updated 11:50 am EST, Thu November 10, 2011
Nokia Lumia 800 may get LTE in American debut
Nokia's decision to wait until 2012 for its US revival may be to give it an LTE connection, a possible scoop might have uncovered. The carrier will reportedly get an LTE-based 4G version of the Lumia 800 on AT&T, The Verge heard. As a consequence, it might have to wait for either an in-between update with LTE or the larger Tango update due for every Windows Phone.
While unconfirmed, it's corroborated by earlier leaks tying the Sea Ray, what would become the Lumia 800, to the American carrier. It wouldn't be the only Windows Phone in the US, as T-Mobile is expected to carry the Lumia 710 in January, albeit only with 3G.
Microsoft has already said it expected LTE Windows Phones next year.
The addition would put the Lumia 800 near the higher end of AT&T's lineup and give Nokia a possible advantage at a time when its smartphones have all but disappeared from the US market. Its Symbian platform is down to under two percent and is mostly limited to those buying full-price, unlocked phones rather than going through carrier deals. Apple and Google have taken virtually all of Nokia's share, both from smartphone switchers as well asthose upgrading from a basic feature phone to their first smartphones.
While Windows Phone has yet to catch on, its more modern platform might help Nokia regain a presence and make up for years of the company mostly ignoring the US until current CEO Stephen Elop stepped in.