Nokia announced their flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the Lumia 920, earlier this week, though notably absent from the announcement was any mention of price or launch date. However, multiple reports are claiming that Nokia is targeting a November 2nd launch for the Lumia 920 on AT&T in the U.S., with a European rollout to follow later in the month.
First reported by TechRadar, and now further confirmed by The Verge, Nokia is reportedly working closely with AT&T and Microsoft to ensure they can meet the November 2nd goal. According to The Verge, AT&T is currently testing the device in their labs in preparation for launch, while Microsoft is close to finalizing Windows Phone 8, with a Release To Manufacturing (RTM) expected next week.
Meanwhile, prospective Lumia buyers in Europe can expect the phone to launch around the same time, according to an independent report from Reuters. Citing a “European telecoms operator”, Reuters reports that the Lumia 920 will hit shops across Europe during November. Operators said they expect the phone to be priced similarly to Samsung’s latest Galaxy S III.
Though Nokia managed to capture a ton of mindshare with the announcement of the Lumia 920 earlier this week, a November launch gives the company’s competitors time to capture valuable marketshare. Apple is expected to announce and launch the iPhone 5 in September, giving them a healthy head start over Nokia, while Google is expected to launch one or more new Nexus phones this fall, as well.