Nokia’s first 4G phone was not cutting edge – Mobile History

If you were asked which phone was Nokia’s first 4G phone and you mentioned any of the new Android smartphones manufactured by HMD Global, you would be wrong. The first 4G phone by Finnish mobile maker, Nokia, was the Lumia 900 from 12 years ago.

Yes; that was the era of Nokia’s involvement with Microsoft’s mobile operating system, Windows Phone, and this old-timer won the Best Smartphone award at the CES 2012 event.

Nokia Lumia

How many LTE bands did the Liumia 900 support? You are perhaps used to seeing smartphones with upwards of four LTE bands – and there are some with over 17 of them. But 2012 was early days and this solid flagship phone has only two 4G LTE bands, 4(1700/2100) and 17(700).

So, let’s look at other key features of Nokia’s first 4G phone.

Lumia 900 Specs

  • 4.3″, 480 x 800 pixels, ClearBlack AMOLED display with Gorilla glass protection and anti-glare polarizer
  • Physical Build: polycarbonate unibody
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 1 MP front camera
  • Software/Operating System: Windows Phone 7.5
  • Snapdragon APQ8055 clocked at 1.4GHz
  • 512MB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Memory Card slot: none
  • 1830mAh battery.
Lumia 900 is Nokia's first 4G phone
Lumia 900 is Nokia’s first 4G phone

Many Nokia and Windows Phone fans found it disappointing that it did not qualify for an update to Windows Phone 8 which was released some months after the Lumia 900 hit the stores. If you have been around long enough, you will remember how fans faced repeated disappointments with Windows Phone updates.

The CES award aside, the Lumia 900 was not cutting edge in terms of features. Reviews were a mix, with most reviewers ending up unexcited about the phone.

Contemporaries of Nokia’s first 4G phone

The Lumia 900’s contemporaries included Apple iPhone 4s, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X (which I reviewed), and LG Optimus 4X HD P880, and most reviewers agreed that the Nokia was one of the most beautiful smnartphones of its time but fell short in terms of capabilities.

The successor to the Lumia 900 was the Lumia 920, which was announced with the arrival of Windows Phone 8 in September 2012.

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One comment

  1. If this phone were to still be selling in mobile phone stores nationwide right now, even if the price is as low as ₦7000, I swear, I won’t buy it. Very poor specs. It’s got some good design, though. Besides that, the rest just put me off.

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