Nokia Lumia 900 is exclusive to AT&T – counter-productive?

 

By Posted 10 Jan 2012, 16:02

It has recently been revealed that the follow-up to the Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 900, will be exclusive to AT&T when it arrives in the United States, however with both Nokia and Microsoft trying to further-establish themselves in the smartphone market we must admit that we somewhat question this decision.

The Lumia 800 has sold well in the United Kingdom and is considered by many (including me) as Nokia’s best-ever smartphone, part of its success in the UK has been due to the fact that it has been offered by pretty much every carrier out there, so why make the 900 exclusive to AT&T? We’re not quite sure to be honest as this will act as a massive bottleneck – but we imagine that AT&T and Nokia have great reasons for this, One great thing about the Lumia 900 hitting AT&T is the fact that it boasts LTE connectivity, this makes it AT&T’s first-ever WP7 smartphone to boast such connectivity.

There are two reasons why the terms “counter-productive” have been added to this post’s title, firstly over the past few years Nokia has failed to impact the smartphone market heavily, therefore restricting this handset to a carrier which has a lot of critics could be a bad decision, secondly Windows Phone 7 has its work cut out trying to take on the likes of iOS and Android and Nokia’s decision to back AT&T will mean that a huge potential customer base has been blacklisted before it even arrives – that said the early iPhone models proved that a carrier doesn’t necessarily determine a products success/failure.

We published a post one week ago with lots of leaked specification information, it turns out that all the details in this post were spot on and now we know a little more. Firstly we can confirm that it will run Mango, also we know that the battery should allow for up to seven hours talk time and 300 hours standby time. Other specs which we told you all about last week include a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera (with dual-LED flash) and a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display which outputs at 800 x 480.

In terms of release date and pricing nothing has been confirmed, we are told that it should arrive “in the next couple of months” with an “aggressive” price – but that doesn’t tell us a great deal – when we hear more we will have to keep you posted.

You can find out more about the Lumia 900 over at Nokia.com, will you buy the Lumia 800? If not, what puts you off?