Nokia Lumia 920 Release Date Confirmed for November, Handset to Be AT&T Exclusive

The Nokia Lumia 920 release date will most likely be in November as AT&T confirmed that the new high-end Windows device will be available as an exclusive on the carrier today.

AT&T did not confirm an exact launch date, but Microsoft plans on launching Windows Phone 8 on Oct. 29 and the handsets running the software- including the Lumia 920- are expected to ship next month.

The Lumia 920 will be Nokia's first Windows 8 Phone in the U.S. market. The device was unveiled by the company last month without a release date or confirmation of what carriers will offer it.

Nokia hopes to capitalize off Microsoft's latest operating system and make itself a valid competitor for Apple and Samsung.

Verizon is also rumored to be a carrier that will offer the Lumia 920 in the future; however, this has not been confirmed by either Nokia or the Verizon. If AT&T grabbed a 3-month exclusive with the handset, no other major American carriers will have the Lumia 920 until 2013.

Carriers in Italy and Sweden have already announced plans to offer the Lumia 920 for 599 Euros which is equivalent to $774.

The Nokia Lumia 920 features a brightly colored plastic body and a spring mounted 8.7-megapixel camera. It also comes with new software called City Lens that displays the names of restaurants and shops when users point the camera in their direction.

Other features on the handset include Windows Phone 8, and a 4.5-inch screen.

The Lumia 920 will go up against heavy hitters such as the Android powered Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple's iPhone 5 when it launches. If successful, the Lumia 920 could make Nokia and Microsoft a combined force to be reckoned with in the electronics world.