Lumia 920 Specs, Release Date, AT&T Details: Nokia Windows Phone 8 Has Higher Demand vs iPhone 5 in Europe
There is no question that Nokia's Lumia 920 is a highly anticipated phone. This shows by AT&T providing the Windows 8 phone exclusively. However, new reports say that the U.S. carrier will only have those rights for six months after the launch.
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"Having exclusive rights means that for half a year, the easiest way to get a Nokia Lumia 920 in the US would be through them. AT&T will also be the cheapest way to get the device, assuming you'll be obtaining it with a contract. And if people decide that the Nokia Lumia 920 is indeed a must-have device, that discount with a contract could be a big thing, especially with rumors that the Nokia Lumia 920 may cost upwards of $700," the website reported.
AT&T announced the Lumia 920 being exclusive earlier in October.
In a statement, the carrier said that both the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will run on its 4G network. The Lumia 920 will come in red, white, black, yellow and cyan. The Lumia 820 will be available in a single black, although users can purchase Nokia's removable colored back covers to customize the phone.
AT&T still hasn't given any specific release date or pricing details, but reports have been saying that the date seems to point to Nov. 4. Microsoft is holding an event on Oct. 29 in California to announce the final version of Windows Phone 8.
The Lumia 920 runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8. It takes many of the physical design elements from previous generations of Lumia handsets, but improves on internal hardware and display technology. Some of the new tech specs include PureMotion HD+ 4.5 inch display (1280 x 768 resolution), Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, NFC chip, 2,000mAh battery, and Qi wireless charging. Nokia is touting the Lumia 920′s premier feature as its new camera lens, the Carl Zeiss lens. It has rounded edges and colorful covers with a PureView camera.
Fans have been showing that they would buy the Lumia 920 even though Nokia faces big competition with Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S3,
There is already high demand in Europe.
According to SeekingAlpha, the Lumia 920 phones are already sold out before it became available in Italy. It seems that many Italians would rather wait some weeks for the Windows 8 phone than buy the iPhone 5, which is already available. The Windows Phone operating system already has a market share of 10 percent in Italy, which is one of the highest rates in Europe and North America.
As for France, larges phone seller Phonehouse said that there is a high demand for the Lumia 920, which is more than the iPhone 5 even though Apple's new smartphone caused a lot of ruckus in the market.
"Not only the phone's demand has passed iPhone 5, but the phone also became the top seller in the website," SeekingAlpha reported.
If demand will be as high in the U.S. for the Lumia 920 as it is in Europe, Nokia has a good chance of having a strong holiday season.
"In the long run, Nokia's turnaround should be successful because the company deserves it. Nokia's products are of the highest quality and they deserve more credit than they are getting," SeekingAlpha writer Jacob Steinberg said.
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