Nokia is calling their Lumia 900 the most important US Windows phone to date, and in a strategically questionable move that handset was released on Easter Sunday, April 8 of this year. The Lumia 900 is offered on the 4G LTE broadband network, and the retail price starts at $49 with a new two-year activation at select retail outlets. Despite opening on a day when most AT&T stores are closed in the United States, the phone rocketed to the number one sales spot on Goliath online retailer Amazon, surging ahead of the previously most popular Motorola Droid Razr MAXX. The handset is available in either a Black Matte or Cyan Blue design, and those two handsets held the top two sales spots on Amazon upon launch.
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While Amazon sales success is certainly no guarantee of a handset’s overall acceptance or sales capability, getting a great start on the day when most of their retail stores are closed has to make AT&T happy. It certainly doesn’t hurt that a few select AT&T authorized retailers are currently offering the handset for $49 on contract, with most retailers have the phone listed at $99 with the same contractual obligations. One of the first Windows phones ever designed to support LTE connectivity, and Nokia’s first LTE capable Windows handset, the Lumia 900 also delivers Nokia’s largest display ever designed at 4.3 inches.
Online technology bigwig CNET awarded the Lumia 900 its Best of CES 2012 blue ribbon, which is the company’s designation for what they feel is the best mobile device to debut at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Delivering the updated Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system, the handset is slightly larger in size and weight when compared to other 4G smartphones. That 4.30 inch AMOLED display delivers a pixel density of 217 pixels per inch, for an overall screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The Lumia 900 represents visuals in over 16 million colors, and Nokia has added an overlay of scratch resistant Gorilla Glass to protect the screen.
Housing a Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon microchip set as the basis for an impressive hardware package, the Lumia 900 delivers a single core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon central processor, while an Adreno 205 chip handles the graphics duties. 512 MB of RAM memory is on board, along with 16 GB of built-in storage. The Lumia 900 also comes equipped with an 8.0 megapixel camcorder that provides 720P HD resolution video recording, and a 1.3 megapixel chat cam. Buy the Nokia Lumia 900 starting at $49