Nokia's first Windows Phone 8 devices revealed: The Lumia 820 and 920

Nokia's first Windows Phone 8 devices revealed: The Lumia 820 and 920

Summary: Nokia has unveiled its first two handsets to use Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform, the Lumia 820 and 920, with extended navigation, wireless charging and new camera features.


Nokia has taken the wraps off its first two Windows 8 devices, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820.

The two new smartphones come with bespoke features such as wireless charging and "true offline" navigation that Nokia hopes will entice new users to the company and to the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Jo Harlow introducing the Nokia Lumia 920 in New York. Image credit: Ben Woods

Jo Harlow, executive vice president of smart devices at Nokia, introduced the new handsets at a launch event in New York on Wednesday.

"We've taken several steps in the last 18 months and today we're ready to take the next step," Harlow said. "The Lumia 920 is a smartphone experience so immersive that you'll never want to put it down."

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Hardware-wise, the phone has a 4.5-inch TrueBlack display and dual-core Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon processor, which Harlow said was up to 30-percent more efficient than quad-core alternatives. The phone also has a curved glass display like the Lumia 800, rather than the flat screen seen on the Lumia 900.

Harlow said the Lumia 920's camera captures up to 10 times as much light as any other smartphone on the market, making it ideal for low-light conditions, where smartphones traditionally struggle to produce good photos.

PureView photo features

The device builds on the branding put in place by the release of the Symbian-based Nokia 808 PureView earlier in the year. Gone is the oversized 42-megapixel sensor, but the software used on the device has been brought across to the Windows Phone platform.

The 920 includes several camera-focused features such as SmartShoot - which compiles the best image of a scene from a number of pictures; Pure Motion HD Plus display tech; and City Lens.

The City Lens feature uses augmented reality to overlay details about nearby points of interest or businesses onto the phone's display - providing information including reviews, ratings and contact information for nearby shops or restaurants at a glance.

The Windows Phone 8 platform also has its own camera-oriented features, including the ability to take screenshots and a 'lenses' option that allows you take a photo and launch directly into a third-party or native app - for example, Bing Vision or Blink.

Nokia will also be bringing some of the PureView features to its existing Windows Phone handsets.

Navigation and wireless charging

Nokia has also focused on navigation with the 920 which, as well as offline maps, includes additions to both the Nokia Drive application and Nokia Transport app, such as walking directions between public transport locations.

Nokia is clearly aware that the wealth of new always-on features will put battery life to the test and as a result it has included a 2000MaH battery which can also be charged wirelessly.

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The wireless charging feature of the phone is based on Qi interoperability standards and as such should be supported by a range of hardware and accessories manufacturers. Nokia confirmed it had also partnered with Fatboy for one wireless accessory, the 'recharge pillow'. Other Bluetooth and near-field communications (NFC) equipped accessories, such as charging mats and music docks, will be available when the device makes it to market.

The Lumia 820 includes nearly exactly the same features as the flagship 920 device, except for a smaller display (4.3-inches compared to 4.5) and a slightly smaller battery. It will also support microSD cards.

Pricing and availability details were not disclosed by Nokia but it did say that the phones would be available in "select markets" during the last three months of the year.

Topics: Nokia, Smartphones, Windows

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  • Availability....

    So they are going to freeze sales of their current models for 3 months until this is more available?
  • Sounds like a winner

    Would love to have one to test.
  • Now just get this on Verizon

    Nokia may be in the dumps, but they still make the best hardware in the business. I use a 900 for development and absolutely love the build/feel/quality. It's better than Samsung or Apple.

    The Win Phone OS is mature now too. It's firmly ahead of the IOS & Android in some areas (Nokia's mapping, for example -- assuming that's going to be rolled out to all Win Phones).

    Just get this on Verizon now, please.
    • Verizon will never bring another Win Phone over..

      They are too deep in Google's wallet.
      • Except they will...

        According to Bloomberg reports, Verizon is already committed to supporting the platform:
  • You bought it, now use it

    "The Lumia 920 is a smartphone experience so immersive that you'll never want to put it down."

    Excellent. I hope her next move is to fly to Redmond to meet with those advertising geniuses at Microsoft who came up with the ads saying, "As soon as you pick up a Windows Phone, you'll want to put it down." Those had to have been some of the dumbest 'gadget' ads in recent history. IIRC, a lot of heads have rolled in the Windows Phone Division since those ads, so maybe that problem has been dealt with.
    Robert Hahn
  • That is not quite what the ads said Robert....

    but you have a valid point that the messaging today was different and seemed to embrace the phone being an immersive device, and not as Microsoft said way back in the fall of 2010: "in, out, and back to your life." I didn't think that was the best messaging at the time either, but to be fair, that hasn't been the message for some time.
  • Erm ah

    Bespoke means made to the specifications of the buyer, not nifty or novel. Insofar as offline navigation and wireless charging are a standard feature of an item in mass production means they are the opposite of bespoke. They are mass produced.
  • It looks awesome

    The Color looks awesome . Hope to see how convinient sync with my Windows 8 Laptop and continue my work at everyplace easily. How soon can I buy Lumia 920 ?
  • former devotee

    I always had Nokia phones except for a brief spell with an LG Cookie which was my first foray into touch screen. Then came the iphone 3 until I upgraded to a galaxy s2 and in the shortest period upgraded that to s3.. I would like to believe that Nokia will produce a killer smartfone - but am not sure they will. Put aside the argument about OS and concentrate on hardware - they have to beat Samsung's amoled screens and the overall lightness of the product. Now what could put them ahead maybe is a phone that offeres a choice of OS with users able to change from windows to android and vice versa?
    • re: former devotee

      S3 screen is pentile while the 920 will be RGB. Plus the 920 will have a higher ppi. Those are indications the 920 will probably sport a better screen. And by the way, does your s3 allow you to change from android to windows phone 8 and vice versa, like you would want the 920 to do?