Friday, October 05, 2012

AT&T announces Nokia Lumia 920 exclusivity; will ship 820, 920 in November

As we expected, based on prior AT&T exclusivity of the Nokia Lumia 900, the nation's No. 2 wireless carrier will have exclusivity over Nokia's recently announced high-end Lumia 920. It will also ship the mid-range Lumia 820, but did not note exclusivity on that device.

In a press release, AT&T Mobility's Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices and Developer Services said:

"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."

The Lumia 820 comes in black only, but with stock additional colored shells for customization. It will sport a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 and 1GB of RAM, along with a 4.3-inch WVGA Clear Black OLED display, with 800 x 480 resolution. It ships 8GB of internal storage (but a microSD slot), an 8MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual LED flash, along with 1080p HD video capture at 30fps. The front-facing camera is VGA resolution.

The Nokia Lumia 920 will be available in-store in red, black and white colors, with yellow and cyan available through online orders. It comes with the same 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM as the 820, but that's where similarities end. The Lumia 920 comes with a 4.5-inch high definition WXGA 1,280 x 768 4.5-inch display with Nokia's new Pure Motion HD+ technology and Clear Black.

It also sports an 8.7MP rear-facing camera with what Nokia called its "PureView advanced optical imaging stabilization." The difference between the 41MP camera in the PureView 808 and this camera in the Lumia 920 seems to point to Nokia stretching the branding somewhat.

However, the announcement still left U.S. Windows Phone fans wanting more information. The carrier gave no word on pricing or exact availability date for both models, although AT&T said they will both be available in November.

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