Delay in pricing is a good thing for Lumia 920 and Surface RT?
There has been a lot of bad reaction to Nokia and Microsoft not giving release dates for the Lumia and Surface respectively.
I think this could be a good thing for those looking forward to purchase these devices...
How so? Well given that Apple will announce it's prices of the anticipated iPhone 5 (and possible mini iPad?!) next week then Nokia/Microsoft can be 100% sure that they undercut the new iPhone in price. In fact they could be deliberately trying to spoil the iPhone party by waiting to reveal the price of the Lumia until the iPhone launch date.
Nokia had nothing to lose by revealing their device this week as it is too late Apple to change anything as millions of iPhone 5's have already been produced in advance of next weeks launch BUT by withholding the price they may just be keeping an ace up their sleeve.
I would not bet against Microsoft heavily subsidising the cost of the Lumia 920 so that it can gain significant market share. Thus I would hope (expect?) Microsoft to work with Nokia to get the Lumia 920 to market at the lowest possible price point so that it would be extremely difficult for consumers not to seriously consider buying it.
Being based in the UK I have never used a kindle fire but I think Amazon's announcement is great for potential Surface purchasers. Microsoft now know that in order to gain significant market share in the tablet world they will have to price the RT very competitively (i) to provide a cheaper alternative to the iPad but also (ii) because there are much cheaper alternatives such as the 9" Kindle Fire HD. I was very surprised to see it go on sale for as little as $299 with such a high resolution screen (the same as the surface pro?). My prediction following this announcement is $399 for the surface RT (hopefully £300-350 in the UK!).
In conclusion, although disappointing that we didn't get all the details yesterday, there may well be a nice surprise ahead of us!