Microsoft has a strategic partnership with Nokia that has been simmering all year long. Many speculated that a new handheld device between the two partners would hit the market this past holiday, which did not turn out to be the case. It appears that the two companies have been waiting for CES to unveil its secret weapon.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Monday, Microsoft unveiled the Lumia 900 on stage with Nokia. This device is the first Nokia 4G LTE phone to run over AT&T with the Windows Phone 7.
Steve Ballmer took center stage to vigorously shake Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop’s hand as they both introduced the device running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). The Lumia 900 will be the flagship of this new line of smartphones by Nokia. The series even has an entry model, the Lumia 710, which is geared towards the low-end consumer market retailing at $49.99 with a contract.
As reported earlier, Microsoft is targeting to eat away at Google Android’s bread-and-butter cheap smartphone market. According to Wired, Nokia has made a full-fledged commitment to support Microsoft’s mobile platform across all of its smartphone devices. Nokia is the only third party company on the market currently dedicated to supporting one OS mobile platform.
With Nokia’s diminishing, but yet expansive market reach this may be the push Microsoft needs to survive in the mobile market. With several high profile failures in the mobile arena, the company has been pushing aggressively with the Windows Phone 7 platform.
Ballmer boasted that AT&T is the largest Windows Phone carrier in the U.S. making it a natural choice as a spring board for the Lumia 900. The device is reportedly sporting an 8-megapixel camera, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor and 16GB of storage.
The Lumia 900 also has a beautiful 4.3-inch display, which is larger than the Lumia 800. However, some have questioned Nokia’s decision to release two high-end smartphones with the Lumia 800 and now the 900 going head-to-head in the same market.