T-Mobile Lands LG Optimus L9, Nokia Lumia 810

T-Mobile made two announcements on Monday: the arrival of the "stylish and powerful" LG Optimus L9 this fall, and the upcoming exclusive launch of the Nokia Lumia 810. The former phone is based on Google's Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" whereas the Lumia 810 will feature Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 platform.

For starters, the 0.36-inch thin LG Optimus L9 will sport a 4.5-inch qHD Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display powered by a 1 GHz dual-core SoC and a long-lasting 2,150 mAh battery. It will also feature a 5MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording, for an image resolution up to 2,592 x 1,944. Even more, the LG Optimus L9 will let users snap photos while simultaneously capturing video, and snap a picture simply by saying "cheese" (aka voice command).

"As the latest device in LG’s L-Series smartphones, LG Optimus L9 has been designed to fulfill users’ needs for a slim, stylish device that is comfortable to use," said James Fishler, senior vice president of marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA. "With LG Optimus L9, users can take advantage of premium smartphone features – a stunning display, a powerful processor and a long-lasting battery – in a sleek design."

The new LG phone will be compatible with T-Mobile's 4G network while also offering 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS connectivity. The phone will even allow users to make Wi-Fi calls via a Wi-Fi network in areas with little to no coverage, such as a basement. SmartShare will allow users to share media wirelessly to DNLA-enabled devices like the PlayStation 3.

In addition to the LG Android smartphone, T-Mobile said that the Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 810 will be arriving soon. This will be an exclusive, packing a 4.3-inch OLED WVGA Clear Black display, an 8MP camera engineered with Carl Zeiss optics, and a new 1.2MP Skype HD certified front-facing camera.

"The Nokia Lumia 810 features a sleek design and high-quality hardware, combined with the efficient and intuitive Windows Phone 8 operating system," said Olivier Puech, President, Nokia Americas. "When combined with applications such as Nokia Drive and Nokia City Lens, the Lumia 810 ensures that T-Mobile customers are getting the best experience possible out of their smartphone."

T-Mobile said that it will offer exchangeable shells in cyan and black, which will allow the device to take advantage of Nokia’s wireless charging solution. The camera will have cool new features like Cinemagraph, a lens that creates animated GIFs, and Group Shoot, which will allow the customer to choose the best faces and smiles from a burst of photos and stitch them together to produce the perfect group shot.

Nokia's Lumia 810 will also arrive with unique navigation features including Nokia City Lens, which overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings, providing a new augmented reality experience. There's also Nokia Drive, a voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation system, and Nokia Transit which provides directions to a location using public transportation.

The Nokia Lumia 810 is expected to be available in the coming weeks. The LG Optimus L9 smartphone will be available this fall.

 

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  • house70
    If MS/Nokia want the NL 810 to be a success, why a T-Mobile exclusive?
    SGS3, IPhone, other successful phones have been made available on multiple networks around the same time. Making a phone exclusive on one network will hardly make it a success, people will not jump providers for that.
    When will they ever learn?
  • CaedenV
    house70If MS/Nokia want the NL 810 to be a success, why a T-Mobile exclusive?SGS3, IPhone, other successful phones have been made available on multiple networks around the same time. Making a phone exclusive on one network will hardly make it a success, people will not jump providers for that. When will they ever learn?

    Nokia is a company that is making drastic measures to cut back on everything to maximize profits and rebuild. A big part of this is to make 'limited release' phones to exclusive vendors so that they can make money from the vendor by making an exclusive, cut back on manufacturing, while keeping the price higher for longer so that they can milk their products. From a business perspective (especially a business as beat up as Nokia is right now) this is actuially a good game plan as they would have much bigger problems if they did a general release for a product they simply cannot make enough of. This lets them ease back into things while they take care of their internal issues/cuts/consolidations, and then when/if those are taken care of they will start doing general releases of phones to everyone.

    All that said I am pretty disappointed as I really want the 920, but I am also planning on sticking with TMobile for my service provider. I hope that I can get an unlocked phone, or unlock a phone and use it on TMobile as they use the same general network as ATT... but it is too early to tell if this will be a possibility.
  • SchizoFrog
    I get your point 'house70' however your examples are top of the line phones for their respective manufacturers and arguably for their OS systems too, the Lumia 810 is not however as it will fall under both the Lumia 820 and the Lumia 920. Lower end phones are quite often only available on certain networks.