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Nokia Lumia 800 announced: an 'evolved' N9 with Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia 800 group press shot
Nokia Lumia 800 group press shot

It's all come down to this. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop showed us his flagship Windows Phone over four months ago — a spitting image of our beloved Nokia N9 — and today we finally find out what's under the hood of the Sea Ray, and how Windows and Nokia combine. This is the Nokia Lumia 800, and according to Stephen Elop, it's the "first real Windows Phone."

There's a single-core 1.4GHz processor inside the Lumia 800 and 16GB of internal storage, you'll find its curved 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED screen framed by a black, cyan or magenta case with individually drilled speaker holes, and unlike the N9, there's a dedicated camera button for that f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens to make use of. On the software front, we're of course looking at Windows Phone Mango, and the Lumia 800 comes with a free 25GB of SkyDrive storage to get you started in the cloud, plus Nokia Drive, a free turn-by-turn voice navigation program, a first for any Windows Phone. There's also Nokia Music with Mix Radio, a global service with no subscriptions or log-ins required for "hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music," and an ESPN Sports Hub — those are three programs you won't find on any other WP7 device.

Nokia says it'll retail for around €420 unsubsidized, or around $580, and though we're hearing absolutely nothing about a US release, you can pre-order it now and expect shipment in November if you live in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, or the Netherlands.

Want video? We've got some in our hands-on preview, but you can also hit the break for eight videos straight from Nokia.

Update: We just got the full spec sheet from Nokia HQ, and it looks like the Lumia 800 is a currently a quad-band GSM device with 14.4Mbps HSDPA speeds, a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, and 512MB of memory inside its five-ounce, 12.1mm-thick frame. That 3.7-inch AMOLED display has an 800 x 480 resolution, the 8-megapixel camera captures 720p30 video, too, and there's a 1450mAh battery good for approximately 9.5 hours of 3G talk time.