Nokia lights up the CES stage for its Lumia 900 (photos)
Nokia has struggled in the U.S. for years, so it hopes its Windows Phone smartphone with AT&T may herald its comeback.
LAS VEGAS--Nokia's press event at CES on Monday was expected to stage the Finnish handset maker's big U.S. comeback. Despite anticipations of a lineup of show stoppers, however, Nokia used the event to unveil just one phone with one carrier.
Here, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop holds up the phone, the Lumia 900.
The 900, the first LTE 4G device running the Windows Phone OS, is designed for people who want a rich-media experience. Equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens, long-lasting battery life, and a high-end 4.3-inch screen, the phone, which comes in black and blue, includes built-in Facebook chat and Nokia Drive.
Along with videoconferencing technology, it has some new social and media features, including hubs that take advantage of partnerships with content makers like ESPN, CNN, Univision, and Sesame Street. Here, Nokia's Kevin Shields demonstrates the phone's videoconferencing capabilities.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined Elop on stage briefly to praise the device and set expectations high for increasing Windows Phone sales for AT&T. And Ralph de la Vega, head of wireless for AT&T, predicted that with the Lumia 900, "Nokia will be back in the U.S. in a very big way."
During the Q&A session that followed the unveiling of the Lumia 900, as well as January 11 availability of the Lumia 710 with T-Mobile USA, Elop made subtle jabs at Android by emphasizing a consistent user experience across Windows Phone 7 devices, even if they come from different manufacturers. He avoided answering a question regarding the possibility of an upcoming Nokia tablet running the Microsoft OS, and he did not answer questions regarding the Lumia 900's pricing or date of availability.