Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 based smartphones have been announced, and they include new devices from Nokia, Samsung and HTC which will each go on sale this month at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. Windows Phone 8 smartphones feature Live Tiles, Live Apps and a Start screen that can be arranged as you want by pinning your favorite people, apps, music, games, photos and more. Microsoft says that the Windows Phone Store now has 120,000 apps to choose from for these new Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
AT&T will release the Nokia Lumia 920, the Lumia 820 and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC smartphones, while T-Mobile will carry the Windows Phone 8X by HTC starting at $149.99 for the 16GB version and the Nokia Lumia 810 from $99.99. Verizon Wireless will carry the Windows Phone 8X by HTC for $199.99 with a two-year contract, and the Nokia Lumia 822 for $99.99 with a two-year contract. The Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be available from Verizon Wireless in December.
All 65 Microsoft Stores will also be selling these new Windows Phone 8 smartphones this holiday.
The Nokia Lumia 920 offers state-of-the-art photography that fits in your pocket, and it is the world’s only smartphone to include Optical Image Stabilization. The Nokia Lumia 822, 820 and 810 offer a ClearBlack display and removable back exchangeable shells in a range of vibrant colors. Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 offer wireless charging.
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC was designed with sleek lines and radiant colors to match Windows Phone’s new Live Tiles. This phone also breaks new ground in optics with 1080p video recording, f2.0 aperture and a dedicated HTC ImageChip on the main 8-megapixel camera and an ultrawide-angle lens on the front camera that lets you fit up to four people in the frame for a premium Skype experience. The 8X and its smaller sibling, the 8S, both boast a killer music experience with Beats Audio and exclusive built-in amps that pair perfectly with Xbox Music.
The Samsung ATIV S brings the biggest screen to Windows Phone, with a bright 4.8-inch touch screen and large battery for extended battery life. Wrapped in brushed aluminum, the ATIV S balances high-end materials and technology with a hairline design and light weight.