The Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nokia Lumia 800 could be landing on shop shelves on the same day, setting up what’s sure to be a bloody and hard-fought smartphone battle royale in the run-up to Christmas.
Unveiled today and confirmed as due to land on contracts on November 16th, the Windows Mango-powered Lumia Nokia 800 is being touted as the handset that could restore Nokia to its place at the top table of smartphone makers.
But it’ll have a challenge on its hands, that’s for sure. Not least because, according to a product listing on Phones4U, the massively anticipated Android Ice Cream-toting Samsung Galaxy Nexus is landing the very same day – setting the scene for an Oasis vs Blur-style bunfight for the status of number-one selling smartie.
Pricing could be a key battleground, of course. And if that’s consumer's chief criteria, the fact that the Lumia 800 can apparently be had from just £26 per month over a two-year deal from Phones4U means it's likely to float the collective boats of a lot of cost-conscious smartfans.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus doesn’t look to have that kind of advantage, with Orange - the sole UK carrier to break cover with prices - listing it at £31 per month, also over two years, and an upfront fee of £59. But, in our book at least, that's a small price to pay for being among the first to get on board with the extra tasty, all-new Ice Cream Sandwich take on Google's OS. And if pre-release interest is anything to go by, we're not the only ones...