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Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on

Nokia Lumia 800 Hands-on

Nokia has just made its first Windows Phone range official, and we wasted no time in spending some playtime with the flagship model, the Nokia Lumia 800. Borrowing heavily from the N9 design we've already waxed lyrical over, the Lumia 800 casing is milled from a solid piece of polycarbonate but gains some extra buttons and controls to suit Microsoft's platform. Read on for our first impressions.

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Nokia Lumia 800 official

Nokia Lumia 800 official

Nokia has officially announced the Lumia 800, the company's first Windows Phone. Borrowing the style and construction of the Nokia N9, the Lumia 800 is, according to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, "the first real Windows Phone." That's unlikely to go down well with HTC, Samsung and other manufacturers also onboard with Windows Phone, but Nokia says it's playing for the top spot in smartphones once more.

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Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 Windows Phone devices leaked

Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 Windows Phone devices leaked

Before tomorrow's big Nokia keynote in which Stephen Elop is set to drop some heavy bombs, a couple of them appear to have left the hatch a bit early. Photos here show both the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710, both of them set to run Windows Phone in some form or another. The first of these two, the 800, is also known as the Sea Ray in previous reports, while the 710 has previously been code-named Sabre. Both devices appear to be set to launch in European markets this November with a USA launch date set for next year.

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Nokia Windows Phones may not hit US until 2012

Nokia Windows Phones may not hit US until 2012

According to leaked advertising plans, Nokia may not be releasing its Windows Phone 7.5 Mango devices in the US until 2012. That means the much anticipated Nokia N9 look-alike called the Nokia 800 along with the Sabre and Ace, which are all expected to be unveiled at this week's Nokia World conference, may only be available in Europe and other parts of the world in time for the holidays this year.

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Nokia World 2011: Crunchtime

Nokia World 2011: Crunchtime

It's been quite the month for mobile, and it's not over yet: Nokia is still yet to take the stage, following Apple and Google's respective plays for smartphone dominance. Next week sees Nokia World 2011 arrive in London, UK, an opportunity for the Finnish company to prove it's not only still alive and kicking, but relevant in an increasingly competitive and fast-moving segment. Competitive is not a word you'd use to describe Nokia's line-up over the past 12-18 months, but a close partnership with Microsoft promises to change all that. Read on to find out what to expect, and why 2011 could well be the most important year for Nokia since it gave up making rubber boots.

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Microsoft PocketTouch research encourages surreptitious stroking

Microsoft PocketTouch research encourages surreptitious stroking

Microsoft could one day encourage Windows Phone owners to stroke their hardware more discretely, if a Microsoft Research project called PocketTouch spawns a commercial system. Intended to allow smartphone users to control their devices without removing them from a pocket or bag, PocketTouch uses a custom capacitive touch sensor that can track gestures through fabric: by coupling it with Microsoft's existing Ink digital handwriting recognition system, and a range of preset movements, incoming calls can be quietly responded to with SMS messages and PMP functionality controlled.

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Dell tablet focus is Windows 8 not Android

Dell tablet focus is Windows 8 not Android

Dell is betting on Windows 8 as the company's best chance of tablet success against the iPad, with CEO Michael Dell arguing that the Android slate market "has not developed" as predicted. Speaking at Dell World 2011 this week, V3 reports, Dell described the PC manufacturer as "very aligned with Microsoft around Windows 8" and teased that "you'll hear more about Windows 8 from us and see a wide range of products released."

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