Best Buy starts taking pre-orders for Windows 8 Phone handsets

The electronics retailer lists the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X at $149.99 and $99.99, respectively.

Nokia Lumia 920

With the debut of Windows Phone 8 a little more than a week away, Best Buy has begun taking pre-orders for Nokia's and HTC's flagship smartphones running Microsoft's new mobile operating system.

The electronics retailer's Web site now lists the Lumia 920 for $149.99 with a two-year commitment and off-contract at $599.99. It also lists the HTC 8X for $99.99 with contract and $599.99 without contract.

The listing doesn't indicate when customers can expect delivery, saying only that the phones "will ship when available." Earlier this month, AT&T and Nokia announced a partnership in which AT&T will carry the Lumia 920 in the U.S.

Unveiled by Nokia last month, the device comes with a 4.5-inch display and includes wireless charging support to near field communication. Meanwhile, Windows Phone 8 comes with a host of new features, including an enhanced home screen and improved camera features.

Microsoft plans to officially launch its new operating system at an event in San Francisco on October 29 , although smartphones running the OS are not expected to ship until November.

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