Earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas we saw Nokia unveil their first “real Windows Phone” for the U.S. market, the Lumia 900. It’s basically the Lumia 800, but with a larger 4.3 inch screen, front facing camera, and AT&T 4G LTE connectivity. Those of us living on the other side of the pond began wondering, would this thing ever be sold in Europe? Yesterday we filed a report that said yes, Carphone Warehouse would sell the Lumia 900 in the UK starting in June, but sadly the preorder page for that device was pulled down. Don’t despir though, according to a tweet from Eldar Murtazin, Editor in Chief of Mobile-Review, Nokia will ship a device called the Lumia 910 in Europe in May. It’s exactly like the Lumia 900 for the United States, except that is has a new 12 megapixel camera sensor!
Who needs lumia 900 in june if they want to launch lumia 910 (12mpx) in may? Europe
— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) January 24, 2012
The tables have turned. Americans are now curious to know if they’ll ever see the Lumia 910 hit their shores. According to Paul Thurrott, Head of the SuperSite for Windows, yes, there’s a strong chance that the Lumia 910 will come to the U.S. at some point during the third quarter. Why so late? Because AT&T signed an exclusivity deal with Nokia that lasts 45 days, and apparently said exclusivity deal includes not only the Lumia 900, but variants of the Lumia 900 as well. Will the Lumia 910 have 4G LTE like the Lumia 900? Unlikely, but who cares? Seriously, unless you’re using your phone as a hotspot on a regular basis then the 5 Mbps to 10 Mbps speeds you see on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network are more than enough for everyday use.
What do you guys think? Assuming the Lumia 900 hits store shelves in March, are you going to delay your Windows Phone purchase by another few months to get the Lumia 910 with the better camera?