It looks like Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone may be coming to the states after all. The Lumia 800 was announced at Nokia World a few weeks ago, however, the company didn’t indicate specific plans to launch the handset here in the U.S.
According to The Verge, the reason for the delay is LTE (an obvious must-have in the U.S. market), which Windows Phone currently does not support. People “familiar with the matter” have indicated that Nokia is in talks with AT&T to release a LTE-variant of the handset on its network in 2012, with the phone likely sporting Windows Phone Tango, or with a customized version of Mango that supports LTE functionality.
At Nokia World the company announced plans to release “a portfolio” of handsets in the U.S. in 2012. At the show I had the opportunity to spend a little time with Ilari Nurmi, Vice President of Product Marketing at Nokia who spent a bit of time during our talk discussing LTE and Nokia’s desire to launch LTE devices in the U.S. AT&T would be a perfect fit.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Lumia 800 yet, you can check out my hands-on with the handset from Nokia World, as well as Jon’s unboxing video and a gallery of the handset (which is currently hanging out at TechnoBuffalo HQ) .
What do you think? Would any of you nab an LTE-capable Lumia 800 if it came to AT&T?
[via The Verge]