Officially the Lumia 710 will retail for RM999 and as earlier indicated, the Lumia 800 will be priced at RM1,650.
At just a smidgen under RM1,000 the Lumia 710 presents an enticing value for consumers as it delivers the same level of performance as the Lumia 800 because they have identical processor and RAM – 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 chip with 512MB of RAM. The two devices even have the same screen size and resolution at 3.7-inches and 800×480 pixels but the more expensive Lumia 800 uses the brighter AMOLED technology while the Lumia 710 uses standard TFT LCD.
Other differences between the two devices: The Lumia 800 has an 8MP camera where the Lumia 710 only has a 5MP shooter but then again we all know that pixel count is not what defines camera performance so there might not be much separating the two devices in this respect. The Lumia 800 also features a bigger 1,450mAh battery compared to the 1,300mAh on the Lumia 710, though we suspect the bigger battery on the Lumia 800 is to accommodate the more power hungry AMOLED screen so you’re not going to get much gain in battery performance there.
Where the Lumia 800 sits in a price bracket with a number of very capable dual-core Androids with bigger screens and arguably better cameras, the Lumia 710 sits in a price point where there’s fairly not much competition. There are the of course a few good Samsung Android phones below RM1,000 but with its refreshing Windows Phone OS and free turn-by-turn navigation that works really well here in Malaysia the Lumia 710 is a competent and comparable value-packed alternative to the Android set.