Nokia Lumia 920 Release Date, Specs: 6 Reasons Why it Will Stand Out This Holiday Season
Nokia has unveiled its two new flagship phones, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820.
Nokia announced the two phones at an event in New York City on Wednesday. The company didn't specify the release date, but it is said to launch late 2012.
Many suggest that the two phones are very nice and have interesting specs, but Nokia, along with Microsoft, still didn't bring enough to the market to stand up against big tech giants like Apple and Samsung.
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Let's take a look at what the phones have to offer, and why there is a chance that customers might look to Nokia this holiday season.
The Lumia 920 will feature PureView technology, which Jo Harlow, head of Nokia's mobile phones business said will capture 5-10 times the amount of light of any competitors' smartphone cameras via a "floating lens technology that surpasses the optical image stabilization system of most digital SLRs," according to PC Mag.
The Lumia 920 includes an 8.7-megapixel rear-facing camera and full 1080p HD video capture at 30 fps. There is a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera with 720p HD video capture.
"The technology reacts to the minute movements in your hand to balance the lens, so the shutter can stay open longer, and more light means brighter, clearer images without flash, even indoors and at night," Harlow said. "The Nokia Lumia 920 also replaces your HD camcorder because another benefit of this floating lens technology is that the lens is stabilized for taking smooth and professional-looking video."
PC Mag reports:
"Harlow pointed to a recharging pillow from Fatboy, while Shields featured a line of speakers from JBL. Using NFC, Lumia 920 users can tap their smartphone on the JBL speaker and music playing on the smartphone will start playing on the speaker. Once music is transferred, place the Lumia 920 atop the JBL speaker and the phone will charge.
In addition, Nokia Lumia 920 recharging plates will be installed in the Virgin Atlantic clubhouse at London Heathrow Airport, as well as various Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores around the country."
"Wrapped around the display is a stunning shell formed from the same great polycarbonate material that we have spent years perfecting," Harlow said. That includes "colors that won't scratch off," as well as antennas not compromised by "needless" elements, according to PC Mag.
The Lumia 920 will also come in many available colors schemes on the casing which include yellow, red, and gray, in addition to the existing cyan, white, black. and pink found in Nokia's Lumia 900 line, according to PC World.
The Lumia 920 will run a 1.5-GHz, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and features a 2000 mAh battery, which Harlow said is the largest battery Nokia has ever installed in a smartphone. There's 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of memory with 7GB of free SkyDrive storage. It also has a 4.5 inch curved glass display with 1280 x 768 resolution.
Combined with Windows Phone 8, Harlow said, the Lumia 920 will provide "the fastest and most responsive smartphone user experience there is while being up to 30 percent more battery efficient than quad-core alternatives."
The phone will also come with a new screen technology called PureMotion HD+ "that promises no blur when scrolling, as well as the ability to interact with the 4.5-inch touchscreen even if you're wearing a glove," according to CNet. The display will also react to fingernail touches.
PC Mag reported: "The smartphone will include Nokia's augmented reality "City Lens" app, which Nokia first unveiled in May. The app lets you scan the horizon with your phone's camera and see what's available. It will display reviews and star ratings for that location for a quick rundown of the neighborhood. If you find something interesting, tap to call for more info or share your destination with friends via social networks, SMS, or email.
The Lumia 920 will also provide access to offline maps and a daily commute feature that can calculate the time it will take you to reach a destination based on traffic. Nokia Drive will provide free, voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, Harlow said."
Called Nokia's new mid-range WP8 device, the Lumia 820 will have a 4.3 inch, 800 x 400 display, 8GB storage and microSD card slot, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and 7GB of free SkyDrive storage. It will also have built-in NFC, a 1650 mAh battery, Nokia location services like City Lens, and Nokia Music.
It may also have changeable rear covers, similar to the current Lumia 710 device. This allows user to switch out the color of the phone's back panel, red, yellow, gray, white, black, cyan, or purple. Some of those covers will support wireless charging, Kevin Shields, a senior vice president at Nokia, said, according to PC Mag.
The Lumia 820 will have a 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, and full HD 1080p video capture at 30 fps. There is also a front-facing VGA camera.
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