Nokia (BIT:NOK1V) (NYSE:NOK) is readying a new Windows Phone flagship device: the Nokia Lumia 900 'Ace' release date is said to be February 2012. It's supposedly bigger, brighter, and bonnier than the 800. Meanwhile, rumours of a Microsoft merger resurface.
- On the one hand, cue excited squeals from diehard Nokia fans everywhere.
- On The Other Hand, they're only rumours, not hard facts; but what did you expect in mid-December?
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Sharif Sakr reports:
We've seen clues that Espoo might be working on a bigger Windows Phone to complement the Lumia 800 and 710...[so this] doesn't strike us as totally surprising.
Xavier Hahn tweeted support staff at Swiss operator Swisscom, to ask about a timeline for the "Nokia Lumia 800 or 900." ... Swisscom responded that...the 900 [is expected] at the "end of Feb."
Marc Chacksfield adds:
There's been much rumour and speculation about the Lumia 900 - a handset yet to be announced by Nokia. ... The Lumia 900 is a handset that looks an awful lot like its predecessor, the...800.
The main difference is...the screen, which has been seemingly upped from 3.7 inches to a meaty 4.3 and will be a ClearBlack AMOLED display. ... Given that Swisscom will be privy to release dates before the public are, we reckon February is a Very Likely launch date.
Surur Davids got sent an interesting picture:
At first glance it looks just like the Nokia Lumia 800, but there are subtle...[differences] such as the lower-set capacitive keys.
The Nokia 900 is...rumoured to have an 8-megapixel rear camera and 16 GB or 32 GB of storage.
Diana ben-Aaron is hearing other rumours:
Danske Bank said the mobile-phone maker may sell its smartphone business to Microsoft Corp. ... A merger with Microsoft...has been the subject of investor speculation since Nokia named Microsoft executive Stephen Elop as chief executive officer.
A smartphone deal “makes sense,” analysts at Danske Bank said. [But] Doug Dawson, a spokesman at Nokia, denied the report. “We put these rumors to rest a long time ago.”
Yo, Kate Solomon runs with it, despite Doug Dawson's definite denial, dawg:
Stephen Elop, Nokia's current CEO, joined the company from Microsoft which leads some people to suspect that he's been sent in specifically to facilitate the sale of the handset arm.
Will Microsoft buy Nokia? We...wouldn't rule it out; after all, Google's in the process of buying Motorola. ... There are definite benefits to having an in-house handset creation arm.
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