300 mAh battery

The unique Nokia features, such as Nokia Drive's voice-guided offline GPS navigation and ESPN Hub are supported on the Lumia 710. This is the first official Nokia Windows Phone in the U.S. and while all of us phone enthusiasts want to see the Lumia 800 or something even better this strategy is one way for Nokia and Microsoft to reach more people. T-Mobile is the value provider and thus owning a Nokia Windows Phone can be an affordable option. The black one is attractive and I am likely going to pick one up for myself and my wife may even want to use this to replace her Nokia N8.

Topics: Mobility, Nokia, Telcos

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  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

    And the crowd goes wild.
    Return_of_the_jedi
  • Nokia Music

    What about Nokia Music?
    WebSiteManager
  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

    N8 to 710? Really?
    Hameiri
  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

    I am assuming that it will be able to run the apps that are available for WP7. If so, it could bridge the gap between less expensive feature phones and more expensive smartphones. But there are Android phones that are competitive with this price point.
    mstrsfty
  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

    Unless you are really a fan of Windows Phone I don't see a compelling reason/feature set to recommend this phone over Android or legacy iPhones.
    PhillyIT
    • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

      @PhillyIT <br><br>Hmmm, modern UI, no siloed apps, hubs, ease of use (especially to those over 40), better design, no required case and the OS is created by a software company rather than an advertising or marketing company giving us warmed over and cut down versions of Linux or Unix. But please stick with one of the myriad versions of Android or that grid of static icons Apple regards as a modern UI.<br><br>I could go on and on, but if you can't see the advantages of WP7 then the problem may be in your perception <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
      tonymcs1
      • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

        @tonymcs@... <br>Our perception is this phone will work best for those over 40.<br><br>Thanks Tony, Please stop you have done enough damage.
        daikon
      • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

        @philly@... <br><br>Really, Tony is right. Although his criticism of Android is a bit harsh, the Windows Phone is top-notch in features - unless you really really need a million apps <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy"> The best part about it is how easy/seamless the import apps (phone, text, contacts, gps, ... ) fit together. It is a good model too, fitting somewhere between the Apple We-Own-It-All and the Android Free-For-All.
        batpox
  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

    The Lumia 710 looks simply average, like any number of existing devices on the market. <br><br>Design might have been a valid argument back when the first gen WP7 devices, which were admittedly clunky, bulky and not "sexy", hit the market. However, with phones like the HTC Radar 4G (T-Mo), the Samsung Focus Flash (AT&T), and HTC Titan (AT&T) out there, NOKIA's designs seem... lacking. Hell, the Lumia 710 suffers the same problems as the first gen WP7 phones of November 2010: Nothing sexy about it. Compare it side by side with the original Samsung Focus and you'll see what I mean.<br><br>The only saving grace is that it will be the only WP7 device on T-Mobile with a higher than 1GHz processor (HD7 and Radar 4G is 1.0GHz, 710 is 1.4GHz). But, so far, processor speeds haven't been a significant necessity with WP7. Games and apps blaze along on my Radar 4G as it is and, side by side with the Focus Flash (1.5GHz) the difference running the same apps or games is nominal.<br><br>If NOKIA wants to make a splash in the U.S., they need to get the Lumia 800 out ASAP. Although it looks like a stretched out 4th Gen iPod Nano, at least it stands out better.<br><br>If someone wanted WP7 on T-Mobile and asked me which one to get, I'd overwhelmingly recommend the HTC Radar 4G over the NOKIA Lumia 710.
    Captiosus
    • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

      @Captiosus
      Pricewise, the Titan is in a completely different category. Compare it to the 800, when it hits the U.S. And the 710 is certainly nicer than any Samsung on the market.
      WebSiteManager
  • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

    Wp7 has failed....

    Even samsung Bada outsells wp7
    Sultansulan
    • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

      @Sultansulan
      How much Apple pays you to post these two lines?
      Ram U
      • RE: Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone launching on T-Mobile on 11 January

        @Rama.NET
        Bada is made by samsung.
        anono