A source close to Microsoft and AT&T has stated that pre-orders for Windows Phone 8 handsets will be available for pre-0rder on October 21, according to a report from The Verge. AT&T’s pre-order will include the Nokia-made Lumia 920 and the 8X from HTC on the phone side of the spectrum. Representing the Windows 8 tablet offerings, the Samsung Ativ Smart PC and Asus Vivo Tab RT will also be available for pre-order on October 21 and will launch October 26.
Microsoft and AT&T are balking at the reports for the time being. A Microsoft spokesperson has gone as far as to say, “Windows Phone 8 phones will be available to customers later this year.” While her statement almost contains useful information, it would make sense for Microsoft to start pre-orders in anticipation of a holiday season launch. Given that tablets running Windows 8 will be available as soon as October 26, it would seem likely that phones would be hot on their heels in early November. Add to that the fact that Microsoft is rolling out updates to the built-in apps that will launch with all Windows 8 devices, and it’s pretty clear Microsoft is gearing up for a full force launch. AT&T has the exclusive rights to the Nokia Lumia 920, which is set to be the manufacturer’s flagship device. It’s definitely one that Windows Phone 8 fans are going to want to put a hold on before its official release.
For those on other carriers, it appears that Verizon and T-Mobile (see: Lumia 810) will be launching some Windows Phones as well this year. What those phones are and when they’re coming out, we’re not as sure about.