06/02/2012 16:45 | By Matt Farrington-Smith, editor, Tech & Gadgets

Nokia Lumia 800 now available in glossy white

Snow joke: Nokia adds Lumia 800 in a dazzling, ice-white to its portfolio.

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Nokia Lumia 800 dazzles in glossy white

Nokia Lumia 800 in dazzling white. Image Leo Acker, Nokia Conversations blog

The bright white model adds to Nokia's growing Lumia palette. The white Lumia 800 is the first of its kind to sport a high gloss finish and the design is sure to turn some heads.

The finish applied to all Nokia Lumia 800's is achieved through the manufacturing of the Lumia's unibody. The phones crisp colours aren't simply added as a top-coat, the pigment is stirred into the polycarbonate liquid to make a mould.

In an interview with the Conversations by Nokia website, Colour and material designer Tiina Aarras says this of the new white colour: "The story of the Nokia Lumia is one of reduction and purity. White is the ultimate colour of reduction. It's also perfect for emphasising the black polished screen. If you stand a white Lumia 800 on a table the body almost disappears, and the black screen seems to lift up and float."

Grace Boicel, Head of Smart Devices Colours Materials and Design at Nokia Design: "We had to do a lot of testing looking at the reaction of the white pigments to light. It's very hard to get a pure white that doesn't look yellow."

White Nokia Lumia 800. Image Leo Acker, Nokia Conversations blog

Nokia Lumia 800 specs

The Nokia Lumia 800 incorporates the latest incarnation of Windows Phone (7.5), one-touch social network access, easy grouping of contacts, integrated communication threads and Internet Explorer 9.

It features a 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display blending seamlessly into the reduced body design, and a 1.4 GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor.

The Lumia 800 contains an instant-share camera experience based on leading Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music.

Exclusive Nokia apps

Lumia smartphones include signature Nokia experiences optimized for Windows Phone, including Nokia Drive, which delivers a full-fledged personal navigation device (PND) with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface; and Nokia Music introducing MixRadio, a free mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music. Windows Marketplace also gives Lumia users more than 55000 apps to choose from.

"Since we began selling it late last year, the Nokia Lumia 800 has received rave reviews around the world," said Ilari Nurmi, Vice President of Product Marketing, Nokia. "Now in white, the Lumia 800 brings with it an even more premium look and feel with its gloss finish, but packed with power and performance underneath its sleek body."

Nokia also recently announced a magenta (pink) edition of the Lumia 800.

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