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AT&T has confirmed that Nokia's upcoming Windows Phone device for the U.S., the Lumia 900, will launch on April 8th for just $99.99 on contract. The handset will be one of the most affordable flagship devices AT&T has ever sold thanks to what is reportedly a huge investment from Nokia and Microsoft. In contrast, a typical flagship phone will sell for $200 or more at all major U.S. carriers.
As previously reported, the device will have a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera lens, and a high capacity 1830 mAh battery. It will ship with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 operating system and will be compatible with AT&T's LTE network.
The Lumia 900 marks Nokia's second Windows Phone to land in the states this year. Its lower-end sibling, the free-on-contract Lumia 710, is getting decent reviews from users and has reportedly been selling well through T-Mobile since its launch in January. With an aggressive pricing strategy and marketing campaign, alongside availability through a larger carrier, Nokia hopes the higher-end Lumia 900 will be abble to steal some market share away from the iPhone and a host of Android smartphones currently dominating sales.
The phone will be available in matte black and cyan blue, while a white version arriving on April 22. An HSPA+ version of the Lumia 900 supporting 42Mbps connections will hit global markets sometime in Q2.
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7-inch, WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) display. It sports a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, and a loud and clear external speaker. Like most Windows Phone 7.5 devices, the Lumia 710 does not support microSD cards. The Nokia Lumia 710 is powered with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. The Windows Phone interface gets out of your way easily, and apps are quick to open more often than not.
The Nokia Lumia 800 measures a fairly compact 116.8mm x 61.2mm x 12.1mm (4.6in x 2.4in x .5in), it features 16GB of internal storage, but lacks a microSD memory card slot. The Nokia Lumia 800 runs on a single-core processor (1.4GHz). The Lumia 800 is capable of HSPA 14.4 3G data connections on the 900, 1900, and 2100MHz bands and also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.
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