Nokia Lumia 900

If you’re not a gadget freak you maybe haven’t noticed that the biggest consumer electronics fair is currently happening in Las Vegas. Yes it is CES 2012. And although it is opening for regular folks just today many of the keynotes have already been held in front of rooms full of journalists. Nokia’s appearance was pretty brief (only 30 minutes plus Q&A) and revolved around just one thing.

The Nokia Lumia 900

If you’ve seen the Lumia 800 before the 900 will look very familiar, almost indistinguishable at first sight. But that definitely isn’t a bad thing. As part of the Lumia family it is a Windows Phone 7 system, which is great if you ask me as fresh Lumia 800 owner.

If Nokia’s naming scheme is similar to their more current Symbian phones then the 900 is the flagship model with the 800 positioned below it. But I don’t know if it is so easy to categorize in this case. The most specs are very similar and the ones that are not I would say are more of the differentiation kind, not necessarily better.

Right now the 900 is specifically made to target the North American market because it uses LTE, the next generation network technology not yet (broadly) available in Europe. Its larger display maybe is also targeted towards US-customers (?) or it was just a neat way to make room for the spatial needs of LTE and the larger battery (1830 mAh vs. 1450 mAh).

LTE

Just a short sidetrack about LTE. It is the successor of todays so called 3G networks (UMTS and its extensions HSDPA/HSUPA) and in the current form already allows for download rates of about 100 MBit/s so in the ballpark of current high speed wired connections.

Strangly enough the USA is far ahead of Europe with this wireless network generation. Two major carriers (AT&T and Verizon) have already launched, where Europe is mostly looking at some very limited tests at best. This is weird because the US have historically been pretty bad at wireless network coverage and speeds. They are pushing forward with this one though.

Current LTE Phones are said to be battery-hogs, even more so than their 3G smartphone counterparts. And the radios seem to be larger as well. That’s why Nokia might have decided to make the phone bigger, so they don’t have to make it thicker.

800 vs. 900

In summary the most important differences between the two sister models are

  • a 4.3-inch display vs. the 3.7-inch on the Lumia 800,
  • a 1-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling,
  • and the 4G LTE Radios.

To me that leaves one big

Open Question

Will there be a GSM version?

LTE is one of the main differentiators to the Lumia 800 so I don’t know if it makes sense to release a GSM version. In the US both phones will be available, but with different radios. For Europe to get the 900 it would need to be GSM and then I don’t think that would make much sense. Just for the larger display and the front-facing camera.

What do you think? Leave a comment.