In a move which should surprise nobody, AT&T announced this morning that it will are the exclusive U.S. carrier for Nokia's flagship Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset, continuing its lock-down from the high-end Lumia line. The Lumia 900 Windows Phone 7 handset has also been AT&T-only.
The company additionally announced promises to carry the more mainstream Lumia 820. Both phones will show up on store shelves by using an unspecified November day, though earlier reports pegged the launch for November 2nd.
We were impressed by the Lumia 920's colorful exterior, crisp PureView-powered pictures and its sharp, bright display whenever we saw the product firsthand at Nokia's launch event. The phone packs several particularly nifty features, including wireless charging as well as the augmented reality City Lens app. The Lumia 820, meanwhile, sports an exhibition of slightly lower - however HD - resolution compared to Lumia 920 and interchangeable shells rather than wireless charging. With all these great features, we are wondering, will you buy one?
Nokia and Rogers today announced that the Nokia Lumia 920 will be exclusively available to Rogers' customers in November, adding its name to the global list of wireless operators selling the Windows Phone 8 device.
"Rogers is proud to bring the new Nokia Lumia 920 to our customers looking for the best unified experience and to further extend our leadership as the carrier with the largest LTE superphone selection in Canada," said John Boynton, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Communications. "With seamless access to entertainment, sports and business content, the Nokia Lumia 920 offers customers a world leading internet experience powered by the Rogers LTE network."
"Rogers' decision to offer the Nokia Lumia 920 in Canada is another example of the forward momentum behind our Lumia devices as well as the broader Windows ecosystem," said Don Leeke, Canada General Manager, Nokia.
The Nokia Lumia 920 includes the latest advances in Nokia PureView imaging innovation. Using advanced floating lens technology, the camera in the Nokia Lumia 920 is able to take in five times more light than competing 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 Nokia 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. Along with enhancements to Nokia Drive and Nokia Transit, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience of any smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 920 will operate across the Rogers national wireless network and will take advantage of the fastest mobile network technology in the world when operating on the Rogers LTE network; available in select Canadian cities. Visit www.rogers.com/coverage for details.
Price and other details for the Nokia Lumia 920 to be announced closer to the launch date.