Nokia Lumia 800 Release: Everything You Need to Know About the ‘First Windows Phone’s’ Price and Spec

With the Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone's release just one day away, the IBTimes takes offers you a complete guide to the "first Windows Phone's" price, spec and competition.

A Price You can Stomach

Nokia's Lumia 800 is currently available for pre-order on a variety of deals. A part of a reported ongoing strategy by Nokia, the device is significantly cheaper than its Android and iOS powered competitors.

The device is being sold in the UK by The Carphone Warehouse on a variety of network providers including Three, Vodafone and Orange.

Via Vodafone and Orange the cheapest deals offer the device for free on a £26 per month two year deal. Of the £26 deals Orange offer by far the best data usage, enticing customers with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data usage.

Moving up the price-line, the Lumia is available on a variety of deals going from £36 per month up to the £41 mark.

Those seeking a slightly shorter contract can also get the device on an 18 month contract through Vodafone. Again via The Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone are currently offering the device free on a £41 per month, 18 month contract. The contract gives users 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data usage.

Sim-free the best deal appears to be come from Three, which has confirmed it will be stocking the Lumia 800 for £399.

Semi-Solid Spec

Despite its semi-high-end price the Lumia 800 is set to house some reasonably powerful tech. Coming pre-loaded with Microsoft latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system, the device promises to house a mediocre 3.7-inch Super AMOLED number, with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. All this is set to be powered by a 1.4GHz single-core processor backed up with 512 MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

As is the case with most recent high-end Nokia devices, the new Lumia 800 will also include a nice camera. The new Windows Phone is set to include an impressive eight-megapixel autofocus snapper, with its very own Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash. The camera will reportedly be able to record 720p HD video at 30fps.

Cold as Ice Competition

Despite being a decent looking phone the Lumia 800 may suffer the cold-shoulder from consumers with Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Galaxy Nexus being released the very next day on 17 November.

The Galaxy Nexus originally set tech fans' tongues wagging back in October when it was unveiled alongside Google's frosty new Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Since being unveiled the device has garnered significant attention boasting some pretty hefty tech spec. The device is listed as packing a speedy 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.

Better still, the new Nexus will house a whopping 1280 x 720, 4.65 inch Super AMOLED screen, running at a native 720p resolution -- basically meaning the display will be so sharp it could slice a melon.

All this will be contained in a 8.94 mm thick case, boasting the same contour display and concave rounded screen design that was first introduced in the Galaxy Nexus' predecessor the Nexus S.

The camera was also fairly impressive, with the new Nexus packing a 5-megapixel HD snapper. During the event the camera was shown snapping photos with zero shutter lag and recording crisp 1080p HD videos.

The device is currently available on a range of deals from Orange and Vodafone. Prices vary from £59 for the device on a £31 per month two year contact to free on a £46 per month deal.