Nokia has officially unveiled its first Microsoft Windows Phone 8 running smartphones – Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 – at a press conference in New York, USA.
The new Nokia Lumia 920 comes with the PureView camera technology while the Lumia 820 features different body design but does not have the PureView imaging technology. Both smartphones will run Windows Phone 8 and will support HSPA+ network. Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are expected to be available by the end of this year.
Notably, these were the first functional Microsoft Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system based devices to be shown till date. Along with the new devices, Nokia has also introduced new wireless charging technology, called Qi, which is an open-source technology and will be made interoperable with other devices.
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone comes with a 4.5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD panel with 1280×768 pixel resolution support and super-sensitive touch. Infact, the touchscreen can be used even with the gloves on. This has been made possible with the new Nokia PureMotion HD+ technology which makes it brightest, fastest and most sensitive display so far. The new Nokia ClearBlack technology brings higher brightness mode and Sunlight Readability Enhancements – means making text easily legible even under bright sun.
The Lumia 920 measures 9.9 mm thick and houses a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 family mobile processor. The smartphone has 1 GB RAM along with 32 GB on-board storage with no capability of adding a micro SD card. To compensate that, Microsoft has added 7 GB free SkyDrive support to backup multimedia files and other content from the phone directly.
Along with the Nokia Maps, Drive and Transport, the company has added a new augmented reality based application called City Lens in its Location suite of apps. By using the camera, the City Lens app displays the location information about important places, cafes, subways and more.
Bearing the same Lumia series unibody polycarbonate design, the Nokia Lumia 920 has curved glass and comes with a non-removable battery. At the rear lies an 8.7 megapixel image sensor bearing camera with f/2.0 aperture and short pulse high power LED Flash next to it. This camera has Carl Zeiss optical lens for closer to real and clear images.
It features the PureView technology, which is a pixel oversampling technique that reduces an image taken at full resolution into a lower resolution picture, thus achieving higher definition and light sensitivity, and enables lossless zoom. The camera is capable of recording videos at 1080p HD resolution at 30 frames per second.
There is also 1.2 megapixel front facing camera with f/2.4 aperture and capable of recording video in 1280×960 pixel resolution. The Lumia 920 comes with a new Nokia Smart Shoot feature that is another name for the burst mode and It allows taking multiple photos at the same time and then enables editing on the go. The new image stabilisation feature will let users take more stable videos while walking or when in motion.
Nokia Lumia 920 comes with three distortion free microphones for better audio recording, HD voice clearer calls and Dolby Earphone for better music experience. Supporting the Pentaband HSPA+ network, the Lumia 920 will also come with Near Field Communication, WiFi, WiFi Direct, WiFi Channel Bonding, Bluetooth 3.1, and new Qi wireless charging technology built in.
Nokia has packed other necessary sensors and a 3.7v battery with 2000 mAh power that promises about 10 hours of continuous talk time. Clearly, with great hardware features and enhancements, now the expectations are bound with the upcoming Microsoft Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.
Nokia Lumia 820
Nokia has also unveiled the Lumia 820 smartphone that sports slightly different design than other Lumia series handsets. Nokia has used a 4.3-inch Oled touchscreen display with 480×800 pixel resolution. Even this display uses Nokia’s ClearBlack technology for extra brightness and makes it super sensitive to touch that one can use it even while wearing gloves. Also this display makes the content legible enough under bright sunlight. Even the Lumia 820 houses a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 mobile processor and packs 1 GB RAM.
At the back of Lumia 820 lies an 8 megapixel image sensor with Carl Zeiss Optics with Dual LED flash for clicking great photos even in low light environments. This camera is capable to capture full 1080p HD video even at 30 frames per second. This camera can be used with the Nokia City Lens app that is powered with augmented reality and displays graphical information using camera’s viewfinder.
The Lumia 820 has accelerometer, proximity sensor, e-compass, ambient light sensor and gyroscopic sensor. For wireless connectivity options, the Lumia 820 offers Bluetooth 3.1, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, and NFC support. Location based services are powered with the A-GPS support and Glonass networks for faster and more accurate location fix.
For superior audio experience, Nokia in Lumia 820 has fitted two distortion free high amplitude mics, Dolby headphone support and HD voice. The Nokia Lumia 820 comes with a 1650 mAh battery with Qi wireless charging support and promises up to 8 hours of talk time over 3G networks.
The new Qi wireless charging technology requires Nokia wireless charging DT-900 accessory and will also support other compatible accessories. Nokia Lumia 920 will be available in yellow, red, grey, white and black colours – no cyan colour this time. While the Lumia 820 will be offered in red, yellow, cyan, purple, white and black colours.