Nokia Lumia 900 reportedly launching on AT&T with 4.3-inch display

By Tom Warren, on 29th Nov 11 4:54 pm with 64 Comments

New Nokia Windows Phone?

Nokia’s next Lumia looks set to go on sale across the U.S. in early 2012.

The Lumia 900, Nokia’s next high-end device, will reportedly feature a 1.4GHz processor, 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel camera. BGR reported on Tuesday that the device will launch shortly after CES 2012 in January. Nokia is also preparing a huge marketing blitz in the U.S. to accompany the launch of the new device. The persistent rumor of a 4-inch Lumia device seems to follow previously speculation on a “Ace” Nokia device. A new Lumia device showed up by mistake in a Nokia developer video earlier this month. The video demonstrated a device that had capacitive Windows Phone buttons disappear on the device when the screen is off. Existing capacitive devices from the likes of HTC and Samsung and even Nokia’s own Lumia 800 device all feature capacitive buttons that are typically white and backlit.

Nokia is 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.

  • Anonymous

    All i can saw is “Awesome”.   The more i think about it, the more i’ll wait until Apollo, but this device will certainly help fill the market with more choices and a January launch really isn’t that far off.

    • Anonymous

      Agree.  As much as I’d like to get a Nokia WP device, I have six months left on my N8 warranty, so I’ll stick it out with my N8.  Besides, Nokia’s ‘true’ stamp on WP will be forthcoming with Apollo, so I will wait until then to get a Nokia WP device.

      But if an unlocked version of the Ace is priced right, I just might take the plung….

    • quintus murray

      you sir are a smart man but if apollo doesn’t even have quad core support and is behind android at hardware support people will continue to buy android and iphone to me WP is dead until it is reborn

  • J A

    WTF!!! This is not the same sleek design as the Lumia 800. Why can’t they make the Lumia 800 bigger with front-facing camera, etc? I don’t want this design, man.

    • Anonymous

      They have done a market research that said the sleek design of 800 is unacceptable in US and hence the change /sarcasm
      LOL

    • Anonymous

      No one said that is the 900 design, it was just a recent render caught on a leaked video that could be anything at this point including a concept that isn’t even being made into a real device at this point.

    • Anonymous

      With you on that one.  The Lumia 800 design is amazing and I would love to see that with a 4.3 inch screen and god willing, a ~10 inch tablet next year.  I think its that curved glass look that has me.

    • Anonymous

      a freaking nokia tab would be secks. Im pre- pre ordering one now.

    • Miro

      the 900 series will be the top of the line out of all phones it’s design is of yet unknown I believe. There was a rumor the phone in the picture above is the 600 series

  • http://twitter.com/neoxphuse Vong Ngo

    I’ll wait till Windows 8 and see what Nokia has in store then.

  • Anonymous

    can’t upgrade till the end of next year but nice phone none the less

  • Anonymous

    I WANT !!!!

    ……. GIVE ME IT UNLOCKED, PLEASE.

  • Norville2

    Totally agree Awesome….who want my iphone?.

  • Anonymous

    I just want a Lumia 800 with all the Mango features (Front camera, gyroscope, etc). I’m probably upgrading to a Titan but I know I’ll resent it for the next two years for being so HUGE.

    • ReturningToNokia

      Then don’t get the Titan!  Seriously, only a couple of months before Nokia hits the U.S….If your current phone is operable at this point in time, just wait until you see what Nokia has to offer the U.S.

    • Anonymous

      To be fair, 4.3 inches is still pretty damned enormous compared to my Optimus 7. No mention of a FFC either, thought it’s early days I suppose. I will try and be patient but with my upgrade due on December 10th I don’t think I’ll hold out long to be honest!

    • Anonymous

      get a HD7S. My sister in law has it and its a great phone.

    • Anonymous

      No way! The HD7S has neither a reasonable-sized screen nor a front-facing camera…

  • http://www.twitter.com/wixostrix WixosTrix

    Every US Nokia phone needs to have a FFC at launch.  It’s a selling point and people do use them in very real world cases. 

  • Anonymous

    “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.”

    Well, there’re only two carriers in the US with LTE: AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless.

  • Blackprince

    4.3″ screen AND LTE! Sign me up

  • Anonymous

    Why not increase the resolution in Tango release to 1280X720. Why wait until Apollo. If they can get the lower resoultion change, why not the higher resolution as well?
    I can understand the dual core support. But higher resolution on bigger screens like 4″+ would be awesome

    • Adrian.

      I believe that you need a dual core processor for HD resolution. I might be wrong.

    • Collin5

      Yes, this is wrong.

    • Anonymous

      Because they have a plan and are sticking to it.  It’s an issue for app development and they don’t want to just throw it out there before allowing the devs time to get an SDK with support for said resolutions and what not.

  • OMG55

    theloz, I also would like the lumina 800, but this device is a good looking device as well. It’s very thin, believed to have a unibody design, and it will have a FFC onboard. the only thing I hope this device comes with is 16GB+ of onboard memory or expandble to 32+ and curved glass like the lunina 800. lets face it, most people want screen size, FFC, more memory, voice recognition, and a thin device that doesn’t bulge in their pockets.

    • Anonymous

      Agree with everything you have said…but I think FFC is over rated in my opinion. I don’t use it on my iPhone now & really haven’t seen any of my friends using it a lot. If it’s there..good. But no deal breaker for me.

  • Entegy

    Hopefully there will be a Verizon version. They need some WP7 love.

    • http://twitter.com/ParkerReno Parker Ciambrone

      hey, sprint over here, dying as well

    • Anonymous

      that’s what you think…Not Verizon that’s in bed with Android:-)

  • Anonymous

    Way to wait until after the holidays to launch a consumer product. FAIL.

    • Anonymous

      Yes no one should release any products during the year except for the final quarter…  You clearly haven’t been keeping up with Nokia’s plan for device releases or you’d know why it is going down this way.

    • Anonymous

      Umm yes, I have. They released in Europe first to test the waters on how well it would sell. CLEARLY it’s selling well, nothing to worry about. Should have done a launch in the U.S. as well, since it’s likely to sell like hot cakes in the U.S. as well. I mean, freaking Armenia is getting the phones before the United States!! What are they thinking?

    • Scooter224

      It’s not selling well! The price went down 100 Euro in one week. In the U.K. it’s selling well, but they give you a FREE xbox360 if you buy a Lumia 800. The phones are flooding ebay UK right now.

    • Anonymous

      Honestly I think it is more about hitting areas they are more well known in first, and second, bringing devices to the US that are more desirable here like bigger screens and what-not.  They simply didn’t have time to do both before the holidays.

  • Michaelp

    I want it. I just bought the awesome HTC Radar 4g… maybe by the time the Lumia 900 drops AT&T will have bought T-Mobile and I can get it (wishful thinking.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

      Or you’ll be part of Cricket, since they’re gonna have to split up T-Mobile to try and appease the DOJ. They’re currently in talks with Cricket.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that the Lumia brand will become the Nexus for Windows Phone.

  • Surge

    The Lumia phones all look very good, but was there any confirmation that there wouldnt be a ffc? Also, all new phones in the US should have at least 16GB, if not 32GB. And I like that the titan has 1.5ghz, but 1.4 is good too. Lets keep it going wp7!

  • Avatar Roku

    1. Where is the CDMA love?
    2. 32GB or bust
    3. LTE please.

    If this thing doesn’t have more than 16GB of storage and they’re calling it Lumia 900 then consider me disappointed.

    • http://twitter.com/LachlanCMcLeod Lachlan C McLeod

      microsoft wants people to use skydrive so they can make cheaper phones.. i only use like 3 GBs on my phone.. its kinda pointless to have a ton of space when you have 25GB of free integrated space and a Zune pass where you can download any music you feel like for the day from millions of songs.

    • Arkistriph

      Skydrive/cloud services are only viable if you have wifi access, many rual areas do not have great coverage if they have any at all. With the caps on data usage you can rack up some serious charges. I would love to have a great 32 gig phone I have 40 gigs in my Focus and could use more if I could get it.

    • Kyle Walker

      Agreed. If you use your phone as your MP3 player as well, like me, then you use every bit of your phones HD. Picking your favorite albums out of 500+ albums is hard actually. I know it seems impractical to have that much music but when I am at a party and using my phone as the music source and someone says “Hey do you have _____’s album _____” and I do but its on my home PC, it is rather frustating.

    • quintus murray

      nokia always disappoints why are you surprised

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like att they just mess up with your bills where is sprint, T mobile here WTF

  • Mrdeezus

    I agree…first carrier with a 4.3 inch or higher screen and 32 or 64 gb wp7 phone has my money.

  • Anonymous

    Add FFC offer 32GB of internal memory + MicroSd but no dual core ?  ??

    • Surge

      Well, the maker of the snapdragon processors has said that the way that the current windows phone is made, there is no need for dual core, thats why it isn’t support. Android is so quick to get the dual core 1.5 GHZ or so because the OS runs in multiple layers and really needs the extra processing power. With WP, you wouldn’t see any increase in performance (I’m very happy with the performance of my HD7) and it would just be an unnecessary battery drain. It is however supposed to supported on Apollo (wp8) because it may actually utilize it so its worth using the battery life.

    • Collin5

      Sorry to
      say, but most of your post is misleading.

      Firstly, the
      reason dual core WP7 phones do not exist is because the WP7 operating system doesn’t
      support it. Building a dual core phone with the current version of WP7 is
      impossible. My point is, that the lack of dual core WP7 phones has absolutely nothing to do with
      WP7 not “needing” it, and that Qualcomm never made the statement you mentioned.

      Secondly, running
      WP7 on a dual core platform absolutely would increase performance, although
      only for a very small number of apps. Internet Explorer is one of those apps
      that would benefit noticeably!

    • Collin5

      Sorry, don’t know why the formatting is so out of whack.

    • Surge

      Please google it before you call someone misleading, its not nice.

      http://wmpoweruser.com/qualcomm-windows-phone-7-does-not-need-dual-core-processors/

    • Anonymous

      Agree. But it runs fine without Dual core. Dual core & LTE= Battery Killer.

    • Collin5

      @d42b1a58a18531ebb465262827e2f56c:disqus Hello Surge. For some reason I couldn’t reply directly to your rebuttle, so I’m replying to myself instead.

      Thank you for the reference to the wmpoweruser blog site. The blogger at wmpoweruser was quoting a post from fudzilla. The blogger at fudzilla was interpreting a press release from Qualcomm. Qualcomms one-paragraph press release is quoted in the original post:

      http://www.fudzilla.com/mobiles/item/24638-windows-7-phone-runs-fine-on-single-cores

      Here is the main statement from Qualcomm’s press release:

      “Windows Phone devices are built around specific hardware requirements
      that drive consistent and high-quality end user experiences.”

      Inferring from this that WP7 does not need dual core processors requires either fanboyism or technical ignorance, possibly both.

      I never thought you were intentionally misleading and didn’t want to offend you. I am sorry if I did. In this case you, like many others, are simply the victim of very bad reporting.

    • quintus murray

      but the masses don’t know that so they will buy android beasts with dual-core over single core WP7 crap he he it’s the truth. It’s that same way of thinking that slaughtered symbian and made nokia a laughing stock

    • Anonymous

      Dual core is an overkill & battery hog. WP7 OS doesn’t really need it at this time. Maybe with the launch of Apollo.

    • Collin5

      Hello bkt66. Yes I agree that WP7 runs absolutely fine without a dual core CPU.

      However, what are you really saying, when you state that Apollo doesn’t need dual cores at this time? Are you assuming WP8 be just as inefficient as Android, so that we will all need dual cores at that point?

      No. The truth is WP8 will not NEED dual core hardware any more than WP7 does. The truth is that dual cores will bring the exact same advantages to WP8 that they would have brought to WP7. From my point of view, all we are doing is looking for justifications for not having hardware that is up to par with modern Android devices, while wishing we did.

      There are very good reasons we don’t have dual core hardware for WP7 yet. That we don’t “need” it is not one of them.

    • Collin5

      Sorry, should read:
      However, what are you really saying, when you state that WP7doesn’t need…

    • quintus murray

      sadly collin5 you are the only intelligent one here the rest are dumb ignorant fanboys who will look for excuses to defend WP7′s weaknesses. Just like the brainless Nokia fanboys

    • quintus murray

      sadly only you and a few others see it that way and that will spell the end of WP if you use the same way of thinking that symbian had back then then death by android is guaranteed. The feeling that an OS doesn’t need the best of the best is utter Bullshit and that is what killed symbian in the first place looks like microsoft is repeating the same mistake nokia made if they think like you then WP is guaranteed to fail. 

  • Mr. Furious

    AT&T.  Dammit.

  • San Ien

    They better bring on frontfacing camera! Otherwise it is completely stupid fail of Nokia! They cant possibly release a new phone again that do not support all Mango features!!!

  • bob

    VERIZON.  NOW.

  • Anonymous

    I love my Focus S she is like a wife to me, but now I won’t be able to stop thinking about that hot Lumia 900 chick sitting on AT&T bench and staring at me…

  • Chello Kelly

    I have been using an lumia 800 since the start of december (sim free republic of ireland) and i just cant put it down, i love it. wp ui is excellent, real slick. I just hope xenon flash is used in the 900, dual led just ant cut it.