Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Launching Just Before Halloween

TechCrunch reports that Microsoft is now sending out invitations for a Windows Phone 8 launch event on October 29, just three days after Windows 8 goes retail.

According to the report, the event will take place at 10 a.m. PST in San Francisco, but info on the actual location and who will be in attendance was not provided. The new mobile OS has already appeared on stage in recent months thanks to Nokia and HTC, but Microsoft's launch party will reveal everything the Redmond company has thus far kept under wraps.

The news arrives after AT&T said on Thursday that Nokia's Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones will be added to its Windows Phone 8 roster – both an AT&T exclusive.

"We welcome AT&T’s decision to offer the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, which, when added to what we’ve witnessed in other markets, underscores the momentum behind our Lumia devices and the broader Windows ecosystem," said Olivier Puech, president of Nokia Americas. "Our continued collaboration with AT&T is an important component for Nokia’s success in the U.S. market."

Nokia calls the Lumia 820 a "game-changer inside and out," offering a 4.3-inch OLED WVGA ClearBlack display with Sunlight Readability Enhancement. Its specs include a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC, an 8MP camera, 1 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wireless-N connectivity, and more. It will sport a thickness of 9.9-mm, making is slightly larger than a standard SSD.

The Lumia 920, claims Nokia, is its most innovative Lumia device thus far, sporting a 8.7MP camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, and PureView technology with Optical Image Stabilization. Additional features include a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display, 1 GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC, NFC capabilities, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wireless-N connectivity, and more. It's slightly thicker than the Lumia 820, measuring 10.7-mm.

"Exclusive to our customers and featuring unique innovations in imaging technology, wireless charging and a bright, sensitive display – all on the nation’s largest 4G network – the Lumia 920 will be one of the hottest phones for the holidays,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility. 

October is definitely shaping up to be a busy month for Microsoft and its partners.

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  • joytech22
    Lumia 920 please. At the moment my biggest want is that phone.
    I don't necessarily need it, but it would be a great complement to my aging Galaxy Nexus and if I liked it enough a daily replacement.
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  • mynameis1
    awesome ! great that the consumer has a CHOICE! good to see cell phone companies have more then on avenue to produce.
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  • samwelaye
    AT&T exclusive for BOTH?? Oh boy, there go the sales...
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