Best Buy may have jumped the gun a bit — it has begun taking pre-orders for a pair of Windows Phones headed for AT&T, even though the prices and release dates for these models have yet to be officially announced.
There’s no doubt that the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X are going to be offered by AT&T next month; the telecom itself has publicly committed to them both. However, it has not revealed many of the particulars.
That didn’t stop the national retailer Best Buy from starting to take pre-orders for them, though. Its website says that the Nokia Lumia 920 will sell for $150 with a two-year service contract, or $600 without.
The HTC 8X, on the other hand, will apparently go for $100 with contract, or $600 without. That is the same price T-Mobile is rumored to be chargng for its version of this handset.
Update: Best Buy’s website no longer lists the Lumia 920. The HTC 8X, on the other hand, is still there.
Best Buy did not reveal when either Windows Phone will be on its shelves. Its site has the vague suggestion, “Reserve today. Will ship when available.”
Preview of these Smartphones
These two are stand-outs in the first generation of models to run Windows Phone 8. This operating system is going to debut on Oct. 29, but AT&T has said its first handsets running Microsoft’s latest won’t be out until November.
The Lumia 920 will be Nokia’s flagship, as it will feature a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display (that can even be operated with fingernails or with gloves on), built-in wireless charging, and PureView imaging paired with its OIS-enhanced 8 megapixel camera.
The HTC 8X will sport a 4.3-inch, 1280 x 720 display, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, and will be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. As has been the case with many of HTC’s recent premium phones, the smartphone will also feature Beats Audio.