April 8 marks the big assault from Microsoft in an attempt for a market comeback. To usher this return Redmond giant will get help from Nokia and AT&T to launch the most anticipated Windows Smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 900, a high-end handset for under $100 with contract.

The 4G LTE enable Nokia features a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display at 800 by 480 pixels. The device is using  polycarbonate casing in cyan blue or black color (the white version will come few weeks later); 8-MP rear camera equipped with Carl Zeiss lens plus dual LED flash. The lens sports f2.2/28mm aperture for better low-light shots. The camera supports video capture at 720p/30fps. There’s a second, front-facing camera for video chat, the front camera is a 1-MP with an f2.4 lens and 30fps capture. Video chat Tango app comes bundled with the device.

The latest iteration of Windows Phone will be added  Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive through the Windows Phone Marketplace. Nokia Drive offers free, turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation everywhere.

Admit the uphill battle ahead, the three parties involved actually need badly for this phone to get enough mindshare to play among the greats.

All the ingredients are there including good hardware, good price, mature software and a big carrier.. However the timing is way off not mentioning about some delays in software updates might hinder the success.  

The Nokia Lumia 900 will not be the only Windows Phone at launch. T_Mobile already has the smaller sibling Lumia 710. Another high-end Windows Phone that AT&T will carry is the 4/7” HTC Titan 2 that will be available at $200 with contract.


Specs
  • Networks: GSM/EGSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900/2100, LTE Band 4 (1700/2100) & 17 (700)
  • OS: Windows Phone Release 7.5 – Mango Commercial Release 2 (Mango + LTE)
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 16 GB internal memory (14.5GB user memory) + SkyDrive cloud storage
  • Volume: 90cc
  • Weight: 160g (5.6 ounces)
  • Dimensions: (max): 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm (5 x 2.7 x .45 inches)
  • A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • USB 2.0 high-speed
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 3mm headset connector

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