Sep 7, 2012
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This week Nokia held a press conference in New York City to unveil its latest smartphones running Windows Phone 8. The tech press had the opportunity to touch, tinker, and play with the new Lumia 820 and 920. Here’s what they had to say about the higher end Lumia 920:
Look and Feel
The Lumia 920 has a unibody design—there are no removable parts. The phone will be offered in five color options all made of a glossy polycarbonate with a curved glass display. The guys at BGR were lucky enough to get a hands-on, describing the build quality as follows:
“First, the build quality of these Windows Phone 8 handsets is fantastic…There are no flimsy plastic covers or cheap-feeling buttons, just a high-quality unibody plastic case that feels terrific in the hand…The curved glass adds a nice unique feel to the handset as well, and it really is a solid total package.”
The phone’s rear camera features Nokia’s “Pureview” technology, designed to give users blur-free photos, even in low light. Pureview does this by combining a large image sensor (1/3-inch) paired with a Carl Ziess lens with optical image stabilization. The lens is bright too with an aperture that can open up to f/20. PC World says:
“The demo area also gave Nokia the chance to show off some of the 920’s camera features, specifically its “floating-lens” technology for image stabilization. Side-by-side screens displayed video captured both with and without the image stabilization. The difference was remarkable: video captured using Nokia’s image stabilization technology was noticeably less jittery and shaky than the video taken without, giving the 920 an edge over rival smartphones on the camera front.”
The Lumia 920 is Nokia’s first smartphone with a high-definition display. The Verge’s description makes it sound top notch:
“... thanks to Nokia's ClearBlack and PureMotion HD+ technologies it's one of the more impressive LCD displays we've seen. Its 1280 x 768 resolution is even denser than most 720p displays, and it looks amazing: It has deep blacks and impressive contrast, and Windows Phone's Start Screen looks vivid and colorful on the device.”
Like the other currently available Windows Phone 8 devices, the Lumia 920 features Qualcomm’s own Snapdragon S4 processor. CNET says:
“Thanks to Windows Phone 8's new capabilities, the Lumia 920 will feature the same dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor as found in high-end phones in the U.S. ….This was a smart move, especially since LTE is already integrated with the chipset, and I'm expecting blazing-fast responsiveness alongside quick data speeds.”
The Lumia 920 has many other features, most notably wireless charging and Near Field Communications. Additional details on pricing or partners will be announced at a later date. For more information on the Lumia 920 and 820, click here.