One of the biggest talking points at the Nokia World 2012 event was that Nokia had failed to provide a definite date for the purchase of its next generation of Lumia smartphones. A recent report by Reuters had indicated that the handsets would land on shelves by the second week of November in Europe. However, this information was mere hearsay and there was no exact date provided. A recent report by The Verge divulges more information and states that the flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920 will be available in the US on November 2, and may be available via AT&T. This gives us a definite date for this smartphone to become available to the masses.
The report by Reuters stated that Nokia will start selling the Lumia 920, its new flagship smartphone using Microsoft's Windows software, in November in European countries, with sources at telecom operators informing them on Friday regarding the same. The report went on to state that an executive at an eastern European operator said he would start sales of the Lumia 920 in the second half of November. He added that larger countries would receive the model earlier that month. A source of Reuters at a Nordic operator said sales at his carrier would start in mid to late November.
The Lumia 920 may be launched on the 2nd of November
As per a report by The Verge, the author Tom Warren states, “Nokia is aiming for a November 2nd launch of its flagship Windows Phone 8 handset in the US. Multiple sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed that the company is currently working with Microsoft and AT&T to complete a number of tests required to sign the device off in time. Microsoft is said to be close to finalizing its Windows Phone 8 software, with a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) due next week.”
Nokia did receive a bit of flack for not revealing the prices or release dates of its handsets and this launch is especially crucial to them if they pan to make a turnaround in the smartphone market. The brand has lost ground to the likes of Android and iOS, and it needs the new Lumia smartphones to fare well in the market.
Though we can expect the Nokia Lumia 920 to hit shelves sometime in November, there is no word yet about the launch date of the Lumia 820. Another thing about the handsets that are yet to be known is the pricing. Nokia needs to price the handsets competitively in the market the world over if it plans to succeed.
Here is a quick look at some of the main features of the Lumia 920:
- 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels
- 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC
- Bluetooth v 3.1 with A2DP
- GPS with A-GPS and Nokia Maps Suite
- 8.7 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera with 720p video recording
- 32GB internal memory
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