We’ve been hearing leaks of information on Nokia’s new flagship devices for weeks now, however it’s now safe to throw away that salt shaker at your desk as Nokia took to stage in New York City yesterday to announce their new smartphones running Windows Phone 8. Yes, the two devices are everything we thought they were.
First, let’s talk about the Lumia 820. In the optics department, the handset delivers an 8.0 megapixel camera with LED flash and a Car Zeiss lens and 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. We’re also talking a 4.3 inch AMOLD ClearBlack display on this little guy, with a screen resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and what Nokia is calling “Sunlight readability enhancements”. The device will come equipped with 8GB of internal memory and support for adding your own external Micro SD cards. All of that comes in a 123.8 x 28.5 mm package with an option to switch the phones color and add wireless charging by replacing the rear shell of the device. And now the important numbers. The Lumia 820’s battery rings in at 8 hours of 3G talk time, 55 hours of music playback and a respectable 5 hours of video playback time. I nearly forgot to mention the dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon s4 processor? Well, now you know and I don’t mind saying that the HTC HD7 in my pocket feels even more stale.
The Lumia 920 delivers a 4.5 inch 1280 x 768 pixel screen with Nokia’s new PureMotion HD+ screen technology covered in Corning Gorilla Glass with the same “Sunlight readability enhancements” found on it’s younger brother. It also shares the same Snapdragon S4 processer with the Lumia 820 but that’s about where the similarities end. Unlike the Lumia 820, this Lumia will drop the 8.0 megapixel camera, removable colored covers, and Micro SD slot in favor of an 8.7 Nokia PureView rear-facing camera with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and optical image stabilization, a 1280 x 960 front-facing camera, 32Gb of built in storage, and built in support for wireless charging. All of that in a 10.7 mm x 70.8 mm x 130.03 mm poly-carbonate package. Battery life gets a very big jump here as well, with the Lumia 920 being able to deliver a full 10 hours of 3G talk time, 67 hours of music playback and 6 hours of video playback.
Unfortunately we’re still missing what I’d classify as Need-to-Know information. We’ve received no word on pricing nor global availability to say nothing what carriers will get which device and which won’t. The moment we hear anything, we’ll let you know.