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After recently launching its Asha range of feature phones in South Africa, Nokia expands its Windows Phone Mango-powered Lumia range locally. The Finnish firm has made its Nokia Lumia 710 available to local smartphone buyers, looking to get their smartphone fix courtesy of Windows Phone OS. This smartphone is available from Vodacom and Cell C outlets for a recommended retail price of R3999.

Just like its bigger brother in the Lumia range, the beautiful Nokia Lumia 800, the company’s Lumia 710 (119 x 62.4 x 12.5 mm, 125.5 g) is powered by a speedy 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU.

The latest Lumia also boasts the same amount of RAM (512 MB) as found on the range topping Lumia 800 as well as the responsive 3.7" (480 x 800 pixel resolution, 252 ppi pixel density) ClearBlack TFT capacitive touchscreen, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

Nokia equipped the 710 with a 5 MP auto-focus snapper capable of recording lag-free (30 frames per second) videos at HD-Ready (720p) resolution. You can store these videos, along with your apps, music and photos on the device, since it offers a decent amount of internal storage space (8 GB). Unfortunately though, users won’t be able to expand upon this since, as the Lumia 710 doesn’t sport a microSD memory card slot. Users can only use a microSIM card with this device.

Also onboard the Lumia 710 is 3G HSDPA connectivity, GPS with aGPS assistance, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, a 3.5 mm audio jack, interchangeable back covers and 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery capable of delivering music playback time of up to 38 hours, according to Nokia.
In related news, Microsoft recently brought the official Skype app for Windows Phone OS out of beta, making it available for download for Windows Phone Mango-running devices including the Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800.

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