Nokia to launch flagship smartphone on Verizon this year — report

The Lumia 900 is getting Windows Phone 7.8 soon.

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Nokia is readying a flagship smartphone for Verizon Wireless, a new report claims.

Verizon is planning to carry the Lumia handset later this year, The Verge is reporting today, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company’s plans. That device, codenamed Laser, will “be a variant” of Nokia’s Lumia 920, but it’s not clear what sort of features the handset will have.

According to The Verge, Nokia’s device will be put on the same playing field as Verizon’s other flagship devices, including the iPhone.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop hinted at a flagship phone for Verizon in an interview with CNET last month.

The addition of a flagship Nokia device on Verizon’s network would complement the Lumia 822 currently running on the service. The Lumia 822 is free with a two-year contract.

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