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An employee at an AT&T store in California revealed the Lumia 900 release date – April 8. There is still no official confirmation on this, but some previous rumors also suggested the second week of April as the release time frame.

The rumored price of the Lumia 900 is attractive at $99 (with a two-year contract, of course) and you might get a $25 gift card to use in the Marketplace as well.

Nokia and Microsoft are preparing a huge marketing (digital and TV) campaign for the Lumia 900, so it seems with the Lumia series failure is not an option for neither the companies.

Nokia has also uploaded a few new promo videos of the Lumia 900 too. Enjoy!

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According Stefania Duico, the lead of Windows Phone Italy, the Windows Phone Tango update will be officially called 7.5 Refresh. As you probably know, currently WP Mango is called just 7.5.

Adding the Refresh moniker and not changing the OS version actually makes sense, because this update major role is to lower the Windows Phone specs so less-capable devices could run it (without multi-tasking, live tiles, etc.).

The update will become available for every WP-based smartphone out there later this year. The next major release is Apollo a.k.a. Windows Phone 8. It will probably launch in Q3 this year.

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Offerings from both Nokia and ZTE debuted the next major build of Windows Phone last week at MWC, dubbed “Tango”. The new Nokia Lumia 610 and ZTE Orbit both took to their respective stands to show off the new lower-end capabilities of Microsoft’s mobile OS.

Despite the latest iteration (excluding Apollo) of Windows Phone having made it to these devices on the floor at MWC, Microsoft had been particularly vague about just what the limitations were for devices employing lower-tiered hardware, until now.

Both the Lumia 610 and Orbit employ 256MB of RAM and this means that there are certain implications which consumers will need to bear in mind when choosing a Windows Phone device, these are as follows:

Windows Phone Marketplace app restrictions – Some processor-intensive apps have particular memory requirements, and won’t work on phones with 256MB of RAM.

Podcast/Video Podcast Subscriptions – Managing podcast subscriptions or watching video podcasts on a device with 256MB of RAM will not be possible.

Bing Local Scout – Bing Local Scout won’t feature on a device with only 256MB of RAM.

Fast app/Task switching – The feature differs on Windows Phones with 256MB of RAM in that if a single application uses over 90MB, it will be killed on exit and thus not appear in the task switcher, besides this the functionality will remain unchanged.

SkyDrive automatic photo upload – 256MB of RAM means no auto-upload option, but users will still be able to upload their photos manually.

HD video playback – Some compressed videos will be unable to play due to a lack of codec support on devices with 256MB of RAM.

Background agents – To free up RAM for the foreground on such devices, generic background agents (PeriodicTasks/ResourceIntensiveTasks) will be disabled.

As well as informing prospective buyers of these new more competitively priced Windows Phones what they’ll be missing out on, Microsoft have also made a point of appealing to Windows Phone developers who will need to take into account the limitations of devices using the new minimum hardware requirements.

Speed seems to be key with a message of optimizing app start times and reducing an apps’ memory footprint being pushed to developers. All this being said, Microsoft are adding features to Windows Phone 7.5 too, including a new location alert, MMS enhancements and improved SIM contact management.

Windows Phone “Tango” should be arriving on 256MB of RAM-endowed Windows Phone devices come Q2 this year.

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HTC didn’t win the race for selling the most Windows Phone 7 devices, but the Taiwanese have won the race to China. The winner in this race happens to be the HTC Titan, which debuts in the Chinese market as HTC Triumph.

Priced at ¥4,399 ($700) without the burden of a contract, the 4.7-inch Titan takes one of the top spots in the high-end smartphone market in the People’s republic.

HTC has confirmed that the Triumph will ship with the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Tango. However, Facebook and Twitter applications will be replaced by the local Sina Weibo and Tencent Weixin. Naturally, SkyDrive will take care of the cloud storage uploads.

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Nokia Lumia 900

GENERAL

2G Network       GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network       HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network       LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100

BODY

Dimensions        127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm, 90 cc

Weight                 160 g

DISPLAY

Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size: 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)

Multitouch: Yes

Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass (Nokia ClearBlack display)

SOUND

Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker: Yes

3.5mm jack: Yes

MEMORY

Card slot: No

Internal: 16GB storage, 512 MB RAM

DATA

GPRS: Class 33

EDGE: Class 33

Speed: HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps DL, 25 Mbps UL

WLAN

Wi-Fi : 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth: Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

NFC: Yes

USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0, HS

CAMERA

Primary: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash

Features: Geo-tagging

Video: Yes, 720p@30fps, video stabilization

Secondary: Yes, 1.3 MP, VGA@30fps

FEATURES

OS: Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Chipset: Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon

CPU: 1.4 GHz Scorpion

GPU: Adreno 205

BATTERY

Standard battery: Li-Ion 1830 mAh (BP-6EW)

Stand-by: Up to 300 h

Talk time: Up to 7 h

Music play: Up to 60 h

Upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS screenshots leak

CrackBerry.com has acquired an internal email from RIM, which shows off the UI of their next generation OS, the BlackBerry 10. The hardware in the pictures below might be current the current 9860 but the OS is all new.


In this picture we can see the new homescreen, which is quite a bit different from the one we saw before. You can see large widgets on the screen that remind you of the live tiles in Windows Phone. And they are not static either and you can see information like weather, call information, album art and current location on a map on the respective widgets. There is also a new bar at the bottom that vaguely reminds us a bit of Nokia’s Belle OS.

Moving on, we have the application drawer here. Looking at the screenshot it’s hard to say which direction it scrolls in. We can’t find the usual tabs at the top of the drawer as in the current OS 7 either, so maybe RIM has gone for a single, long list. We can see new icons, as well as a folder that you can use to put icons in. It’s unclear how you invoke this application drawer from the homescreen.

Finally, we have an image of the in-call screen, showing a large picture of the caller on top and large touch buttons, including one for video calls, below.

Overall, the new BlackBerry 10 is looking quite promising. Unfortunately, there will be quite a wait before we could actually get our hands on it.