Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820, the first devices in Nokia's Windows Phone 8 range.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is the flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone, including the latest advances in Nokia PureView imaging. Using advanced floating lens technology, the camera in the Nokia Lumia 920 is able to take in five times more light than competing smartphones without using flash, making it possible to capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. It also compensates for hand movement while the photo is being taken.
The nokia Lumia 920 comes with a 4.5" touchscreen in a unibody measuring 70.8 mm x 130.3 mm x 10.7 mm.
"Nokia PureView continues to deliver cutting-edge technology to make it possible for a smartphone camera to take the kind of images usually only seen on a standalone SLR camera," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. "With the Nokia Lumia 920 we have made it possible to shoot pictures and video at home, outdoors, in a restaurant or even at night, and come out with professional-looking results."
"We view imaging as a core area for differentiation in the smartphone space," said Crawford Del Prete, Executive VP WW Products and Chief Research Officer, IDC. "Low light photography has been a weak point for smartphones. Nokia has addressed this with PureView to create real customer value. By applying its rich expertise in imaging Nokia has created a best of breed experience for everyday use."
The Nokia Lumia 820 is a mid-range smartphone in a smaller, compact package with 4.3" screen housed in a 68.5 mm x 123.8 mm x 9.9 m body.
While the Nokia Lumia 820 has the same unibody look and feel as the higher end Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones, it comes with an exchangeable shell design. Exchangeable shells not only make it possible to select from a range of colors, but also to add wireless charging.
Users will be able to expand storage space by utilising the micro SD card slot under the shell.
Windows Phone 8 interface provides a start screen that can be easily rearranged to reflect individual priorities and new animated Live Tiles for real-time updates on activities and data. The ability to sync content between Windows Phone 8 smartphones, Windows 8-based PCs and tablets or Xbox means files, music, pictures and video can be accessed in whichever way is most convenient for the user.
The platform brings Internet Explorer 10 to mobile handsets for faster browsing and Microsoft Office apps built into the operating system.
At the same event Nokia also announced a range of wireless charging accessories and partnerships. Examples are the Fatboy Recharge Pillow and JBL PowerUP, a wireless charging docking station with high quality audio.
Deals with Virgin Atlantic to put wireless charging stations in the London Heathrow Clubhouse lounge and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to put charging plates on tables in some of their cafés, were the first of many deals Nokia intends to sign to take wireless charging outside the home and office.
The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in yellow, red, grey, white and black. The Nokia Lumia 820 comes in red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black.
Both phones are based on the 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 chipset. The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with 1GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the Nokia Lumia 820 comes 1GB RAM, 8GB built-in storage and a micro SD slot for memory expansion. Both models support NFC communications for contactless transactions.
New touch technology developed by Synaptics Inc. optimizes the touch experience by automatically detecting the presence of skin, gloved fingers, or fingernails, giving users a seamless multi-touch experience regardless of input methods. This allows both models to track up to ten finger points for a finer touch resolution.
The Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 will be available in pentaband LTE and HSPA+ variants and are expected to start shipping in select markets later in the year. Nokia will announce pricing and specific roll-out dates country by country when sales are due to begin.