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.