At their conference today, Nokia unveiled the Lumia 920 and 820 handsets. Running Windows Phone 8, each respectively represents Nokia’s high-end and mid range smartphone plays for much of the world and show that Nokia’s clearly playing for keeps.
The 920 comes out swinging with a 4.5 inch “PureMotion HD+” display that Nokia claims is among the best displays in the business with features like a super fast refresh rate and enhanced Nokia ClearBlack technology. Another talking point about the 920 has to be the camera, which has been graced with Nokia’s PureView branding. While not nearly as wild as the camera found on the 808 PureView, the 920’s 8.7 megapixel Carl Zeiss shooter has optical image stabilization and floating lens technology that lets more light in for brighter photos. Driving all these features is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset running at 1.5 Ghz and 1 GB of RAM. You won’t be left wanting for more on device storage space either, since the 920 will have 32 GB of storage on board, with microSD card expansion. The color palette for the 920 is a lot more subdued when compared to the 900 with black, grey, white, black and yellow rounding out your options.
The 820 is a bit smaller at 4.3 inches, yet it brings its own unique design to the party with exchangeable back covers available in 6 colors: red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black. While the processor and RAM are the same as it’s bigger brother, it forgoes PureMotion HD+, has a smaller battery, and comes with 8 GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD. Nokia’s also left out PureView technologies from the rear camera, although it’s still a respectable 8 megapixels and features a dual LED flash.
Both phones support the Qi inductive charging standard, and Nokia showed off plenty of accessories and businesses that will take advantage of both Qi and the NFC functionality of both handsets. Both the 920 and 820 also feature “Super Sensitive touch” technology developed by Synaptics that promises easy operation with even the thickest gloves, something that Nokia’s hometown crowd in Espoo are surely going to appreciate.
Nokia plans to announce pricing and availability country by country at a later date but overall the new Lumia’s sound like promising additions to the iconic Lumia line.