The Nokia Lumia 800 can now be purchased for as little as £149, unlocked and unbranded, from UK Supermarket Asda. That’s nearly two thirds off its suggested retail price when it launched in October 2011 last year, and a clear sign that retailers (and network operators) have been given the green light to clear out existing Windows Phone 7.5 handsets ahead of the big Windows Phone 8 launch in November.
The phone won’t get WP8 but will receive an update to Windows Phone 7.8 and has been superseded by the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, both of which were launched on 5 September in New York.
It is still a very capable mainstream smartphone at heart and one which, if there’s enough stock, could lure quite a few Android users and perhaps iPhone 3GS/iPhone 4 to the Windows Phone 7.5/7.8 platform.
Nokia has included a few features that are unique to the Lumia brand; these include Nokia drive, a free turn-by-turn navigation solution, Nokia Music and Mix Radio and Nokia Maps.
The Lumia 800 itself is made up of a one-piece polycarbonate unibody chassis without any buttons and with a 3.7in 800 x 480 curved AMOLED touchscreen with ClearBlack technology.
Other features include a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T system-on-chip clocked at 1.4GHz, 512MB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Optics and much more. If that’s too expensive, then it is worth considering the £100 Lumia 710 (with an extra £10 top up) from Carphone Warehouse.