Samsung, HTC and Nokia show off Windows Phone 8 launch devices

windows phone 8 launch devices microsoft smartphones

Microsoft made quite a splash in its Windows Phone 8 event today, unveiling a whole lot of new features for its phones. But none of that matters without the actual phones themselves. If any lesson will be taken from the release of the Windows 8-powered tablets, it will be that functionality and cost are a fine balance. Will the Windows Phone 8 offerings do a better job of weighting that scale? Here’s what we learned about the Windows Phone 8 line up.

new details for existing windows phone 8 devices coverage bannerThe Nokia Lumia 920 was the first phone to be shown off during the hardware portion of the event, appearing on stage in the hands of Steve Ballmer. During his demo with the phone, Ballmer said, “Nokia’s new Lumia 920 is fantastic. Seeing is really believing with this phone.” The proof may be anecdotal for the time being, but when users get their hands on it and get to try out the “Only smartphone in the world that includes optical image stabilization,” then we’ll know whether he was blowing hot air. The handset is a AT&T exclusive, and AT&T seemed to be the only company that wasn’t ready with dates or prices to announce at this event. All we know is that the Lumia 920 will be available in November and prices and definite dates will be available soon. The same information can be said for the Lumia 820, another AT&T exclusive. No price or release date announced, but it is also expected to hit store shelves sometime in November. 

The Nokia Lumia 822 belongs solely to Verizon. The device will be the entry point for potential consumers. Available by Thanksgiving for Verizon subscribers, the handset will carry a price tag of $50.

Continuing down the totem pole of Nokia phones, the Lumia 810 belongs to T-Mobile. Unlike AT&T, T-Mobile seemed to take full advantage of the Windows Phone 8 event and made sure to include a price tag and hard street date for availability. The Lumia 810 appears as though it will play the role of entry-level phone for T-Mobile’s Windows Phone 8 line up as it will be available for $100. Consumers can pick theirs up through T-Mobile on November 14.

The phone that Ballmer seemed most excited about, the HTC Windows Phone 8X, will be available across the board of mobile carriers. T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T will all have the handset on shelves come November, though dates and prices vary. T-Mobile positioned itself as the value play, setting the earliest release date and the most affordable price point. T-Mobile will have the HTC handset available on November 14, starting at $150 for 16GB. Verizon will make the phone available by Thanksgiving, though it’s pricing the 16GB model at $200. AT&T will come up with this information later.

Although the phone was passed over rather quickly by Ballmer, the Samsung ATIV S (Odyssey) will also be available come November. The phone, described quickly by Ballmer as “unbelievably thin, incredibly light,” will be a Verizon exclusive, but carries no price yet. It is expected to be available in December. We’ll see if Verizon makes it a pre-holiday release or plays it closer to the New Year’s ball drop.

To make things a little more simple for potential Windows Phone 8 buyers, head to your local Microsoft Store. The 65 physical retail locations will carry every make and model of the upcoming line up. If you’re picky about the color of your device, go online and do some color customization.

Product Review

Sony's Xperia 10 falls frustratingly short of budget brilliance

Better know for premium products, Sony does also have a budget smartphone range, but can the Sony Xperia 10 compete with great cheap phones from Nokia and Motorola? We put it through its paces to find out how it measures up.

Free yourself! How to unlock a phone from the icy hands of your wireless carrier

Do you want to know how to unlock a phone through your carrier or a third-party service like DoctorSIM? Regardless of which way you want to go, we've compiled a list of requirements and methods for doing so.

5G is going to cost you a few bucks more, at least on Verizon

Verizon is in the midst of a massive 5G rollout. In addition to fixed 5G service, it will also begin deploying mobile 5G in the coming months. Here's everything you need to know about Verizon's 5G network and when it will be in your town.
Movies & TV

Disney Plus: Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming streaming service

Disney is bringing the full weight of its massive content library to its own streaming service in 2019. How will Disney Plus compare to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Here's what we know so far.

Latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone will pop up on April 10

Samsung will show at least one new Galaxy phone off on April 10, it has confirmed in a teaser tweet. The Galaxy A90 may make its first appearance, and it's rumored to have a pop-up camera and a notch-less screen.

Leaked ZTE concept phones are crazy, possibly fake, and totally worth seeing

Renders of what may be ZTE concept phones may show how the manufacturer could avoid using the notch on future devices. They're crazy -- and maybe not even real -- but they're definitely worth looking at.

The iPad Mini, Apple’s tiny tablet, makes a return with powerful specs

Apple has finally revealed the iPad Mini. With all-new and upgraded specs, support for the Apple Pencil, and a fantastically inclusive price, here's everything you need to know about the iPad Mini.

The Apple iPad Air is the power-packed tablet for everyone

The iPad Air is the less serious cousin to Apple's iPad Pro range, and it's the perfect addition to your coffee table. But it's no less powerful. Here's everything you need to know about the iPad Air.

Get excited for your Sony Xperia 10 or 10 Plus by getting it set up just right

If you've picked up one of the Sony's more affordable smartphones, you may be be wondering what hidden depths lie within. We've got some handy Sony Xperia 10 tips for you here to help you get to grips with your new phone.

This is the one thing you need to do before giving your child a smart phone or tablet

Monitoring your kids' digital habits can be a challenge in today’s high-tech age, but great parental control software like Qustodio gives parents a much-needed advantage Read on to find out how you can protect your child from online…

How to choose an iPad in 2019: A practical guide to Apple’s tablets

Selecting an iPad from Apple's lineup can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Our comprehensive guide should put the numbers and specs in practical, easy-to-understand terms. Find your ideal iPad with the help of our guide.

These voice-changing apps will have you punking friends and family like a pro

Have you ever wanted to call your friends as Darth Vader or Alvin from the Chipmunks? If you want to play a prank on your friends, we have the best voice-changer apps for iOS and Android, whether you want to record audio or make a call.

Apple’s new iPads are hardly new at all. Don’t waste your money

It has taken Apple four years to get around to updating the iPad Mini line, but the new iPad Mini is virtually identical to its predecessor. It’s joined by a confusing iPad Air with no obvious target audience. Is Apple just trying to sell…

iPad Air vs. iPad Mini: Which new tablet from Apple is best for you?

Apple has unveiled two new iPad models, including a new iPad Air and a new iPad Mini. Both devices have a lot to offer. But which iPad is right for your needs? We put the iPad Air and iPad Mini to the test to find out.