Nokia’s Flagship Windows Phone Has Yet to Arrive

While Nokia had debuted a higher-spec’ed Lumia 800 and a mid-range Lumia 710 at Nokia World, head of Nokia France says that you haven’t seen anything yet. In an interview with French newspaper LesEchos, Nokia France compares the Nokia Lumia 800 to the mid-range BMW 5 Series, saying that “We will soon have a full range with a Series 7 and Series 3.” For those un-familiar with BMWs, the 3 Series is the smallest car, the 5 Series is the mid-range sedan, and the 7 Series highlights the company’s flagship luxury sedan.

Given the Lumia 800 is compared to the 5 Series, the Lumia 710 could fit into the 3 Series. That leaves the 7 Series flagship, and the device could potentially be a Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone.

At Stephen Elop’s Nokia World keynote, the Nokia CEO had hinted that the company will also be addressing the CDMA and LTE markets; the former would bring Nokia to Sprint and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. and the latter would be beneficial to both AT&T and Verizon customers as LTE provides for both higher download and upload speeds and also simultaneous voice and data access, which isn’t possible on 3G CDMA on Verizon.

The Nokia Lumia 900 could very well be the Nokia Ace, a device that we’ve seen leaked before with LTE technology and is rumored to be headed to AT&T. The device will also work on the slower HSPA+ 4G technology as well in areas where AT&T does not yet offer 4G LTE. Additionally, the device will sport a larger 4.3-inch AMOLED display, up from the 3.7 AMOLED screen on today’s Lumia 800, alongside Nokia’s Clear Black Display (CBD) technology. Like the Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 900 is rumored to have a single-core 1.4 GHz processor. The phone may have more storage with either 16 GB or 32 GB internal capacity–the Lumia 800 only has 16 GB. It’s unclear if the device will have a front-facing camera, a feature that’s missing on both the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. The device is speculated for a Q1 release on AT&T in the U.S.

The high-end offering would be surprising as Nokia has stated that it would be targeting the low-end smartphone segment in the U.S. first. However, given that AT&T is Microsoft’s strongest Windows Phone carrier partner in the States having launched numerous devices in its portfolio, a strong showing from Nokia would help the struggling phone-maker stay competitive against Samsung and HTC in the Windows Phone segment in the States.