Nokia Lumia 920 Release Date, Specs, Price: PureView and Wireless Charging; Lumia 820 to Heat Up Rivalry With Samsung
Nokia is preparing two new smartphones to land on the market.
Nokia will introduce the new Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at a special event in New York City with Microsoft, according to multiple sources.
The Lumia 920 will run Windows Phone 8.
According to The Verge, the new phone will have wireless charging support via inductive method, lining the device up to the contacts on a charging pad. It will support the Qi wireless power standard - making it compatible with other wireless charging products.
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A recent photo has been leaked of the wireless charging pad. Earlier Monday, Twitter user @Evleaks posted a photo of the wireless charger. The leaked image shows the two new devices, Lumia 920 and the 820, which is also expected to announce at the special event, on their charging pads. According to The Verge, The pad looks to be nearly as long as the phone itself with a single cord trailing off into the distance (presumably connecting to a USB port).
The Lumia 920 is rumored to have a PureView camera. According to The Verge, Nokia will band its Lumia 920 camera as PureView, but that the camera will be an 8-megapixel one, not the 41-megapixel one found on the company's 808 PureView handset.
"Nokia is focusing on marketing the Lumia 920 as PureView thanks to some advancements in image stabilization and camera software that it plans to ship on the device. The front of the device will also include a 1.3-megapixel camera," The Verge wrote.
According to BGR News, the Lumia 920 will feature a 4.5-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and native support for wireless charging. The Lumia 920 is said to also be equipped with an NFC chip, a microSD slot and 4G LTE connectivity, The Verge confirmed.
The Lumia 820 looks to be Nokia's new mid-range WP8 device with a 4.3 inch display, 8GB storage and microSD card slot, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and camera similar to the Lumia 920, according to ZDNet. It may also have changeable rear covers, similar to the current Lumia 710 device.
According to Information Week, leaked photos on Friday by evleaks showed two series of smartphones.
First, the pictures show gray, yellow, and red devices, meaning Nokia is serious about shying away from drab designs. Further, the display of the device is said to measure 4.5 inches, an improvement over the Lumia 900's 4.3-inch display.
"The Lumia 820 images show a smoother take on the smartphone design, with gentle curves and corners. It is said to include a 4.3-inch display, which matches that of the Lumia 900 and beats the Lumia 800's 3.7-inch display by a wide margin. It, too, has a visible camera, but apparently not PureView technology," reported Informational Week.
GottaBeMobile reported that despite retaining the same form factor design as the preceding Lumia 900 smartphone, internally the Lumia 920 is a huge step forward for Windows Phone 8 that would make the platform, on paper, look competitive with rival hardware from Android, including the support for HD displays and multi-core CPUs.
eWeek reported that at Nokia's home turf in Helsinki the same day, the company plans to show off the new smartphones at its Nokia World event.
Nokia will target rival Samsung with its newest smartphones.
Chris Weber, executive vice president of Nokia sales and marketing, tweeted on Aug 15, "Samsung take note, next-generation Lumia coming soon."
Nokia needs to close the market-share gap between its devices and those of Samsung, which earlier this year ended Nokia's 14 years of market dominance, eWeek reported.
With its partnership with Microsoft, Nokia has seen a small rise in sales.
On Aug. 15, as part of its "ongoing commitment to Lumia owners," Nokia released also an update for Lumia 900 devices in the United States and Canada, according to eWeek. While the update requires a minimum of 30 minutes to install, it offers improvements to flip-to-silence features-the ability to quickly mute the phone by turning it over- better battery and camera performance, and improvements on the startup sequence.
According to the Examiner, a reasonable guess for price is that the Lumia 920 and 820 will be $149 and $99 respectively.