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CES 2012: Nokia Makes Lumia 900 Official, Boasts Superior Camera Lenses

By Norman Chan

The CEOs of Nokia, Microsoft, and AT&T took the stage to announce the Lumia 900 smartphone.

As expected, Nokia announced its flagship North American Windows Phone 7 handset with the debut of the Lumia 900. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was joined by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and AT&T-Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega to debut the new handset, which will enter a heavily contested North American market in the coming months. Elop acknowledged the need for Microsoft and Nokia to enter the current "war of ecosystems," and described Nokia's strategy of releasing different phones in various global regions as the establishment of beachfronts in this war.

The specs of the Lumia 900 are exactly what leaked documents previously revealed--a 4.3" 800x480 AMOLED display, 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, 1830mAh battery, and 512MB of memory. It's built with the same injection-mold polycarbonate as the Lumia 800, and its screen uses the same ClearBlack technology as 800 as well. But Nokia was also eager to highlight a feature that differentiates the Lumia 900 from other Windows Phone 7 phones: the front and rear cameras.

The camera on the rear of the Lumia 900 is an 8MP sensor with a f/2.2 28mm Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens with a "dual-wide" mode function. Nokia showed a photo taken with a standard 35mm lens compared to one taken with the Lumia, which looked considerably wider without being distorted.

The Lumia 900's front-facing camera is a wide-angle lens as well, with a wide f/2.4 aperture that's ideal for video conference videos.

As in Nokia's other Windows Phone 7 phones, the Lumia 900 also includes Nokia Drive and exclusive apps from ESPN and CNN.

The Lumia 900 will be available in Black in Cyan at launch, and rumors have it pegged for release on March 18th.