Rumours that the Nokia Lumia 800 SIM free unlocked version may be delayed until next year have been quashed by the Finnish phone-maker.
Following an announcement by online vendor Clove that the handset will not be available until January 2012, the rumour mill went into overdrive that it will miss its promised due date across the board. However, Nokia denies that is the case, stating that, if anything, it shows that there’s substantial interest from retail partners for its debut Windows Phone effort.
"The Nokia Lumia 800 goes on sale on the 16th of November as we stated during the launch at Nokia World. There are some rather odd stories circulating at present, it’s rather flattering as it proves that there are a lot of people who believe the Lumia 800 will be a major sales item and are now trying to get it onto their shelves.
"However for the rollout of our first Lumia products, we have chosen to work with the UK operator and retail partners who shared our enthusiasm and commitment to bring these first products to market with a major focus on bringing alive the Nokia with Windows Phone experience for consumers.”
Standout features of the Lumia 800 includes a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED touchscreen, an eight-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 16GB of on board storage.
Of course, it also runs the latest, frutiest, Mango iteration of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system and comes loaded with several Nokia apps such as a Nokia Drive, which provides free turn-by-turn navigation with 3D maps to boot.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is available to pre-order now on Three. Customers can also register their interest on the Vodafone website.