Nokia ends the Lumia 900 with a cut

Perhaps one of the shortest life cycles in the history of smartphones belong to the highly talked about, then highly ignored Lumia 900. Nokia placed its hopes on their supposed flagship phone for the year, which is an update to the previous Lumia 800. With their stocks falling faster and faster, as new and better smartphones hit the market, they had to act, and act wisely. They did act, but not so wisely.

When Nokia announced that they were finally ready to do away with the Symbian operating system, in favor of a full-powered operating system, many people jumped at the idea of a Nokia Android device. Nokia has made a name for itself in creating lasting phones with amazing design perspectives, and that got people excited. The excitement ends as they learn that they favored a returning player in the Smartphone market: Windows Mobile.

Windows mobile has certainly been around for a while now, and it has been underwhelming. It didn’t pick up as much as iOS or Android did, and is mostly favored by loyalists. Still, the choice was wise at that time, as they sided with the group that still had a lot of potential to grow. It would also allow Nokia to differentiate themselves from all those who jumped Google’s way to get an Android device.

Just a little after the birth and adaptation of the Lumia 900, Nokia was faced with a painful slap. Their flagship device will soon be obsolete. Microsoft betrayed all hopes that the very new Lumia 900 will be receiving the Windows 8 treatment. We recall from a previous article that it will instead just receive an aesthetic update for Windows mobile 7.

Since then, it was obvious that the Lumia 900 was avoided like the plague. People got the idea that the life of all Windows 7 devices will end after the 7.8 update that will arrive once Windows Mobile 8 is here.

In an almost too obvious desperate move, Nokia has slashed the price of the Lumia 900 from $99 to $49 in the AT&T network. This price cut hopefully will spark some interest for consumers. Still, it will not change the fact that the device is not getting the Windows Mobile 8, and that people are now holding off until a suitable phone arrives. With a lock in period of 2 years, many would think twice about being stuck with an obsolete phone.

The Lumia 900 was just released last April this year. Nokia denies any claim of desperation, saying that this is a normal stage in the life cycle of the phone. If the message is analyzed further, you would notice that they actually did say the truth. It is a natural step in the life cycle of any phone to have a massive price cut, but that only happens when the phone is nearing the END of its life. Without even reaching a full quarter, the Lumia 900 was doomed to end. Making it cheaper might get some sales, but it will not be enough to gain popularity.

It is not to say that there won’t be anyone who will bite into this price cut. The economy is suffering, and a low price, yet capable phone like the Lumia 900 still has a place somewhere, even if that is in a cold dark corner.

If having the latest and greatest is of no concern for you, the Lumia 900 is as good as anyone can get at that price. Will you bite into the bait Nokia has laid out before you?

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Nokia Lumia 900 Batman edition

European Batman aficionados may soon be getting their hands on the latest ultra-limited edition Batman-branded Nokia Lumia 900 in a few weeks from now.

This matte black Nokia Lumia 900 has a Batman logo that is etched in the polycarbonate frame. This smartphone is eyed to boost the latest The Dark Knight Rises’ popularity.

Phones 4u will be distributing the phones in UK, Germany and France. Unfortunately, no figures have been released as to how many Nokia Lumia 900 Batman editions will be released to the market.

This is Nokia’s second team up with the movie franchise as they also released a Nokia Lumia 800 that was stuck on a Batman costume last December.

Nokia only made 40 devices that feature the Nokia Lumia 800 Batman edition. Techradar reports that they are expecting a higher number of Nokia Lumia 900 that will feature this edition.

The launch of this new limited edition line from Nokia signifies the strong bond between the Finnish phone maker and the movie franchise.

Previous Dark Knight films featured Nokia handsets like the Nokia 5800 that were equipped with sonar which was used in past film. Will we see the Nokia Lumia 900 in The Dark Knight Rises? We shall soon find out.

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Rendered photo of Nokia Lumia 900 leaked?

Could this be the rumoured latest Windows phone from the Finnish giant phone maker?

This juicy tidbit was sent anonymously to WMPoweruser.com’s mailbox adding fuel to the rumour that Nokia is gearing up to release its top-end Windows phone. These rumors first circulated in October when the company first released the 710 and 800 in October.

At first glace, the image looks very similar to the Lumia 800. However, subtle differences point out that this could be a different device, with its capacitive buttons lower-set and wider apart as compared to its brother. It can be noted that the body kind-of looks like the the N8’s anodized body, not polycarbonate as what the 800 sports.

Interested?

The Lumia 900 is said to carry a 4.3” ClearBlack AMOLED touchscreen, an 8MP rear camera and 16 GB or 32 GB of storage. It is also rumoured to have HSPA+ data speeds, and a 1.4 GHz single-core processor.

This latest instalment from the Finnish phone maker (if it there is indeed) is said to be available in the market in the first quarter of next year on AT&T.

Image credit: WMPoweruser.com

Nokia releases first Lumia 800 handset update

Nokia has indeed kept its promise when it announced last month that “a software update in early December will include improvements to power efficiency” to address the issues in the battery’s life.

The issue surfaced after just over a week after its flagship Windows Phone handset was released in the market.

Today, a software update has started rolling out to the countries where the unit is available and will be downloaded through Microsoft Zune. In addition to fixing battery issues, the update also brings improvements to voicemail notifications, audio quality, display switching in bright light, as well as in email replying for Microsoft Exchange users.

Nokia said, “Starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks we will be releasing software updates to deliver exciting new features and performance enhancements including charging improvements to the award winning Lumia 800.”

Nokia also announced last month that another update will be released in the early part of 2012 which will “introduce further enhancements to battery life and battery charging”.

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