The Nokia Lumia 800, dubbed the first real Windows Phone has been turning heads, ever since it was launched, back in October. It's currently available in cyan, magenta and black colours. We weren’t overly impressed with the phone per se, but neither did it do too badly.
Now, the time is white for the Nokia Lumia 800’s fourth colour. And here it is, finally dressed in snow-white. In this colour, the polycarbonate unibody case offsets the curved ClearBlack touch screen. It has a minimalist colour scheme to emphasise the simplicity of the phone’s design, allowing the live Windows tiles and images on the display to appear brighter and without distractions. And, it adds a fourth choice to the Nokia Lumia 800 package in stores.
We’d seen the N9 have a similar design and now the Nokia Lumia 800 follows suit. This is no spray-on finish. Like the other Nokia Lumia 800’s colours, the unibody polycarbonate is dyed all the way through and milled like metal to give it the high-tech feel. And, like all Nokia Lumia 800s, this white edition has all the features of that the other 800s have, including Web browsing, apps, music, Nokia Drive (the free turn-by-turn navigation system), and Nokia Maps. The white Nokia Lumia 800 is due to be rolled out first in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Finland, Poland and Switzerland, with other countries to follow.
What distinguishes the white Nokia Lumia is that it’s white right through – a process that involves working with the best dye houses in the world to source a proper pigment, and then stir it into the polycarbonate liquid to make a mould. According to their designers, the concept of a white phone evolved from the identity of the N9 and Lumia series. Colour and material designer Tiina Aarras was inspired by the CMYK colour group used in printing. What makes the crispness of printing colours stand out is the whiteness of the paper. The exact ingredients, and making, of the white Lumia 800 is, of course, a closely guarded secret – but their designers worked through hundreds of variations. A phone is not just a design icon, but something that is used and handled dozens of times a day. In layman’s terms – it gets dirty. Of all colours white is perhaps the most pure, profound and definite.
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