Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
Nokia's Lumia 900 on AT&T has been delayed to April, but the release date is still not known. We know it will be $100 on contract, but when Windows 8 rolls out at the end of the year, how much of it will be included on Lumia phones?
Microsoft is redesigning its desktop operating system to look more like the Windows Phone system for mobile devices. But we don't know how much of the new system will actually make it to the mobile phones. The Metro style interface will be there, but the level of integration between the two systems is what we're thinking about. Specifically, if Microsoft changes the hardware requirements on mobile devices running the system, how many Windows Phone 7.5 devices will be able to run Windows Phone 8?
If Microsoft wants to get serious about contending with Apple on phones and tablets, they need to get this one right. Some developers are already using Windows Phone apps on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview edition, tech blog The Verge reported, so that bodes well. If Microsoft can manage to build an operating system that looks and feels very similar on phones, tablets and PCs, it will have created a very powerful ecosystem indeed. We just wonder how well it will work on current Windows Phone devices because of the new hardware requirements rumored to be included in the next system update.
For example, there aren't any dual-core processors on Windows Phone devices, and the native resolution on those phones is only 800x480p. The next generation of Windows Phone devices will have better resolution and more powerful processors, naturally. We just wonder how many of the first Windows Phone devices will get left behind when the new system debuts. Lumia 900, being the flagship, may not be affected, but the HTC Titans and Samsung Focus Ss of the world could miss out.
As for the Lumia 900 release date, the two dates we're seeing are both from anonymous sources. We've heard an April 22 date from tech blog BGR. However, we've also seen an April 8 release date from a forum post on The Verge. The poster says he works at an AT&T store.
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#1 Design - Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
Lumia 900 won the best of show award from tech blog Cnet at the CES show in January. That's in part due to its minimalist design and eye-catching cyan color. It's a plastic body design with a matte finish, and with few breaks in the body design to give it a very clean look. It also comes in black.
#2 Hardware - Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
It's a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with power and volume buttons and the microUSB port all on the left-hand side. It also features Gorilla Glass protection on the front and a good sized 1830mAh battery pack. It will need the batter power to support the high speeds on the LTE network.
#3 Software - Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
Windows Phone 7.5 operating system with 512 megabytes of memory. It's a smooth system that tries to integrate as much as possible right into the Metro homescreen. The Live Tiles automatically update Facebook posts, calenders, weather; whatever you decide to pin there for easy access.
#4 Cameras - Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
You're looking at dual cameras here with the back shooter including an eight megapixel sensor and Carl Zeiss lens. It features tap to focus LED flash and geotagging.
#5 Apps - Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
Windows Phone Marketplace is growing, but some popular apps are not to be found here. There is easy Xbox Live integration for Xbox 360 owners. You can't play Xbox games on your phone, but you can still access other features there. The best apps are the Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive apps for easy directions and driving instructions. You have to download them from Nokia, but they're free.
#6 Features - Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
LTE is one of the main features on the Lumia 900, and the other is the Metro UI itself. However, it you are an Excel or Word user, those programs will run seamlessly on your phone. That makes the 900 a great work phone.
#7 Performance - Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
Lumia uses the Internet Explorer browser, and it features tabbed browsing and easy sharing to Facebook and Twitter.
#8 Updates - Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
Windows Phone 8 should come out when Windows 8 drops, but that is far from assured. Microsoft could wait on the phone updates until after the Windows 8 launch. That would be unfortunate, but it wouldn't surprise us at all.
#9 Accessories - Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
Nokia has a few accessories ready to go upon Lumia 900's release. There's a wireless external speaker, bluetooth headset, Monster earbuds, soft covers and an over the ears headset also by Monster. They even all come in the snappy cyan color.
#10 Alternatives - Nokia Lumia 900 April Release: Windows Phone Flagship to Get Windows 8 Update?
Some of the best phones of the year will come out later this year, and the Lumia 900 will be going up against them. The Samsung Galaxy S3 should be here by July, and the iPhone 5 should follow in October. Also on AT&T is the Samsung Galaxy Note and the Sony Xperia Ion, eventually.