Report: Two Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices at launch

Nokia may be looking to extend its Windows Phone range down to super-low price points, but it’s still got plenty of love for handsets further up the food chain. While its new Lumia 900 flagship is expected to launch in the US within the next couple of weeks, and internationally over the next few months, the company is of course working hard behind the scenes on the next generation of its Lumia devices.

According to a report from The Verge, it looks like Nokia has plans to launch two new Lumia handsets running the next major version of Microsoft’s mobile OS, Windows Phone 8, when it arrives later this year. Well-placed sources claim that both of those devices will launch on AT&T, but there’s no info yet as to whether or not other US networks will also offer them.

The devices are referred to by their codenames – ‘Prodigy’ is understood to be a new flagship handset, while the ‘AC/DC’ is believed to occupy the mid-range. It’s likely that both devices will receive Lumia branding when they go on sale, probably before the end of the year.

We recently reported that Nokia is apparently developing a handset with a hardware keyboard, but we don't yet know if this is the Prodigy or the AC/DC, or another device entirely.

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This is crap. They better release something on T-Mobile soon. If WP7/8 wants to compete they need to break out of their little AT&T bubble of exclusivity and open it up to everyone like the Samsung does with the Galaxy phones.

They're focused too much on Apple's way of doing things with their exclusivity, but Apple has a draw that WP does not. Some could argue that the Galaxy S devices were soley responsible for pushing android to where it is today and MS and Nokia need to take note.

I'm very excited to see Nokia pushing Windows Phone so hard. I hope Verizon gets some of these devices. And a physical keyboard would be cool. I know of a couple of people that are currently waiting for one with a physical keyboard on Verizon... Hopefully Verizon will have a good selection once Windows Phone 8 releases.

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm very excited to see Nokia pushing Windows Phone so hard. I hope Verizon gets some of these devices. And a physical keyboard would be cool. I know of a couple of people that are currently waiting for one with a physical keyboard on Verizon... Hopefully Verizon will have a good selection once Windows Phone 8 releases.

I'd gladly take swype (who Nokia has a partnership with) over a physical keyboard.

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm very excited to see Nokia pushing Windows Phone so hard. I hope Verizon gets some of these devices. And a physical keyboard would be cool. I know of a couple of people that are currently waiting for one with a physical keyboard on Verizon... Hopefully Verizon will have a good selection once Windows Phone 8 releases.
Not only are they marketing Windows Phone 7 in ways Microsoft is not, they're delivering high quality, beautiful phones that have been received quite well. I look forward to more of Nokia's long-awaited return.

techguy77 said,
Is Windows Phone 8 going to have Desktop interface too?

The feel of the OS will likely not be much different from the current Windows Phone 7. It shares a kernel at this point from what I've heard. That does not mean it shares UI elements...

M_Lyons10 said,
The feel of the OS will likely not be much different from the current Windows Phone 7. It shares a kernel at this point from what I've heard. That does not mean it shares UI elements...

Still Windows Phone 8 will get many things from Windows 8