On Wednesday, Nokia announced the new Lumia 920 and 820 handsets. Running the Windows Phone 8 operating system, the new Lumia also offers some awesome features such as wireless charging, offline maps as well as an impressive PureView camera.
In terms of spec, the 920 boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with a 2,000 mAh batterY, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The 820 offers the same processor and RAM, but only 8GB of internal storage, with a 1,650 mAh battery, meaning a slightly reduced battery life over the 920. The screen on the Lumia 920 has a resolution of 1280 x 768, packed with Nokia’s Pure Motion HD+ technology. Pure Motion has a very high refresh rate, meaning motion is smooth when loading pages. Unfortunately, the 820 model only has a resolution of 800×400 and no Pure Motion HD+ technology. The PureView camera with a Carl Zeiss lens captures blur free images and video, even if the camera is shaking or in low-light. It’s quoted by Nokia as taking “the best pictures and video of any smartphone”. That’s quite a bold statement!
Nokia has kept up its design philosophy with the 920, which looks very similar to the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. Coupled with the smart look and feel of Windows Phone 8 OS, we’re presented with a very stylish looking device. Available in several colours (with the 820 boasting exchangeable covers) the new Lumias certainly do look striking.
Two of the features that we’re most excited about though as wireless charging and Nokias super sensitive touch technology.
First, wireless charging. The 920 and 820 will come will a wireless charging pad, allowing the device to sit on top of it to charge. Nokia has made a deal with Virgin Atlantic so wireless charging stations will be available at Business and First class lounges. Who knows, maybe this will be available on flights someday too!
Now secondly, Nokia’s super sensitive touch technology we mentioned earlier means something we are very excited about. The Nokia 920 and 820 touch-screens can be used while wearing gloves, something that as an iPhone user, I’ve been very frustrated with when in cold weather.
One thing Nokia failed to announce however was the price. We expect it to be competitive, with the 920 priced as a more advanced model than the 820.
The new Lumia looks a fantastic piece of kit and we’re very excited to get our hands on one. What do you think of the Nokia Lumia 920/820? Is wireless charging just a gimmick? Is it too disimilar to plugging in a cable? What does this latest announcement mean for Nokia, especially with Apple’s iPhone announcement coming in a few weeks? Let us know your thoughts.