Ever since Nokia unveiled these smartphones October last year in London, I've been receiving inquiries in the TP Mailbox about the handsets' availability in the Philippines almost every week.
Any why not? After all, according to a recent survey, 6 out of 10 Filipinos still choose Nokia. (I guess Nokia haters can say whatever they want to say but at the end of day, the Philippines still remains to be a Nokia Nation - whether they like it or not.) And come on, these are the initial products of Nokia's landmark alliance with Microsoft; Needless to say, these smartphones are big for hardcore Pinoy Nokia fans.
"No word from Nokia yet," I would usually say to answer the questions. "But don't worry, I have a feeling they'll arrive by early Q2."
And they did.
Friends, a couple of days ago, Smart Communications made a rather soft announcement that it will be the exclusive carrier of Nokia Lumia 710, the ultra-cute midrange Windows Phone from the Finnish company.
The handset, which comes with colorful swappable back covers, has the following key specifications; a 3.7-inch WVGA display, 1.4 GHz processor running Windows Phone Mango OS, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash, and an HD video recorder. As of writing, Smart hasn't disclosed its official Nokia Lumia 710 pricing details and plan bundles but has marked March 28, 2012 as a sort of special date for the handset -- maybe, the company will make the big announcement on that day.
Learn more about Nokia Lumia 710 Philippines; Complete Specifications, Key Features
Meanwhile, a few hours ago, Globe Telecom officially unveiled a Nokia Lumia 800 pre-order page on its corporate website where the company also made a claim that it will be the "exclusive" carrier of Nokia's flagship Windows Phone in the Philippines.
8 Things You Need to Know about Nokia Lumia 800 Philippines
If it's your first time to see an image of Nokia Lumia 800, yes, it does look a lot like TechPinas-Favorite Nokia N9 in the flesh. Nonetheless, the two phones are totally different in a lot of ways. Last January, Miss Nikka Abes of Nokia Philippines gave me and Mon an exclusive demo of Nokia's Windows Phone flagship. Let me share it with you --
Windows Phone Mango powered Nokia Lumia 800 features a 3.7-inch WVGA ClearBlack display, a scratch-resistant curved Gorilla Glass touchscreen, a 1.4 GHz CPU, 512 MB of RAM, an 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash and Carl Zeiss optics, and an HD video recorder. Connectivity options include Wifi, Bluetooth, and 3G.
Mark of TP: "Nokia Lumia 800's specs are cool and all but what I love about this handset, really, is its polycarbonate monoblock design and the Windows Phone user interface. The software and hardware perfectly complement each other; Both are smooth and elegant. Oh and Nokia Lumia 800's camera has Carl Zeiss optics -- gotta love that as well."
For those who are interested to get this phone, Globe has already published its official price schedule for Nokia Lumia 800 online. The phone comes as a free bundled handset with Globe Unli Surf Combo Plan 2499 and My Super Plan 2499. Pre-ordered units will be delivered starting April 16, 2012.
Interesting. Smart got the more affordable, pocket-friendly variant while Globe opted to go with the more powerful but ultimately more expensive flagship model. But there's still the powerhouse Nokia Lumia 900, lest we forget; I wonder which of two will grab that one.
Update as of March 29, 2012
As if in response to this post, Smart today disclosed on its official website that the company will likewise carry flagship release Nokia Lumia 900 and the borderline-entry-level Nokia Lumia 610. No word on pricing details yet though.