The guessing games that have been going on with industry insiders and Windows Phone enthusiasts over the last few weeks concerning when AT&T would begin releasing phones that run on the Windows Phone 8 operating system are now over.
A recent press release issued by AT&T has answered the main question people have had about Windows Phone 8 devices. They are now set to be released on Friday, Nov. 9.
This means that AT&T will feature three phones this week that run on the Windows Phone 8 operating system: the Nokia Lumia 920, the Nokia Lumia 820 and the HTC 8X. Each of these phones are somewhat similar, but there are enough differences that you will want to examine which phone will work the best for you if you plan to buy a Windows Phone 8 device.
Nokia Lumia 920
The Nokia Lumia 920 features a stellar 8.7 megapixel camera that is specially designed to help minimize blur caused by hand movement. It also is more than capable of taking great photos and video in a small amount of light.
It also features the largest battery that Nokia has ever placed in a smartphone, so you should feel comfortable you can use the phone throughout the day and not need to plug it in to recharge every couple of hours.
Nokia Lumia 820
The Nokia Lumia 820 is not quite as advanced as the 920, but it has the same look and feel as some other high-end smartphones. One of the fun features about the Nokia Lumia 820 is that the phone allows for the use of interchangeable shells.
Windows Phone 8X by HTC
This HTC 8X phone is designed to be held. In fact, it is sculpted with a thin and tapered feel that allows you to get the most out of its 4.3-inch 720p HD display.
Apparently Nokia and Microsoft have just delivered invitations to the media for a press event that is scheduled to take place in New York City on September 5 (ours must have been lost in the mail).
Industry insiders are expecting that the announcement at the event will focus on the creation of the first Nokia Windows 8 phone. Although this has not been specifically confirmed, it has been confirmed that the meeting will focus on the Nokia Lumia Windows phone lineup, so it definitely is not a stretch at all to imagine that the Windows Phone Lumia 8 phone will be introduced at the event.
Insiders are expecting that the first Windows Phone 8 phone will look pretty similar to the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 phones. While it is safe to say that it is expected that these phones will look similar, there are certainly going to be differences.
For example, the new Windows Phone 8 device will most likely include a larger display than the Lumia 800 or Lumia 900. Also, it is safe to expect that there will be a faster processor in this new phone.
Suffice it to say that more details about the phones will come forth over the next few weeks. We are expecting that there will be some more opportunities for the creation of new Lumia cases in the near future.
In the mean time, if you already own a Nokia Lumia 800 or a Nokia Lumia 900, there are already some beautiful cases that we feature Cases.com that you can use to protect your phones.
Some of our Nokia Lumia 900 cases are made by Piel Frama. These leather Nokia Lumia 900 cases help make your phone beautiful while also giving it ample protection.
Perhaps you have heard that the Nokia Lumia 900 has been exceeding expected sales numbers, according to Microsoft, AT&T and Nokia representatives. Perhaps you view this as a “cute” story, given the fact that the Nokia Lumia 900 – or any other Windows phone for that matter – could never prove to be able to challenge the top Android phones or the iPhone. Or could they?
According to a study conducted by WPCentral, perhaps the allure of a well-functioning Windows phone is enough for some people to jump ship from their Android smartphones or their iPhones and instead turn to the Nokia Lumia 900 or the HTC Titan II.
WPCentral surveyed more than 3,500 people and found that more than 30 percent of those buying either the Nokia Lumia 900 or the HTC Titan II were switching to one of these Windows phones from an iPhone. Similarly, 27 percent of buyers were switching from an Android.
This certainly goes against the common belief that states that once you own an iPhone, you will never go back to another device.
These results are obviously small and not official, but they are significant enough to show that there is some hope for Nokia and for Windows phones. This is significant, given the fact that only a few months ago, all Windows phones were essentially being left for dead by those in the know in the mobile community.
Still, it is hard to root for Windows phones as an underdog when you remember that they are owned by the super-corporation of Microsoft. Still, if a successful Windows phone pushes Apple and Google to seek further ways to improve their iPhones and Android phones, then perhaps the success of the Windows phone could be good for everyone.
Although we do not yet quite know the exact numbers of the amount of Nokia Lumia 900 phones that have been sold, we do know that AT&T and Nokia both have said that they are pleased with the way that these have been selling.
Perhaps this will lead to a bit of a recovery for Windows phones. Let’s face it, Windows phones are more often the subject of ridicule – fairly or unfairly – than they are of praise, so the fact that the Nokia Lumia 900 has been almost universally lauded is a step in the right direction for Nokia and for Windows mobile devices.
Apparently the next step in this direction is the fact that it seems as if all Windows phones will soon receive some sort of an upgrade to a newer operating system.
Microsoft developer Nuno Silva recently gave an interview to “Zwame” during which he said that every Windows phone sold to date will receive an upgrade to the next “major version of Windows Phone” in the near future.
When we heard this, we first thought that Silva must have meant that current models will receive an upgrade, but he went on to make it clear that Windows is not limiting the upgrades to more current versions of Windows phones.
He said that these upgrades also will be available for first-generation Windows phone devices, even going back as far as the Omnia 7. There have been some rumors that Microsoft was working on some sort of ultra update for all of its phones that it has code named “Apollo.”
It is hard to say exactly what features will be included in the upgrade or how soon the upgrade would come, but it looks as if Microsoft will act fast to ride the wave of positive publicity it has thanks to the Nokia Lumia 900.