Nokia Ace with LTE and Windows Phone to be released by AT&T on March 18, Lumia 710 headed to Verizon
Here’s some more news about upcoming Windows Phones. Earlier today we told you that two smartphones made by HTC and Samsung would arrive in early 2012 in the US sporting both Windows Phone and LTE support. And now we have more information – a lot more in fact, courtesy of Paul Thurrott’s WinSuperSite.
The aforementioned devices (HTC Radiant and Samsung Mendel or Mandel) will be joined in the US by the Nokia Ace – also an LTE-capable handset. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the Ace – it was always supposed to be Nokia’s first flagship smartphone to run Microsoft’s new operating system.
The Nokia Ace, alongside the HTC and Samsung phones, will all be launched by AT&T in the first half of next year. The Nokia Ace in fact has an already set release date: March 18, 2012. All these three handsets will be announced during CES next month.
Despite a purported leaked roadmap surfacing yesterday which claimed that an update to Windows Phone (called Tango) would be released soon, Paul says it’s unclear at the moment if all of these devices will indeed launch alongside an OS update. Windows Phone Tango has always been rumored to focus on supporting lower-end offerings, and LTE support kind of doesn’t fit into that mantra. That said, Tango may very well come with both LTE and cheaper phone support, as one past rumor said it would. We’ll just have to wait and see.
If you’re wondering whether Verizon will be getting any hot Windows Phone action next year, wonder no more. It will, but nowhere near as much as AT&T. Big Red will sell the midrange Nokia Lumia 710, starting in April. But keep in mind that it doesn’t have LTE connectivity.
The Lumia 710 was already announced by T-Mobile and will be released by the magenta carrier on January 11, which gives it a nice three-month exclusivity period for this device in the US.