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Summary: The first Nokia Windows Phone will be available on January 11th for $50. The Lumia 710 is not as attractive as the Lumia 800, but it is still a solid smartphone for the new buyer.

It turns out that the rumor of T-Mobile announcing the Nokia Lumia 710 was spot on and today they made it offical. The Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone device will launch at T-Mobile stores and online starting on 11 January in the white and black models for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two year contract.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is not as gorgeous as the Nokia Lumia 800, but it is still a very good device and is priced at the right level to appeal to a lot of new smartphone customers. I debated Larry this week on Windows Phone’s success and getting new devices from Nokia coming in at $50 is one way to reach the lower end market. I am sure we will see higher end devices from Nokia in 2012, but this is a decent start.

The Lumia 710 has the following specifications:

Qualcomm 1.4 GHz processor
3.7 inch ClearBlack WVGA (480×800 pixels) display
5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture capability
8GB of internal storage
HSPA+ 14.4 Mbps download
802.11 b/g/n WiFi
Bluetooth 2.1
FM radio with RDS
A-GPS receiver
Removable 1,300 mAh battery

The unique Nokia features, such as Nokia Drive’s voice-guided offline GPS navigation and ESPN Hub are supported on the Lumia 710. This is the first official Nokia Windows Phone in the U.S. and while all of us phone enthusiasts want to see the Lumia 800 or something even better this strategy is one way for Nokia and Microsoft to reach more people. T-Mobile is the value provider and thus owning a Nokia Windows Phone can be an affordable option. The black one is attractive and I am likely going to pick one up for myself and my wife may even want to use this to replace her Nokia N8.

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