Pre-orders for WP8 devices may start on October 21 at AT&T


Windows Phone 8 is just exciting and looks very promising. Few manufacturers have already showed off their version of Windows Phone 8 devices and according to the reports, the first Windows Phone 8 handsets will be available for pre-order on October 21.

The report comes from The Verge who got the news from credible sources within AT&T and Microsoft. According to the report, AT&T will start accepting pre-orders not only for the Nokia Lumia 920 for which it has carrier exclusivity, but also HTC’s 8X device.

Nokia and HTC, both have announced one high- and low-end device in the Windows Phone 8 category. In case of HTC, they have the 8X and 8S to offer while Nokia will be offering Lumia 920 and 820. It should be noted that Microsoft has issued guidelines to manufacturers who want to produce Windows Phone 8 devices, and according to the guidelines, the phone should meet the minimum hardware requirements, so some of the Windows Phone 8 devices such as Lumia 820 and HTC 8S which various publications call as low end don’t actually fall under that category.

Speaking of the flagship device from HTC, the HTC 8X is a great device. Featuring a 4.3” display (720 x 1280 pixels and 342 ppi pixel density) and being just 0.39” thick, it sports a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz. The hardware works in conjugation with 1 gig of RAM and 16 gig of ROM which should make the phone snappy. Though the specs may seem normal, what sets it apart from the crowd is the inclusion of an additional 2.55v amplifier which delivers strikingly loud output with no distortion.

Nokia’s flagship offering, the Lumia 920, also has equally attractive specs. It features a bigger 4.5” IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 332 ppi. Other hardware includes Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 chipset with Dual-core 1.5GHz processor. The device has 32 gig of memory on board and 1 gig of RAM should ensure smooth interface. Recently, 2 gig of RAM has become a norm for high end devices, in fact specs of a high end device from Samsung were leaked recently and it apparently had a whopping 3 gig of RAM. As an operating system, Windows Phone 8 manages all the available hardware power pretty nicely, unlike Android which tends to hang sometimes.

Both companies have concentrated on body design of all four devices and the result has turned out to be pretty great. The flagship devices from both the companies have something special that sets them apart from each other. In case of Nokia Lumia 920, it is equipped with an 8 megapixels camera and is powered by the iconic PureView technology. Also, there is something called glove mode which is a unique feature. In case of HTC, the 8X is having a built in audio amplifier which makes it a media device.
It has already been announced that the Lumia 920 will be sold exclusively by AT&T, however no such deals have been made for HTC 8X. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know using the comment form below.

Source: ArsTechnica