There you go! Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 - Windows Phone 8, wireless charging and all – are now official.
Apart from being one of the first Nokia Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 920 is also the newest addition and the first Lumia PureView phone. But unlike the Nokia 808 PureView, this Lumia PV only comes packed with an 8.7-megapixel cam. But hey, don’t be that disappointed. As they as, it ain’t all about the megapixels, and take note, the Lumia 920 comes with special treats not found on the 808 PV – image stabilization.
A 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, 7GB free Skydrive space, a 1.2MP cam on the front, 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display, and a hearty 2000 mAh battery round up the rest of the specs of the Lumia 920.
The Nokia Lumia 820, meanwhile, also runs on a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4processor supported by 1GB of RAM and comes bundled with 7GB free Skydrive storage, but the similarities end there. Nokia’s other Windows Phone 8 smartphone sports a smaller a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display, a non-PureView 8MP AF cam, a VGA-only camera on the other side, a less juicy 1650mAh battery, and only one fourth the onboard storage of the 920 (it’s 8GB for those who don’t want to do the math).
On the upside, though, this Lumia comes with an exchangeable unibody shell to make it more personal.
As for wireless charging, both Lumias support it (the Lumia 820 via a special shell). There’s the Fatboy recharge pillow or the Nokia wireless charging plate (the one leaked) users can buy to enjoy wireless charging, and remember the JBL PlayUp wireless speakers? That too also supports this nifty cable-free charging feature.
No specifics yet as far as availability and pricing goes for these two new Lumias, but you can bet we’ve already got our eyes glues on these bad boys.
In the meantime, you can check out the full press release below for more info:
New Nokia Lumia Range Delivers Latest PureView Camera Innovation, New Navigation Experiences and Wireless Charging on Windows Phone 8
Nokia Lumia 920 Captures Best Pictures and Video Ever Seen on a Smartphone
Nokia 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 innovation. 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.
“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 920 also comes with Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite. By pointing the camera at a city street, City Lens overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings, for the most intuitive way to explore surroundings. Nokia City Lens is the start of a new augmented reality experience that also enhances Nokia Maps, making it possible to move between maps view and augmented reality view to help people check their direction and surroundings. Along with enhancements to Nokia Drive and Nokia Transport, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience of any smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia’s largest ever battery (2000mAh) and, for the first time, built-in wireless charging for an easy, convenient way to get more out of every day.
The Nokia Lumia 820
The Nokia Lumia 820 is a stylish, mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a compact package.
While the Nokia Lumia 820 has the same unibody look and feel as the high end Lumia 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. Beneath the shell is room to insert a micro SD memory card.
Powered by Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8 provides a more personal smartphone experience, with a start screen that can be more easily rearranged to reflect individual priorities and new animated Live Tiles for real-time updates on the things that matter most. 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. With Internet Explorer 10 for faster, safer browsing and Microsoft Office apps built into the platform, Windows Phone 8 is also the easiest way for getting things done.
Wireless charging partners
Nokia also announced a range of wireless charging accessories and partnerships. The Fatboy Recharge Pillow provides a fun way to recharge, while JBL introduced the JBL PowerUP, a wireless charging docking station with high quality audio in retro styling.
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 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.
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