Nokia has announced that the official release date for a slew of new Lumia Windows Phone 8 Smartphones will take place over the course of this week across a number of European markets – ahead of the early November release date schedule for the US. The Finnish company stated late on Monday evening that the long-awaited Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 release dates would happen first in France and Britain, followed by Germany, Russia and several other key markets before the end of the working week.
Back in the US, AT&T announced its own release date for the new Windows 8 Smartphones as early-November, which is the same timeframe offered by Verizon Wireless for the launch of the Nokia Lumia 822 and the T-Mobile Nokia 810.
Nokia has perhaps more riding on its Smartphone success or otherwise this year than any other manufacturer in the industry. After losing enormous ground to its rivals and seeing its 14 year run at the top of the global mobile phones table come to an end, it has become a case of investing almost every remaining egg in one basket and hoping for a smooth ride.
While the company still enjoys ongoing success in the world’s developing markets, Nokia has so far been unable to make so much as a dent in the lucrative Smartphone markets of the West. This year’s Nokia Lumia 900 with Windows Phone 7 had been earmarked for greatness by most, but instead failed to strike any chord with the consumer public and subsequently met an early demise.
What makes the latest Windows Phone 8 venture different however is the way in which this time around, the Nokia Lumia 920, 820 and so on all have the backing of major carriers – all of whom are known to be supportive of a third mobile OS with the potential to slightly weaken the global stranglehold of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.
This week’s Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 release dates could effectively mark the start of a revolution in the Smartphone world – assuming they’ve played their cards right.