Lumia 900 with 12MP camera coming to more networks?

Nokia’s launch of its Lumia 900 flagship certainly made an impact at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, with the device making an overwhelmingly positive impression on those who got to see and handle it (check out our hands-on video and gallery here).

For many people, though, the 900 brought one major disappointment: it will be exclusively available on America’s AT&T network. For those on other US networks eager to get their hands on the new handset, this was a disaster. But a report, via prominent Microsoft follower Paul Thurrott, offers some hope that other carriers will eventually offer a new and improved version of the luscious Lumia.

The source claims that AT&T has a ‘timed exclusive’ on the Lumia 900, meaning that the carrier will offer the device exclusively for a limited period, before other networks can begin offering it too. AT&T’s exclusivity period is expected to last for 45 days after the on-sale date of 18 March 2012. This should mean that other operators can begin offering the device after 2 May.

T-Mobile, who began selling the Lumia 710 last week, is identified as a network that will offer the 900 in Q3 2012; there’s no substantial information available yet as to whether or not Verizon and Sprint will offer it too.

Perhaps most tantalizing of all is the prospect of “improved versions” of the 900, possibly including a 12-megapixel camera, compared with the current 8MP version. Some people have criticized Nokia for not offering a better camera on the 900, given its purported ‘flagship’ status.

We will have to wait and see if these reports pan out, but there’s nothing particularly unbelievable about the claims made here. HTC launched the TITAN 2 last week with a 16MP camera, just a few months after its predecessor was launched with an 8MP shooter, so this kind of thing isn’t unprecedented. Until they’re corroborated though, don’t invest too much in these claims – but it’s always nice to hope for bigger and better things.


Make sure you check out our latest Spec Shootout, comparing the features and specifications of the Nokia Lumia 900, Lumia 800, HTC TITAN and TITAN 2.

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Gaffney said,
I hope it's released in the UK, around Summer time I want to upgrade my Samsung Omnia 7.
I can upgrade from my Omnia 7 from the 21st, and my contract runs out in March, so Nokia has that long to release it!

Gaffney said,
I hope it's released in the UK, around Summer time I want to upgrade my Samsung Omnia 7.

me too, but I'm thinking it maybe best to wait for Apollo and possible dual core and general better specs. As it is my omnia 7 is 100% fine, but I wouldn't like a new phone on 18 month contract and see wildly better phones come out a month or two later. We'll see...

Gaffney said,
I hope it's released in the UK, around Summer time I want to upgrade my Samsung Omnia 7.

So do I. My N8 is up for upgrade in March on O2. I'd prefer the bigger screen of the Lumia 900 to the smaller 800.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
I'm less concerned about the camera than I am about the paltry 16gb of storage, with no expansion slot.

With 25GB of free SkyDrive, this is less of an issue. A good "tactic" I use is to have my music collection on SkyDrive and just the music I listen to often of my phone (which is only a few GB), that way I can stream any "rare" music I might be in the mood for, and I don't bloat up my phones music collection with stuff I rarely listen to.

funkydude said,

With 25GB of free SkyDrive, this is less of an issue. A good "tactic" I use is to have my music collection on SkyDrive and just the music I listen to often of my phone (which is only a few GB), that way I can stream any "rare" music I might be in the mood for, and I don't bloat up my phones music collection with stuff I rarely listen to.


there's also zunepass, which I use. Just download as required or stream

The main thing that takes up space on my phone is videos in 720 that I record, but once home and plugged in they are removed from the phone and into my phone vids folder, which the syncs to my laptop and office desktop via live mesh.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
I'm less concerned about the camera than I am about the paltry 16gb of storage, with no expansion slot.


i have 13 internal on my phone and im not even close to filling it up

S3P€hR said,
That's a very good news. finally they understood they should target other networks

Indeed. Though I blame the networks more. Verizon really needs to get their act together.

Deihmos said,
I really like the look of the WIndows OS. If this comes to T Mobile I will get it. I am so tired of Android.

No, leave it for me!

I hope Nokia has the sense NOT to insert a 12MP sensor in any camera. This is a little-known axiom, but, past a certain point, the more pixels you cram into a tiny sensor (or any sensor). the worse the image quality will be (noise, integrity, overall quality), all other things being equal.

This race for more pixels is insane. As a pro photographer, I'm fortunate to know this, but phone and camera companies don't educate consumers that more is not better. I will guarantee you that the Titan II's images will look like dump compared with the Titan's; more noise, less detail. Yes, LESS detail.

The question we should have is, what will the image quality be like, not how many pixels.
THIS IS A MUST READ:
http://photofocus.com/2011/02/...megapixel-madness-stop-now/

petrolly said,
I hope Nokia has the sense NOT to insert a 12MP sensor in any camera. This is a little-known axiom, but, past a certain point, the more pixels you cram into a tiny sensor (or any sensor). the worse the image quality will be (noise, integrity, overall quality), all other things being equal.

This race for more pixels is insane. As a pro photographer, I'm fortunate to know this, but phone and camera companies don't educate consumers that more is not better. I will guarantee you that the Titan II's images will look like dump compared with the Titan's; more noise, less detail. Yes, LESS detail.

The question we should have is, what will the image quality be like, not how many pixels.
THIS IS A MUST READ:
http://photofocus.com/2011/02/...megapixel-madness-stop-now/

Remembers you the race to GHz's of the pentium era...

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