Microsoft seems to be relaunching Windows Phone yet again on the back of Nokia, who has just announce the Lumia 920. Unlike the last attempt with the Lumia 900 revealed last January, the 920 tackles modern smartphone specs with a more modern smartphone operating system in the wings. That said, the specs read much like any Android top-tier device:
- 4.5″ 1280×768 LCD display
- 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual-Core CPU
- 8.7MP ‘PureView’ Carl Zeiss camera
The phone has similar polycarbonate materials prominent in the design of the Lumia 800/900 with Nokia’s signature selection of sharp colors – yellow, red, white, grey, and black. The camera wields the PureView branding that Nokia started with the 808 Pureview, an impressive phone packing a 41MP sensor that would allow for impressive digital zoom capabilities and downsampling to make 8MP images that outpaced any competition. That said, this implementation is limited almost purely to branding; Nokia is pushing that a new image stabilization system will make this otherwise pedestrian camera outperform the competition.
Whether or not this will finally push Windows Phone into the big leagues among iOS and Android is one question, but this is sure to be Microsoft’s best shot at relevance compared to quite boring offerings out of Samsung and the like.
Source: The Verge
For most of the life of Windows Phone 7 and beyond, devices packing the OS have barely touched U.S. CDMA-based carriers like Verizon and Sprint. Comments to Neowin from a Nokia VP Richard Kerris suggest that this won’t be the case forever, as some Lumia phones will be hitting both carriers in the near future to close a gap long open. Beyond that, he went on to say that Nokia’s 41-megapixel camera hardware that premiered in the Symbian-powered “Nokia 808 PureView” would soon be heading to their Lumia series of Windows Phones.
Finally, Kerris attempted to address some of the concerns about Windows Phone 8 not heading to existing devices by citing a large current install base that’ll facilitate app development until the point he believes “carriers will put together attractive options for updating your device to a Windows Phone 8 product”.
The fruits of the Microsoft and Nokia’s partnership is finally coming to the US. Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 7 handset, the Lumia 900, finally has a date and price for its debut on AT&T.
The Nokia Lumia 900 will hit for $99 on 2-year contract on April 8. This is a very aggressive price for a flagship device that has received a fair amount of critical praise for it’s hardware design.
Here’s the quick specs rundown for the Lumia 900:
- 4.3 inch display
- LTE 4G wireless
- 1.4GHz single-core CPU
- 512MB RAM
- 8MP rear-facing camera
The Lumia 900 will debut in Cyan Blue and Black Matte, and a glossy white version will be available on April 22.
A couple weeks ago we reported a rumor that the Nokia Lumia 900 was destined for an April 22nd release date at $99 with a 2-year contract. That date has since been disputed, with WPCentral reporting that several store employees referenced an April 9th date with demo units already debuting on AT&T sales floors.
WPCentral has reported another rumor on the matter that gives insight into how invested Nokia is in their flagship Windows Phone 7.5 phone. Nokia is supposedly paying around $25 million to secure the Lumia 900 as the premier “company use” phone. Basically, the CU program offers select smartphones for free to AT&T employees, which could spark customer interest and increase word of mouth. Of course, employees see a discount on all phones but the incentive of a free device is sure to be alluring.
Along with specialized employee training and a new marketing scheme, it’s beginning to look like Microsoft and Nokia are getting quite serious about competing with iOS and Android. The only question is whether or not it’ll be enough after entering the market so late in the game.
According to BGR, Nokia’s much anticipated Lumia 900 smartphone is set to release on April 22. They had earlier reported a March 18th date, but lack of “technical acceptance” slid back the unofficial release date by about a month.
The Lumia 900 is Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone release in the United States, releasing exclusively on AT&T. It’ll join the HTC Titan II in the retail debut of Windows Phone 7.5 codenamed “Mango”, which adds support for multiple mail accounts, better social network integration, fully-fleshed multitasking, free Bing Maps navigation, and much more. Beyond that, the 900 packs in the highly acclaimed design of the Lumia 800/Nokia N9 in a larger form factor along with LTE support in the US.
BGR also reports that the phone will be targeted at a $99 price point with two-year contract, easily undercutting iOS and Android competitors yet hopefully delivering a top-shelf experience.
At Mobile World Congress, Nokia took the wraps off of a truly impressive smartphone – the 808 PureView. While the phone is likely not destined for release in the US and packs Nokia’s aging Symbian OS, it’s still worth noting due to an impressive 42MP rear-facing camera. The huge sensor gives the device a chunky profile and an even more pronounced bump around the optics, but it may be worth it for pictures like the one above.
Nokia 808 PureView
As previously mentioned the PureView runs Symbian Belle, the latest iteration of Nokia’s legacy OS. As a result, the screen packs a paltry nHD resolution (360×640) sprawled over a four-inch diagonal and the processor is an underwhelming single-core chip. Nonetheless, the specs are more than capable of running the OS but call into question why exactly Nokia would choose to step away from their all-in approach to Windows Phone 7 to undertake a project like this one.
While the camera does capture shots at 42MP, the imaging processor inside the phone composites some of the pixels to reduce image size to a more manageable footprint while still retaining a fantastic image. Many would be quick to point out that megapixels don’t mean much if a camera’s sensor is small, but the 1/1.2″ sensor is 2.5 times the size of the sensor in the Nokia N8 and almost 6 times the size of the iPhone 4S’s sensor. In fact, the sensor isn’t a far cry from that of Nikon’s mirrorless format which goes to show how much light the PureView is capable of taking in.
This phone is set to release in Europe for 450 Euros during the next quarter, though aspirational Nokia fans across the pond could import the phone for use on AT&T or T-Mobile (thanks to the pentaband modem, though data would top out at HSPA speeds). For more pictures and hands-on video, check out Engadget’s coverage of MWC.
Source: Engadget | Image: Engadget (gallery)
The first fruits of the Nokia and Microsoft partnership have already hit shelves in the US, but the handset that most have their eye on is still in the wings. The Lumia 900 is out in Europe, and a few rumors are now pegging it for release stateside in just a couple months.
BGR reports that it has a copy of a portion of AT&T’s 2012 roadmap, and the Lumia 900 is listed as coming on March 18 for $99. This sub-$100 price point is a surprise as the hardware itself is set to be top-notch, and the AT&T version will be an LTE handset. If this come to fruition, it’s a pretty clear sign that Microsoft is using the Nokia partnership to push Windows Phone 7 in a big way.
The Nokia Lumia 800 has come and gone in the UK, marking the first flagship/halo device to come out of Nokia running Windows Phone 7.5. The phone’s svelte design showed that WP7 could be just as appealing as iOS or Android, but the lack of full international release meant that this message couldn’t be carried across the pond.
It looks like the US might be thrown a bone after all, though not in the form of the Lumia 800. Instead, it looks like Americans will be getting the low-end counterpart to the 800, the Lumia 710. When both devices were announced, the 710 was revealed to have many of the same specs but with a lower-resolution camera (5MP as opposed to 8MP), cheap plastic casing (as opposed to metal-feeling polycarbonate), and swappable back cover in multiple colors.
T-Mobile Marketing Materials for Nokia Lumia 710
The rumor is that T-Mobile will be picking up the device, as suggested by multiple reports with the latest being a blurrycam shot of marketing materials pushing Lumia 710 accessories. With Nokia all but promising no Lumia 800 release in the US in favor of specially tailored devices to premiere at CES in January, Nokia fans should either hop onto this train or have a little more patience for about a month.
Source: The Verge | Image: Engadget
Early this year, Nokia and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership that resulted in a major shift away from Symbian/Meego OSes for the manufacturer. Finally Nokia World has come and gone, revealing the first two Nokia-made Windows Phone 7 handsets running the latest version of the OS codenamed “Mango”. The flagship Lumia 800 is definitely the more impressive of the two, sporting the design of the recently released N9 with a few tweaks here and there. The device’s standout features are a curved 3.7″ AMOLED touchscreen (800×480 resolution), 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss glass, and physical camera button. Aside from those, the device boasts the similar, ergonomic design sense of the N9 that was fairly well reviewed from several outlets including This is my next and Engadget. The Lumia 710 has many similar features, but clearly targets a more budget market with a chunkier plastic design and interchangeable colored battery cover.
In addition to these specs, both phones pack some solid software including Nokia Drive hands-free navigation, Nokia Music, and the Nokia-exclusive ESPN app. The devices will be shipping in November to Europeans (UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands) with support for LTE/CDMA based on the regional carriers. US release is promised sometime in early 2012, based on how fast deals can be made with carriers and handset manufactured with the correct wireless radios inside. You can check out the full spec sheets for the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 at Nokia’s website as well as some hands-on videos below.
Source: This is my next