On September 5th, at an event in New York City, Nokia unveiled its next generation smartphones, the brightly colored Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820, which will both run the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system. Nokia’s new smartphone devices bring innovative features but will have a lot of catching up to do behind market dominators Android and Apple, which according to IDC hold a combined 85% of the worldwide market for smartphones.
At this time, the pricing and release date for the Lumia 920 and 820 has not been revealed, but Nokia says both will be available in pentaband LTE and HSPA+ variants shipping in select markets later this year.
The Lumia 920 is the company’s flagship smartphone and offers innovative features in the area of photography, mapping, screen display, and the highly publicized wireless charging capabilities.
A particularly interesting feature of the Lumia 920 is the ability to navigate the touch screen while wearing Gloves. The Lumia 920 display comes with a 4.5inch curved glass WXGA IPS LCD powered with PureMotion HD+ technology which offers blur-free scrolling, automatic adjustment to sunlight glare, and crisp bright colors, which according to company executives is better than HD resolution.
For those who enjoy taking pictures and videos with their phone, Nokia’s PureView technology equips the Lumia 920 with an Optical Image Stabilization and a Carl Zeiss lens which will make pictures and videos detailed, blur-free and bright, no matter what the light conditions are. Jo Harlow, head of Nokia’s mobile phones business says that this means users can take better photos at night and will enjoy better image stabilization and crisper pictures than any other smartphone currently on the market.
For videos, the “floating lens” optical image stabilization technology means that the lens is stabilized for taking smooth and professional quality videos.
The mapping feature of the Lumia 920 includes Nokia’s augmented reality “City Lens” app, which will allow users to point their smartphone’s camera at any city block and see information such as reviews and star ratings about the stores and businesses the camera is pointing at.
Last but not least, the Lumia 920 will support wireless charging. You will need to buy a charging accessory, but once that is acquired, the Lumia 920 can be charged by being placed on a mat, no case or cord will be required.
The Lumia 820 will have the same 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 and 1GB of RAM as the Lumia 920. However, the Lumia 820 has a smaller display screen of 4.3 inch and a lower resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Also, it will not include the “PureView” technology of the Lumia 920. One of the features that is unique to the Lumia 820 is its removable and customizable shells, which will allow users to switch out the color of the phone’s back panel, some of which will support wireless charging. While it may not have all the high end features of the 920 model, the Lumia 820 is believed to be a perfectly suitable smartphone device for mid-range users.
Nokia Windows Phone 8 Specs
Checkout the specs for Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Lumia 820:
|NOKIA LUMIA 920||NOKIA LUMIA 820|
|Polycarbonate Uni-body||Polycarbonate Uni-body|
|Windows 8||Windows 8|
|4.5 inch,IPS TFT, 720p Pure Motion HD+ Display, with curved glass on top with super sensitive touch (no Amoled)||4.3″ AMOLED, WVGA with super sensitive touch (no HD and Pure Motion HD+ fun)|
|Qualcomm MSM8960 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor, Snapdragon S4||Qualcomm MSM8960 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor, Snapdragon S4|
|1GB RAM||1GB RAM|
|Adreno 225 GPU||Adreno 225|
|8 MP, F/2.0 aperture, with Nokia’s pure view technology, Carl Zeissoptics, floating lens||8 megapixel, Carl Zeiss optics (no Pure view technology)|
|secondary 1MP camera||Secondary VGA camera|
|1080p videorecording and an LED flash|
|32GB internalstorage||8GB internalstorage|
|7GB sky drive cloud storage||7GB sky drive cloud storage|
|Wi-Fi direct||Wi-Fi direct|
|Built-in wireless charging||Built-in wireless charging|
|Battery, 2000mAh, 17h of 2G talk time and 10h of 3G talking.||Battery, 1650mAh 14h of 2G talk time and 8h of 3G talking|