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Nokia confirms US exclusive Lumia 900 phone

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Nokia has introduced the Nokia Lumia 900, its first smartphone with high-speed Long Term Evolution (LTE) services that will launch exclusively on AT&T in the US.

The new handset features a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display, the largest screen offered by Finnish mobile giant Nokia, and is powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.
Nokia Lumia 900


It is also Nokia's first LTE phone, making use of the cutting-edge 4G technology that enables faster connection speeds for next-generation services.

The handset's primary camera features Carl Zeiss optics, a large aperture of F2.2 and a wide angle focal length (28mm), while the Lumia 900 also has a front-facing camera for video-calling.

This marks the third smartphone in Nokia and Microsoft's Windows Phone partnership, following the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 last year.

Coming exclusively to AT&T in the coming months in cyan and matte black, the Lumia 900 features a connection to AT&T's U-verse, enabling TV subscribers to browse the U-verse TV guide and content on the go.

"The introduction of the Nokia Lumia 900 with AT&T is another significant milestone in the ongoing rollout of Nokia's global smartphone strategy," said Chris Weber, president of Nokia Americas.

"The Nokia Lumia 900 is designed specifically with the US in mind and the announcement of this collaboration with AT&T, in addition to other recent announcements, signifies a new dawn for Nokia in the US."

Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of devices for AT&T, added: "Nokia and AT&T worked hand in hand to bring the Nokia Lumia 900 to market.

"Our powerful 4G network really amplifies the benefits of the Nokia Lumia 900. Sharing high quality images and videos with its integrated social networking functions is faster than ever; content from U-verse Mobile is more enjoyable on the crisp 4.3-inch screen, and with its huge battery people can do more without worrying about recharging.

"Together, we are working to supercharge the ecosystem around the Nokia Lumia 900 and the Windows Phone platform."

There has been no indication as yet on pricing for Lumia 900, or whether the phone will be released in other markets, such as the UK.

LTE and 4G mobile services are just emerging in Britain, but Ofcom will launch a massive auction of mobile spectrum this year, after which development of the services is expected to accelerate.

At the final Microsoft keynote presentation at CES last night, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said that Windows Phone is now a "strong third ecosystem" in the smartphone industry, behind Google Android and Apple's iOS.

"It's been around a year since we announced the partnership with Nokia and really the whole push to build what clearly can be the strong third ecosystem in the smartphone market, and with a very differentiated point of view," he said.

"It's really resonating well. We have about 50,000 apps now. Nokia got off to a fast start. We didn't sign a contract to work together until less than a year ago."

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