AT&T (T) customers who own the Nokia (NOK) Lumia 920 or the Lumia 820 are getting an early Christmas present this week. Nokia and Microsoft (MSFT) on Wednesday started rolling out a significant over-the-air update to both Lumia models on the AT&T network that will boost Bluetooth reliability and connectivity, add enhancements to Nokia Messaging, improve start-up performance and enhance the devices’ battery management. Nokia says that this update is only available to customers of AT&T and Canadian wireless carrier Rogers so far, but adds that it is “working with our operator partners in all regions to ensure the highest quality experience in every market” and that it is “working closely with Microsoft… to deliver these updates to other markets in early February 2013.”
Earlier this month, Nokia (NOK) unveiled the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 at a press event in New York City, but the Finnish vendor failed to announce pricing and launch information. While we continue to wait for U.S. launch details, three of the company’s subsidiaries have revealed additional information regarding the phones’ pricing and releases. Nokia Russia on Tuesday began accepting pre-orders for both devices, while Nokia Germany and Nokia Italy announced that the company’s flagship Windows Phone 8 handset will launch in mid-November for $835 and $771, respectively, before taxes and subsidies. The lower-end Lumia 820 will be offered for an unsubsidized price of $643. By comparison, the Galaxy S III is available in Europe for roughly $680. BGR reported earlier this month that the Lumia 920 will launch on AT&T in late October. More →
Earlier this week, Nokia (NOK) failed to disclose information regarding availability and pricing of its new Lumia smartphones when it unveiled the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. According to a report from Reuters, however, the Finnish manufacturer’s latest handsets will go on sale in Europe in November. An unnamed executive at an eastern European operator told Reuters that sales of the Lumia 920 will begin in the second half of November, adding that larger countries will launch the device earlier that month. Separately, The Verge reports that AT&T (T) will launch the Lumia 920 on November 2nd in the U.S., although it warns that the date is not “set in stone.” A Nokia spokesperson declined to comment. More →
Nokia (NOK) has seen limited interest in its early Windows Phones, but not nearly enough to prevent three consecutive quarterly losses that topped $1 billion each. 2012 is a year of transition for Microsoft’s (MSFT) software platforms, however, and Microsoft previewed its next-generation Windows Phone 8 platform back in June. Nokia is Microsoft’s premier Windows Phone partner, and now we finally get to see what the Finnish vendor has in store for its new line of Lumia smartphones. Recent leaks suggest the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 will be among the handsets Nokia unveils today, but who knows what else might be in store? Our live coverage of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 press conference, which is scheduled to begin at around 10:00 a.m. Eastern, follows below.
UPDATE: Sorry, guys — the site crashed midway through our coverage of Nokia’s event due to ridiculous traffic volume. We apologize for the inconvenience and recommend you check out our hands-on post with the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. More →
Two purported images of Nokia’s (NOK) upcoming Windows Phone 8 handsets appeared on Twitter on Friday morning courtesy of evleaks. The first image features Nokia’s new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, which is said to include a PureView camera and a 4.5-inch display. A Nokia executive confirmed to BGR at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show that the company was working a smartphone with the exact same footprint as the Lumia 900, but with a larger 4.5-inch display. The smartphone has also been rumored to include a dual-core processor, expandable storage, NFC and 4G LTE connectivity. The second image appears to be the Lumia 820, which is equipped with a 4.3-inch display and Carl Zeiss camera lens, although not much else is known at this time. Nokia is scheduled to hold a press event with Microsoft (MSFT) in New York on September 5th. A second image follows below. More →