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Nokia Lumia 800 Teardown: Skip it, wait for the Lumia 900

Nokia's Lumia 800 is a solid Windows Phone 7.5 handset. But with the Lumia 900's release on the horizon, Bill Detwiler thinks you should skip the 800.

Released in Europe and the UK late last year, the Nokia Lumia 800 is a solid Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) handset. Although only the unlocked version is available in the US, the Lumia 800 may give us good idea of what we'll find inside the soon-to-be-released Lumia 900, which Nokia announced at CES 2012.

In this week's episode of Cracking Open, I show you what's inside the Lumia 800 and explain why prospective buyers (particularly in the U.S.) should skip it and wait for the Lumia 900.

The Lumia 800 has a single-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor (MSM8255T) with an Adreno 205 graphics processor. The handset also has 512 MB of RAM, 16 GB of flash storage, a 3.7" AMOLED display (800 x 480), 802.11 b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, and an 8 MP rear-facing camera. The Lumia 800 measures 116.5 mm (H) x 61.2 mm (W) x 12.1 mm (D) and weighs 142 grams.

Full teardown gallery: Cracking Open the Nokia Lumia 800

Cracking Open observations

  • Single-piece polycarbonate case: Like the Nokia N9 and Lumia 900, the 800 has a single-piece polycarbonate case. The phone is slightly heavier than the Motorola Droid Razr and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but has a solid, sturdy feel.
  • Good build-quality, easy to open: The phone's construction quality is good and opening the device was relatively easy--although popping off the display panel was a little nerve racking.
  • Decent, but not cutting-edge, hardware: Like the Lumia 710, the 800 has a single-core, 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor with Adreno 205 graphics and 512 megabytes of RAM. But unlike the 710, it has twice as much storage, a better camera, and an AMOLED screen. In a world of dual- and quad-core mobile CPUs, I wonder if the the single-core Lumia will be able to keep up.
  • Smaller battery than similar phones: The Lumia 800's 1,440 mAh battery has less capacity than the Droid Razr (1,780 mAh) or Galaxy Nexus (1,750 mAh).

Internal hardware

Our Lumia 800 test unit has the following hardware:

  • 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 (MSM8255T) processor (with Adreno 205 GPU)
  • Elpida B4064B2PD-6D-F 2Gb LP DDR2 DRAM (512 MB)
  • 16GB Hynix NAND flash chip (H26M52002CKR)
  • 3.7" AMOLED display (800 x 480)
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera
  • 3.8V, 1,450 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Atmel mXT224 touchscreen controller (MXT-N0K1 CCU-1R6 1G4456B)
  • Broadcom BCM4329 Low-Power 802.11n with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and FM (BCM4329EKUBG)
  • Qualcomm PM8058 power management IC
  • Qualcomm QTR8200 RF Transceiver
  • TriQuint TQM7M5013 Quad-Band GSM / GPRS / EDGE-Linear Power Amplifier Module
  • AAC Technologies ELV1411A X Direction Linear Vibrator (vibratior motor)
Updated 2/6/2012: The Nokia Lumia 800 has polycarbonate body.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

14 comments
HornHonker
HornHonker

Hooray! Finally a Techrepublic video that works in Firefox. Please use this for all web-based videos from now on, as I hate having to use IE just for watching TR video. As a website dedicated to all things technology, it always seemed strange that you guys forced subscribers to use a M$FT proprietary browser to consume your content. Thanks.

llaadd
llaadd

Hi, just wanted to clarify to you, the housing on the Lumia 800 and the N9 and even the Lumia 900 are Polycarbonate, not metal!

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

"How are the de-sta's being attacked.It's with a rote sha.When we leave our bodies using any method,even beam copying our DA,we end up in a Krad Dominion." "Yes.This is enslavement or worse.It's the Or-I self destroy rote" "We're grabbed,or hose wrapped,at the silver ta in the id and the or-i robot like rote unfolds.That was the reason for doing the Dambrind.We'd use our own story then.This is important to realize.These rote sha events of enslavement were inbetween the moments in the twinkling of an eye in stop time.We just never knew that this was occurring." "The id is the body you are in right now.Be it out of body or in body." "The silver ta is what connects your id body to your out of body body or DA.It's just a point.You would call it the silver ta point." "Out of body?" "The only realm that you can travel in organically is only and ever always Wonderworld.Never the Astral World or the Divind or even a Continental Region.If you are in the Divind out of body it is because your Astara bid-ba level was pulled out by a hose wrap.In our future many of these problems are solved be wearing stillsuits and by using a Mars fourth de ethene." "The most difficult in out of body?" "Definitely drinking water.We just never do it."

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

"The de-sta's are being violently attacked is true." "The goal with the de-sta's is to make them real in a Kolog or an Oahspe." "That's right in the tip of the Ashtaroth." "Yes.If you were to travel to a Jupiter just right at the velocity of light you enter the Oahspe." "You would see the stones orbiting Jupiter prior to the velocity of light and at the velocity of light you would see them turn into planets as you entered Wonderworld." "Another realm that does not tolerate Or-I." "We want our de-sta's to meld into these Kolog real worlds." "Yes they would be real then." "It is done right at the sun's organic projection." "They've put star gates there for this travel," "To date melding to an Oahspe is impossible because of the Or-I."

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

"The DIC communicates between it's compartment departments or arcs by a similar level idea.Every point is a DIC and as an example every point in every arc has a Divind.All of these Divind regions are juxtapositioned even in the UAS grand point." "THERE IS A SYMBIOSIS." "They talk or communicate or just need to be the correct color of blue all at the same time.So the Divind in the jah talks to the Divind in the ji instantaneously using this method." "WHEN OR-I HITS US---." "It turns into stuff.It si's as an evil copy of our UAS." "MONSTERS!" "Imagine they exploded and the residue hit us." "Or-I without Orvonton?" "A BURNING BALL OF FLAMES AT INFINITELY COLD TEMPERATURES."

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

"Don't think even for a minute that any of you has ever had sex in a real world." "It's true.We're all in projected de-sta's." "Yes,except for brief moments we are all filled with false memories." "I'M FREE!" "Most teams do not use their human memory." IT IS USELESS!" "Sirs,we make a trillion or more de-sta's before we find one that is inhabitable." "Kamdind again.My most current understanding is that the Tip of the Ashtaroth is the thirtieth level of the no-sa's.Any deeper than thirty levels and or-i can not exist." "WE ARE BEING ATTACKED IN ORVONTON." "It's sort of like that.The or-i skins deep in at the thirtieth level of no-sa's and it is our de-sta's that are being attacked as they are being projected." "We need much protection here." "Right now even as we speak we are in the future.Every time that we have ever met it has been in a evil free future." "A LITTLE TINY CRACK IN AN ABYSS OF TIME." "There is enough of an onslaught from the OR-I to bend the ark-di in our Divind." "Sirs even Mars---." "Which is eternally free of evil---." "---Is affected." "CRACKS IN THE SOIL!"

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

"Is it true what they say about Orvonton never being attacked by the Or-I?" "This is Ray---bone of contention.Judge his client never swallowed the bone because he was never there!" "Sirs,Or-I as a substance is actually incapable of existing in Orvonton." "IT COULD NEVER BE THERE!" "But Mr.Kamdind we see strong evidence of even OR-I violence directed against us in Orvonton especially on Urantia." "Good Coffee,I'll head in.As you all know there has never been a war in Orvonton." "Orvonton is the grandfanda of all real universes and it truly goes on forever." "Hal uses Orvonton for his atomic idea." "THERE'S WAR ALL THE TIME IN ORVONTON." "It's true if you look at the press articles and broadcasts there's one war after another." "YES,IT'S ANOTHER KRAD BLODDY MESS." "Sirs Eris wants everybody to be an OR-I.Especially is they do not want to." "COME AND JOIN THE RANKS OF THE DEAD IN ETERNITY." "That where we put all of our Lester's advertisements." "It's a tight one but I have it."

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

They have them at Walmart.They'll play a slide show from the pictures that you input.There was one there that played mp4's.I could load in a movie or two and watch a movie.I didn't check that close to see if there was a USB port.If you have ever made a DVD to be used in your TV DVD player you'll see that it does something to the file.When you look at the contents of the disk in My Computer there's folders.I think that this is because of a virus.It's just supposed to be one mp4 file.

Moeity
Moeity

Given the current state-of-the-art and market, I find it fascinating that Nokia made the choices they did. High-end build quality with lowball components - why? They clearly are targeting the low-end of the consumer market with this phone and the 900 as well (anyone looked at the cost of an unlocked Droid RAZR or Galaxy Nexus lately?). It just seems like they are not really competing with Android (and, with the lowball componentry, not even close to iPhone). I really don't understand Nokia's plan, here. Wondering how much "defiance of the MSFT hardware standards" applies here? It's like this phone was designed to barely be within that envelope. But IMHO, that's shooting themselves in the foot before they've even reached the starting gate. Very strange.

irvan.hendrik
irvan.hendrik

Just wondering, I thought that this article will mention why we have to wait for 900 but because I didn't get any feeling about it from the article, I have to ask. Why we have to wait until Lumina 900? Why is it better than 800?

neil.postlethwaite
neil.postlethwaite

- 16Gb memory - Why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why - No Memory card slot - Why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why, why A\ Because it has Skydrive !? Well, that's all well and good if you have 3G data coverage, and an unlimited Data plan. It is barking madness - in a high end phone like this, 32Gb should be entry level and 64Gb be an option. Flash memory costs next to nothing for manufacturers in bulk - A 32Gb SD/SDHC is around $30 bucks retail. Roll on the Lumia 1000, with 64Gb and a MicroSDHC slot.

SubgeniusD
SubgeniusD

Been watching these vids with Opera for years.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

The Lumia 900 has two distinct advantages over the 800. First, it will have better hardware: 4.3" AMOLED display (WVGA 800x480); 1,830 mAH battery; 1MP front camera; AT&T 4G LTE support. But more importantly, US consumers will be able to purchase the Lumia 900 from AT&T for only $99 (with a two-year contract). Given that an unlocked Lumia 800 is priced at $585 (420 euros), I believe it's a better bargain to buy the $99 900--even if you're locked into a two year contract.