Nokia Lumia 920 no longer available through Best Buy

Just a couple of days after kicking off preorders for the 920, the retailer no longer lists the device on its Windows Phone 8 page.

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Best Buy's preorder offer on the Lumia 920 didn't last long.

On Sunday, the retail chain first listed the 920 on its Web site for customers who wanted to preorder the Windows Phone 8 handset. But now a search for the Lumia 920 on the Best Buy Web site fails to turn up any results.

A direct link to the 920's Best Buy page provided by WPCentral lists the phone as "Sold out online." The page shows a price of just $149.99 for the 32GB version with the standard two-year contract.

But why the 920 is no longer listed among Best Buy's other Windows Phone offerings is a bit of a mystery. Typically, even sold-out devices still show up in the search results or on the product pages.

And selling out of a new device in less than two days seems unusual, unless Best Buy's supply of the 920 was low from the get-go.

The Los Angeles Times suggests that Best Buy's Web site might have "inadvertently" revealed the prices for the Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X. Neither Nokia nor HTC has yet announced the cost to consumers.

However, the page for HTC's 8X is still easily accessible, showing a price of $99 for the 8GB version.

Blog site PhoneArena offers another theory, namely a snafu in the preorder process. Buyers who ordered the 920 reportedly were told that it would ship on October 23 or 24. However, AT&T said earlier this month that it wouldn't start selling the 920 until November.

CNET contacted both Nokia and Best Buy and will update the story when we receive more information.

Aiming to amp up the Lumia lineup, the 4G-enabled 920 offers a 4.5-inch WXGA resolution (1,280x768 pixels) display. A new and improved ClearBlack filter is supposed to dramatically cut down on glare. For power, the 920 relies on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, the same chip found in the Samsung Galaxy S3. Available in the U.S. only through AT&T, the phone will come in five colors: red, white, black, yellow, or cyan.

 

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