The Nokia Lumia 800 has finally arrived in Singapore today and the few lucky hundreds have gotten their hands on the anticipated handsets. The first hundred, who braved the rain and sun, were able to get a free Xbox bundled upon purchase of the Lumia 800.
For those unlucky ones, Nokia will be officially retailing the Lumia 800 on December 10, 2011 with the expected price of S$ 775 without contract. For those who want to avail the handsets via Carrier contracts, details will be posted shortly on Saturday.
The Nokia Lumia 710, the cheaper version of the Lumia 800, will be expected to follow suit in the next couple of weeks with the retail price at S$ 505. Performance wise, the Nokia Lumia 710 runs as quick as the 800 with several exception such as of the CBD Amoled screen and the unibody.
This is Nokia’s first foray into the Asian market with Microsoft. Since Nokia and Microsoft partnership is still in its early stages, it is yet to be seen how both handsets will fair in the Asian market and how much former Symbian users would react to the change. The N9 has already been introduced into the Asian market and has since been welcomed openly. How much of this change will be welcomed. With Android phones boasting dual cores and eventually quad cores, will the Nokia Lumia be able to succeed when others consider its specs as low tech? We know it’s not all about specs but few smartphone users really understand that an optimized software is as much as important as cpu speed and available RAM.