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Nokia Lumia 900 Given June UK Release Date?

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A pulled Carphone Warehouse listing reveals specs and potential release date

Nokia’s new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 900, could make its UK debut in June, Carphone Warehouse has accidentally revealed.

The potential release date was displayed on the retailer’s registry of interest page, which it has since removed.

Cat out the bag

The page, which allowed users to sign up for updates about the device, said that the device was expected to be released in June 2012, although it added that this could change without notice.

Specifications were also listed and it appears as though the UK version will not have Long Term Evolution (LTE) support, which isn’t surprising given that there is no commercial LTE network in the country.

According to the listing, the phone will have a 4.3 inch AMOLED touchscreen protected Gorilla Glass, an eight megapixel rear-facing camera with a Carl Zeiss lens capable of recording 720p high-definition video, while its dual-LED flash allows for night-time photography.

The Nokia Lumia 900 was formally announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month and is the Finnish manufacturer’s first 4G LTE phone. It was revealed that it was to be available exclusively on AT&T in the US, but this is the first evidence to suggest it will arrive in the UK.

Fruitful partnership

The announcement came after weeks of speculation and leaked images of the device, however its similar appearance to the Nokia Lumia 800 added weight to the theory that the first of Nokia’s Windows Phone devices was a stop-gap.

The Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 were first displayed at the Nokia World event in London in October and were the first Windows Phones to be produced by Nokia since it agreed a strategic partnership with Microsoft to produce phones running the platformproduct designed to maintain Nokia’s market presence.

Nokia is still the biggest mobile manufacturer in the world by volume, but it has seen its share in the smartphone market erode in recent years as a result of increased competition from devices running rival operating systems such as Apple’s iOS and Google Android.

Recent research suggests that the partnership may have been a success already and that Nokia could have shipped as many as 1.3 million Windows Phone devices. While the numbers are promising for the platform, it has been pointed out that shipped doesn’t necessarily mean sold.