Not long after the long awaited announcement and unveiling of Nokia’s first Windows Phone smartphones in the Lumia 710 and 800 yesterday during Nokia World, Nokia USA has confirmed that it will not release the initial series in the US next year, instead releasing a different lineup specifically tailored for the market such as phones with dual mode support for LTE and 3G. CEO Stephen Elop has promised more specific details in a separate announcement scheduled for next year.
The confirmation comes as Nokia USA has opened a page on the Lumia 710 on its website complete with sign-up page for more information, which initially led to the perception that Nokia would release the line as announced in Europe in the US at some point in the future.
As Nokia USA is still in limbo in terms of short-term smartphone releases, the decision to skip the initial release of the Lumia series launching next month in Europe is another stumble for the manufacturer as it did not officially release the MeeGo powered N9 in the US and is winding down US support for Symbian following the recent Symbian Anna update rollout for the US.Â Without a new holiday lineup to promote in the US, the company faces yet more losses in marketshare in the US as Â the next wave of Android releases and the Â iPhone continue to push the manufacturer aside. The manufacturer was widely expected to have Windows Phone smartphones ready for the US in time for the holiday season.