At Nokia World last night (New Zealand time), Stephen Elop and the Nokia team announced two new phones:
- The Lumia 800: very much based on the Nokia N9 hardware that I reviewed yesterday.
- The Lumia 710: a lower-cost phone sporting the same internal hardware as the 800, but with a LCD screen.
The phones will be available in November in Europe, with a rollout to other markets early next year. The Windows Phone Blog has all the juicy details, with the key numbers being €420 for the Lumia 800 and €270 for the Lumia 710.
Lumia for New Zealand?
Here’s some hard facts that help us speculate about New Zealand availability for these devices:
- Vodafone Group will approve the 800 and 710 for their network. This normally means no further testing is required for Vodafone New Zealand.
- The 3G bands on the Lumia 800 are fine for either Vodafone or Telecom.
- The 3G bands on the Lumia 710 are specific to Vodafone only.
- The N9 released in Europe at around €550 to €600, which translated to a New Zealand price of $999 off-plan.
What follows is rampant speculation, but based on the above, some history, and the N9, I think we can expect the following:
- We won’t see these phones on official release in New Zealand until January at the earliest. More likely Feburary. Parallel importers will hopefully have them in December.
- Vodafone will be first to market with the devices. I doubt Telecom will carry them at all.
- Pricing will be high. Nokia smartphones have traditionally carried a premium in New Zealand – remember when Nokia priced the E7 at $1399?
- I’d expect to see the 800 at around the same pricepoint as the N9 ($999) with the 710 priced around the $600-$700 mark.
- I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see ONLY the 710 in market. Vodafone have not brought in any “premium” Windows Phones, opting to sell only the HTC Trophy. They may do the same with Nokia, but I hope not.
So what do you think?
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