We've got some good news: Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the Lumia 920, is now coming to Vodafone. Read on for all the details...

With the New Year just around the corner we thought it was about time we gave you a little update on out Windows Phone 8 plans.  A few weeks back we told you about how excited we are to be able to bring a selection of the finest Windows Phone 8 devices in early 2013,  and now we’ve got a new phone to welcome into the Vodafone fold too.

Already confirmed as heading to Vodafone in the new year are the Nokia Lumia 820, the HTC 8X and HTC 8S. They’re a stunning set of Windows Phone 8 handsets, but one more can’t hurt, can it? With that in mind, we’re donning the party hats early in light of the news that we’ll also be stocking the Nokia Lumia 920.

Introducing the Lumia 920

Being able to stock the Nokia Lumia 920 is a real boon. It sits right at the top of Nokia’s new Windows Phone 8 family with a stunning 4.5-inch ClearBlack display, an 8-Megapixel PureView camera that’ll take some of the best shots you’ve ever seen, and wireless charging built in.

“Being able to stock the Nokia Lumia 920 is a real boon.”

The display’s wrapped up nicely under a sheen of Corning’s Gorilla Glass, which means it can fight your house keys and come out smiling, while the rest of the case boasts Nokia’s now infamous polycarbonate unibody design that sets the 920 and its Lumia brethren apart from the pack.

All that Nokia goodness runs off a meaty Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, which keeps your mobile experience flying along and makes sure Windows Phone 8 is buttery smooth to use.

The wait for Windows Phone 8

As with all the other Lumia phones, the Nokia Lumia 920 runs on the Windows Phone operating system. This time we’re looking at Windows Phone 8, an update to the formula that brings a more customisable homepage layout, support for dual-core processors and a much-improved integration with VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services like Skype, so you make video calls from your phone.

Luckily, those new features don’t come at the expense of what already made Windows Phone great – namely, the Live Tiles that proffer important info without making you actually enter the apps they represent. Oh, and let’s not forget the stunning, unified design of the operating system as a whole, which now matches Windows 8 on desktop machines and tablets.

“These new features don’t come at the expense of what already made Windows Phone great.”

We’re working harder than Santa’s elves to make sure that these new Windows Phone 8 dream machines are perfect by the time they land in your pockets.

At the moment, that means we’re saying that all four of our Windows Phone 8 phones will arrive in the early stages of next year, but keep your eyes locked to Vodafone Social for a more precise release date, which we’ll bring you as soon as we possibly can.

In the mean time, here’s a more in-depth look at what we love about Windows Phone 8, to whet your appetite.