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Nokia reveals its Windows Phone 8 devices

Nokia has a lot to prove with its Windows Phone 8 devices. Nokia’s decision to go “all-in” with Microsoft’s mobile operating system hasn’t exactly paid off for the company yet, so this may be the last chance for the company to pull in new customers and grab market share away from industry heavy hitters like Google (Android) and Apple (iOS).
If you’ve been following the tech news sector for the past week, Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 announcements today shouldn’t come as a surprise. EVLeaks did its name proud and leaked specs, pictures, and accessories for both the Lumia 820 and the Lumia 920 PureView. However, it’s nice to have that information now confirmed.

The Lumia 920 is the flagship model and features a 4.5” WXGA (768x1280) curved glass display, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 32GB of storage, 2000 mAh battery, integrated NFC, built-in wireless charging using the Qi wireless standard, and of course, Windows Phone 8.

The polycarbonate body from the Lumia 900 is updated for Lumia 920 duty and is available in yellow, red, white, grey, and black. The phone features ceramic keys and camera surround to resist scratches. Interestingly, the Lumia 920 can also work with gloved hands.

JBL's Power Up external speaker can communicate with the Lumia 920 via NFC, and it wirelessly charges the phone as well.
The Lumia 920 features an 8.7MP camera (f/2.0)with a Carl Zeiss lens. The PureView camera used in the Lumia 920 captures 5x to 10x the light of competing smartphones and uses a floating lens that surpasses the image stabilization methods used by competitors according to Nokia.

PureView in action. A night shot using a high-end competitor's camera at defaut settins (left) verus the Lumia 920 (right). [Click to Enlarge]

Nokia also announced the Lumia 820, which features the same polycarbonate body. It has a 4.3" display (480x800), 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8GB of storage, microSD slot, NFC, 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 1650 mAh battery and all the added software functionality of the Lumia 920. 
The Lumia 820 also has removable shells that are available in different colors, so you can change the color of your smartphone to suit your mood. In addition, there will be removable shells available that add wireless charging functionality.

Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 definitely look promising, and we wish Nokia all the best in the cutthroat smartphone sector with these latest entries. With HP/PalmOS pretty much out of commission and RIM stumbling badly, only Windows Phone 8 stands a credible chance of taking on Google and Apple. Microsoft definitely has the money to push Windows Phone 8, but the question becomes if Nokia can deliver on its end as being a torchbearer for the mobile operating system.
However, Nokia isn't the only company strutting out new Windows Phone 8-based devices. Samsung has already showed off its aluminum-bodied ATIV S, which is a stark contrast from the polycarbonate bodies used on Nokia's latest wares. The ATIV S (available in 16GB and 32GB varieties) features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.8" HD Super AMOLED screen and an 8MP camera.

Nokia Lumia 920


Nokia Lumia 820

Sources: Nokia Lumia 920 specs, Nokia Lumia 820 specs

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One Question
By Kyuu on 9/5/2012 11:21:00 AM , Rating: 4
Looks great, just one question: does it have a microSD slot? I know WP8 supports it, so I hope Nokia didn't neglect it.

RE: One Question
By Brandon Hill on 9/5/2012 11:30:40 AM , Rating: 2
The 820 has a microSD slot, but the 920 doesn't.

RE: One Question
By othercents on 9/6/2012 3:59:48 PM , Rating: 2
Neither product listed on the Nokia website has a microSD listed in their specifications.

RE: One Question
By MadMan007 on 9/5/2012 11:33:18 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe it doesn't. Argh...that is one major reason why I would choose an Android phone at this point, there are many choices with expandable memory. I was pleased to see WP8 add micro SD expansion support but what's the point if some of the top phones don't have it? (I know there are top Android phones that don't as well, but there are some that do too. Also, I rather like the Lumia styling.)

RE: One Question
By MadMan007 on 9/5/2012 11:34:34 AM , Rating: 2
oops, yeah, just saw the specs...

So stupid, the lower-end phone has features removed? Potential sale lost.

RE: One Question
By Pirks on 9/5/2012 12:40:15 PM , Rating: 5
32GB of built-in flash should be enough for almost everyone including me, my music collection is only 16 gigs. It's pretty rare when you need more than 32GB of flash on your phone these days.

RE: One Question
By jimbojimbo on 9/5/2012 2:34:18 PM , Rating: 2
My sister has a 5 year old and a 2 year old and it's very convenient to have a bunch of their favorite TV shows on it and that pretty much fills her 32GB microSD card. It's still cheaper than trying to stream everything and paying for the higher outrageous data caps.

RE: One Question
By MrBlastman on 9/5/2012 3:29:23 PM , Rating: 4
That's just what kids need--more TV!

(and less outside... because the kidnappers are everywhere.) :-|

RE: One Question
By Mitch101 on 9/5/2012 4:29:59 PM , Rating: 2
Just like Android Nokia is not the only one that Makes Windows Phones. Except Nokia doesn't make an Android Phone.

There is always the Samsung Ativ S which can have 32gigs of ram and has a Micro SD slot.

Thats what you got to love about licensing the software to other companies because one size does not fit all. I personally like Windows Phone OS over Android but hey Jelly Bean is pretty darn good to each their own.

RE: One Question
By othercents on 9/6/2012 4:02:08 PM , Rating: 2
I have a couple terabytes of music, however I personally don't see the reason to keep all that music on the phone especially when I have filled up my 64GB iPad with just the games.

RE: One Question
By Argon18 on 9/6/2012 5:22:29 PM , Rating: 2
you have 64 GB of ipad games? good grief son, get out of the house and get some fresh air. you're getting all pasty and pale!

RE: One Question
By Pirks on 9/5/2012 3:59:16 PM , Rating: 2
Why can't she just stream all those videos from her PC media server over wifi or something? Why clumsy SD cards instead of a straightforward and easy streaming over home wireless N network?

RE: One Question
By Kyuu on 9/5/2012 4:02:12 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, because wifi isn't going to do any good outside of the house...? Also possibly a lot of people aren't tech savvy enough to setup media servers and keep a stock of ripped/downloaded TV shows and movies on it?

RE: One Question
By theapparition on 9/6/2012 1:30:20 PM , Rating: 2
Can't bring your home media server everywhere you go. Even if there is remote access, you still depend on a connection. Cloud access is in the same boat. When you lose connection, you can't get to your data.

Ever been in a restaurant with a screaming toddler, no wifi or cell access to be able to get a Youtube video of Yo Gabba Gabba?

Try that situation and you'll appreciate storage a little more.

RE: One Question
By safcman84 on 9/6/2012 4:08:25 AM , Rating: 2
Why would you want to watch TV on a phone? 4" is still small to watch videos on. seems to me that you want use a device for something that it is not designed for.

A netbook would be cheaper than these phones when they come out and you get a 250gb hard drive....

RE: One Question
By othercents on 9/6/2012 4:06:17 PM , Rating: 2
Size and convenience. I would never boot my netbook up on the train ride into the office, however I can watch a 45min show during the ride on either a tablet or phone. The tablet would be a better choice, but I'm not allowed to have personal tablets in our office, so I'm stuck with just the phone during the ride.

RE: One Question
By Mitch101 on 9/5/2012 12:39:13 PM , Rating: 3
Why is 32gb not enough? Not disagreeing with you just wondering why you need so much space?

The most Ive ever used is 12 gigs of space and that's several thousand music files and at least a two dozen HD video podcast and 3-8 local movies/TV shows on the device. I generally stream movies to my device and stream music sometimes. Ive still got a ton of photos and video recordings Ive taken that I need to delete from the phone too.

Are people putting HD movies on a 4.5" screen phone without recoding to a more optimized format for the small screen? Even then a 720P h.264 movie is around 4-5 gig but MPEG4 480P which is around 700meg-1.2gig perfect for a 4.5" screen.

If Im moving filed I generally carry a USB 3.0 thumb drive for moving files its faster than USB 2.0 of a typical phone and doesn't tie up my phone when all I want to do it move files. I can even loan it to a friend for a few days.

I guess Im saying that 32gig is a ton of space for me.

RE: One Question
By Voldenuit on 9/5/2012 3:11:52 PM , Rating: 2
Usage models vary by person; not having expandability impacts users differently, but some people will run into problems more than others. It seems strange to me that nokia would omit basic functionality that is present in lesser models (such as the 820).

If you are a world traveller, the offline GPS of nokia phones eats up space, I think I have around 8 GB of GPS files on my N8 (16GB on-board + 32 GB microSD card).

If you shoot 1080p video (I don't), they eat up room as well. If you store HD videos (I also don't), that's more room again - as to why store HD videos on a phone, the 920 has a 720p display. Also, some phones are able to output to HDTVs (not sure about WP8, but my old N8 can).

The 920 isn't what I was looking for, I was hoping for an 808 successor with a modern smartphone OS. However, it still has a list of nitpicks (no microSD, no bluetooth file transfer) that I think stand in the way of it achieving greatness. It's a very solid entrant for sure, but nokia need to knock it out of the park to survive right now, and I don't think the 920 is the home run fans have been waiting for.

RE: One Question
By Mitch101 on 9/5/2012 4:20:41 PM , Rating: 3
Just curious.

I would say get a Samsung Ativ S
It has 16gb or 32gig and a Micro SD Slot with SDXC support.

Basically its the Samsung Galaxy S3 except it runs Windows Phone 8.

RE: One Question
By tayb on 9/5/2012 1:55:08 PM , Rating: 3
MicroSD is horribly slow. One of the biggest complaints I have about my Android phone is how freaking slow it is with the MicroSD card inside. To make matters annoyingly worse, there is 8GB of internal memory that I can't use at all! The phone won't let me! My choices are extremely slow or no music or photos. It's simply stupid that I should have to make that choice.

RE: One Question
By Kyuu on 9/5/12, Rating: 0
RE: One Question
By theapparition on 9/6/2012 1:34:58 PM , Rating: 2
There are different classes of SD cards.

However, the best one depends on usage. The developer community did a lot of research and determined that a good brand, specifically Sandisk, Class 2 or 4 card performed the best for multiple read/write I/Os.

Class 10 work great for large continuous transfers (for instance, cameras where they are writing a large single file), but tend to be 10x-100x slower for sequential small read/writes.

But for OS style transfers, where there are typically many small R/W operations, the lower classed cards actually performed better.

RE: One Question
By Aloonatic on 9/5/2012 5:29:49 PM , Rating: 1
Just out of interest, what do yo need more than 32GB of storage for on a phone?

I'm not having a go or being sarcastic here, as I see people talk about this so it must be something that really bothers people. I just don't get why people feel that they need to be swapping memory cards and/or expanding to 64GB for.

RE: One Question
By AnnihilatorX on 9/5/2012 3:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
I believe the samsung one does?

RE: One Question
By Kyuu on 9/5/2012 4:00:15 PM , Rating: 2
That may be enough to push me to the Samsung Ativ. I love the Lumia in all other respects, but it's unbelievable that they neglected something as basic as a microSD slot, especially when the lower-end model has one for chrissakes.

32GB is a nice amount to begin with, and I appreciate that they're not pulling the bull of having a base model with 16GB and then charging $100+ for the same phone with 32GB like some companies (*cough*Apple*cough*)... but for a device that I'm going to be keeping for at least 2-3 years, it's hardly inconceivable that I'd max that out under normal usage.

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