Rumor: Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 flagship to land on Verizon, AT&T to get Samsunged

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The next major version of Windows Phone, codenamed Apollo, is due to land in the fourth quarter of this year. We have a rough idea of what new features it’ll bring to the table, but until Microsoft issues a press release detailing everything we should know about … we’re pretty much clueless to what’s true and what’s bullshit. Software aside, what about devices? According to WMPoweruser, here’s what we can expect to see in terms of Apollo hardware: Nokia will release a Windows Phone 8 flagship device on Verizon that has a 1280 x 720 pixel display and a 12 megapixel “PureView” camera. Remember the Symbian powered 41 megapixel PureView 808 that was announced in February? This as yet to be named Nokia device will have a 12 megapixel version of that, so expect the final images to be roughly 1.5 megapixels in size, which is more than enough for Facebook/Twitter/email. Sprint will get a 4 inch QWERTY device with a display that pushes 800 x 480 pixels. It’s going to be a side slider, à la the Motorola DROID 4. T-Mobile will get an HTC device. And as for AT&T, they’re going to get a pair of Samsung handsets.

Something about this doesn’t sit right with us. Nokia partnered with AT&T and promised to spend an ungodly sum of money to promote the Lumia 900, yet it’s going to be Verizon who will be offering Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 flagship? If that’s true, then we can’t even begin to imagine the angry phone calls that are going to take place later this year. And as for Samsung, don’t count them out. Their Windows Phones are typically just tweaked versions of their Android devices. So if the Galaxy S III turns out to be a hit, then a Windows Phone that looks exactly like it would do incredibly well.

As always, take these rumors with a huge mountain of salt.

  • Rebublican

    I agree, with AT&T making the Lumia 900 a “Hero’s Phone” I seriously doubt Nokia would turn around and put their best new W8 phone on Verizon. First if this news becomes official in the next month, a lot of people will be returning their Lumia 900 and waiting for the next Flagship phone. I could see Nokia releasing it on both networks like Apple did with the 4S, that is more likely.

  • Rebublican

    I agree, with AT&T making the Lumia 900 a “Hero’s Phone” I seriously doubt Nokia would turn around and put their best new W8 phone on Verizon. First if this news becomes official in the next month, a lot of people will be returning their Lumia 900 and waiting for the next Flagship phone. I could see Nokia releasing it on both networks like Apple did with the 4S, that is more likely.

    • http://www.facebook.com/robmiller614 Robert Miller

      It has been rumored that Verizon would get the first Nokia WP8 phone for several months – Verizon has been very lukewarm with WP7 and this is the ideal way to get them to begin to push Window Phones. There is no question that Nokia targeting the largest carrier in the United States makes more sense than worrying about AT&T’s feelings.

  • http://profiles.google.com/andreacmaietta Andrea Maietta

    This rumor is of the BullSh!t variety

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QH25RVNTUIAU7HT6DQ7CONEO2U havasu46

    The AT&T Lumia 900 is not a “Hero’s Phone”. It is undoubtably the best 4.3″ single core, 512Mb, 16Gb phone on the market bacause of the Windows Phone 7’s leap over Linux’s, Android and iOS, legacy grid of icons. Nokia’s Super Phone, I hate heros, will have dual cores, Pureview, high res screen, NFC and expandable storage to 32Gb with Windows Phone 8 with Active Folders on board. Who cares who gets the Nokia Fluid 900 first as long as I can ultimately upgrade from my present Lumia 900 in 2013 I’ll be totally happy until then because I’ll have a new Dell or Nokia Windows 8 tablet.

  • thnikkamax

    HTC in a major kind of way puts people on the fence and makes them regret it later as it bounces its superphones from carrier to carrier and back and forth again. It seems to be working out handsomely for them so much that I think you might want to start calling it a business model. It’s bad news for a lot of thrifty customers, so would it be too far-fetched to say Nokia might end up going with a CDMA Windows 8 tablet.. on Sprint?

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