Friday, October 19, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 to be launched on October 23

Nokia is all set to release its flagship Lumia series smartphones in India on October 23. The two phones to be launched are Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 with the expected prices being Rs 20,000 and Rs 43,000 respectively. Although, the pricing will be the key factor for Nokia's new Lumia Smartphones. Recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and already popular Samsung Galaxy SIII are priced at for Rs ~38,500 and ~34,500 respectively, and with the launch of iPhone 5, Apple has also slashed the prices of iPhone 4S 16GB to 38,500 and a new 8GB variant at 26,500. So, in terms of pricing, Nokia seems to have crossed the danger line.

Coming on to Nokia Lumia, both these will run Windows Mobile 8 OS. Nokia Lumia 920 comes with a 4.5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD panel with 1280x768 pixel resolution support and super-sensitive touch which can be used even with the gloves on. The Lumia 920 is 9.9 mm thick and houses a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 family mobile processor. The smartphone has 1 GB RAM along with 32 GB on-board storage with no capability of adding a micro SD card. This is a major set back for Nokia if we consider the price and compare it to recently launched Note 2 which houses 2 GB of RAM with most powerful 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and is priced at about 38K.

Lumia 920

Though, the most talked about feature in Lumia along with the Nokia Maps, Drive and Transport is the reality based application called City Lens in its Location suite of apps. The City Lens app displays the location information about important places, cafes, subways and more using its 8.7 megapixel image sensor camera with LED flash. This camera has Carl Zeiss optical lens for closer to real images using Nokia inhouse feature called the PureView technology, with additional stabilisation technology for a very stable video recording even while on the move. The camera is designed to achieve higher definition and light sensitivity, and enables lossless zoom. The camera is capable of recording videos at 1080p HD resolution at 30 frames per second. Its carries a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.

Its is housed in the same polycarbonate design with vibrant and vivid colors as its previous Lumia series phones. Nokia Lumia 920 has curved glass and comes with a non-removable battery. Moreover, it supports the Pentaband HSPA+ network, and also comes with Near Field Communication(NFC), WiFi, WiFi Direct, WiFi Channel Bonding, Bluetooth 3.1, and new Qi wireless charging technology built in.

Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820
Lumia 820 and Lumia 920

Battery is never an issue for Nokia users and Lumia 920 comes with a 3.7v battery with 2000 mAh power that promises about 10 hours of continuous talk time.

Nokia Lumia 820 comes with a 4.3-inch OLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. Lumia 820’s display also uses Nokia's ClearBlack technology. It comes with a dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 mobile processor and runs on 1 GB RAM with Windows Phone 8 OS. It is integrated with an 8 megapixel image sensor with Carl Zeiss Optics with Dual LED flash but without the PureView tech, but Lumia 820’s camera can also be used with the Nokia City Lens app. The Lumia 820 has accelerometer, proximity sensor, e-compass, ambient light sensor and gyroscopic sensor. For wireless connectivity options, the Lumia 820 offers Bluetooth 3.1, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, and NFC support. Location based services are powered with the A-GPS support and Glonass networks for faster and more accurate location fix.

Lumia 820

Nokia Lumia 820 comes with a 1650 mAh battery with Qi wireless charging support and promises up to 8 hours of talk time over 3G networks.

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