Rumors: Nokia may announce Lumia 820 and 920 WP8 devices with wireless charging

Rumors: Nokia may announce Lumia 820 and 920 WP8 devices with wireless charging

Summary: We know that Nokia and Microsoft are going to make a Windows Phone 8 announcement this week and leaks are now appearing detailing two possible devices.

Rumors: Nokia may announce Lumia 820 and 920 WP8 devices with wireless charging

We know that Microsoft and Nokia are having an event in New York on Wednesday, 5 September, to reveal upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices, but that is all we know for sure at this point. The folks at The Verge posted details on the possible Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 and we can see both devices are realistic and possible.

Nokia Lumia 920

The rumored Nokia Lumia 920 will replace the Nokia Lumia 900 as the high end device. Rumored specifications include 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, and 4.5 inch HD display. There is also speculation that this device will include a PureView camera, but unlike the fabulous 808 PureView indications are that this will have an 8 megapixel one and not 41 megapixel. We will have to wait until Wednesday to see what the device actually contains. Unfortunately, it looks like the device won't be available until late October or November.

Nokia Lumia 820

The rumored Nokia Lumia 820 looks to be Nokia's new mid-range WP8 device with a 4.3 inch display, 8GB storage and microSD card slot, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and camera similar to the Lumia 920. It may also have changeable rear covers, similar to the current Lumia 710 device.

Wireless charging via Qi technology

The other rumored feature of these two devices that I find appealing is the support for Qi charging technology. I had this on my Samsung Droid Charge with special back cover and still have my Energizer Qi charging pad so I may finally be able to dust it off and get some use out of it again.

I like the color options and bump up in specs, but I am left wondering if there is enough here to get customers to finally look at Windows Phone. Samsung already revealed their Windows Phone 8 high end device that is basically a Galaxy S III running Windows Phone 8. HTC is likely to make an announcement soon as well, I am guessing it will be something like an HTC One X with WP8. With a new Android Nexus, maybe more than one, likely appearing before November and the new iPhone being announced in a couple of weeks is there a compelling reason for the consumer to choose one of these Windows Phone 8 devices?

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  • There will be more . . .

    Firstly, I'm not 100% sure the leaks are correct, they usually are, but the grey and purple colors shown on the 820 don't match any of the accessories or the pics Nokia has posted on facebook. The yellow and red seem to be the only confirmed additions. Something above 8mp on the 920 side would be very welcome .. if not for any other reason than perception that more is better.

    Secondly, Windows 8 is going to be a big deal. The consumer preview really isn't representative of the final product. The RTM version is GOOD. I can see once new pc's start being shipped with Windows 8, the live tile interface will make much more sense than it does now to the masses.

    Matthew, I share some of your concerns. The Lumia 900 appeared to address the shortcomings of the 800, and the 920 seems to address the shortcomings of the 900. The issue is that they are up to par, but they need something more. I am hoping that something will be revealed Wednesday.

    Here is another angle that I have thought about. Nokia may not be trying to go head to head with iPhone 5 and GS3. They may just be going against the OneX (by releasing the Lumia 920 @$99) and some lower end stuff that sits at the $49 price range with the Lumia 820. Nokia may still be trying to build momentum before they try to take on the big guns.
    • Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 will have wireless charging

      Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 will have wireless charging
  • Osborne zombies

    They need to find the guy at Nokia who keeps announcing in September phones that won't ship until late October or November. They need to make him go work somewhere else.
    Robert Hahn
  • Nokia would be better off if they embrace a diferent platform

    How does the Windows Phone Platform stack up against Android or iOS? Nokia would be better off embracing Android over Windows Phone, why? Windows Phone OS has poor third-party support, the ecosystem in which Nokia provides for its mobile devices is also in the ruin.
    Richard Sequeira
    • I am sure the Sony-Ericsson employees agree with you

      Sony-Ericsson Went the Android way. They were in the exact same position as Nokia - only using Symbian for their high end devices.

      Now a couple of Years later Ericsson has sold its part of the Company to Sony as they were making absolutely no money. A couple of weeks ago a major part of the workforce for Sony in sweden got fired. Seems that using Android is not all there is to it...

      Nokia did the right thing! They innovate and can be part of the development of Windows Phone instead of being a also-ran in the Android camp. Time will tell...
  • food fight - oops, patent fight

    Nokia better watch it. If they get significant market share Apple will sue them since Apple just bought Alexander Graham Bell's patent and now only then can make phones. (Well, if they Could they would ;')
    James Mooney
    • More rounded rectangles, this time in color

      That's funny. I wonder if the folks at Nokia are going to think this is anywhere near as hilarious:
      Robert Hahn
  • can only be said when iPhone 5 is out...

    If iPhone 5 has some major mojo, then Nokia and MS may have more catching up to do...
    Eagerly waiting....