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AT&T has officially announced availability dates for both the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC TITAN II in a press release sent out today. The TITAN II is also set to join the 900 and be launched on April 8th, for $199.99 on contract. Should you be on the network and awaiting solid second generation handsets, the choice of the TITAN II or Lumia 900 is certainly an intriguing one.

The HTC TITAN II, a 4G LTE Windows Phone, packs a 4.7" LCD display, 1.4Ghz chip, 16MP rear camera, 512MB RAM and 16GB storage space. The handset is also heading to Telstra in Australia in early April as well, with some UK stores removing the original TITAN from product lists - we could be seeing a global rollout later in April.

Source: AT&T

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Yup, good news for those who are waiting to get the Nokia Lumia 900 (and presumably the HTC TITAN II), Visual Voicemail on AT&T is finally supported with these new phones.

As you can see above, it's the same visual goodness that many of you have come to expected (and yet is evidently difficult for carriers to instantiate). Regardless, for such a flagship phone, it's a darn good thing that this feature is on board as Windows Phone can't have any more holes in the OS, especially with the stiff competition out there.

Oh and word of warning: you'll need a 4G LTE plan to have this feature enabled. We're told by Jeffrey B. who is using the device:

"...Make sure u get an LTE data plan w/visual vm feature or you won't get it. The LTE SIM comes in box with tool so no worry there but a clerk in a hurry could miss the LTE data plan w/vis vm feature. Check."

The "tool" he's referring to is for opening the micro-SIM drawer on the phone and indeed, make sure you get that 4G LTE plan (it doesn't cost extra, but it is a technical change that needs to be fixed on your account).

No word if or when other Windows Phone on AT&T will get this feature.

Thanks, Jeff, for the pic!

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Well... it appears that March 18th will come and go with no new Windows Phone being released. While the rumors were strong and the stars seemed to be in alignment, neither the Nokia Lumia 900 nor the HTC Titan II made it to AT&T store shelves today.  We had already heard rumblings that the Lumia 900 may be delayed but were hoping that the delay wouldn't hit the Titan II.  

In talking to the local AT&T Store on Friday (and again today), they were under the impression at least the Titan II would be available today (as were we).  We were also told by a local AT&T Sales Rep, that HTC told them late Friday the release date for the Titan II was still up in the air.  

So what could the delay be? Is AT&T waiting for more markets to get 4G LTE? Is it there a production issue?  Plus you have to wonder if the delay on the AT&T 900 will delay the 900's release internationally.  AT&T is rumored to have exclusive rights to the Lumia 900.  Will this delay push back the 900's release on other carriers such as Roger's Canada?

Unfortunately, there are more questions than answers on the Titan II and Lumia 900. Speculation now has the Lumia 900 being available on April 8th/9th.  Could the Titan II be slated for the 8th/9th as well?

Hopefully both of these new Windows Phone will hit the market sooner than later.

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Though we still don't have a confirmed release date here on AT&T for the HTC TITAN II with its 16MP camera (rumored: March 18th) and we haven't heard officially that it's going overseas, WPDownunder reported last week that Australia will be grabbing the device very soon.

Now however, we have a time-frame for release: Telstra will begin advertising the device on March 27th with an anticipated release date during the first two weeks of April. That's even ahead of the Lumia 900 (unlocked) which is expected to ship at the end of April (no word yet on a carrier release, though mid-year has been talked about).

It will be certainly interesting to see if Australia does indeed get the TITAN II this early. We reported yesterday that the first TITAN had been removed from some UK online stores, perhaps in anticipation of the TITAN II's launch--things do seem to moving in that direction.

Source: WPDownUnder

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The HTC TITAN II and Nokia Lumia 900 are rumored to drop on Sunday, March 18th and last we checked it's getting close to that date.  Two things have happened within the last few hours to make us think that AT&T is starting up their Windows Phone gears again:

  1. The AT&T site is teasing something big as "Coming Soon" on their site with signups to be notified
  2. The Microsoft Windows Phone site now lists the TITAN II and Lumia 900 as "coming soon"

Sure, it's no firm pricing (Lumia 900 is rumored for $99) or official release date but c'mon, if those phone aren't launching in the next two weeks then we'll eat our vegetables. Start saving your pennies, folks.

Source: AT&T, Microsoft; Thanks, Mario and PLeX™, for the tips

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WPDownUnder has reported that Telstra staff have received confirmation of the HTC TITAN II making its way to the Australian shores and onto the network. With the Lumia 800 being stocked at multiple sources across the country, as well as on Telstra itself, the situation is starting to pick up with regards to available hardware.

At an event last night, it was revealed that the HTC TITAN II (as well as another unnamed Android 4G handset) will be launching on Telstra this coming April. Even some lucky members of staff attending the event got the chance to take home a Lumia 800 with door prizes being handed out. 

WPDownUnder expects the TITAN II to be available on the $79 /mo Freedom Connect plan, using the MRO bonus (no handset fee), and would total $1896 across the 24 month contract. Although, the site notes that should the HTC Velocity be anything to go by, then the TITAN II may also be available on the cheaper $59 plan, with a $5 /mo MRO free, totalling $1536.

What's more is that Nokia has reported that they're still in talks surrounding the introduction of the 4G international Lumia 900, which would further strengthen Australia's range of Windows Phones. Who would have thought last year that we would be seeing prosperous moves from both Microsoft and manufacturers in Australia?

Source: WPDownUnder; thanks Sheeds for the tip!

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It looks like HTC is firmly on board with Windows Phone Apollo with plans to launch new devices when the Apollo update hits later this year.

Kouji Kodera, HTC's Chief Product Officer stated,

"For Windows Phone we haven't decided on the branding yet, but you will see a new range of Windows Phones from us when Microsoft release their new Apollo operating system."

Kodera also confirmed that the HTC Titan II, that is due on the AT&T network in March, will eventually find its way outside the U.S. Market. He didn't get too specific on where the Titan II would land or when but did note that Australia would be getting the 4.7" screened Windows Phone.

source: Pocket-lint; Thanks, Stuart, for the tip!

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It looks like BGR isn't quite done with the leaks just yet.  After reporting that the Nokia Lumia 900 would be coming to AT&T on March 18 at a price of $99, the tech site now sharing that HTC's Titan II will also be arriving the same day.  However, don't expect the same alluring $99 price tag as the Lumia 900.  Rumor has it that the mammoth HTC handset will run you double that, $200, with a 2-year contract.  There's no mention of where this info came from, so as always, treat it as a rumor, and not set in stone.

The Titan II, which recently made an appearance in Entertainment Weekly, has the same 4.7" screen as its predecessor, but comes along with a whopping 16MP camera.  It also packs a 1.5GHz CPU, 16GB of storage, and of course 4G LTE.

Source: BGR

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Entertainment Weekly, one of the most popular pop-culture mags here in the States had a nice but prominent mention of the HTC TITAN II and the Nokia Lumia 900 in their January 27th edition (page 25). The magazine praises the TITAN II as being "zippy and smooth", "brilliant 4.7" screen" and of course positive mention of its 16MP camera (see samples).

Just another example of how Windows Phone is steadily leeching into the mainstream media and being featured with other big tech stories.

Thanks, Darrell D., for the photo!

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In reflection of CES 2012 last week (and looking forward to our WPCentral recap-podcast tomorrow), we want to celebrate the TITAN II a little bit with this week's WPDoodle. While HTC did a pretty knock up job with the original TITAN, besides the massive 4.7" screen there wasn't really anything "huge" about it.

Now with that super fast 4G LTE on board and a whopping 16MP camera (the largest HTC has ever used, even besting Android) the TITAN II truly feels like it earned its name.

Sure, we can talk about how the 16MP camera is more gimmick than advantage, but for marketing purposes it will get Windows Phone noticed. We're okay with that as we needed something to differentiate ourselves from the competition, something to get consumers to pay attention. Will it pay off? We'll find out in a few weeks.

In the meantime, check our our TITAN II hands on, video test, 16MP camera samplesLTE information and more photos of the device.

WPDoodle images courtesy of Jason Harrison, founder of BrowCo.com. Have a great idea for a WPDoodle? Send an email to doodles@mobilenations.com and Jason'll take a gander.

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We managed to sit down with HTC to go over their new flagship Windows Phone, the TITAN II landing soon on AT&T. The 4G LTE device sure caught a lot of us off-guard specifically due to the inclusion of a massive 16MP camera. The meeting was very productive as not only did we get to play with the phone more (always an exciting "geek moment") but we found out some other relevant information that we hope you folks will find interesting:

  • The TITAN II is not replacing the TITAN. The plan is to sell both phones in the same market with the TITAN II augmenting AT&T's offerings to customers with different price points and features. In other words, the TITAN II is the high-end, premium version for customers who want that feature set. The TITAN will be a lower-priced offering for those who are okay with HSPA+, etc. It's an interesting and we think smart move for both HTC and AT&T.
  • As we mentioned in the video test, the TITAN II features a secondary processor for the camera--we're a little fuzzy on the exact details but it explains why shooting at 16MP feels no different than shooting at 8MP, with zero lag
  • We passed on the info about the SRS stutter bug as well as the microphone/sound issue that quite a few of you have reported. That info should get to their engineers for further investigation.
  • No word on those docks for the Radar and Titan, in fact, it's probably best to forget those
  • On HTC using but not always announcing Gorilla Glass--in short, they want some wiggle room in case of during production they switch to an alternative scratch-resistant screen due to cost or supply issues. What you need to know is that basically all high-end HTC phones have Gorilla Glass or its equivalent on board.
  • The HTC TITAN II is an AT&T exclusive. No word on world-wide release though we can expect some announcements at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month in Barcelona--as HTC considers that to be one of their big events. Perhaps an international version of the TITAN II will be announced or something similar.
  • The push for 4G LTE devices is driven a lot by AT&T wanting to get people off of their overloaded 3G network, so devices like the TITAN II and Lumia 900 are highly welcomed by the carrier
  • Like Nokia, HTC doesn't seem keen on 32GB memory devices. Everyone is pushing for the cloud.
  • The HTC TITAN is selling very well world-wide and they're very happy with its performance

And what about our second experience with the TITAN II? If HTC and AT&T are aiming for this to be a premium version of the TITAN we think they did a pretty good job as the new changes really give the device a more classy feel to it. The curved glass near the bottom is a really excellent engineering feat and the Super LCD on the TITAN II is even better than the TITAN I (better contrast, brighter). We're pretty excited about getting our hands on this as our daily driver--that LTE is quite the blast to use, especially when web browsing.

More pics after the break...

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Howdy folks, as we get ready to leave CES 2012 in Vegas, we still have a few more nuggets for you. In the above video, you'll see three samples from the 16MP TITAN II camera from HTC. Shot in 720P and testing two of the filters, we were pretty happy with the results, but we'll let you decide.

Of course, this is unfinished software/hardware so there may be slight changes and optimizations before the phone is released, so don't consider this the final test of the TITAN II. We really like HTC's custom filters of which there we many to choose from (we show just two in the video).

One curious thing we found out: the TITAN II has a dedicated processor for the camera, which is why shooting a 16MP pic feels just as fast as shooting an 8MP on the original TITAN. That's some pretty cool tech, if you ask us. Make sure to also check out our 16MP photo samples from the TITIAN II right here!

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A lot of our readers are split on the TITAN/TITAN II's massive 4.7" screen--some think it's just too big of a device, while others are much more partial. We're in the latter camp and don't think 4.7" is too big at all. And evidently neither does Samsung, who have put out the Galaxy Note, an Android powered device with a massive 5.3" Super AMOLED HD screen.

No doubt this is a different category of device and surprisingly, feedback on the device so far as been positive. We quickly compared the size difference between it and the TITAN and it's an interesting juxtaposition, to say the least. It kind of makes us wonder: What would Windows Phone look like on such a device? People seemed enthusiastic last year about a Windows Phone tablet, so this might be your closest chance.

Would you buy one? Should Samsung even attempt it to counter the TITAN/TITAN II or should we let Android have all the fun? Lets us know in comments and check out how the Android fans are reacting at Android Central.

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2012 CES: Day One Recap

There's little doubt that day one of the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show was big for Windows Phones. I think we all were took by surprise by AT&T's announcement during their Developer's Summit and while Nokia's afternoon press event was expected, we were still very impressed with what was presented. The day ended with Microsoft giving their last CES Keynote address that reflected on the past and gave us a glimpse into the future. Here's the down and dirty highlights from day one of the 2012 CES.

AT&T 4G LTE: AT&T announced they will be offering the first 4G LTE Windows Phones in the coming months. Often described throughout the presentation as "blazingly fast", AT&T's CEO Ralph de la Vega stated that the new network will "take AT&T's Windows Phones to a new level."

HTC Titan II: Riding on the heels of AT&T's 4G LTE announcement, HTC's CEO Peter Chou introduced the world to the HTC Titan II. The Titan II will be one of AT&T's first 4G LTE Windows Phones and sport a 4.7" Super LCD screen, 16mp camera rear camera, 1.3mp front facing camera, and 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S2 processor.

Nokia Lumia 900: What might have been the best known secret of the day, Nokia officially announced the Lumia 900. The 4.3" AMOLED screened device will join the Titan II on AT&T's 4G LTE Windows Phone lineup. It will be initially offered in black and cyan with additional colors becoming available on down the line.

Steve Ballmer: Steve Ballmer likely had a pair of roller skates handy for day one of the 2012 CES. He made appearances during the AT&T Developer Summit that morning, dropped in on Nokia's afternoon presentation and delivered Microsoft's Keynote that evening. While some may have seen Microsoft's keynote as "lack luster" it did give us a glimpse at what's coming down the road, Metro. From the XBox console to the PC to our Windows Phone, Metro will be the Windows interface of choice.

All in all, day one of the 2012 CES was very promising for Windows Phones. Two very impressive devices, a promise of a faster network, and our Metro interface overtaking Microsoft's other platforms. It will be interesting to see what Day Two adds to the mix.

We'll be hitting the show floor seeking out all that is Windows Phone over the next few days and for all our 2012 CES coverage, just hit this link.

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So did you hear? The HTC TTTAN II features a massive 16MP camera--one of the highest we've heard of on a mobile phone. We're still pretty blown away by it. HTC doubled the "old" TITAN's 8MP camera in less than six months.

Now yes, megapixels aren't everything, in fact compared to the sensor and lens, megapixels are near the bottom. Still, for cropping and detail (resolution), we'll take a 16MP on our phone, thank you.

Our favorite thing about this feature on the TITAN II is that there's no difference in performance: they process just as fast and the camera just hums along like it was shooting at 8MP. No lag whatsoever, which we're very happy about.

How's the over all quality? Hard to say as we only had a few moments on a very, very bright day. Above are a couple of samples resized for our site. But we'll do you a solid and provide the untouched originals for you to download. That way you can tinker around. Cool? Only the best for you guys...!

Links after the break...

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Howdy folks, we're still rocking it here at CES and we figured we would catch up on a few things. First off, is LTE and Windows Phones--how's it work?

More specifically, is there a "toggle" to turn it on or off? Short answer is 'no', there is not. At least when we searched up and down the HTC TITAN II (see hands on) there was certainly no switch outside of the generic "data" toggle under the Phone settings. When we asked HTC about it, they said a few things:

  • You'll need a "LTE SIM card", meaning you'll have to have your account set up for this. (This is also the beginning of GSM carriers locking in people to their networks, by the way)
  • The phone will use LTE when it can and switch to 3G/HSPA+ when it can't. In keeping with the "simple" motif of Windows Phone, the user will not have to manage this
  • What about battery life? The TITAN II certainly has ample battery and since this is the 2nd generation of LTE chipsets, battery life should be significantly better than our current Android counterparts. Plus, Microsoft looks to have aggressively attacked this issue. Still, proof is in the pudding, so we'll see in a few weeks.
  • Is it fast? Hard to say at CES as all the networks are congested here today. We easily hit between 3-6Mbps which sounds not very impressive but when you consider how taxed the network is here, it's actually pretty good. In fact browsing the web was quite enjoyable. But we'll know more up on release, when we can test on a "normal" day
  • Oh and our initial impression of the TITAN II: we liked it, a lot. The new curvy, unibody design is really top notch. It actually feels nicer in the hand and that chin helps when typing in landscape. Plus the that 16MP camera.

Anyways, hope that answers some of your questions...

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Here we are folks. The massive (and quick update) to the HTC TITAN, the HTC TITAN II. Expected to launch "in the coming months", this is a true beast of a phone with a next gen 1.5GHz CPU, 16GB of storage, 16MP camera (!) and of course 4G LTE.

The phone feels great in the hand with a slight lip near the bottom. Silver in color and sporting the same HTC Radar unibody design (non-removal battery), the device is truly a sight. The 16MP camera has zero lag and to be honest, you would never know except for the super high resolution. The speed of the device is up there with the current TTIAN and over all, this looks to be a real attention getter for Microsoft, Windows Phone and AT&T/HTC.

The Super LCD feels the same as the current TITAN, that is no complaints. At 5.2 ounces, it's a bit heafty for a Windows Phone but honestly, you don't feel it. With the 1730mAh batter, you should be able to last the day with it but watch out for that LTE.

 

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AT&T unveiled what could only be the flagship of their new line of LTE Windows phones.  The HTC Titan II, like it's predecessor, has a huge 4.7-inch screen.  However, unlike the original, the Titan II packs a mind-blowing 16 mega-pixel rear camera with fast wide-angle lens (f2.6, 28mm), autofocus, and dual LED flash.  It also features red eye reduction, image stabilization, panorama mode, and burst shot mode and records 720p HD video.  Combined with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon and AT&T's speedy LTE, the Titan II is a juggernaut.

The Titan II also comes with 16GB storage, 512MB RAM, 1730mAh battery and a 1.3 mega-pixel front-facing camera.  We've got full secs and the presser after the break.

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