Microsoft sent out invitations to the Windows Phone 8 release event they are holding October 29th 2012 in San Francisco California. The news hasn’t hit any of Microsoft’s own websites yet but lots of sites are reporting getting invitations. This would mean that most of the new Windows Phone 8 powered devices will be coming this November. Such as the announcement that the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 will be available this Holiday season on AT&T in the United States. We will be paying attrition to the announcements from this event to see if there is more news about Windows Phone 8.
Update: October 4 2012: AT&T announced that they will have the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 on there network in the United States. AT&T also stated that they are the top seller of Windows Phone’s. While there are only them an T-Mobile who have phones that work on there network its not that unusual that they would be the top seller. No mention of price or release date were given, but invitations to the release of Windows Phone 8 will be announced on October 29th 2012.
Nokia release two new phones that will be running Windows Phone 8 that stand up to most of the new Android phones coming out. Both the Lumia 920 and 820 will be running Windows Phone 8 when it is release, have Snapdragon S4 1.5Ghz Dual-Core processors have great cameras, and have the ability to wireless charging. The phones also come in a bunch of bright colors and they have a bunch of color matching accessories such as a Bluetooth hands free unit, wireless charging plates, and speakers that charge wirelessly. Check out the specs list below.
|Nokia Lumia 820||Nokia Lumia 920|
|Dual-Core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Processor||Dual-Core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Processor|
|GSM with Micro SIM||GSM with Micro SIM|
|Qi Wireless Charging||Qi Wireless Charging|
|4.3″ 800x480px Screen||4.5″ 1280x768px Screen|
|8MP Carl Zeiss Tessar Lens Camera||8.7MP Nokia PureView Camera|
|8GB w/ microSD up to 32GB + 7GB SkyDrive||32GB + 7GB SkyDrive|
|1000MB RAM||1000MB RAM|
|NFC, Bluetooth 3.1, GPS, WiFi Direct||NFC, Bluetooth 3.1, GPS, WiFi Direct|
|1650mAh battery, 330h standby, 8-14h talk||2000mAh battery, 400h standby, 10-17h talk|
|Red, Yellow, White, Cyan, Purple, Gray, Black||Yellow, Red, White, Gray, Black|
The wireless charging has been around for a while yet not taken off because of the added cost. But it looks like they are making the charging something that they really want to push. With things like charging built into a JBL speaker that also color matches the phone, also they have the Bluetooth Handset that match the colors and can charge using the same wireless mats.
Nokia also made a point to talk about how good the camera is. This includes things such as stabilization built into the entire camera module, really good lenses, and being able to take more light in with the stabilization to take darker photos and have them look brighter.
In the software part of things this will have Windows Phone 8 that should have more apps since they change how the apps are built and can be built for Windows 8 and be easily ported to Windows Phone 8. The Nokia Maps has their own mapping data, directions, navigation, and offline maps. Also SkyDrive is integrated deeply into the OS to share photos, documents and other files.
This phone looks nice, but no details on the release date or price out yet. This is also the first Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices and seems to be a very polished device. More images in the gallery below.
If Android is not your style the new Windows Phone 8 phones (wow that is repetitive) are coming out and Samsung has their new Samsung ATIV S is not a bad looking device. One thing about Windows Phone is that the makers have to have a preset of specifications that each phone should have, this is to help make better devices. The phone that Samsung released at IFA is said to look like a Galaxy S III but running Windows Phone 8. Below are some specs…
- Windows Phone 8
- 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processer
- 8 MP rear / 1.9 MP front camera
- HSPA+ / GSM
- 16/32GB storage with 1GB RAM and microSD (SDXC) card slot
- Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, GPS
Some people really like there Windows Phone phones, I think it’s an interesting interface but I like others are already invested in other systems like Android or iOS. Also Windows Phone has lots of apps but may not have as many of the big ones that you will find on other systems.