Nokia announces the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, Pureview in tow

Nokia announces the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, Pureview in tow

Nokia’s big event came and passed, and boy did they have some fantastic announcements to make. Starting with was the obvious the fact that the 820 and the 920 are both upgrades from the 800 and 900. Why the jump from 900 to 920? We’re not entirely sure, but it’s probably a way of showing the gap between the Windows Phone 7 models and the Windows Phone 8 models. So let’s start with the Lumia 920, as it was the first to be presented last night (in their sketchy web video which went down at the start of the presentation. If you are interested, you can watch the video here, thought the video is currently down).

Lumia 920

The Nokia Lumia 920 is obviously Nokia’s flagship phone, at least for the rest of 2012. Styling wise, the phone looks exactly the same save for the part the screen touts a 4.5-inch display now, over the 4.3-inch screen on the 900. Also, they’ve oddly decided to remove the Cyan color for the Lumia 920, adding Yellow, Red, and Grey to complement the original Black and White. While we applaud the decision to add Red and Yellow, two unique colors – we feel disappointed that they decided to remove their most unique color, cyan. We felt that Cyan was fast becoming an iconic color for Nokia, but at the end of the day they decided to abandon that (probably due to poor sales of said color) though we hope they bring it back pronto. As for specs, let’s get into it:

  • Processor – Dual Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor
  • Display – 4.5-inch Pureview HD+ Display with 1280 x 768 resolution (332 PPI)
  • RAM – 1GB of RAM
  • Storage – 32GB (no expandable slots)
  • Camera – 8.7 megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Pureview Technology, 1.3 megapixel Front Facing Camera
  • Battery – 2,000 mAh
  • Weight – 185 grams
  • Size – 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm
  • OS – Windows Phone 8

So as you can see from the breakdown of the specs, the Nokia Lumia 920 is quite the powerhouse competitor. The Dual core processor brings Windows Phones into 2012 with a bang, along with a stunning design and a fantastically advanced camera which finally bring’s Nokia’s Pureview technology to the Windows Phone range. The specs are quite powerful and added with Nokia’s own software, we’re quite hopeful that this will be ‘The Next Big Thing’ in the market. The only thing we wish they had improved upon was the weight and thickness of the phone. 10.7mm is still quite thich, and Nokia havent’ quite figured out how to make a thin device just yet. The 920’s new Pureview HD+ screen is their best and fastest LCD screen (surprising since they’ve been using AMOLED CBD tech till now), but Nokia claims this screen is faster and even better to look at. And with a resolution of  1280 x 768, you’re looking at a mighty high PPI of 332. And the curved glass is back as well!

The phone also comes with NFC, wireless charging of the many optional accessories Nokia will be outing soon.  Still, a great device with some powerful tech packed into it, it will certainly be my next phone.

Lumia 820

The colorful younger brother to the Lumia 920 is the Nokia Lumia 820 also was shown off last night at Nokia’s event. Unlike the 920 which kept it’s shape, the Lumia 820 has a redesigned shape with more rounded edges as opposed to the standard ‘sharp’ edges on the other 920. The 820 also comes with interchangeable covers, meaning you can change your phone’s color to any of the 7 colors available at launch (including cyan!). We feel people who love to change their cases will absolutely love this phone considering they’ll have plenty of color options. The extra cases will also be required if people want to make use of Nokia’s new wireless charging (as that tech will be built into the 820’s case). Overall, they’ve bumped the screen size up to 4.3-inches from 3.7, on the original 800. So let’s get into the specs:

  • Processor – Dual Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor
  • Display – 4.3-inch AMOLED Display with 800 x 400 resolution (217 PPI)
  • RAM – 1GB of RAM
  • Storage – 8GB (SD Card slot, up to 32GB)
  • Camera – 8 megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, VGA Front Facing Camera
  • Battery – 1650 mAh
  • Weight – 160 grams
  • Size – 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm
  • OS – Windows Phone 8

So clearly the specs aren’t quite as good as the 920, nor are the internals as packed with tech but it’s still a great phone. We feel this will be sold at a much lower price point, considering it’s still got a low resolution and the build quality won’t be as good as the 920. We do wish they had kept a 720p screen on the device to help sell the phone but we suppose Nokia know what they are doing. The low 8GB storage is complemented by a SD card slot meaning they can expand it a further 32GB. It’s also the thinnest Nokia Windows Phone, coming in at 9.9mm which is still a bit thicker than we would have liked but all in due time. Furthermore, they still have a 8 megapixel camera (without Pureview obviously) though the camera internals would have certainly improved from the 800 and 900. The Wireless charging tech is also available, but it’ll require another case like we’ve said before (though we won’t know exactly when or how much). As long as the price point is kept low(ish), Nokia could have a real winner on their hands thought I think the lack of the 720p screen will hurt it’s chances.

That’s it from our Lumia Windows Phone 8 coverage. Don’t forget to tell us what you thought of the new devices, and we’ll try and get pricing and release dates as soon as possible, especially for Australia.

For now, to find out more go to the Lumia 920 page, or the Lumia 820 page.

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