Mid-week, over in New York, Nokia took the wraps off two Windows Phone 8 handsets: The new flagship Lumia 920, and the lesser Lumia 820, which will doubtless have a cheaper price tag.
Speaking of price, though, there was no indication of an RRP, or mention of a launch date, for that matter.
Nokia may well be waiting for the iPhone 5 launch to come next week, to see where Apple is pitching its new super-phone.
Anyhow, the Lumia 920 boasts a sizable 4.5 inch LCD IPS display, with a WXGA (1280 x 768) resolution. It also benefits from Nokia ClearBlack, and has a high brightness mode, along with PureMotion HD+ technology.
The latter ensures that scrolling animations (motion) run extremely smoothly, and gives the interface a slick feeling. “Super-sensitive touch” technology also ensures that owners can use their 920 wearing a pair of gloves with no detriment to the UI experience.
The Lumia 920 is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, and has 1GB of RAM along with 32GB of storage.
The camera is something Nokia really took the time to bang on about at the launch event, being an 8.7 megapixel affair, but with a number of cool features. These include advanced image stabilisation, for more stable video footage – which can be recorded at 1080p, 30fps – along with very good photographing capabilities under low light conditions.
The Finnish company claims that its new phone can take in five times more light than rival smartphone’s cameras. If Nokia’s sample press snaps are to be believed, this is quite some camera. There’s also a 1.2 megapixel front-facer, and even that is capable of 720p recording.
Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices, commented: “Nokia PureView continues to deliver cutting-edge technology to make it possible for a smartphone camera to take the kind of images usually only seen on a standalone SLR camera.”
“With the Nokia Lumia 920 we have made it possible to shoot pictures and video at home, outdoors, in a restaurant or even at night, and come out with professional-looking results.”
A 2000mAh battery is on board the 920, with wireless charging, which again is a nifty little feature. You’ll be able to charge up via third-party accessories such as a “Fatboy Recharge Pillow” and the JBL PowerUp, a wireless docking station/speaker, which you’ll be able to stream tunes to wirelessly.
The Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia City Lens on board, which basically allows you to view a city street through the camera, with places of interest named and flagged up on the screen.
The system also goes into details such as reviews and ratings, so if an Italian restaurant hoves into view as you swing your camera around, you’ll know if it’s any good or not.
The Lumia 820 cuts some corners, with a slightly smaller 4.3 inch OLED screen, featuring a resolution of 800 x 480. It has the same processor, but less memory at 8GB, and a more bog standard 8 megapixel camera (albeit with dual LED flash). It has a plain VGA front-facing camera, and also a slightly smaller 1650mAh battery.
We’d expect it to cost a fair bit less as a result, but as we’ve already mentioned, not a hint was dropped about pricing.
The only other difference is the colour schemes, with the Lumia 820 actually coming in more variants: Red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black. The 920 can be decked out in yellow, red, grey, white and black.
Both phones will be available in LTE and HSPA+ versions – and given that Everything Everywhere kicks off 4G LTE next week in the UK, we might just get the former, perhaps?
These handsets actually surprised us and sound pretty impressive, although the reaction on the stock market has been a Nokia slump, so investors don’t seem to be convinced.
The price point, of course, will be a key issue. But we’re not imagining that the Nokia Lumia 920 is going to be particularly cheap.