November 11, 2012, 9:16 P.M., Sunday, New York local time — It’s official, smartphones that run Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system–the Windows Phone 8–are now officially available here in the U.S. The Nokia Lumia 920, 820 and HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 smartphones are now offering latest features, great build quality, snappy performance and all without breaking the bank.
The country’s top mobile service providers–AT&T and Verizon, have finally unveiled a slew of Windows Phone 8 powered smartphones made by HTC and Nokia today.
First off, the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and HTC Windows Phone 8X are now being sold on AT&T’s online store as well as its retail outlets found nationwide. Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920 is only available with a 32 gigabyte storage option and is aggressively priced at $99.99 with a two-year contract while the Lumia 820 can only be had in black and will set customers back a wallet-friendly $49.99 with a two-year contract as well.
AT&T’s HTC Windows Phone 8X on the other hand is available in several colors as well as in 8 or 16 gigabyte variants. Like we have previously reported, the HTC 8X comes in LimeLight Yellow and California Blue. The yellow version only comes with 8 gigabyte of storage while the blue one can be had in 8 or 16 gigabyte versions. Choosing the 8 gigabyte version will set you back $99.99 while customers will have to fork out $199.99 for the 16 ‘gigger’.
The Nokia Lumia 920 will be an AT&T-exclusive device until May next year so if you’re hoping for Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile’s version of the Lumia 920, it’s best not to hold out for that one as of the moment.
It’s worth noting that there’s a slightly tweaked Nokia Lumia 920 released in China, dubbed as the Lumia 920T which has the Snapdragon S4 Pro system-on-a-chip with a more powerful Adreno 320 graphics, the Lumia 920T is the rightful owner of the ‘flagship’ moniker in our honest opinion.
Verizon Wireless have its own version of the Lumia 820 that’s rebadged as Lumia 822 which costs $99.99 while the 16 gigabyte HTC 8X [comes in blue, black and red] is being sold for $199.99. Both Windows Phone 8 smartphones are not yet available for purchase online and in retail stores but they can be pre-ordered and the country’s biggest mobile network will gladly start shipping the devices on the 13th of this month.
T-Mobile on the other hand, is offering the HTC 8X alongside the Nokia Lumia 810–another derivative of the Nokia Lumia 820. Both devices are set for announcement on November 14.
The Lumia 810 is a bit on the expensive side at $149.99 while the HTC 8X costs $199.99 [comes with 16 gigabyte of storage]. Both devices will be served with T-Mobile’s standard postpaid plans.
T-Mobile is also offering its “Value Plan” with both handsets. The aforementioned subscription will require customers to pay a down payment for each device alongside paying $20 monthly (just until the device’s full price gets paid) on top of their subscription’s cost. Thus, the reason why T-Mobile’s offering of the Nokia Lumia 810 is a tad more expensive compared to its competitors.
The Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and HTC Windows Phone 8X all tuck a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU under their hoods. The Snapdragon S4 is based on the ‘Krait’ architecture–a tweaked version ARM’s Cortex-A15. A dual-core Snapdragon S4′s performance is almost comparable to that of a quad-core CPU based on the older-generation Cortex-A9 architecture. The highly acclaimed Nvidia Tegra 3 and Samsung Exynos 4000 series are all based on the Cortex-A9 design.
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