A Nokia, Windows Phone 7, and AT&T threesome for CES?

As CES looms, speculation builds that Nokia will introduce an LTE-equipped Nokia Windows Phone 7 smartphone in Las Vegas.

A sign of things to come, but with AT&T? Nicole Lee/CNET

With the 2012 CES set to begin just two months from today, it's a perfect time to start speculation on what we might see in Las Vegas.

Today's rumor concerns Nokia and Windows Phone 7, two technology brands that up until last month were playing a game of hide-and-go-seek. Just when we were about to give up all hope, they finally got hitched at Nokia World when they debuted two shiny phones with the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710. And now it appears that they might form a threesome with AT&T at the annual electronics extravaganza.

The Verge started the buzz yesterday when it reported that Nokia is hedging its Windows Phone 7 bet in the United States because the company wants to go LTE, or not go at all. As such, AT&T may just be the lucky carrier for a series of unannounced devices that will sport a new Windows Phone 7 update called Tango. (We had Mango, so next up is Tango. Get it?)

Then just today, WinRumors followed up with the prediction that Nokia and AT&T are collaborating at a big party at CES to show off a series of new handsets.

On the whole, it makes perfect sense to me and I would love to see something go down in Vegas. I enjoy Windows Phone 7, but it's bewildering to watch it not get the attention from carrier and manufacturers that it deserves. And as one of the millions of people (yes, I'm slightly exaggerating) on the planet who bought a Nokia 5110 as their very first cell phone, I've always appreciate Nokia's build quality and would love to see the company return to greatness again.

Of course, the AT&T part isn't so inviting and Jessica Dolcourt wasn't 100 percent sold on the Nokia Lumia 800. But I still want to see what these two crazy kids can do.

About the author

Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Galleries from CNET
Nissan gives new Murano bold style (pictures)
Top great space moments in 2014 (pictures)
This is it: The Audiophiliac's top in-ear headphones of 2014 (pictures)
ZTE's wallet-friendly Grand X (pictures)
Lenovo reprises clever design for the Yoga Tablet 2 (Pictures)
Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)