AT&T Launching First 2 LTE Windows Phones In U.S.

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Dallas - AT&T revealed the pricing and availability dates of the nation's first 4G LTE-equipped Windows Phones.

Nokia's Lumia 900 at $99.99 and HTC Titan II at $199 will be available April 8, both with Windows Phone 7.5 OS, 4G HSPA+, and 4G LTE. Both are also among the world's first LTE-equipped Windows Phones, the carrier said.


Both phones were announced at CES without pricing or availability dates.

The HTC Titan II features 16-megapixel camera, offering the highest resolution of any AT&T cameraphone, and it is promoted as an alternative to compact point-and-shoot cameras. Titan II features include a 4.7-inch super LCD display, 1.5GHz processor, 720p video capture, f/2.6 wide-angle lens, autofocus, dual LED flash, red-eye reduction, image stabilization, a backside-illuminated sensor, and panoramic shot for sweeping landscapes and burst shot for action photography. Video chat over Wi-Fi is enabled via a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone comes with 1,730mAh lithium-ion battery.

Nokia's Lumia 900 will be the second Nokia-made Windows Phone available in the U.S., following January availability of the entry-level 4G HSPA+ Lumia 710 on the T-Mobile network. That phone, launched at $49, is positioned as a person's first smartphone.

For exclusive availability on the AT&T network, the step-up Lumia 900 at $99 will be available in separate cyan blue and matte black versions on April 8 followed by a high-gloss white version on April 22. Like the Lumia 710, the 900 features 1.4GHz processor, but the display grows from 3.7 inches to 4.3 inches and uses a ClearBlack display to deliver deep blacks, sharper colors, reduced glare, and high brightness without eating up battery power, Nokia said. The 900 also adds front-facing video camera, unavailable on the 710, for video chats. The 900 also adds high-power 1830mAH battery.

Other key media-related features on the 900 include a rear-facing camera with large Carl Zeiss wide-aperture f2.2 lens with wide 28mm focal length to take high-quality, uncropped images in low-light conditions. The front camera features an f2.4 aperture and 28mm focal length.

To differentiate Nokia's Windows phones from other vendors' Windows phones, Nokia is promoting Lumia's design and such features as Nokia Drive, which uses embedded maps and GPS to turn the phone into a portable navigation device (PNDs) with voice guidance. The phone also offers such exclusive content as the ESPN sports hub with news, videos and scores.

The 900 is also equipped with AT&T U-verse Mobile, which displays a subscribers'

U-verse home-TV guide,

enables remote scheduling and managing a home's AT&T DVR recordings, and enables streaming of U-Verse TV shows on the go. The U-verse Mobile library includes more than 100 TV series and more than 700 TV shows.


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