Today, Nokia presented the new Lumia 920. This is an important release for both Nokia and Microsoft, because now is the time to gain some of the smartphone market share that both companies have been coveting. This fall, Microsoft is launching a number of products, including Windows Phone 8, that share the code base with Windows 8. The new Lumia 920 could be considered the flagship phone of the platform, with its 4.5″ curved glass display. Nokia touts a newly developed screen it calls PureMotion HD+, which promises the best ever daylight viewing and “better than HD” resolution. It will be interesting to see how the new iPhone (5) compares to Microsoft’s big hope.
Windows Phone 8 itself will, of course, be presented later this month. Some features were already revealed at the Nokia event, including the new ability to take screenshots on the device. The camera app will also support pinch zoom now instead of the old zoom bar. It also comes with a new Lenses feature, which is another name for extending applications that add functions to the camera.
The Lumia 920 comes with a 1.5 MHz dual Snapdragon S4 processor, 1 GB RAM, and 32 GB storage. It will come in red, yellow, white, black, or slate grey. One great feature coming with the Lumia 920 has wireless charging integrated. Nokia believes that the new display is the fastest and brighest LCD display ever on a smartphone. It has super-sensitive touch, which allows usage even with gloves. It also introduces the JBL Power Up with wireless charging integrated, which is compatible with the Lumia 920. It also links with the speaker over Bluetooth, playing your music directly from the phone. Nokia Music is coming to the US as of today. There’s also a lower-end Lumia 820, with the same PureView camera and apps, but also with exchangeable shells.
Nokia Smart Shoot allows you to take photos anywhere, and afterwards delete any moving objects from the photo. Imagine that you’re in a museum and want to take a photo of your friends, but there are too many people walking around. That’s no longer a problem with the Lumia 920. Another Lens is Cinemagraph. The new PureView comes with an aperture of f2.0. Since the whole camera is isolated from the rest of the phone, it promises less blurring than ever before in a smartphone. Video is also available that’s as close as possible to using a steadicam.
Steve Ballmer stood on stage to further talk about the new future of Windows. “This is a year for Windows,” he says. “This is Lumia, the world’s most innovative smartphone. Thank you very much.” With these words, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop ended the presentation of the new Lumia phones.