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Hands on with the Nokia Lumia 900 at CES

The Nokia Lumia 900, announced at CES this week, includes 4.3 inches of AMOLED touchscreen
The Nokia Lumia 900, announced at CES this week, includes 4.3 inches of AMOLED touchscreen
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The Nokia Lumia 900 will launch exclusively through AT&T in the "coming months"
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The Nokia Lumia 900 will launch exclusively through AT&T in the "coming months"
The Nokia Lumia 900, announced at CES this week, includes 4.3 inches of AMOLED touchscreen
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The Nokia Lumia 900, announced at CES this week, includes 4.3 inches of AMOLED touchscreen
Gizmag found the Lumia 900's touchscreen bright and responsive
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Gizmag found the Lumia 900's touchscreen bright and responsive
The Lumia 900 will run Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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The Lumia 900 will run Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
In addition to the cyan and matte black models available at launch, it looks as if the Lumia 900 will be available in blue and pink
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In addition to the cyan and matte black models available at launch, it looks as if the Lumia 900 will be available in blue and pink
The Lumia 900 struck us good and robust
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The Lumia 900 struck us good and robust
Lots of fun can be had with two Lumia 900s
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Lots of fun can be had with two Lumia 900s
Seriously, they can be arranged in an infinite number of configurations
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Seriously, they can be arranged in an infinite number of configurations
For instance, why not use one of them as a tripod for the other?
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For instance, why not use one of them as a tripod for the other?
Or, use a Lumia 900 to bookend your collection of Lumia 900s
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Or, use a Lumia 900 to bookend your collection of Lumia 900s
The rear of the Lumia 900 features the familiar Carl Zeiss branding of the camera's optics
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The rear of the Lumia 900 features the familiar Carl Zeiss branding of the camera's optics
The cyan Lumia 900 makes a bold statement (i.e. I like cyan)
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The cyan Lumia 900 makes a bold statement (i.e. I like cyan)
In addition to the cyan and matte black models available at launch, it looks as if the Lumia 900 will be available in blue and pink
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In addition to the cyan and matte black models available at launch, it looks as if the Lumia 900 will be available in blue and pink
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More from CES 2012, Sin City, where we've briefly had a chance to get familiar with the Nokia Lumia 900, the Finnish corporation's sacrificial offering at the increasingly cluttered LTE altar to the gods of 4G. The Windows smartphone features a large 4.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera with a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and seven hours of talk time, according to Nokia. First impressions? Really rather good, actually.

With its announcement, the Lumia 900 becomes the central prong to the Lumia trident of Windows smartphones (between the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800), with which Nokia hopes to address its collapsing market share.

A run-down of the key specs:

  • Body: One-piece polycarbonate unit
  • Dimensions: 5.03 x 2.7 x 0.45 inches (127.8 x 68.6 x 11.4 mm)
  • Mass: 5.6 ounces (160 grams)
  • Processor clock speed: 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon (the same as inside the 710 and 800)
  • Key connectivity: LTE, 3G, WLAN b/g/n
  • Touchscreen: 4.3-inch 800 x 480 AMOLED ClearBlack glass capacitive touchscreen
  • Rear camera: 8-megapixel sensor and 28 mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens, 1280 x 720 30 fps HD video
  • Front camera: 1-megapixel sensor, 640 x 480 30 fps video, video calling
  • Battery: 1830 mAh, 7 h max. 3G talk time, 300 h max. 3G standby, 60 h max. music playback, 6.5 h max. video playback
  • Memory: 14.5 GB mass memory (no micro-SD slot), 512 MB SDRAM
  • Operating system: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Our first impressions are that Nokia's Lumia 900 has the robustness necessary for a phone this size, to the point that we wonder if this may be the first smartphone for which a case would be surplus to requirements. The large proportions are actually welcome, given that the front face is touchscreen touchscreen touchscreen - and a bright, responsive touchscreen at that. The phone's menus were intuitive to navigate. However, the 900's specification does fall short of some of the other LTE smartphones revealed this week.

In addition to the cyan and matte black models available at launch, it looks as if the Lumia 900 will be available in blue and pink
In addition to the cyan and matte black models available at launch, it looks as if the Lumia 900 will be available in blue and pink

Nokia's Lumia 900 will be another AT&T exclusive, although there's no official word on a launch date (other than "the coming months") or pricing. A U.S. release is rumored to fall towards the end of Q1, when cyan and matte black models will be available.

Nokia additionally announced imminent Canadian launches of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. The 710 will be exclusive to Rogers Communications, arriving in February for CAD $49.99 on a three-year plan. The 800 will emerge from the mists of ambiguity "soon," exclusive to TELUS and available in black, cyan and magenta.

4 comments
Neil
Windows Phone 7: The Zune of the mobile phone world.
The Reekly
No \"Super\" AMOLED No GLONASS Satellite positioning No 1 GB RAM No NFC No \"v3.0\" Bluetooth No WiFi Direct or DLNA Pleeeaaaase Nokia get your **** together, you\'re getting left way behind the times. The Koreans have USB On-the-go, 1080p video recording, barometer and years of hardware evolution over you. Even their massive Note weighs just 12gm more than yours Win7 doesn\'t let you use dual cores or removable memory cards, we can live with that. But inferior hardware? You can do better for a 2012 phone.
Rocky Stefano
@ Neil Rather than bashing. If you happened to take a look at the OS, you would notice that in fact it had all the features of IOS 5 almost 2 years ago when it initially launched including SIRI. Try picking up that Lumia 900 and then let me know if you still prefer your iPhone. I mean really give it a go for a week. Then you can talk. I\'ve used Apple products for 22 years by the way. I have Apple products. The Windows Phone OS is by far a better OS for a phone.
Syb
I am using the Lumia 800 now for a month. I think it is brilliant: clean design, sturdy, handy user interface, nice touch screen, fits in my pocket, so just everything you need without the clutter.