When AT&T revealed that the flagship Nokia Lumia 920 handset would be an exclusive in the United States, Windows Phone fans on other wireless networks were understandably upset. But it looks like T-Mobile is getting a Nokia exclusive of its own, too: This week, the firms revealed that a previously unannounced Lumia 810 handset will enter the market alongside other Windows Phone 8 handsets in the coming weeks.
Nokia previously announced new Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones, based on Windows Phone 8.
“We’re providing our customers with a unique Windows Phone 8 experience by offering an exclusive device paired with our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan and a comprehensive set of enhanced features,” T-Mobile Vice President Andrew Morrison said. “The Nokia Lumia 810 gives customers speedy, 4G access to T-Mobile’s nationwide network and the content and features they want, whenever they need it. From navigation tools to an enhanced camera, the Lumia 810 provides a great value and a high-quality experience.”
Nokia Lumia 810
The Lumia 810 appears to closely mimic the Lumia 820. It features a 4.3" OLED Clear Black display running at 800 x 480, a dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and a 1.2-megapixel Skype HD-certified front-facing camera. As with other Nokia devices, it includes a nice suite of Nokia apps, including Nokia Drive, Nokia Transit, Nokia City Lens (augmented reality), Nokia Music, and more.
The device will naturally take advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network, not LTE. No pricing is available yet, but as a mid-level Windows Phone 8 handset, pricing of $49 to $99 is expected, with a new wireless contract.
Microsoft will launch Windows Phone 8 in San Francisco on October 29, and the first Windows Phone 8 handsets are expected to become available in early November.