Windows Phone 8 powered Nokia Phi and Nokia Arrow headed to AT&T, Verizon to get the Nokia Atlas
September 5 is shaping up to be a pretty busy day for tech enthusiasts, especially for those eager to see the upcoming roster of Nokia Lumia smartphones. The Finns will be the first to unveil handsets powered by Windows Phone 8, and thanks to several sources familiar with the matter, we now have a bit of a better idea as to what we might expect to see.
According to popular Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, three Nokia Lumia smartphones are going to be unveiled at the event, including the Nokia Phi, photos of which we have already seen, and possibly that rumored 4.3-inch handset with curved top and bottom sides. Furthermore, Murtazin claims that the Nokia Phi (just a codename, by the way) has a 4.7-inch AMOLED display that he was particularly happy with. As far as design is concerned, the smartphone is bigger, yet slimmer than a Nokia Lumia 900 and looks similar to Nokia's current flagship, he says. Last but not least, Eldar confirms the presence of a microSD card slot, NFC, and an LTE radio. At this time, nothing is known about the rumored third upcoming Nokia Lumia smartphone.
At the same time, sources for The Verge confirm that two Nokia Lumia smartphones that are to be unveiled on September 5 will be offered at AT&T. One of them is the aforementioned Nokia Phi and the other is a smartphone referred to as the Nokia Arrow. Of course, both of them run Windows Phone 8. The polycarbonate-made Nokia Phi will allegedly be an AT&T exclusive, at least at launch, and will be a high-end Lumia model, while the Arrow will be a mid-range smartphone that T-Mobile is also going to get eventually. A smartphone codenamed Atlas, which is more or less identical to the Arrow, is said to be headed to Verizon, but its announcement is scheduled for a later date, according to the source of this rumor.
Although the new Nokia Lumia smartphones will be announced in September, they are not expected to go on sale earlier than October. Whether they will fly or flop remains to be seen.