Nokia Lumia 900 tipped to go on sale in early May

Nokia Lumia 900 tipped to go on sale in early MayNokia had a fairly good Mobile World Congress, it has to be said, with two high profile handsets popping up to say hello – the 41-megapixel 808 PureView and the Lumia 900 range-topping Windows Phone.

Well, we're still patiently waiting news on the former, but it's looking like the Lumia 900 will make its European debut around this time next month.

That's the word from Swiss network Swisscom, anyway, with the operator tweeting a customer to say “the Lumia 900 is with us from the beginning of May available” (as you may have guessed, that's a translation of the original tweet).

Even assuming the info is accurate, though, that's no guarantee that we'll see it here in the UK at the same time, and Nokia itself has reached near-Applesque levels of stubborn silence these days when asked about launch dates and the like.

Just to remind you, the Lumia 900 offers a similar spec to the existing Lumia 800 – 1.4GHz processor, 512MB RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and the like – but upsizes the display to a 4.3in ClearBlack AMOLED affair housed in the usual polycarbonate shell we've been accustomed to seeing from Nokia recently.

Several online retailers will happily take your money if you're looking to pre-order the Lumia 900, though it might be worth noting that some of the early reviews of the handset over in the US haven't been massively complimentary.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 13:15

I don't see too many people queuing for this...
As to the Nokia Pureview 808 - did anybody else notice that the initial buzz already died down big time? Or maybe it's just me...

Pondlife  Apr. 6, 2012 at 13:30

True, but then most don't get that level of silliness for many..
Buzz, buzz, buzz

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 14:12

£486 for this or £450 for an HTC One X...hard choice that. I love it how this has exactly the same processing power, GPU power and RAM as the £130 Lumia 710.

Pondlife  Apr. 6, 2012 at 14:24

Is that £486 price from a proper retailer or another of those Clove prices?

I like it as a homage to the first PC processor that I fitted in a motherboard. ah 486 dx2 66mhz lol

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 14:36

Shocking price...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 14:40

No way is this worth 3.7 times as much as the Lumia 710...they'll sell about 3 before the price drops to a more sensible ~£300.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 14:43

No way is this worth 3.7 times as much as the Lumia 710...they'll sell about 3 before the price drops to a more sensible ~£300.

definitely... hey, the 16GB N9 is almost down to 60% of original sim-free price.

Pondlife  Apr. 6, 2012 at 14:58

I don't think it's useful to compare pre release prices on such sites with sale prices at high st retailers.
Clove have the 16gb wifi ipad at 399 EX vat
and the Omnia 7 for the 486 too
Nokia 710 there is 238 for that matter

bilbob  Apr. 6, 2012 at 19:01

I don't think it's useful to compare pre release prices on such sites with sale prices at high st retailers.
Clove have the 16gb wifi ipad at 399 EX vat
and the Omnia 7 for the 486 too
Nokia 710 there is 238 for that matter

Hey, that won't stop JanSt having a little pop at WP devices...

Pondlife  Apr. 6, 2012 at 19:14

Nor do I think it should necessarily.
Does seem nonsensical that they have to have almost identikit hardware and widely varying prices.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 19:19

I don't think it's useful to compare pre release prices on such sites with sale prices at high st retailers.
Clove have the 16gb wifi ipad at 399 EX vat
and the Omnia 7 for the 486 too
Nokia 710 there is 238 for that matter

Hey, that won't stop JanSt having a little pop at WP devices...

When did having an opinion become wrong? It's not like anything Jan's ever said about WP is untrue, when he's quoting figures etc, everything else is his opinion, which he's more than entitled to.

There's a reason WP devices come onto the market then plummet in price...oh yeah, it's because not enough people want them to justify the high price tags.

Pondlife  Apr. 6, 2012 at 19:37

Yep same reason htc 3d one did the same or the arc s. Though seems that was just a gap filler before the experia S
But still think it's artificial to compare these prices.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 6, 2012 at 19:46

I don't think it's useful to compare pre release prices on such sites with sale prices at high st retailers.
Clove have the 16gb wifi ipad at 399 EX vat
and the Omnia 7 for the 486 too
Nokia 710 there is 238 for that matter

Hey, that won't stop JanSt having a little pop at WP devices...

Nothing will. Sorry. But as I said many many times before: if a WP device does all you need/want, buy one, use one, be happy. I know for many people they are perfectly acceptable.

But facts are facts. The sales and reviews speak for themselves.
I also said, "whatever shortcomings, the Lumia 800 is a decent achievement given the fact that Nokia only committed to WP 8 months ago" - but I assume you see what you believe ;)

:p

Pondlife  Apr. 6, 2012 at 19:56

In a way I see them as the playbook of the mobile phone world, but without a low enough pricetag yet.

bilbob  Apr. 6, 2012 at 23:36

People won't LET them win, that's the point...
People moan about the high prices of handsets, so Nokia release a budget device and hammer the price down to get mass sales, and they are seen as desperate and the device is in firesale mode.
The fact is, whilst, yes the hardware is similar, the 710 is hammered down in price, and the 900 is priced at a premium. It's not jsut the processor you know... the screen is bigger/better, more memory, build quality...

Is it 3 worth 3 times the price? Probably not, but as I said, the 710 is being VERY aggresively priced. The 900 isn't .

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 7, 2012 at 01:59

Are you seriously suggesting that consumers are "bullying" Nokia into cheapening their brand?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 7, 2012 at 10:11

People won't LET them win, that's the point...
People moan about the high prices of handsets, so Nokia release a budget device and hammer the price down to get mass sales, and they are seen as desperate and the device is in firesale mode.
The fact is, whilst, yes the hardware is similar, the 710 is hammered down in price, and the 900 is priced at a premium. It's not jsut the processor you know... the screen is bigger/better, more memory, build quality...

Is it 3 worth 3 times the price? Probably not, but as I said, the 710 is being VERY aggresively priced. The 900 isn't .


"people won't let them win" - I would almost subscribe to that notion if you were talking about Symbian. A lot of ignorant talk about Symbian from people whose first "smartphone" was an iPhone...(I'm looking at you, American 'bloggers'/'experts')

WP and Nokia got soooo much PR - partly due to the huge amounts of money tossed around by M$ (not to mention the 10,000 free handsets to devs/bloggers etc), and partly because some people are truly and genuinely looking for an alternative to the AndriOS duality - I was when I bought a HD7 ;)

There is just to much wrong with WP and M$'s approach. A fenced garden that forces you to use Zune or half-assed workarounds, when Zune simply lacks the appeal of the long-established (though hardly perfect) iTunes.
Restrictive hard- and software regs - which means that OEMs cannot personalise their devices, users cannot theme/skin etc etc...
Imagine you are reviewing phones and every single phone is basically identical except for the exterior? It's no wonder that reviewers and the public in general tire of that pretty quickly, no?

Still lack of 'must have' apps - hello, M$ own skype, and where is it? That is just an example.
And Nokia's part in this? Yes, they pulled off an amzing feat: making a good phone within a relatively short time, but there were setbacks: battery issues etc etc.... And initially the Lumia 800 was priced at iPhone level? Not clever!

If you look at more pages on this site, you WILL notice that I have defended 'Nokia' on many occasions, but the M$-shotgun-wedding was a mistake. They will pay dearly for it.
And nobody should blame the consumers for that.

Pondlife  Apr. 7, 2012 at 12:58

The fact is, whilst, yes the hardware is similar, the 710 is hammered down in price, and the 900 is priced at a premium. It's not jsut the processor you know... the screen is bigger/better, more memory, build quality...

But none of those cost that much when the upgrades aren't that huge.
£250 top price on payg which when the s3 comes out will also get you an S2 I'd say.

MrSheeen  Apr. 7, 2012 at 19:03

Well, I've picked up an unlocked Nokia Lumia 900 from the good old US of A for the equivalent GBP price of £283. That is a damn sight cheaper than paying the GBP retail price in May when it gets released in the UK. We Brits get ripped off with over-priced smartphones on every release. An unlocked iPhone 4/4S on release day was a complete joke of a price.

Now I'm more of an Apple fan than MS, but, as for comparing to an iPhone 4S (owned iPhones since day 1 I should add), the 900's interface is much more fluid and faster. The current lack of apps is the only weakness in my eyes as Nokia/MS are playing catch up. Zune and iTunes are comparable, the way the Music looks and interacts on the 900 is very similar to the iPhone, I actually find it more interactive on the 900.

I personally don't care if the 900 has only a single core processor, its still faster to use than the iPhone and Androids. I personally find the whole Android experience baffling and unintuitive. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the user experience web-browser on the 900 apart from having a lower resolution than the iPhone. However, the colours pop more on the 900.

The problem that Nokia/MS face is that they didn't produce a 'world-beater' to better the iPhone. They produced a comparable very good smartphone to the iPhone 4S that, in time, will ensure Nokia gains the third place market share.

To maintain their momentum, Nokia will have to work hard to ensure that all of Windows Phone 7.5 is transferred smoothly to Windows Phone 8 later this year along with the benefits that WP8 will bring. Plus the avalanche of sales that the iPhone 5 will bring plus SG3 will mean Nokia will have to up their game again in Q4.

lesl913  May. 5, 2012 at 15:10

Mr sheen > is your USA variant Lumia 900 working ok with a uk network Sim ??

and where did you pick it from ?

JanSt / MOD  May. 5, 2012 at 20:11

3rd place, whatever Elop says, won't matter, when Android and iOS share 80+ percent... Even M$ cannot continue to throw money at people.
I agree, btw,, with regards to the "user exoerience" - the tiles aside. I do find WP less, as you say, "baffling" than Android. Sure, Android's plus is the unlimited customisations etc etc... but the result is alway s tad inconsistent... forever "getting there", but never arriving.
Of course, Google built an empire on "beta". So it is no real surprise that no version of Android ever seems 'finished'. Hey, we'll just release a new version...

Anyhoo. I'm getting carried away. Still hate Microsoft :p

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