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The Nokia-Microsoft joint press conference topped every tech pundit’s watch-list yesterday and sure enough, it was worth the buzz. Nokia unveiled the Windows 8 range of Nokia Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 at simultaneous events In New York and Finland, and the company is calling their next gen Lumia “the most innovative smartphone in the world.”

Both Lumias incorporate the new “Super Sensitive Touch” that gives you seamless touchscreen handling even if you have long nails or are wearing gloves.

Nokia Lumia 920

Design-wise, the 920 looks a lot like its predecessor the Lumia 900 but in a variety of shades – yellow, red and gray. The company in its press release called this their flagship phone, after its previous Lumia phones met with a tepid response. With the 920, the company is betting on innovations to their PureView imaging.

Floating Camera

Nokia is keeping pace with the fact that iPhones and the Galaxies are increasingly being used to upload images to Facebook and Twitter. With its advanced floating lens technology and an aperture of F/2.0, the Nokia Lumia 920 is geared to take in five times more light than competing smartphones without using flash, making it one of the better phone camera for low-light shooting.

The floating technology – which means its camera lens are held by springs — auto-corrects problems caused by hand movements, the chances of which are high in phone camera handling. The Lumia 920 has an F/2.0 aperture and uses image stabilization and tiny springs to get that “floating” camera lens to hold the image steady

“Low light photography has been a weak point for smartphones. Nokia has addressed this with PureView to create real customer value. By applying its rich expertise in imaging Nokia has created a best of breed experience for everyday use,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices.

Nokia City Lens

The Nokia Lumia 920 also sports the Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite. By pointing the camera at a city street, City Lens overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings.

The press release informs, “Nokia City Lens is the start of a new augmented reality experience that also enhances Nokia Maps, making it possible to move between maps view and augmented reality view to help people check their direction and surroundings. Along with enhancements to Nokia Drive and Nokia Transport, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience of any smartphone.”

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in yellow, red, grey, white and black.

Nokia Lumia 820

The Nokia Lumia 820 has been positioned as a mid mid-range smartphone with a similar design as the high-end Lumia smartphones. Its shell allows you to own a variety of colours for the phone. Exchangeable shells not only make it possible to select from a range of colors, but also to add wireless charging. Beneath the shell is room to insert a micro SD memory card.

The Nokia Lumia 820 comes in red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black.

Availability

Nokia will announce pricing and specific roll-out dates country by country when sales are due to begin.

Product specifications

  Nokia Lumia 920 Nokia Lumia 820
Display 4.5 inch Nokia PureMotion HD+ WXGA IPS LCD

Super Sensitive touch

Nokia ClearBlack with high brightness mode and Sunlight Readability Enhancements

4.3 inch ClearBlackOLED WVGA 800×480

Super Sensitive touch

Nokia ClearBlack with high brightness mode and Sunlight Readability Enhancements

Battery 2000mAh with integrated Qi wireless charging 1650mAh with support for Qi wireless charging
Processor 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4
Main camera 8.7MP with Nokia PureView advanced optical imaging stabilization and Carl Zeiss optics

Full 1080p HD video capture at 30fps

8MP Auto Focus with Carl Zeiss optics

Dual LED flash

Full HD 1080p video capture at 30fps

Front facing camera 1.2MP with 720p HD video VGA
Memory 1GB RAM

32GB mass memory with 7GB free SkyDrive storage

1GB RAM

8GB mass memory with microSD memory card support and 7GB free SkyDrive storage

 

 

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