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Phone is Nokia's first phone "built for and designed for the North American market"

As expected, Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) -- the world's largest phone-maker by volume (when feature phones are included in the mix) -- made a push on Monday to stay relevant in the smartphone market with the new Nokia 900.



The Nokia Lumia 900. [Image Source: Nokia]
 
I. Nokia Enters America... Or Re-enters it?

Nokia's VP of Communications Susan Sheehan made an amusing stumble, commenting at the opening of the press conference that the Lumia lineup was "Nokia's entry... (stutter) reentry into the wireless market in North America."

But to be honest the first statement was probably the most accurate -- Nokia hasn't been relevant in the North American market since the days when there wasn't much of a market.

Nokia kicked off the conference with old news.  The Nokia 710 was launching on Deutsche Telekom AG's (ETR:DTE) T-Mobile USA, America's fourth largest mobile carrier, on January 11.  Priced at $50, Nokia pitches that the phone, "Brings an unparalleled combinations of quality and price to the American market."

Likewise, Nokia talked about how its Nokia 710 and snazzier color plastic Nokia 800 have been trinkling out to various non-U.S. markets worldwide.


The Lumia 800
The Nokia Lumia 800. [Image Source: Nokia]

But the big ticket item of Nokia's presser was the Lumia 900.

II. The Lumia 900 -- Bigger is Better

The Nokia Lumia 900 follows the chic Android cliche of "supersizing and 4G".  It essentially takes the Nokia 800, bumps the screen size to 4.3 inches, and adds an LTE modem, plus a beefy 1830 mAh battery to support the new blazing but hungry communications chip. As we mentioned over the weekend, a 1.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of storage space is in the mix as well. The screen also saves power via circular polarizing display tech., branded as Nokia's "Clear Black" feature.

Lumia 900

New Nokia CEO -- and ex-Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) camera employee (and "Trojan horse" according to some) -- Stephen Elop cheered the device.  He comments, "We believe that the industry has shifted from a battle of devices to a war of ecosystems...[The Nokia 900 is] a smartphone designed and delivered specifically with the North American consumer in mind...[It is] the first real Windows Phone built for and designed for the North American market."

Elop w/ Lumia in Hand

A couple of other pertinent tidbits were tossed out by Mr. Elop.  The new phone will use Nokia's proprietary injection-molded polycarbonate casing to deliver black and cyan Lumia 900s whose "color is inherently innate to the material, not cheaply painted on the outside."

The phones will also have some pretty nice optics.  On the rear is a F2.2 wide angle lens, with dual aspect ratio support.  On the front is a F2.4 lens, which Nokia seemed particularly proud of.  The company brags, "The front camera of the Nokia 900 let's in as much light as the back camera of nearly of nearly every other smartphone out there."

Lumia 900 camera

The phone will be carried by AT&T, Inc. (T).  In a bit of fan service to tech news fans everywhere, Nokia managed to squeeze Stephen Elop, Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer, and AT&T President Ralph de la Vega all on one stage.

Ballmer w/ De La Vega and Stephen Elop

III. Nokia's Big Lumia 900 Suffers From Soft Launch

Sadly, the launch was very soft, with many of the most criticial deals left unsaid.  Price was not discussed other than Mr. Elop's nebulous assurance that it would "aggressive. " The launch time was stated as "in coming months" (about as ambiguous a phrase as you could think up).

Mr. Elop says part of the challenge of selling consumers on Windows Phones is explaining to them that the fastest CPU does not necessarily mean the best performance.  He comments, "Quad-core doesn't mean quad-performance or quad-user experience."

Of course it's hard to sell a product that doesn't exist yet, so Nokia better move aggressively to drop its Lumia 900 on the American market ASAP, particularly with HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) preparing to drop its own HD, LTE Windows Phone -- the HTC Titan 2.

All images © of Jason Mick and DailyTech LLC.


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RE: Big 800
By Aloonatic on 1/10/2012 12:54:52 PM , Rating: 3
The whole "power" issue with smartphones is something that makes me smile. For the vast majority of people the hardware found in the original Google Nexus would be more than adequate. (Some of the low power (e.g. HTC Wildfire) phones are too slow/under powered though)

What do people do with their phones? Text, look on facebook/twitter, take photos and share them and then play around with the odd app and game, but game playing makes up a small percentage I'd wager, and they might even make a call from time to time.

The power in a lot of devices is way over the top, and will never be used by many other than when they run a benchmark to see just how powerful it is or running a demo to show off.

For me, screen size and resolution were important, as well as being able to last a day easily which is why I went for a HTC sensation. I'd really love to give WP7 a try, but all their phones were "small" screen affairs, baring the Titan but even then (as with the 900) they are limited to the standard resolution.

That my phone has 2 cores doesn't really mean anything to me, but I can see why people get sucked in by the marketing, and that's where MS need to work harder. IMHO they need to show more iPhone style adverts that actually show the phone being used, how simple and smooth the interface is and that you can do with it what you can do on other phones, as well as Nokia maps (in this case) so that people are aware that it actually does what they expect, or more importantly, it can do pretty much everything an iPhone can do, as to many the iPhone is still "the" smartphone.


RE: Big 800
By Motoman on 1/11/2012 9:36:33 AM , Rating: 1
I just got a new MyTouch Q. It has a single-core processor.

I text on it. Make phone calls. Read the news. Occasionally play something like Angry Birds or poker.

That's it. That's pretty much what probably 95% of the market does with their phones. There's nothing more that I *want* to do with a phone. And I'm pretty gosh-darned sure that applies to 95% of the market...and also pretty gosh-darned sure that having a dual-core processor wouldn't make any real-world difference for me...or the 95%.


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