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Posting from Las Vegas: Some of Microsoft’s biggest pieces of news from the Consumer Electronics Show should be officially confirmed on Monday long before CEO Steve Ballmer takes the stage for the evening keynote address.

A New York Times report this weekend on the design accomplishments of Windows Phone confirms the rumors that have been circulating like mad in the days leading up to the show: Nokia on Monday will show a “sleek metallic” Windows Phone called the Lumia 900, to be sold by AT&T in the United States.

Other reports have identified this phone as the Nokia Ace. That name hasn’t been confirmed, but whatever it’s called, the idea is to give Nokia a flagship Windows Phone to bolster its push into the U.S. market.

[Update: Bloomberg News reports the same thing, calling it the Nokia Ace and noting that it will be the first Windows Phone to run on LTE. These reports confirm what Paul Thurrott has been reporting since late December.]

The timing is notable in part because T-Mobile USA is getting set to release Nokia’s first U.S. Windows Phone, the Lumia 710, on Wednesday. See our earlier review for more on that device.

AT&T is holding an event on Monday morning here, and Nokia’s media conference is on Monday afternoon. GeekWire is planning to be on hand for both, and we’ll have the official details as soon as they’re available.


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