Struggling Finnish company Nokia has unveiled its two new smartphones on Windows 8 mobile OS in an event in New York. Its flagship smartphone is dubbed as Lumia 920 and the other device is Lumia 820.
Nokia’s flagship smartphone Lumia 920 boasts of convincing hardware and innovative features. This phone features Qualcomm Dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4processor, 4.5″ inch PureMotion HD+ display, Wireless charging support and 2000 mAH battery, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 1.2 MP front camera, and Micro-USB port.
The Lumia 920’s screen is an inch bigger than the iPhone 4S, which measures 3.5″ inches diagonally. And besides that, the Lumia 920’s screen resolution is also superior at 1,280 pixels by 768, compared to the iPhone 4S 960-by-640 resolution. The screen also promises blur-free scrolling of text and improved visibility in bright sunlight – something that defeats many smartphones. Nokia is also the first company to introduce wireless charging for its smartphone. Its Lumia 920 can be charged without being plugged in and placing it on a wireless charging pod.
The Lumia 920 includes PureView technology – Nokia’s name for its camera system. However, this phone doesn’t match the 808 Pureview with its 41MP sensor, but features a 8.7 MP sensor. Nokia claims that the Lumia 920 uses ‘revolutionary camera technology’ and it is better than most digital SLRs.
This smartphone will have access to Internet Explorer 10, full Nokia location suite, can run 100,000 existing Windows Phone apps, deeper integration with PC, and a revamped start screen with resizable tiles and more personalisation options.
The Lumia 920 also has NFC – Near Field Communication. Though this technology has still to be widely used in mobiles but this will turn the phone into a wallet. Coupled with the right apps, NFC chips can also be used to pay for things in stores, by tapping the phone to credit-card terminals.
The Lumia 920 comes with one-piece polycarbonate body and will be available in yellow, red, white, grey, and black colour options.
‘This is the most innovative smartphone in the world,’ said Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President of Smart Devices at Nokia, as she held up the Lumia 920. ‘This is Lumia, and it’s time to switch,’ she told an audience in New York in a clear encouragement for users to desert their iPhone or Android handsets.
Nokia also unveiled a cheaper, mid-range phone, the Lumia 820. It doesn’t have the special camera lenses, but it sports exchangeable backs so you can switch colors. This smartphones features 1.5 GHz Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor, 4.3″ inch Clearblack display with 800x480p resolution and 8 GB of internal storage and 1650 mAh battery. Lumia 820 will also come with microSD card support, 8 MP rear camera, VGA front camera, NFC and Windows Phone 8 OS.
Similar to Lumia 920, the mid-range Lumia 820 will sport the full suite of Nokia location apps. The Lumia 820 will have access to Internet Explorer 8, deeper integration with PC, revamped start screen with resizable tiles and improved business grade security.
This smartphone will be available in red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black colour options.
Nokia has not revealed any details about pricing and availability of these two smartphones, which is expected to go on sale by the fourth quarter. But for taking advantage of holiday season, Nokia must fill retail shelves latest by mid November.
As written by us umpteen times earlier, Nokia has unmatched strengths in hardware aspect and this has been proved in their new devices which boasts of innovative features. However, it is to be seen whether the consumers will accept new Windows 8 OS, which runs both the devices. The success of these smartphones is very essential for Nokia to survive in a very competitive smartphone market, which is dominated by Android and iPhone.