Nokia has detailed its plans for the current-generation Lumia smartphones, revealing that all of the handsets will receive several new features ahead of the next-generation Windows Phone 8 products.
"After introducing the first smartphones in the Nokia Lumia family to be built on Windows Phone 8, there is one message that needs to be made loud and clear: existing Lumia owners also have plenty to look forward to and are definitely not being left behind," Boc Ly wrote on Nokia's official blog.
Nokia is still recovering from the backlash of announcing this summer that current Lumia handsets will not receive WP8. Prior to this, many believed the Lumia 800 and 900 would get an update, and in an attempt to make amends, Nokia has promised that all current Lumia products will receive a halfway upgrade to WP 7.8 with several key improvements and new apps.
The phones will get a fresh look courtesy of a new Start screen similar to WP8's. Existing Lumia devices will also get Cinemagraph and further updates to Smart Group Shot, which Nokia says will include several surprises to make shooting and sharing pictures easier than ever. In addition, Bluetooth will finally support file transfers to any device, the Contact Share app will receive support for sharing contacts via Bluetooth, and select markets will get a Ringtone app to create personal ringtones.
Nokia's new City Lens app is already available for all Lumia handsets. The app lets you point your phone at nearby businesses for key information such as reviews, in addition to providing things like contact information for and directions to businesses that are farther away. When the Lumia 820 and 920 launch later this year, they will have a slightly tweaked version with an improved layout that has 3D icons as well as the ability to add customized searches and pin different categories of businesses to the Start screen.
Every Lumia device will receive the updates, though Li didn't say when they would arrive exactly.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is 11.4mm thickness and weight 159g, in the front you can find the 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and in the back the 8 megapixel camera and its LED flash. Since there are no seams or doors there is no way to access the 1830mAh battery or increase the phone's 16GB internal storage with a microSD card.
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7-inch, WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) display. It sports a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, and a loud and clear external speaker. Like most Windows Phone 7.5 devices, the Lumia 710 does not support microSD cards. The Nokia Lumia 710 is powered with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. The Windows Phone interface gets out of your way easily, and apps are quick to open more often than not.
The Nokia Lumia 800 measures a fairly compact 116.8mm x 61.2mm x 12.1mm (4.6in x 2.4in x .5in), it features 16GB of internal storage, but lacks a microSD memory card slot. The Nokia Lumia 800 runs on a single-core processor (1.4GHz). The Lumia 800 is capable of HSPA 14.4 3G data connections on the 900, 1900, and 2100MHz bands and also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.
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