Nokia and T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that they plan to hold a press event on December 14.
The invitation, reported by The Verge, appears to hint at a Windows Phone announcement. Pink and white tiles are present and the invite teases “something exciting.” Nokia’s Lumia 710 device recently passed testing at the FCC and appears to be heading to T-Mobile. The device has been passed on the T-Mobile-unique 3G 1700 band, as well as 850 and 1900 GSM bands. This could indicate that T-Mobile is planning to stock the Lumia 710 in the coming months. Nokia introduced the Lumia 710 at its Nokia World event in October. The Nokia Lumia 710 will ship as an affordable Windows Phone in white and black colors. The back of the device has replaceable covers that will match the colors of Windows Phone.
Nokia previously listed the Lumia 710 on its U.S. pages earlier this year. The device was marked as “coming soon” and the FCC tests could indicate that it’s nearly ready for U.S. markets. The Nokia Lumia 710 includes the following specifications:
- 3.7-inch LCD ClearBlack Display
- 1.4 GHz single-core processor
- Exchangeable back covers
- 5 MP camera, auto-focus, LED flash
Nokia is also understood to be preparing its U.S. Windows Phones for an announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in early 2012. The Finnish handset maker is working with AT&T to launch its Nokia Lumia Windows Phone at CES 2012. Microsoft is planning to support Nokia’s re-entry into the U.S. market with a large presence at CES 2012. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have indicated to WinRumors that Nokia is in talks with several U.S. carriers to provide an LTE compatible handset as its first U.S. Windows Phone device. AT&T is expected to be the primary launch partner of any Nokia Windows Phone devices in the United States. Nokia is also in talks with other U.S. carriers to bring its Windows Phone devices to market on rival networks.
Windows Phone “Tango” is also set to feature on Nokia’s U.S. device. The update is believed to be an interim release between Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” and the next-generation of Windows Phone, currently codenamed “Apollo.” Windows Phone build 7.10.8200 was recently discovered in server side logs of a Windows Phone application. A screenshot, believed to be a Tango build, also leaked and demonstrated a new device search feature for Windows Phones. Microsoft’s chasis 2 specifications (Tango) will also include a 480×320 BlackBerry style design and LTE support. The software giant is expected to ship Windows Phone “Apollo” with 1280×720 resolution and dual core CPU support.