Microsoft said Wednesday it prematurely put up a pre-order Web page on MicrosoftStore.com for the Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone but took it down about 12 hours later.
However, any pre-orders submitted for the Windows Phone 8 smartphone while the page was up will be honored, as will orders for an accompanying flip cover accessory upon release of the smartphone, Microsoft said in a statement emailed to Computerworld.
Microsoft put up a product test page for the 1520 "prematurely" Tuesday night, which was removed Wednesday morning, the statement said.
The page, grabbed in a screen shot by Computerworld, allowed visitors to make a pre-order for the 6-in. display 1520 in one of four colors at a cost of $199 for a 16GB version on AT&T with a two-year contract, with a release date of Nov. 15. Without a contract, the phone would cost $549.
AT&T and Nokia separately confirmed Wednesday that AT&T would carry the device, but would not divulge a price or availability. Microsoft said it had no further information on the accuracy of the price and availability information on the test page although it's likely the price is accurate, given that Microsoft is honoring the pre-orders.
If the $199 price indeed proves accurate, it would be in line with other top smartphones with large-size displays. The 1520 is seen as an attempt to compete with top smartphones from Samsung and others. It has a quad-core, 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, works over LTE and has a 1920x1080 display resolution at 368 pixels per inch.
It also has a 20-megapixel rear camera and a large 3400 mAh battery. It is the first phone to be shipped with General Distribution Release 3 of Windows Phone 8, which has features such as driving mode for blocking calls and texts when the user is driving.
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