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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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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.

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