Update: AT&T announces Lumia 920 rollout plans
AT&T announced plans Thursday to bring the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 to its network in November. News that AT&T would carry the Windows Phone 8-powered device is hardly surprising considering the carrier was Nokia's exclusive U.S. partner for the Lumia 900, a Windows Phone 7 device.
It's not clear if AT&T will allow customers to pre-order the phone. Microsoft is not expected to officially release the Windows Phone 8 platform until Oct. 29.
Nokia's Lumia 920 is one of the first handsets to run Windows Phone 8, Microsoft's second major iteration of its touch-centric smartphone OS. Windows Phone 8 features a number of improvements including near-field communication support, a new digital wallet hub, removable SD card support, support for 1280-by-768 and 1280-by-720 display resolutions, and a more customizable tile interface.
The Lumia 920 will feature a 4.5-inch display with 1280-by-768 resolution, 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8.7-megapixel camera with improved lens stabilization, NFC, Qi wireless charging, 32GB storage, 7GB free SkyDrive storage, LTE, Bluetooth 3.1, and 802.11a//b/g/n wireless connectivity.
The Lumia 920 will be an important phone for both Nokia and Microsoft as the smartphone partnership between the two companies has struggled to win over users from the iPhone and Android devices. In July, Nokia announced it had shipped only 4 million Lumia smartphones worldwide between April and the end of June. A poor showing compared to the tens of millions phones Apple regularly ships each quarter.
It's unclear how much the Lumia 920 will cost when it does go on sale in the U.S., but $199 or less with a new two-year contract is probably a good guess.