AT&T to Release Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II on April 8th */?> AT&T to Release Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II on April 8th

Posted by · March 26, 2012 2:22 pm

Two of the coolest mobile phones I saw previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January were the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II.  During CES, spokespeople at AT&T, HTC and Nokia wouldn’t say when these phones would be released; but earlier today, AT&T announced that the phones will hit stores on April 8th.  Both the Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II run Windows Phone 7.5 and pack the punch that is supposed to be AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

During Nokia’s CES press conference Nokia CEO Steven Elop exalted the virtues of the Nokia Lumia 900’s 4.3 inch AMOLED ClearBlack display screen, rich media experience and Carl Zeiss optics rear facing camera; and I must say, I was impressed with what I saw.

The Lumia 900 utilizes the clean, tiled interface we’ve all seen previewed on Windows 8 and syncs up with your social networks to create a live tile for each of your contacts. The live tiles let you view all the conversations you’ve had with someone on social media and via text message, and you can group live tiles into hubs for family, friends, work, etc.  In addition, there’s supposedly a built-in Facebook chat feature that lets you message friends on Facebook directly from their live tile profile.

The Lumia 900’s Carl Zeiss optics camera is 8 megapixels and has a 2.2 wide aperture lens and 28 millimeter focal length that lets you snap great photos even in low light conditions. The front facing camera also boasts a wide aperture lens and at least according to Elop is more impressive than most rear facing cameras on other smartphones.

Per the video below, AT&T isn’t saying much about the Lumia 900’s rich media experience mentioned in January.  At CES, however, Elop announced that Nokia was working with ESPN, CNN, Sesame Street, Michelin (random), EA Sports and the ACC to provide Windows Phone users with a rich and differentiated content experience. I guess we’ll see on April 8th. For now, check out a preview of the Nokia Lumia 900 from the AT&T social team:

As for the HTC Titan II, it boasts many of the same features of the original Titan, with the addition of AT&T’s 4G LTE service and some amped up battery life.  The most impressive features on the Titan II, however, is its 16 megapixel panoramic camera.  HTC’s Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon gave me a fairly extensive preview of the Titan II at CES.  Check it out below:

The Titan II will retail for $199, while the Nokia Lumia 900 will retail for only $99 with contract.  Since both phones are the first Windows Phones to come out with LTE support, it’s fairly certain that both will become flagship Windows Phones. It’s just too bad they’re on the AT&T network.