Nokia unveiled its first Windows smartphones to the world.

Nokia Lumia 800Helsinki: Nokia Corp. on Wednesday unveiled its first Windows smartphones, in a bid to recapture lost ground to chief rivals in the tough top-end smartphone market.

Nokia’s Lumia 800, priced at several euro420 ($580) and Lumia 710 with a price tag of euro270, are the Finnish cell phone maker’s 1st models based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows software after the 2 companies announced they would team up in February. The company also launch 4 other smartphone models aimed at emerging markets.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the Lumia 800, with Carl Zeiss optics and 16GB of internal memory, will be available in some European countries in November, comprising France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Britain. It shipped in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the year-end.

The Lumia 710, with a 1.4 GHz processor, navigational applications and Nokia Music, a free, mobile music-streaming app will first be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan toward the end of the year.

The world’s top cell phone maker launched 4 smartphones aimed at emerging markets, with QWERTY keyboards and touch screens aimed at helping ‘the next billion’ users connect to the Internet, Elop said.


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