New Delhi: The embattled Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia announced the release of its first Windows Phone powered devices - Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 - in India on Monday.
Nokia has not yet announced any prices for the devices in India but revealed that they will be available in the Indian market by mid-December.
The Nokia Lumia 800 looks very similar to its N9 handset. It features a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display and is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor.
The Nokia Lumia 800 contains an instant-share camera with Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music.
On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to be available with exchangeable back covers (black, white, cyan and fuchsia). It has the same 1.4 GHz processor as the Lumia 800.
With Microsoft's Windows Phone software, Nokia hopes to gain the kind of attention Apple and Google have attracted from software developers and consumers.
In an effort to differentiate its Windows Phone Mango offerings from the competition Nokia has included features such as Nokia Drive, a personal navigation device with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface; and Nokia Music with MixRadio, a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music.
Nokia Lumia users will, later in the year, be able to create personalised channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks and with Nokia Music's Gigfinder search for live local music as well as the ability to share discoveries on social networks and buy concert tickets.
The Finnish company, left in the dust by Apple and Google in the booming smartphone market, decided to ditch its ageing Symbian platform in favour of Microsoft's software in a risky deal in February that spooked investors.
Nokia has not rushed with the new phones. Nimbler rivals HTC, Fujitsu and Samsung Electronics have beaten it with models using the latest Windows software, Mango. Nokia and Microsoft have said they would focus on close co-operation with operators to support the platform.
Nokia's market value has halved since February as investors are unsure whether it can ever regain the market share it has lost.
The phones made their debut at Nokia World 2011 in London on October 26.
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