There have been some recent rumblings that Nokia’s lastest smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 900, may be making its way to European shores in the second quarter of this year.
The first indication came via Carphone Warehouse, a UK high-street retailer that specialises in mobiles. They added the Lumia 900 to their ‘Coming Soon’ page of their website, with an expected launch date of June 2012. The Lumia 900 was originally announced as a US-exclusive phone at CES, where carrier AT&T got first rights to the device and announced a March 2012 release date.
The Lumia 900 is a larger version of the popular Lumia 800 Windows Phone. The Lumia 900 comes with a 4.3″ touch screen, a fair size larger than the 800′s 3.7″ display. The new model also adds a front-facing camera, which was strangely missing on the 800. In the US market the phone will also come with LTE network support, but as these networks aren’t slated to arrive in the UK until 2015 at the earliest, it seems that this functionality will be removed for the European launch.
There’s also another rumour making the rounds, started by Phone-Reviews.com Editor-in-Chief Eldar Murtazin. Murtazin, who successfully predicted the Windows Phone arrangement between Microsoft and Nokia, claims that the Nokia Lumia 910 will arrive in May 2012. As well as the earlier release date, he also claimed that the new phone would arrive with a 12 megapixel camera, a clear improvement over the Lumia 800′s.
It’s hard to tell which is the correct story. The most likely explanation is that they’re both somewhat right - it’ll be called the Lumia 910 and sport the new camera, but probably won’t launch as early as May. There certainly won’t be two phones - the 900 and the 910 - launched one month after each other, particularly as the 900 would come out after the 910, and that just doesn’t seem like a good idea.
We’ll probably hear more about this story soon. With the Mobile World Congress coming up at the end of February, expect some light (or at least further rumours) to be shed on the subject.
This article was written by William Judd. William writes for Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of the mobile accessories like a USB plug, Nokia cable and Samsung chargers.