Nokia and AT&T announced that the Lumia 920 will be an AT&T exclusive, and the Lumia 820 will also be coming to AT&T. Read on for details.
In an announcement sure to disappoint Verizon Wireless customers, Nokia and AT&T today announced that the Lumia 920 is coming exclusively to AT&T in the US and that AT&T will also get the Lumia 820. Here is the press announcement:
AT&T to Add Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 to Fall Lineup
DALLAS, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — 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.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Wireless charging accessories sold separately.
***4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
This is a huge disappointment for Verizon and T-mobile customers who are interested in Windows Phone 8 devices. Nokia needs to get this flagship phone into as many customer hands as they can, and ignoring Verizon with the flagship device will not help this cause. So are you considering buying this device on AT&T, or will you opt for the HTC devices on Verizon? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
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