Microsoft and Nokia jointly announced the Lumia 820 and 920 at a press event in New York last month, but stopped short of committing to a price point or release date. Though that’s still pretty much in the air for would-be US buyers, today AT&T announced it will carry both of Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices starting November, with the higher end Lumia 920 launching exclusively on the company’s LTE network.
The two phones are seen as critical to Nokia's short- to mid-term success so it’s a little surprising that they didn’t go for wider availability of their flagship device. Then again, such deals could guarantee Nokia dedicated support and carrier-backed marketing campaigns for its devices. Last year, Nokia also launched its Windows Phone 7 devices in the US with AT&T as its premier partner, but ultimately sales failed to take off.
There's still the possibility that Verizon may have a modified version of the Lumia 920 or that the AT&T’s exclusive is time-limited, but so far neither Nokia nor Verizon have made an official announcement. In contrast, the HTC 8X and 8S have already been announced for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.
The Lumia 920 iterates on Nokia’s previous flagship with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor, a slightly larger 4.5-inch (768 x 1280) curved glass display, a 2,000mAh battery, and a one-piece polycarbonate body. It also features an 8-megapixel PureView camera, built-in wireless charging, and comes in a variety of vibrant colors including red, white, black, yellow, and cyan.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is 11.4mm thickness and weight 159g, in the front you can find the 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and in the back the 8 megapixel camera and its LED flash. Since there are no seams or doors there is no way to access the 1830mAh battery or increase the phone's 16GB internal storage with a microSD card.
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7-inch, WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) display. It sports a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, and a loud and clear external speaker. Like most Windows Phone 7.5 devices, the Lumia 710 does not support microSD cards. The Nokia Lumia 710 is powered with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. The Windows Phone interface gets out of your way easily, and apps are quick to open more often than not.
The Nokia Lumia 800 measures a fairly compact 116.8mm x 61.2mm x 12.1mm (4.6in x 2.4in x .5in), it features 16GB of internal storage, but lacks a microSD memory card slot. The Nokia Lumia 800 runs on a single-core processor (1.4GHz). The Lumia 800 is capable of HSPA 14.4 3G data connections on the 900, 1900, and 2100MHz bands and also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.
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