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AT&T introduces Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820; sales to start next month

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AT&T introduces Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820; sales to start next month
Those looking for the latest Windows Phone 8 models from Nokia will be able to find both handsets at one place as AT&T announced on Thursday that it will be offering both the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820. While no precise launch date was disclosed, the pair will be available sometime next month. AT&T also did not disclose pricing for either model.  The Nokia Lumia 920 will be an AT&T exclusive.

The Nokia Lumia 920 (L) and Nokia Lumia 820

The Nokia Lumia 920 (L) and Nokia Lumia 820

Smartphone owners who use their phone to take pictures will be happy to hear that the latest PureView technology will be included in the 8MP camera on the back of the Nokia Lumia 920. The camera allows five times the light in without flash as other smartphone cameras do, which allows you to take bright and clear pictures indoors and at night. While the shooter in back captures video in 1080p at 30fps, the one upfront will record in 720p.

Also aboard is Nokia City Lens which is an augmented reality program that is integrated with Nokia Maps to help you learn about landmarks and building in your area, while at the same time pointing out shopping and dining experiences and places for entertainment. The 4.5 inch Gorilla Glass 2, PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack screen on the Nokia Lumia 920 will be able to register a touch from a fingernail and even from someone wearing gloves. 1GB of RAM is aboard the device, which is powered by a 2000mAh cell.

The mid-range Nokia Lumia 820 has the same dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 under the hood as its big brother, and comes in black. The color can be changed using changeable shells which will be available in different colors, including one that allows you to wirelessly charge the device. Underneath the shell is where you will find the microSD slot for the device. The 4.3 inch WVGA AMOLED display offers a pixel density of 217ppi with 1GB of RAM inside. 8GB of native storage si included, and the Nokia Lumia 820 features back and front facing cameras of 8MP and .3MP respectively.
"We welcome AT&T’s decision to offer the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, which, when added to what we’ve witnessed in other markets, underscores the momentum behind our Lumia devices and the broader Windows ecosystem. Our continued collaboration with AT&T is an important component for Nokia’s success in the U.S. market."-Olivier Puech, president of Nokia Americas. Nokia

source: AT&T via PhoneScoop
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posted on 04 Oct 2012, 10:35 3

1. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)

No pricing?! Dammit D:

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 13:44 4

27. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

I Love the Cyan one !!! makes my day

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 10:39 12

2. rb68 (Posts: 27; Member since: 23 Apr 2010)

Booooooooo on carrier exclusive deals. These must die eventually.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 10:49 3

6. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)

Nokia needs the sales to dig themselves out of this hole and expand the WP8 platform. So what do they do? Partner with the worst of the big carriers and make their flagship exclusive to them.
Elop's an idiot.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 10:57 2

7. MeoCao (unregistered)

Nokia never has good relationship with carriers in the US and that's shame. I just don't understand how difficult that is.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 11:04 2

9. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Can anyone from the US tell me if I buy a phone from AT&T on contract, want to move away from contract do I get to keep the phone?

PS: To those wondering if the phone won't sell well because of the exclusivity to AT&T, do remember there's a world outside the US as well.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 12:21 1

20. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

You get to keep it, but you have to pay a hefty fee, and the phones are locked to the network. Might as well buy it directly from the manufacturer unlocked.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 20:08

50. Hemlocke (unregistered)

The Lumia 900 was offered the same way, and its sales suffered. Carrier exclusivity is not the way back into the game. I liked my Lumia 900, and I may even buy a 920, but they will not sell well, in my opinion.I predict Apple will swoop in and just buy them, outright, if the 920 and 820 fail to sell well.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 11:14 1

13. muhsen (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)

tell that to steve jobs in his grave,the world most selling smartphone was at&t exclusive

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 14:43 1

36. papss (unregistered)

See i dont agree with it being the worst.. i came from sprint and they are far worse imo, verizon while having better coverage overall is pretty pricy. Ill stick with att with the best selection of phones period

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 17:18

46. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)

At&t is only the worst if you take reception, customer service, and price into consideration.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 11:48 2

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Carrier exclusives are a bad deal. VZW basically launched Android as a response to AT&T's exclusive on the iPhone. Nokia doesn't have the market share that Apple had 6 months after launch of the 1st iP.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 13:41 2

26. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

From what I've been reading around it will only be a timed exclusive everyone! And let's all hope so!

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 15:35

38. Gawain (Posts: 426; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

I hope you're right. There was an article citing a leaked VZW line-up of upcoming phones and supposedly the 920 was on the list. I won't leave a carrier for a phone though. I hope the 920 makes it. If not, I suppose the HTC 8X will suffice, but I really want the Nokia.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 16:18

41. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)

seriously hope you are right. I was really looking forward to this on verizon. I don't want the 8x either. C'mon Nokia WTF

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 16:46

45. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

Yea I read it on the stock Site.. I really want this phone to sell well the 900 was great and this will be the best windows phone out I really hope it catches on.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 20:19

51. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Agree with KParks. The 920 will not be owned by AT&T. Nokia has their entire company attached to it's success. No doubt in my mind Verizon will have it.

Should be a fantastic device. I am hoping for great sales.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 10:41 5

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

cool. i hope Lumia 920 does well. Nokia really needs it.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 10:42 2

4. Saphac (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

So another phone stuck to AT&T. I was hoping this was going to Verizon as well. HTC 8X FTW.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 13:15 1

25. baldilocks (Posts: 829; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

CDMA and EV-DO aren't great choices for an International manufacturer. It makes more sense to go with a GSM/WCDMA/LTE carrier.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 14:33 1

30. timepilot84 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

This is the same thinking that sunk them In the US before. I'd hope they actually support the US 3G networks this time around instead of trying to sell 2G phones with no carrier subsidies again.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 10:47 3

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

"8GB of native storage 'SI' included, and the Nokia Lumia 820 features..." lol, when did Phonearena started using Spanish?
Nokia came with a bang, but some of the bang has evaporated already...
I wish Nokia was more efficient in their release...like release today and start preparing the shipping next week. But well, innovations come with a price, i guess it's patience this time.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 15:06

37. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4319; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Yo Alan F, aren't you reading the comments? There is a correction to be made...minor though.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 11:00 1

8. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

i hate the word exclusive cuz it restricts the phone to one market :\ get in around the world already what hopes are in USA they got no taste for wp8 from the facts of last attempt although i wish they try it out but seriously USA is not only market to start from

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 11:06 1

10. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)

920 is exclusive to AT&T in the U.S it will be available for international customers. They were just talking about for U.S subscribers.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 11:08 2

12. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

The people from US will stick to their droids/iPhones; so why all goodies/promotions to just US. There's Europe, India, China, Russia, Australia, etc who don't seem to enjoy all what US enjoys. There'd be ,more success for Nokia, Jolla and RIM if they manage to think outside of the US>

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 11:52

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Manufacturers follow the market. How many L920s do you think Nokia would sell in Asia compared to the U.S.? I suspect Nokia did the research and concluded they could sell more in the U.S.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 12:02 1

19. No_Nonsense (unregistered)

Selling more in US is a different thing. What I'm talking about is:

Nexus 7 cost $199 for the 8GB version in US and 199 euros in UK for the same memory at launch. The Nexus devices aren't available to consumers in India or other countries which manufacturers think are important but do nothing about them. Also, consumers in the US do get free goodies during specific time periods and the cost difference for phones off-contract is well, quite a considerable amount. And then there are competitions like Smoked by WP, win a device in markets like US/UK but no such things in important and faster growing markets like India. While the current sales levels would be higher in the US, if manufacturers decided to gave the same push to India or other developing markets.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 12:53

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I am still not sure of what you are asserting. Are you saying that if manufacturers were to hold the same promotions elsewhere that they hold in the U.S., they would see larger total sales? Or?

While you may be correct that total sales would increase if more promotions were held outside of the U.S., there is still the expense of holding the promotion. At the end of the quarter/year, it still comes down to total cost (expense) vs. total sales. If the cost/expense of holding global promotions is not at a minimum covered by the total sales, that is not a business model for the long term.

RIM is holding more promotions outside of the U.S. because that is where their market is presently the most healthy. I recently read an article that said RIM's share of the smartphone market in the U.S. was something like 2% (!). At that rate, RIM's share of the Asian market is probably 10X in absolute numbers - which is why RIM holds promotions in Asia.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 14:38

34. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

and Asia was the strong hold of Nokia. while sammy has already launched Note II here in india, Nokia just launched Lumia 900. so how Nokia can compete with an old model against something Note II which is monster of a device. btw S III and Note II are selling like hell here. and while a 16gb ip5 will only cost you approx. $1200, you can buy Note II for $690 and S III for $625 unlocked. thats how Sammy is nailing it in sales. they truly are no.1.

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