Nokia planning U.S. AT&T launch at CES 2012

By Tom Warren, on 10th Nov 11 4:16 pm with 57 Comments

Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia is planning to launch its U.S. Windows Phone device in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, WinRumors has learned.

The Finnish handset maker is working with AT&T to launch its Nokia Lumia Windows Phone at the Consumer Electronics Show. 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.

The Verge reported on Thursday that AT&T is a prominent partner of a Nokia Windows Phone launch in the United States. Microsoft is expected to launch its Windows Phone “Tango” operating system update, which includes support for high-speed LTE networks, in early 2012. Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Division, revealed in October that Microsoft plans to offer LTE Windows Phones in 2012. Lees revealed that Microsoft is planning to offer LTE Windows Phone handsets in the “not-too-distant future,” during an interview. “The first LTE phones were big and big (users) of the battery, and I think it’s possible to do it in a way that is far more efficient, and that’s what we will be doing,” he added.

The reports back up claims from Windows expert Paul Thurrott that Nokia will launch U.S. versions of its handsets in early 2012. Thurrott discussed Nokia’s plans during his Windows Weekly show with fellow Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley on November 3. “I have been told that we expect the Nokia U.S. plans to be announced at CES,” said Thurrott. Nokia is believed to be preparing an “Ace” Windows Phone that is similar to the Lumia 800 but features a 4.3-inch AMOLED display. Specifications of the device leaked in early October.

Windows Phone “Tango”, set to feature on Nokia’s U.S. device, 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.

  • http://twitter.com/ma7mgte Joel Rollins

    Hello Verizon, where are you?

    • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

      Making out with a DROID somewhere

    • Anonymous

      In Android’s bed…..

  • Guest

    Got to hand it to AT&T! They somehow manage to become the primary partner with just about every initiative!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, AT&T really is the only carrier in the US not giving the middle finger to Windows Phone.

    • Anonymous

      Agree…..but what I don’t get is they don’t promote it in any shape or form other than carrying these phones & pitting it on display. That’s the sad part. ZERO Effort!

    • Anonymous

      No argument there.  I just went to an AT&T store over the weekend and only found one Windows Phone device, the Focus S, off in a corner.  I didn’t even see a Windows Phone logo display.  Even with that sad, sadly they still are the best carrier for Windows Phone.

    • OMG55

      Well if I were a business owner, I would give the company that is willing to stock my product first option too. Everyone on this site complains that Sprint, T-Mobil, and Verizon won’t stock any WP7′s, yet you complain when the on company that’s willing to carry the phone gets it. Go tell your carrier!

  • Nuaccount

    Should I wait two months for Nokia or get a samsung now. Decisions decisions decisions…

    • Guest

      If you need a forward facing camera, I think your short-term decision may be simpler – Samsung. If it’s not as important, then it depends on whether you can wait for two more months for a new phone! :)

    • Nuaccount

      FFC isn’t a deal breaker. I feel design is. The Lumia 800 just seems premium compared to samsungs offerings.

      I’ve been using the Focus S for 3 days now and I can’t stand the camera button on the side. I bump it constantly. I’m either going to wait for Nokia, or get the smaller focus flash. I just really like phones that fit comfortably in the hand. I also like the physical home button. 

    • Sam Ferguson

      I’d wait to see what Nokia produces. Only 2 months away and hopefully we’ll know what’s in store by late December. I was going to pick up the Titan but now knowing that Nokia should have something in January, it may be worth the wait. Even though the internal specs of the 800 aren’t quite as good as the Titan, and maybe the Focus S, that is one gorgeous piece of hardware.

    • MyNameHere

      I was wondering about that. My wife has a first gen Samsung Focus and the one really annoying thing about it is the overly-sensitive buttons. We “solved” that problem by putting it into a rubber case.
      When I get my own WP7 device (currently have iPhone – waiting anxiously for the right WP7 device), I would prefer not having to put it in a case just to work around a too-sensitive-button issue. What you are telling me is that the Focus S also has too sensitive buttons? If so the Focus S just got wiped from my short list.
      I guess I’ll need to wait for Nokia to release in the US. A FFC isn’t such a big deal for me since I’m too ugly to want people to see me anyway ;) But hopefully they do offer more memory options with the US release.

    • Nuaccount

      Correct. I am right handed and when holding the phone in one hand while texting i always press the camera button. I was a long time iphone user and was used to the small device. that is why i think im going to trade it in for the flash. even though the camera is subpar and the screen isn’t as nice. Saying that, wp7 looks incredible on a 4.3 super amoled plus. just wow.

    • OMG55

      Didn’t you test the Focus S in the store? I did and you should have notice it would be a problem for you although I didn’t have a problem with it or my current 1st gen focus. I just decide I will wait for Nokia in January.

    • Anonymous

      FFC is no big deal at all. I don’t get it why it’s so important for many on here. I have been using an iPhone4 for a year now & I have tested it to see if it works, but after that never really used it. I have not seen any of my friends using it as well. Just my 2 cents on that feature…

    • http://twitter.com/travelsko travelsko

      wp7 has failed, With no apps and no games its hard to compete. I stay with Iphone and Dual Core

    • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

      Dude! there’s apps and games.  It’s got freakin xbox live integrated into it. It’s got games.

    • Anonymous

      Obviously you are new here. Everything with an egg as avatar should be taken with a pinch of salt. travelsko is a known troll.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D6WUPKQ2XQANZT4VXR3NWK32YY Sam

      You’ve posted this twice…get over yourself. 

    • Anonymous

      In the same boat. Was ready to pull the trigger on Focus S…but now I will put some mileage on the Focus I have even though the battery is just plain awful. I hope the announcement & release of the phones happen at the same time. I don’t really care for for LTE. 4G is pretty fast for me. tried  few websites in the store with Focus on 3g & Focus S on 4G. Did see the difference in speed & am convinced its good enough for me.

    • Arnold

      Just wait for Nokia. You will be amazed.

  • Mrdeezus

    Again, will not buy any windows phone until they have at least 32 and preferably 64gb of storage. So, another failure of a device coming from a dedicated Zune user here who wants a WP7 device oh so bad…

    • Anonymous

      What do you expect from the likes of Microfail? They always are dollar short and day late.

    • Anonymous

      So what do you do on a MS website? Trolling? Get a life.

      Btw, its not MS’s fault. But hey, you fail to recognize that.

    • Guest

      Good to see you going back to your roots. Holding up the facade of being neutral or even occasionally MS supportive must have been tiring for you, shill.

    • d2w

      Arrow smith u r really a modified TROLL

    • Anonymous

      Do you have Zune Pass? Unlimited data? you dont need space if you have the two I mentioned. I am somehow getting buy with an 8GB Samsung focus I couldn’t get this much stuff in my iPhone 8G Zune Pass really helps with that.

    • Joe

      The VAST majority of people do not have unlimited data.  I also should not have to be forced into paying for a Zune Pass that I normally don’t use just to be able to stream music because my phone doesn’t have enough storage to handle the music I already outright own.

    • Anonymous

      And the vast majority of people doesnt need more then 16gb.

    • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

      Put perfectly. Such a stupid concept, to own music but have to pay another montly fee to someone else to stream the same music, via an unreliable wireless connection subject to a data cap. I strongly suggest that those who constantly say to use a Zune pass arent actually using it that much, or dont even have one. More storage options should be available to those who want it, for those who want to streams, knock yourselves out but one size does not fit all in this case.

    • http://twitter.com/p_w_k Paul

      Forced lol… who the F is holding a gun to your head fool.  

    • OMG55

      Talk to the manufacturers: HTC, LG, Samsung, Nokia; their making the decision to build phones with so little storage. Just don’t blame the OS maker.

    • http://twitter.com/hchooley Matt Baldwin

      I’m in a constant state of space management with my 16gb HD7.  I have a Zune Pass, but cellular connection isn’t reliable enough for streaming.  I’ve trimmed my music down to a lean must-have 12 or so gig, but you add images, videos, pod casts, documents, games, apps, ugghh..

      32gb would set me free.That being said, I’ll jump TMobile ship for the Lumia 800.   =)

    • http://twitter.com/epidemike EpidemikE

      I have a 8GB card on my HTC Evo and Ive never even come close to filling it up. Plus MS is going the route of Google and Apple and will heavily promote their cloud services. Maybe LTE is their response to this.

    • Jwelch_mi

      I’ve got 24gb on my focus and could have had 32 if I had bought a bigger expansion card.  I’m a dedicated Zune user and have a LOT of music on my phone.  Don’t let this hold you back…

  • David Petrla

    Chassis 2 (480×320) is dead. Andy Lees has said it somewhere. 800×480 will be so cheap next year that it doesn’t make sense to go down.

    • http://twitter.com/travelsko travelsko

      Nokia is dead as KIN 

      wp7 has failed, With no apps and no games its hard to compete. I stay with Iphone and Dual Core

    • http://twitter.com/JLancaster3 J Lancaster

      no apps or games?  Last count there were 35,000 apps.

    • Anonymous

      Stop responding to her. She has that response saved in Word and just copy and pastes it into every WP article she can find.

    • Anonymous

      If you are going to post the same comments over and over, at least fix your grammer.

    • Anonymous

      Ok I’ve seen you trolling for months now, can you just please tell me why you keep on doing this? Like what are you trying to achieve? I hope you have nuts to actually comment back.

    • Anonymous

      Yup, its been over 2 days and this troll has no nuts.

    • Anonymous

      300+ posts in 4 weeks?  dude… you need to go get laid!!

    • OMG55

      You UI must be ugly, because you won’t show your face, I see a 8MP camer or Dual-core hasn’t done you much justice because apparently you have your face in the sand like an Ostrich. If you support the platform of your choice, at least show you face!

  • http://techin5.com Jubbin Grewal @Techin5.com

    Apollo can’t come soon enough. The one thing I’ve really disliked on Windows Phones is the lack of higher screen resolutions. I’m happy without dual cores as wp7 is lag free anyways.

    Can you imagine a Nokia wp7 phone with AMOLED CBD and 720! Dream come true!

  • Ebodrero

    verizon sucks. android, android, android, it’s all they care about.

  • Anonymous

    Hurry up already. The HTC Arrive is the only Windows phone that Sprint sells. Consumers need more choices.

  • Asdf

    Paul Thurrott has already reported this I believe, not to take away any credit! (In What the Tech! )

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

       Yeah thanks, didn’t realise that. Added that in :) Cheers

  • Anonymous

    WinRumors. According to Andy Lee there wont be a chassis 2. So you probably should update that information.

  • Jayb Interactive

    MS should allow phone manufacturers to use any hardware but with a minimum system requirements like ram, processors, storage(memory). that way WP will be competetive.

    • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

      Fragmentation.

  • Anonymous

    Still no HDMI :(

    • Anonymous

      I am sure it will have DLNA

  • Mrdeezus

    Two things, I have and love Zune, but stop trying to tell me its a viable streaming option and that I dont need space because on both counts your wrong. I use Zune to download music for free listen to it and then decide whether i will buy it or not. Until they or anyone else for that matter comes up with a way that streaming is as good as listening to it from a file, with no dropouts or ads, then just make a fucking phone with 32 or 64 gb and stfu kthx.

  • Anonymous

    Please, Please, Please release another WP7 device for Sprint!!!!! The Nokia Lumia line would be nice, but right now i would be willing to take anything that does not have a physical keyboard….