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Here’s the CES news I know many of you have been waiting for. Nokia just took the wraps off its flagship U.S. Windows Phone—the chic Lumia 900—announcing it will be available exclusively from AT&T this spring. Man, I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
If you’re keeping score, the Lumia 900 is Nokia’s third Windows Phone—and its first designed for AT&T’s 4G LTE network. (The phone joins the HTC Titan II, announced earlier today, in AT&T’s 4G LTE lineup.)
As you can see from the shots below, the Lumia 900 is definitely a looker: The thinnest of the three Lumias, the phone’s exquisitely-crafted polycarbonate exterior radiates the kind of industrial cool you’d expect from the Finnish phone giant and also rebuffs scuffs and scratches. The phone is packed with a big 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, 8 megapixel camera with an exclusive Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens (f2.2/28mm), and 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. At f2.4, the front camera is also nice and fast so people can actually see your face, and it’s wide angle for group chats.
A 1.4 gigahertz Snapdragon processor sizzles under the hood.
The Lumia 900 will come in cyan and matte black and feature a slew of exclusive apps, games, and content from ESPN, CNN, Electronic Arts, Univision, Sesame Street Workshop, and others. Once it goes on sale, it shouldn’t be hard to find: The Lumia 900 is slated to be the featured phone in all of AT&T’s 2400 U.S. stores.
In other Lumia news, don’t forget that Nokia’s first U.S. Windows Phone—the nifty Lumia 710—goes on sale at T-Mobile starting Wednesday. My colleague Ben Rudolph will be getting up close and personal with HTC Titan II and the Lumia 710. Keep your eyes out for his video shortly. And check out the official Nokia blog for some great video of the Lumia 900 and Nokia’s site for this cool tour of the phone.
Still up: CEO Steve Ballmer’s CES keynote, which you can watch live starting at 6:30 pm Pacific time today on the official Microsoft Facebook page or Microsoft News Center. Or visit our Facebook page for more Windows Phone fun from CES.
UPDATE 6:53 PST: At the CES keynote, Steve Ballmer announced the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 would also be coming to Rogers and TELUS in Canada. The Lumia 800, meanwhile, will be sold unlocked in various colors at Microsoft Stores.
Sleek smartphone: The new Nokia Lumia 900, available in the coming months from AT&T, weighs 5.6 ounces and measures 5 x 2.7 x 0.45 inches. It will be available in black and cyan.
I currently own a NOKIA 6010 that has been turned on since since I purchased it in 2002 from Cingular ( now AT&T ) in the USA here. It has run flawlessly and only had 1 battery change in 10 ten years. It is an awesome piece of technology for that time and I may be retiring it when the new Nokia * ~O~ * debuts in the Fall / Winter of 2012 / 2013. As far as I can see the future looks bright and fruitful in the world of mobile computing and wireless communications. More later... ~O~
I seem to recall seeing that design somewhere before. Yes, I think... it was 4.5 years ago, from a company named Apple, on a device called the iPod Nano 4th Generation.
@ChrisLynch: You ACTUALLY BELIEVE AT&T is going to give a damn about this phone? HAHA HAHA HAHAH AHAHAH HHA HA ha ha h.... They've had the Focus, the Surround, the Quantum, the Focus S, the Focus Flash, and the HTC Titan and how much floor space do they give them? Next to none. How many ads do they show them in? Zero. In fact, think of the latest AT&T ads - they SPECIFICALLY reference the iPhone ("surf the internet 3 times faster on your iPhone on AT&T's network" < direct quote from the ad).
They've thrown every WP7 device into the bargain bin for upgrades and new contracts within only a few months of their releases, they have the worst support for WP7 of ANY carrier, and their sales associates continue to push the iPhone like they're still the exclusive provider for it (mainly because they're still riding the wave from when they WERE the exclusive provider). You think they're going to care they get ANOTHER WP7 device, let alone consider it a "Feature device"?
They're not. They're simply going to shove it with the rest of the current WP7 phones they offer and continue to advertise the iPhone by proxy while steering customers towards iPhones and high end Android phones in stores.
I know there is 25 GB of Skydrive memory - but the coverage of fast internet is not good enough for using it for everything. So 32 or 64 GB build in memory is a must have for many people!
The Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan 2 are both really interesting devices. I hope they'll come to Europe too!
But what I absolutely can't understand is why a phone called "Titan" has only 16 GB of memory. Why is there no Windows Phone with 32 or 64 GB of memory? This combined with USB Storage Device functionallity would make those phones much more attractive!
I wonder what this phone feels like.. grippy rubber surface like a case, or smooth metal.
Yes Yes Yes!. July can't come quick enough :(
that figures we get the hspa version in canada & the LTE one is only US rogers botches another platform update unless they secretly cancel deployment like they did with the aspen(was swapped out with the onnia pro/samsung messenger) & put out something much older like the htc 7
Can someone please push wireless charging forward. I hate the fact that I have to plug in my mobile device daily to charge it. Someone needs to push it through and get traction with it as our mobile devices are ever more wireless and yet you still have to plug them in every day.
Great looking device! Just so you know - there is an online petition (directed at Telstra) to try and get them interested in bringing the Lumia 900 4G to Australia (it will need to be localised to an 1800band). Link is here: http://www.wpdownunder.com :)
PLEASE release a phone with 32GB of storage. I feel like all the other aspects are there (though I'd like to see some higher screen resolutions too), but storage is largely ignored and skimpy at 16GB.
Just one thing.. It would be nice if future Nokia phones were available in red and had S Amoled Plus screens. With decent storage this would be my phone for the next two years.
Yes,Yes Yes.... LTE, 4.3 inch screen, Nokia style and quality...And, supposedly a huge marketing campaign?? Very good. Today has boosted my faith in the success of WP big time. My upgrade should be by December, so hopefully there will be an even better option than this.. This is great, and gives me a lot to look f forward to.
As a Verizon customer, I'm not feeling the love at all...
Honestly, it's about time MS has a device that AT&T will feature as the Feature device in all of their stores. I wish it had some additional specs (NFC, larger storage), but I cannot WAIT to hold one in my hands. Michael, do you know if the MS Stores will have this device to view soon, or will it be available along with AT&T's stores?