Nokia Lumia 920: What we still don't know
Although Nokia made a big showing of its Lumia 920 Windows Phone during the device’s unveiling, the company also left several questions unanswered.
For instance, Nokia didn't say when its next flagship phone will be available, or how much it'll cost. Those details will probably come out in late October, when Microsoft is expected to have its own Windows Phone launch event.
But aside from those obvious questions, I'm still scratching my head over a few other things. Here's what we still don't know about Nokia's Lumia 920:
Will wireless carriers show some love?
The success of the Lumia 920 lies not just in how many wireless carriers line up to support the phone, but to what extent they promote it. For example, AT&T backed the Lumia 900 with a major marketing campaign and an aggressive sales push in stores.
But that was during the spring, a relatively slow season for new phones. When the Lumia 920 launches, it'll face tough competition from a new iPhone and a slew of new Android devices. We'll have to see how far carriers are willing to go for Nokia and Windows Phone when other new phones on more popular platforms start to hit shelves.
Is the wireless charger included?
Wireless charging is one of the coolest features of the Lumia 920, as well as its smaller sibling, the Lumia 820. It's a neat idea, and one that most phone makers haven't touched since Palm/HP and their WebOS phones.
However, it's unclear whether Nokia will bundle its wireless charging plate with the Lumia 920, or sell it as a premium accessory. Nokia's press release is ambiguous on the matter. Iit merely says wireless charging is “built-in,” so I wonder whether the choice will be left up to wireless carriers.
What's in it for Windows 8 users?
Now that Windows Phone 8 shares a common kernel with Windows 8, we can expect some useful crossover functionality between the Lumia 920 and Windows 8 devices, right? Unfortunately, we still don't know many details on that, aside from the obvious SkyDrive integration on both platforms.
There are a couple things to watch for: Microsoft will likely release a slick Windows Phone companion app for Windows 8, as The Verge reported this week, and Nokia has hinted about creating its own Windows 8 tablet with the goal of having a common experience between phone and tablet. “This is something that we’re looking at very closely,” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop told ABC News.
What else is new in Windows Phone 8?
Although Microsoft has revealed some details on Windows Phone 8, the company still has more to reveal about the operating system, and at Nokia's event alluded to more announcements coming soon. Until we know everything there is to know about Windows Phone 8, we can't say we have a complete picture of the Lumia 920.