The Nokia Lumia 900 4G was released in early April in the United States, but was actually red carpeted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January in Las Vegas, Nevada. To say that the handset made a noteworthy splash would be an understatement. The Nokia Lumia 900 is one of the first smartphones with a Windows operating system to offer 4G LTE connectivity, and that feature, coupled with a Carl Zeiss optics package, the largest screen Nokia has ever built for a mobile handset, and the Nokia ClearBlack display, helped the Lumia 900 take down 13 awards at CES 2012.
The most prestigious of those honors was the coveted CNET Best of CES 2012 award, with the Nokia Lumia 900 beating out literally thousands of competitors. Upon launch the handset sold extremely well, and it looks like the early pronouncement of Nokia’s demise in the smartphone marketing arena came too soon. As reported by Barron’s, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt did a check of 15 separate AT&T stores recently, and found the Nokia Lumia 900 outselling all but the iPhone.
Offered in Black, Cyan or White, the handset is exclusive to the AT&T 4G wireless network, and retails for $49 for new customers with a standard new two-year contract and data plan, and only $19 for existing customers at select retailers. The Nokia Lumia 900 delivers the latest addition of the Windows phone operating system, Mango version 7.5, and measures 5.03 x 2.70 x 0.45 inches (127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm), weighing 5.64 ounces (160 g).
The handset contains a 4.30 inch AMOLED screen, with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Standard capacitive, multitouch gestures are used to navigate the device, and pictures and video are displayed in more than 16 million separate colors. Light and proximity sensors are on board for auto brightness adjustment and battery conservation, and the Nokia Lumia 900 ClearBlack display is protected with a layer of scratch resistant treatment.
Microsoft provides the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system mentioned earlier, and a Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon microchip package powers the device. A 1.4 GHz Scorpion central processor is on board, as well as a graphics dedicated Adreno 205 GPU. The Nokia Lumia 900 has 16 GB of storage built in, as well as 512 MB of RAM memory. The rear facing 8.0 megapixel camcorder provides video capture at 720P HD and 30 frames per second, and the Carl Zeiss optics package on board allows for extrawide snapshots and video, as well as other customization features. A front facing 1.3 megapixel VGA quality chat cam rides up front. Buy the Nokia Lumia 900 starting at $19.