The Windows Phone-based device is expected to hit shelves by year’s endAlthough Nokia announced two months ago that its first Windows Phone devices, the Lumia 800 and 710 will be introduced in North America in early 2012, there’s a high chance that at least one of the smartphones will hit shelves in U.S. by year’s end.
According to the folks over at WPCentral, T-Mobile USA and Nokia are holding an event on December 14 in New York City and the only thing that comes to mind is Lumia 800 or Lumia 710.
However, there’s more to it, as the Lumia 710 has been more than a month ago at FCC (Federal Communications Commission) with T-Mobile bands, which indicates that this will be a T-Mobile USA exclusive, at least until 2012.
We can only wait for T-Mobile USA official announcement which will probably be published on December 14. There’s no indication that the Lumia 710 will arrive in stores by year’s end, but it’s the most we can hope for.
In case the Lumia 710 will make it to the market in time for Christmas, the smartphone will have a fierce competition from already well established brands that launched Windows Phone devices in United States more than a year ago.
Unlike its Lumia 800 brother, the 710 features a more Symbian-like design, which is definitely no match for the former’s appeal.
Also known as Nokia Sabre, the Lumia 710 comes with a more than decent 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, which is based on Nokia’s ClearBlack display technology and supports 480 x 800 pixels resolution.
The phone is powered by a 1.4 GHz single core Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor and runs Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system.
The Lumia 710 lacks a microSD card slot for memory expansion, instead it packs 8 GB onboard memory and 512 MB of RAM. There’s also a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and HD (720p) video recording.