Nokia launches Windows 8 range with Lumia handsets
Improved low-light imaging will set models apart, says vendor
Nokia today launched the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820, the first devices in Nokia's Windows Phone 8 range.
The flagship 920 integrates Nokia's own PureView, imaging technology that is designed to allow the handset's camera to take in five times more light than other models.
"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," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. "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."
"We view imaging as a core area for differentiation in the smartphone space," said Crawford Del Prete, Executive VP WW Products and Chief Research Officer, IDC. "Low light photography has been a weak point for smartphones. Nokia has addressed this with PureView."
The 920 includes an app called Nokia City Lens. Users can point the camera at a street and get information about their surroundings projected on to the walls and pavement. Also on board is Nokia's largest ever battery (2000mAh) and, for the first time, built-in wireless charging capabilities.
The Nokia Lumia 820
The 820 is a smart, mid-range model intended to deliver high-end performance in more compact body. It comes with a swappable shell and wireless charging. Beneath the shell is room to insert a micro SD memory card.
Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8 features a customizable start screen and new animated Live Tiles for real-time updates. The ability to sync content between Windows Phone 8 smartphones, Windows 8-based PCs and tablets or Xbox means files, music, pictures and video can be accessed in a multitude of ways. Internet Explorer 10 is also included.
The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in yellow, red, grey, white and black. The Nokia Lumia 820 comes in red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black.
Both phones will be available in pentaband LTE and HSPA+ variants and are expected to start shipping in select markets later in the year. Nokia will announce pricing and specific roll-out dates country by country when sales are due to begin.