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Nokia Lumia 900: Hands-on photos and first impressions

We saw it unleashed at CES last month, and and got some hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 900 4G variant on AT&T. Now we’ve had it confirmed in Europe and have gone hands-on once again.

Think of it like the Lumia 800’s big brother. The specs are largely the same after all, with a 1.4Ghz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens. What’s different is the size: with the Lumia 900, you’re getting a 4.3-inch screen instead of 3.7. Resolution remains the same at 800×480, naturally, although the panel is also a ClearBlack AMOLED display, with the added benefit of not having a PenTile subpixel layout.

So how does it feel? The unibody polycarbonate construction still feels great, although we can’t help but think it doesn’t sit quite as well in the hand as the Lumia 800. The added size feels clunky and the Gorilla Glass doesn’t curve with the shape of the phone quite the same way as it does with the Lumia 800. It’s not totally flush, and it doesn’t feel bad by any means, but we miss the nuance.

Otherwise, this is very much the same device: buttons are located in the same places as you’d find them on the Lumia 800, and those machine drilled speaker holes are still prevalent on the bottom of the device. One change we do like is the removal of the microUSB port door. While it made things look tidy on the Lumia 900, it could also be bent accidentally, far too easily in our humble opinion.

In terms of pricing and availability, we reported earlier today that Unlocked-Mobiles expects the handset to land on May 21st, at an unlocked price of £445. Network pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed.

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