AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 launching on April 8 for $100

The much anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 will finally be hit the US streets on April 8th for $99.99 with a 2 year contract on AT&T (was initially supposed to launch on March 18). The super_low price tag will surely help the Finnish company get a foothold in the US mobile market and also boost Microsoft’s Windows Phone marketshare and visibility. Quick reminder for those of you who haven’t been following all along; the Lumia 900 sport the same 8Mp camera with Carl Zeiss optics as the Lumia 800, the same polycarbonate uni-body but features a Super AMOLED + 4.3″ WVGA display and a Gyroscope (which isn’t present on the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710) and an Qualcomm MDM9200 LTE multi-modem chip associated with APQ8055 Snapdragon S2. So, Who’s getting one ?

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Windows Phone Tango platform announced alongside new SDK for minimal fragmentation

Photo courtesy of MJ Foley

Microsoft has just made Tango official today with the launch of an update to the current Windows Phone 7.1.1 SDK to add support to this new platform. Don’t expect anything ground breaking though as Tango is simply here to enable support for lower-end device packing only 256MB of ram like the recently announced Nokia Lumia 610. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore was also keen to point out that most of the 65000 apps available on the marketplace are compatible with such handsets but that approximately 5% are still not functional. The Redmond software giant is now trying to contact those application developers to get them to update/cod the software so it can run on the new mass market device. The Marketplace has now also open in 23 more countries including; Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam.

In addition to the engineering work we’ve done in the OS to optimize for lower cost devices and the release of a new SDK with emulator, we have identified a small number (around 5%) of current applications that will not run properly on the new lower cost devices. We’re contacting the developers of these apps directly to advise them of steps they can take to make their app compatible with lower cost phones. In most cases the guidance is simply to use less memory.

Ultimately, whether your app should be available to these phones or not is your call. We’ve enabled you to update the app manifest file in order to state whether your app does or does not work on lower memory devices. We’ll honor whatever value you choose. If you say no, your app will not be installable on these phones. Those we’ve automatically opted out already have this value set appropriately. If you disagree with us or alter your app to perform adequately on these devices, you can change the value in your application’s manifest file and resubmit your app. Details on this process will be available on App Hub.

The goal here is to have the less amount of fragmentation as possible so Microsoft is currently doing everything possible to get the platform to scale down to cheaper hardware while maintaining compatibility with the ecosystem. This is obviously in stark contrast with what is happening on the Android side of the market where some really super high speced devices are being unveiled for Ice Cream Sandwich. Fear not though, if you are a hardware nut you can expect such Dual-Core Krait or more (Quad-Core) monsters with HD displays to come alongside Windows Phone 8 Apollo later this year.

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Global Nokia Lumia 900 announced launching in Q2 2012

As we where all expecting Nokia has just announced the Global non-US version of the Nokia Lumia 900 handset earlier today. So what does it really mean ? Well nothing earth shattering. Simply put: everybody’s getting the handset with Dual HSPA support if your country doesn’t have LTE coverage yet or an LTE version for Canada which will be similar to the US variant. From the looks of it all variant are essentially the same powered by the same SoC (APQ8055 + MDM9200) so you will by an LTE handset anywhere but only be able to use it in HSPA mode for now until your region gets LTE coverage.

- Networks: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
- Speed: HSDPA+ Dual Carrier cat 24 (42 Mbps), HSUPA cat 6: 5.8 Mbps
- Display: 4.3” WVGA (800×480) AMOLED capacitive touch ClearBlack display
- Memory: 512MB RAM, 16GB storage
- Camera: 8Mpix auto-focus with f2.2, LED flash
- Size/Weight: 127.8mm x 68.5mm x 11.5mm / 160g
- Processor: 1.4 GHz Single Core/Snapdragon APQ8055 + MDM9200
- Battery: 1830mAh
- Operating times – Talk time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 7 hours. Standby time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 300 hours.

It will be available in Q2 2012.

Nokia quickly becomes number one Windows Phone OEM

Unsurprisingly Nokia has apparently become the number one windows phone OEM in less than a quarter. According to Strategy Analytics Nokia own 33.1% of the Windows Phone marketshare wile HTC Samsung and others the rest 66.9%. With only 2.7M units ship in Q4 Windows Phone is still far behind its many rivals but this just goes to show that good marketing and brand awareness is part of the key to success in this business. I have yet to see any HTC of Samsung advertising for their Windows Phone 7.5 here…

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Windows Phone 7.7 aka Tango?

This month’s MWC in Barcelona will probably see the official unveiling and launch of the Tango update/build of Windows Phone 7. As things are getting closer to release we are stating to discover more info about this update’s features and today we may have stumble upon it’s official naming which is Windows Phone 7.7. Nothing really surprising here given that Mango is Windows Phone 7.5 (but is really only Windows Phone 7.1). The hackaton event will take place tomorrow in Greece so we may hear more about this in the coming hours.

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Nokia sells over 1 Million Lumia handsets gets paid 250 Million by Microsoft

The headline above is a quick summary of Nokia’s Q4 2011 earnings reports released today and which is in line with what the markets where expecting: Revenue and profits are down Year on year but up from Q3 (normal given the holiday shopping season). The good news though is that over 1 Million Lumia handsets (800 and 710) have already been sold (to carriers and retailers not end-users) which is rather good for a windows Phone device out only in select regions/countries. How many of them where returned because of hardware defects and bugs is a whole other story though.

The report also notes that Nokia has received a $250 Million payment from Microsoft as part of the Windows Phone parternship this Quarter and that more payments are scheduled in the years to come.

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Nokia Lumia 900 launching March 18th for 99 alongside Titan II for 199

Looks like US residents on will still have to wait a few months before getting their hands on the Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II. The latest inside info revealed today points at a March 18th launch date for both handsets on AT&T. The good news though is the Lumia 900 will be sold at the relatively low entry price of $99 on a 2 year contract while the Titan II will go for $199. This shouldn’t surprise anybody especially those of you who have watched Stephen Elop presentation earlier this month in Las Vegas. The man clearly stated that Nokia will be really aggressive in terms of pricing with the Lumia 900 once it’s introduced on the market later this year.

Rumors are also circulating about an other Lumia 900 SKU (Lumia 910 or Lumia 930) which is said to feature a 12Mp camera and be available on other operators in the US shortly after AT&T’s exclusivity deal ends (in May)and there’s also the European version which is said to come out shortly after. I’ll have lunch with Nokia next week to discuss the Lumia 800 and its issues but will obviously try (probably in vain..) to get some info about all of this.

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Nokia Lumia 900 hitting Europe in June

According to UK’s Carphonehouse the much anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 is expected to the old continent next June. What is not known is if this European version will retain its MDM9200 LTE modem (I guess it won’t and will only have a regular MSM8255 @ 1.4ghz) or if it will offer more on-board storage (16GB is not enough for such a “premium” device IMO). Anyway, will we surely know more about the device’s international launch later next month during MWC.

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Nokia Lumia 800 Diagnostic Tool hints at Multi-Core Windows Phones ?

Slow news day folks so here’s a little interesting thing (that may turn to be nothing…) that I just noticed in the latest version of the Nokia Lumia 800 Diagnostic Tools embedded in the 11501/11500 firmware. As you can see in the picture above there’s settings sub-menu that allows the user to enable/disable HSDPA, Auto Answer and USB Hub. None of the options work right now (HSDPA is obviously already enabled on all handsets) but there’s an interesting pop-up message when you attempt to enable the USB Hub functionality:

For use in multi-core devices only. When USB Hub is turned on USB charging will no longer function…

Multi-core devices? What’s that exactly? Could be bad wording (technically any modern smartphone has “multiple ARM cores” in the SoC: the CPU, the Radio etc) but it could also hint a future Dual/Quad core powered Windows Phone 8 handsets that are scheduled to be unveiled later this year. Remember that the same Diagnostics app also contains a Gyroscope test which is not functional on any Nokia devices yet (only the Lumia 900 has one) and also hidden LTE menus that hinted at the Lumia 900 prior to its unveiling. Anyway, grab some salt and run with it.


Nokia Transport and Nokia City Lens coming to Nokia Lumia Windows Phones

Nokia is currently putting the finishing touches to the Windows Phone version of Nokia Transport and Nokia City lens (known as Nokia Live View on Symbian and Meego) for their Lumia range of handsets. Both applications were briefly demoed at CES this week and seems to be of the same quality as the Nokia Maps application.
As its name indicates, Nokia Transport is a commute / Public transport navigation application that features the following functionalities:

- Choose from multiple routes and follow the list of directions for buses, trams, underground or trains.
- Smart navigation for walking helps you reach your destination door-to-door.
- Check the next departure times for any stop in your city and easily save your regular commutes to favourites.

Check it out in action below:

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The Nokia Lumia 900 doesn’t have a PenTile display

Ok, file this into the “not yet 100% confirmed” but based on a macro shot of the Nokia Lumia 900 screen shot by the boys at the Verge, the AMOLED panel on the handset doesn’t exhibit the RGBG Martix of a Pentile panel but instead seems to be a RGB martix so this means that Samsung is apparently providing Nokia with a Super AMOLED Plus equivalent screen. Check out how the S AMOLED + compares to a Pentile panel here (click on the images for full size).

Once again this isn’t 100% confirmation but if this turns out to be the case then I can safely say that my two Lumia 800 devicesfeel slightly less exciting tonight. Anyway,I hope to have more confirmation soon. More Nokia Lumia 900 tech specs here.

UPDATE: It’s been officially confirmed by Nokia that it is not a PenTile Matrix panel.

UPDATE: Two more close up picture after the break showing the what clearly looks like an RGB matrix:

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Nokia Lumia 900 announced: Specifications and Video

There you have it folks. The mighty Nokia Lumia 900 has just been unveiled by Stephen Elop in Las Vegas a today and it looks exactly like you might have expected it to be. It’s a slightly bigger Lumia 800 thanks to the 4.3″ AMOLED screen (I’m guessing that’s a unfortunately a PenTile Matrix panel..) and packs an Qualcomm MDM9200 LTE multi-modem alongside an APQ8055 Snapdragon like the HTC Titan II announced earlier today. The battery has a capacity of 1830mha (the Titan II is 1730mha) and it will come in two colors; Black and Cyan. It will be available exclusively on AT&T in the US. It features exactly the same 8Mpix F2.2/28mm camera on the back with Carl Zeiss optics but also has a 1.3Mpix F2.4 (!!) front facing camera.The Lumia 900 will also have the WiFi Host-spot internt sharing feature enabled out of the bow.

No word yet on if it will ever be available outside of the US or the presence of a Gyroscope unlike the Lumia 800 and 710. Stay tuned for more..

UPDATE: The Nokia Lumia 900 does feature a Gyroscope.

UPDATE: It apparently doesn’t have a PenTile Martix panel!

Short hands-on video and specifications after the break:

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Nokia Lumia 900 to be announced on Monday headed to AT&T

But will it be released in Europe and Asia ? That’s the question on everybody’s lips especially those who are in Europe and didn’t already get a Lumia 800. According to the New York Times Microsoft and Nokia are set to unveil the 4.3inch handset on Monday during the already announced press event in Las Vegas. The same source are also claiming that the Nokia Lumia 900 is supposedly be a “sleek metallic Windows Phone”. Gone is the Polycarbonate? Anyway, it seems like AT&T is getting all the getting all the good stuff lately especially when it comes to Microsoft wares.

UPDATE: Bloomberg is also running the same story and adding that the Nokia Ace will support LTE.

Question to all you  Lumia 800 early adopters (like me): Will your regret your Lumia 800 purchase especially in the face of all the sever bugs and issues that have plagued the handset since it’s commercialization more than a month ago?

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Nokia Lumia 900 render revealed ?

What would be the last the of the year without a nice little leak and rumor? The latest is what looks like a render of the rumored Nokia Lumia 900 aka Nokia Ace that is said to be a bigger Lumia 800 (4.3″ screen) with a front facing camera and Qualcomm MDM9600 for LTE support on AT&T’s network (and a Gyroscope too). Last but not least us European are getting the shaft once again as this device (if it’s indeed real..) is apparently only going to be released in the US just like the Samsung Focus S. Lame, right? Anyway two more pictures after the break.

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Traces of LTE Nokia Lumia 800 found in diagnostic tools

Rumors of an AT&T bound LTE version of the Nokia Lumia 800 have been making the rounds lately even though the latest FCC filling was only for the “regular” US 3G version of the device (RM-819). Hidden menus found in the Nokia Diagnostic Tools finally confirm that Nokia and AT&T may be currently testing an LTE version of the handset. As you can see in the screenshot below LTE Bands 4 and 17 are supported and those are the ones owned by AT&T in the US.

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US Nokia Lumia 800 hits the FCC

The US version of the Nokia Lumia 800 has just passed the FCC certification today hinting at an imminent released in north America early next year. Don’t get too excited though as this is simply the same handset as the one currently available in Europe and Asia. The “original” version is the RM-801 and this one is the RM-819. The only difference being support for the WCDMA 850Mhz 3G band (AT&T) instead of 900MHz on the RM-801. Your dreams about the Nokia Lumia 900 or the LTE version of the Lumia 800 have yet to become reality..if ever… More to come on January 9th.

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Nokia CES press event announced: US Nokia Lumia phones expected

Nokia has just sent out the first invites for its CES events which will take place on January 9thin Las Vegas. Depending on who you want to believe we are either going to see the US version of the Nokia Lumia 800 with or without LTE and the unicorn handset aka the Nokia Lumia 900. In either cases let’s not waste any more time speculating and simply wait until the event takes place. Don’t forget that the Nokia Lumia 710 has already been announced on T-Mobile earlier this month and should be available in January.

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Nokia Lumia 900 rumor

Another day goes by and another rumor is sees the light of the day. This time it’s the return of the mythical Nokia Ace now dubbed the Nokia Lumia 900 which is said to be nothing more than a Lumia 800 with a 4.3″ screen (CBD AMOLED) instead of 3.7″ and only US bound (early 2012) and will be running Windows Phone Tango. Chances of this being true ? I don’t know but let’s thinker a bit here… a 4.3″ WVGA AMOLED display would look like crap unless it’s has an RGB matrix which is currently exclusive to Samsung in the form of the Super AMOLED Plus panel used on the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Focus S. Now, given that Samsung is also the manufacturer of the AMOLED panels on Nokia’s devices it’s safe to assume that this rumored Nokia Lumia 900 sports a PenTile Matrix panel. But why wouldn’t it have an RGB panel you say? Well like I said; Samsung is keeping it to themselves for now on (it’s one of the main selling feature for their SII and Focus S phones) and even Motorola got handed a crappy 4.3″ QHD PenTile panel for their top of the line Razr handset.

More surprising things have happened before so maybe this Nokia Lumia 900 is indeed coming soon with a super amazing AMOLED panel or maybe not. Where’s my salt?

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Windows Phone Tango confirmed to be minor update aimed at the Asian and Indian markets

According to Microsoft representatives how spoke during the MSDN Seminar – The Next Generation in Development in Hon Kong the rumored Windows Phone 7 Tango update ,which is slated to be released after Mango, will only be a minor update principally aimed at improving the OS’s services (like Bing) in emerging markets like China and India. Here’s a rough translation:

1. Tango is not a major update.
2. Tango Mango will be included as one of the updates.
3. Apollo will be the next major update.
4. Tango primarily for and developing countries such as China, India and other markets use, these are ignored in the market to have more exposure to Bing services.
5. manufacturers of these developing countries will launch a cheap version of Tango preloaded Windows Phone.

As you can see there’s nothing to really get excited about and it is yet unknown if this will included the new universal search feature we saw in the 7.10.8200 builds or even if Tango will be pushed to occidental handsets.

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