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When can I get Windows Phone 8?

UK Windows Phone 8 launch dates and pricing

Last night Microsoft finally took the wraps off its much anticipated Windows Phone 8 smartphone operating system. With the promise of new and better apps, the ability to surf the same web pages and use less data, and a shared core with the company's brand-new Windows 8 desktop and tablet OS, we know you want a Windows phone. So, when can you buy a Windows Phone 8 smartphone in the UK? See Windows Phone 8 launch: as it happened. 

The first handsets to run Windows Phone 8 are the Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920, the Samsung Ativ S, and the HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S. See Windows Phone 8 review.

When can I buy the Nokia Lumia 820?

With a 4.3in (480x800) ClearBlack AMOLED screen and an 8Mp camera with Carl Zeiss lens, Nokia's Lumia 820 is a promising Windows phone. There's a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. Nokia claims a battery life of 7 hours talktime and 260 hours standby. Nokia has said in a press release that its Lumia 820 will reach the first operators and retail outlets in the UK and France this week. EE will be selling the Nokia Lumia 820 LTE from £36 per month on a 24-month contract.

Nokia Lumia 820

When can I buy the Nokia Lumia 920?

Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone lets you take bright, blur-free photos and videos in any lighting conditions with PureView camera technology and a 4.5in (768x1280) PureMotion HD+ display. Other specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of built-in storage and 1GB of RAM. Battery life runs to 9 hours talktime or 320 hours standby. Nokia has said in a press release that its Lumia 920 will reach the first operators and retail outlets in the UK and France this week. However, EE has specified a release date of 9 November. It will be selling the Lumia 920 LTE from £46 per month on a 24-month plan, with an upfront cost of £19.99. See our Nokia Lumia 920 review.

Nokia Lumia 920

When can I buy the Samsung Ativ S?

Samsung's Ativ S is said to offer a premium Windows Phone 8 experience. It has a 4.8in Super AMOLED display, and adds to its 7GB of internal storage with SkyDrive. There's also a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an 8Mp camera. The Samsung Ativ S is available to pre-order SIM-free at Amazon for £576, with the release date slated as 7 November; you can also pre-order it on eBay for £449, this time with a release date of 12 November. 

Samsung Ativ S

When can I buy the HTC Windows Phone 8X?

HTC's Windows Phone 8X is a stylish handset with a 4.3in (720x1080) Super LCD and an 8Mp camera. It's powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Beats Audio branding and a built-in amplifier promises studio-quality sound. HTC is allowing pre-orders for its SIM-free Windows Phone 8X on Amazon at £399, with a release date of 8 November, yet some vendors are said to be offering the handset from 2 November. Alternatively, Uswitch's best deals are from Orange, with 24 monthly instalments of £28.50 for 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data, and Vodafone, with 24 payments of £29 for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. Read our HTC Windows Phone 8X review. 

HTC Windows Phone 8X

When can I buy the HTC Windows Phone 8S?

The Windows Phone 8S is HTC's budget Windows Phone. It's said to be fitted with an optimised battery that will last as long as you can. There's also a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, a 4in WVGA-resolution touchscreen, 4GB of internal storage (plus a microSD card slot) and Beats Audio sound. You can pre-order the HTC Windows Phone 8S SIM-free at Amazon for £239, where it's due to be released on 15 November. Alternatively, Uswitch lists deals starting at just £10.50 per month, up to £36 per month with unlimited data and texts, plus 2,000 minutes. 

HTC Windows Phone 8S


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