Nokia has released a statement which confirms that the company has started shipping the Lumia 710 today with the handset due to arrive in stores of the next coming weeks.
In the statement Nokia outlines the order in which the phone will get it's release with handsets initially going on sale in Taiwan and then moving to Russia, Hong Kong and finally Europe.
When it does finally arrive in the UK it'll have an estimated price of around 270 EUR which equates to a little over £230 however no official pricing for the UK has been announced.
Nokia Lumia 710 features
While the Nokia Lumia 800 is considered a high-end smartphone with specs that rival many of the big handsets out there today, the Lumia 710 is aimed more at the mass market.
While the plastic interchangeable casing may not be premium you still get all of the Nokia exclusives on Windows Phone 7 that you would get on the 800 which includes Nokia Drive and Nokia Music.
The Nokia Lumia 710 UK release date is expected to be 6 January so while it may not be a pre-Christmas release it won't be long to wait before it hits the shelves.
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