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Nokia announces two Windows Phone 7 mobile phones

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has launched at their annual Nokia World symposium their first ever Microsoft Windows Phone 7 operating system based handsets, in the flagship Nokia Lumia 800 and mid-range Lumia 710.

These two new devices come off the back of Nokia's partnership with Microsoft, which was made public in February this year - with the intention to use Windows Phone 7 as the main platform for the Finnish company's mobile phones, instead of Symbian^3, Anna and Belle.

The Nokia 800 has the appearance of the MeeGo based N9 handset, with a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive curved touch screen and the ClearBlack technology which improves on image viewing in sunlight.

This is coupled with a 1.4GHz processor, with a Carl Zeiss 8 megapixel camera, with 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for images and music.

Nokia has started shipping the handset for an early November release, with an approximate cost of 420 euros.

Nokia's 710 has a lower cost of 270 euros with exchangeable back covers and the same 1.4GHz CPU as the Lumia 800, only with a LCD screen, a 5MP camera and 8GB of internal storage.

Both of the new WP7 devices include Nokia Drive, which offers free pre-installed turn-by-turn navigation. There is also Nokia Music access, with MixRadio which is a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music.

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