The handsets will now go on sale in Europe at the weekend and rollout worldwide during November.Microsoft officially launched its two Windows Phone 8 handsets, the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Nokia Lumia 920, at a press event today in San Francisco, alongside a handful of other models with releases peppering the next few weeks across three of the US's major cell networks.
The Lumia 920 has a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.5-inch 1280x768 display, and 32GB of storage. The phone has a PureView-branded 8.7-megapixel camera with good low-light performance, a 2000mAh battery that gets 9 hours of talk time and can charge wirelessly, and a polycarbonate body that comes in six colors with either a glossy or matte finish.
The HTC 8X also has a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor as well as 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Its screen measures 4.3 inches at 1280x720 resolution, and an 8-megapixel camera with an f2.0 aperture is embedded on its back, with a 2.1 megapixel camera on the front. The 8X's battery is 1800mAh, but HTC has yet to provide real-life usage estimates.
Microsoft also trotted out the Samsung Ativ S at its Windows Phone 8 launch event. The Ativ S includes a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, either 16 or 32GB of internal storage, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a 2,300mAh battery, and an NFC chip. A different version of the Ativ, named the "Ativ Odyssey", is due out by December on Verizon.AT&T is the exclusive carrier for the Lumia 920 and 820 in the US, while the 16GB 8X is set to debut on AT&T and Verizon by Thanksgiving for $199, as is the Lumia 822 on Verizon for $99. T-Mobile will have a Nokia Lumia variant dubbed the Lumia 810 for $99 and the 16GB HTC 8X for $149 by November 14. Microsoft stated that AT&T will get the Lumia 820, 920, and HTC 8X in November, but did not set a concrete date within the month. All of these models will be sold through Microsoft's retail stores.