New smartphones running the new Windows Phone OS have started to emerge prior to Apple next week announcement. After Samsung’s ATIV announcement, it is Nokia turn to unveil the company new bids to regain its market share in smartphone business. The company announced two new phones, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, the latest in its line of smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system.
The flagship Lumia 920 comes with 4.5” display, touted to be better than OLED counterpart with its capability to react uniquely under direct sunlight through polarization and special brightening techniques. The touch screen sensitivity response to glove and fingernails. The other notable features are the unique sensor with better lighting control and the floating lens that can mechanically move to counterbalance the movement of your hand, a feature aiming to fight shaky photo taking resulting in blurry images. Nokia gave a name to these capabilities “PureView”, which should not be confused with its previous 41MP sensor technology available on the Nokia 808 Pureview.
Nokia Lumia uses a wireless (I prefer to call plugless) inductive charging technology standard called Qi that allows charging the device by placing it on a special surface. Apparently Nokia has partnered with Virgin Atlantic and Coffee Bean to put Qi wireless charging stations in their business locations.
The devices are equipped with NFC (Near Field Communication) chip, a secured short distance communication protocol to mobile payments and other confidential transactions. The technology is aiming to replace your wallet. Nokia puts another use of NFC to its music streaming from the Smartphone to NFC enable speaker and headphone accessories.
A standard app call City Lens is on board. The app uses Augmented Reality technology to provide enhanced information overlaid on the image seen through the smartphone camera.Nokia also offers offline outdoor and indoor navigation maps and music streaming.
At the heart, the Lumia 920 is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU. 1GB of RAM, 1,280 x 768 LCD display, 2,000mAh battery supporting wireless charging . 8MP camera, all-polycarbonate body with various neon colors.
The smaller sibling, Nokia Lumia 820 has a slightly smaller screen measured at 4.3” equipped with WVGA OLED display, Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU; 8GB of storage plus microSD; 8MP camera. 1650mAh battery. Nokia offers colored covers enabling NFC and wireless inductive charging power.
Both devices have 4G LTE support. Read more about Windows Phone 8 OS HERE!