Last week, Nokia unveiled its new Windows 8-powered Lumia 920 in New York (and the slightly lower spec Lumia 820, too).
And already the speculation is coming in regarding which operators will carry the device, and when – Nokia didn’t make any official announcement regarding the release date or price of the new Lumias.
It seems, though, that the smartphones will be unleashed over here in November – and also that Everything Everywhere may have an exclusive on the LTE model of the 920.
According to the FT (via the Inquirer), there’s a deal in the offing which will mean Everything Everywhere (EE) will be the first to sell a Windows Phone 8 handset in the UK come November, and it will have the 4G LTE 920 as an exclusive – which is possible because EE’s 4G network goes live very shortly.
EE will be the only UK network to have 4G coverage for quite some time – probably around about a year, until late 2013 – as it has existing spectrum, which Ofcom has given it the green light to use. Other networks will have to wait until after the spectrum auction, early next year, and it will take some time to implement their own 4G strategy afterwards.
So EE could have quite an advantage over rivals in terms of mobile Internet going into 2013, a fact rivals are distinctly unhappy about.
The Lumia 920 could be the first 4G LTE phone in the UK – as Nokia boss Stephen Elop has confirmed it will be compatible with EE’s 4G network.
Or, there’s even been speculation that Apple, with the iPhone 5 – due to be launched this week – could hook up with EE for the 4G version.
Whatever happens, EE is currently in a strong position.
You can read more about the Lumia 920 launch here. To summarise briefly, the handset has a 4.5 inch LCD IPS 1280 x 768 resolution display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, and 1GB of RAM along with 32GB of storage.
The 8.7 megapixel camera is something Nokia has been pushing strongly, with its PureView technology to enable better performance under low light conditions, and stabilisation technology for smoother 1080p video.