Nokia intros Lumia 920 and 820: wireless charging, PureView camera, and more

By on September 5, 2012, 12:00 PM

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop took the stage at a joint event with Microsoft this morning to unveil the next-generation of Windows Phone 8 devices. As expected, their new flagship will be known as the Lumia 920, iterating on its previous model with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor, a slightly larger 4.5-inch (768 x 1280) curved glass display, a 2,000mAh battery, and a one-piece polycarbonate body.

The company touted the device’s display as the brightest, fastest ever shipped on a smartphone and said they included a technology called super sensitive touch that allows you to use the display with gloves on. The rumors about wireless charging were also confirmed. The phone will be compatible with charging products based on the Qi wireless power standard, and Nokia will make its own charging accessories available too, including a standard plate, a JBL speaker dock, and a Fatboy-branded pillow-style unit.

There’s no special cover required either, the wireless charging technology is built right into the handset.


Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia is also incorporating its "PureView" camera technology, but not the 41-megapixel variety. That said the camera will still incorporate hardware image stabilization and impressive low-light capabilities, which company officials have argued that at the end of the day matters more than pure megapixel count. Other specs include, NFC, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of memory with 7GB of free SkyDrive storage.

Beyond hardware specs the company also showed off a handful of software features, including an improved mapping experience with offline maps with turn-by-turn navigation, a commute feature that lets you know when you need to leave based on your transit time, and even indoor maps in Windows Phone 8 to get directions inside places like subway stations. There’s also an augmented reality app called City Lens that layer details about restaurants, buildings, and other venues the smartphone is pointed at.

The Lumia 920 will arrive in pentaband LTE and HSPA+ variants and both are expected to ship "in selected markets" later this year in five "vibrant colors" (yellow, red, white, grey, and black).


Nokia Lumia 820

In addition the Lumia 820 will step in as Nokia’s mid-range offering. The phone offers the same 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 and 1GB of RAM as the flagship Lumia 920, but with a smaller 4.3-inch WVGA OLED display, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), and a non-PureView 8-megapixel rear camera.

The phone doesn’t support wireless charging out of the box, but Nokia is selling interchangeable covers in a variety of colors that enable that as well as NFC. The Lumia 820 will also launch in "select markets" in Q4.




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supyo said:

I want one! You probably hate when people do this but.. *support :p

'The phone doesn?t supper wireless charging out of the box'

Uvindu said:

I hate it when people say "I want one". It drives me nuts...

but yes

I WANT ONE AS WELL!!!!!

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Now that sounds more like it, since I have been wanting to get off the iPhone platform for a while (I fell off my bike yesterday and my 4S is completely smashed to pieces inside my pocket, basically the last straw for the iPhone) I really am looking into getting one of these, Hopefully a contract for the 920 won't be too far out my reach would be really cool though to have a mat on my table and when ever I put my phone on it, it starts charging, that would be really cool.

darkzelda said:

I want one of those!!!!!!! They look fantastic and the specs of the 920 are impressive. I hope with a two year contract I can get the phone at a good price!

veLa veLa said:

Nokia makes a good quality phone. I'll stick with the Galaxy series though.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@Burty

From the looks of it, I am sure Lumia 920 will beat SGS III on quality front hands down. On the performance side (keeping in mind that Lumia 800 gives pretty good run for its money to multi-core droids with its single core SoC & very efficient OS), I expect it to beat SGS III in most cases. Other big plus would be WP doesn't seems to suffer from ills (I.e. reliability/stability/performance) of android. I've ditched many droids after few months usage due to above (+more) issues, but never found a droid which could work reliably day in day out. So, all what is left for me is to decide, whether I want to have a ATIV S (which seems to be following Omnia line's construction practices) or this Lumia 920

dennis777 dennis777 said:

Nokia always has good phone... wish they fix the phonebook

I hope Apple does not sue Nokia

Arris Arris said:

First windows phone that has even slightly tempted me to give one a try after the experience of Windows Mobile 6.1.

RubinOnRye RubinOnRye said:

Because my message was banned for yelling I am going to say it in a normal tone "Please sir, shut up and take my money"

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