Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Nokia Announces the Lumia 820 and 920

Nokia announced the newest members of its Windows phone line today with the Lumia 820 and 920 smartphones. So what do you really need to know about these brightly colored boxy phones? Continue on to find out.
Last year Nokia really pushed Windows phone forward with the Lumia 800 and 900. This year the 820 and 920 push those out of the way to usher in Windows Phone 8 which should bring many enhancements to the platform.

Lumia 820

The Nokia Lumia 820 is a 4.3" LTE equiped smartphone that shouldn't break the bank. The phone packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz and 1GB of RAM. You'll only get 8GB of on-board storage, but the option to add up to 32GB more via microSD is there. You get to choose between Red, Yellow, Cyan, Grey, Purple, White, and Black. A QI wireless charging bundle will also be available that gets a charger and replacement back plate that adds a small amount of thickness to the device.

No pricing or availability was announced other than that it will come in LTE or HSPA+ verieties, but if you are a Windows Phone fan looking for a budget device it will likely satisfy you.

Lumia 920

The Lumia 920 is Nokia's flagship Windows Phone. It brings much of the same specs as its smaller brother, but adds some extra features.

The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with Qi based wireless charging
built in.
The phone packs a 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ display powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 cpu and 1GB of RAM. A 2000mAh battery provides the juice to keep it going. You also get NFC, integrated Qi-based wireless charging, and an 8MP rear PureView-branded camera that is capable of 1080p video. The device will come in LTE and HSPA+ variants, but there is no word other than "coming to selected markets later this year". The phone runs Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8 (it might be called something different) platform that promises to greatly improve the Windows Phone experience. Pricing is also still unknown for the time being.

Both of these phones will be solid devices for those that like the boxy look of Windows Phone. I personally don't care for the UI, but many people like it and the devices perform very well making them a very viable choice in the smartphone world. Nokia gave them the hardware bump that says we are serious about staking a claim on part of the mobile world.

[Nokia via Engadget]

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