Nokia Lumia 1520 coming to AT&T Nov 22nd for $199 on contract, preorders open now

lumia1520allcolor3qcomboatt350ca5aa We apologize for being wrong on the Nov 15th date for the Lumia 1520. But its seams Microsoft, wants you to work into a Microsoft Store to pick up and Xbox One and a Lumia 1520 on the same day.

Now you can. AT&T and the Microsoft Store just started taking preorders for the Lumia 1520 with Windows Phone 8. The device, which was first unveiled last month, costs $199.99 with a two-year contract and comes in four colors: matte black, matte yellow, matte white, and glossy red. It will be available exclusively on AT&T’s 4G LTE network starting Nov. 22.

For a limited time, the companies are also sweetening the deal:

  • AT&T is offering a $20 app voucher, a free copy of Halo: Spartan Assault, and 50 GB of free cloud storage on AT&T Locker to customers who buy and activate the phone (the fine print).
  • The Microsoft Store, meanwhile, is enticing buyers with $70 worth of app vouchers and free copy of Halo: Spartan Assault. Preorder customers also get a flip cover worth $40 (the fine print).

And speaking of apps, don’t forget Instagram, Vine, Flipboard, Mint, and many more are also on the way. To order the Lumia 1520, visit the AT&T or Microsoft Store website. (Not in the U.S.? The phone is also later headed to Hong Kong, Singapore, China, U.K., France, Germany, Finland, and other markets.)

Passing the pocket test

The Lumia 1520 represents a bunch of firsts for both Nokia and Microsoft. It’s our first “phablet”-sized smartphone; the first to ship with a new three-column Start screen and latest version of Windows Phone 8; the first powered by a speedy quad-core processor; and the first to sport a full 1080p high-definition screen.

But let’s start with the obvious: its size.

The Lumia 1520 is big by design. But Nokia designers worked hard to make sure the phone is still comfortable to use and passes the all-important pocket test—something most reviewers agree the 1/3-inch thick, 7.3 ounce phone does.

Full specs list here