AT&T introduces Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820; sales to start next month
posted by Alan F. / Oct 04, 2012, 10:29 AM
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
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
AT&T to Add Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 to Fall Lineup
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Today, AT&T* announced the addition of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 to its growing Windows® Phone 8 portfolio. The unrivaled leader in Windows Phones, AT&T has sold more Windows Phones than any other carrier.
The Nokia Lumia 920 includes the latest advances in Nokia PureView imaging innovation. The 8 megapixel rear-facing camera records HD video in 1080p at 30 frames per second, while the front-facing camera records in 720p HD. Using advanced floating lens technology, the camera in the Lumia 920 is able to take in five times more light than typical smartphones without using flash, making it possible to capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. It also compensates for hand movement while the photo is being taken.
In addition to built-in wireless charging**, the Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite and the start of a new augmented reality experience that also enhances Nokia Maps. Know more about the neighborhood than the locals. Using the phone’s camera viewfinder, Nokia City Lens basically turns sight into the next interface for searching the world around you. The app provides information about each building or landmark in the area giving the user an at-a-glance understanding of what restaurants, museums, shops and others places of interest are nearby. Along with enhancements to Nokia Drive and Nokia Transport, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience of any smartphone.
Viewing videos or browsing the web is more enjoyable than ever on the 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display, which is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2.0 and comes with Sunlight Readability Enhancement technology and High Brightness Mode, allowing you to view your screen outdoors, even on a bright day. In addition to its durable, scratch-resistant curved display, the Lumia 920 also has a new sensitive touchscreen that lets you use the device with fingernails or while wearing gloves.
“Exclusive to our customers and featuring unique innovations in imaging technology, wireless charging and a bright, sensitive display – all on the nation’s largest 4G network – the Lumia 920 will be one of the hottest phones for the holidays,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility.
“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,” said Olivier Puech, president of Nokia Americas. “Our continued collaboration with AT&T is an important component for Nokia’s success in the U.S. market.”
The Nokia Lumia 820 is a snappy, mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a compact package. While the Nokia Lumia 820 has the same unibody look and feel as the high end Lumia smartphones, it comes with an exchangeable shell design. Exchangeable shells not only make it possible to select from a range of colors, but also to add wireless charging. Beneath the shell is room to insert a micro SD memory card.
The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in red, white, black, yellow, and cyan while the Nokia Lumia 820 comes in black. Both phones will run on AT&T’s 4G LTE network and are planned to be made available from AT&T in November.
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network***, covering 275 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With smartphones on other carriers’ networks, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.
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**Wireless charging accessories sold separately.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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
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>
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.
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.
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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