Nokia Corp. on Wednesday revealed a new generation of premium Lumia smartphones that use Windows 8 operating system and come with high-quality displays, dual-core system-on-chips, advanced cameras with Carl Zeiss optics, wireless Qi charging as well as a number of other innovations. As expected, Nokia announced new Lumias simultaneously on two continents.
"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," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia smart devices.
Both Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia 920 are based on dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 system-on-chips (SoCs), come with 4.3" (800*480) and 4.5" (1280*768) high-quality screens as well as 1GB of RAM, which means that both will be able to run leading-edge applications designed for the Windows Phone 8 platform. Both phones also feature Synaptics ClearPad 3 touch-screens with Super Sensitive touch technology that offers up to 10 finger full-time tracking and fast refresh rates, with industry leading signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR). The Nokia Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia's largest ever battery (2000mAh) and, for the first time, built-in wireless charging for an easy, convenient way to get more out of every day. The Lumia 820 can also support wireless charging.
The Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 also come with Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite. By pointing the camera at a city street, City Lens overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings, for the most intuitive way to explore surroundings. Nokia City Lens is the start of a new augmented reality experience that also enhances Nokia Maps, making it possible to move between maps view and augmented reality view to help people check their direction and surroundings. Along with enhancements to Nokia Drive and Nokia Transport, the Nokia location suite of services represents one the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience of any smartphone.
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.
Windows Phone 8 and the operating system for PCs will share common networking, security, media and Internet Explorer 10 web browser technology, and a common file system, which will translate in a PC user experience on a mobile phone. In addition, Windows Phone 8 will support multi-core microprocessors to boost performance and improve multitasking; higher resolution screens - 1280x768 and 1280x720; removable MicroSD cards; UEFI boot protocol to enhance security; support for encryption of the whole device; remote management; NFC wireless sharing for photos, Office docs, and contacts; Wallet application to keep debit and credit cards, coupons, boarding passes and other important info; improved maps and other useful features.
Windows Phone 8 has full C and C++ support, making it easier to write apps for multiple platforms more quickly. It also means Windows Phone 8 supports popular gaming middleware such as Havok Vision Engine, Autodesk Scaleform, Audiokinetic Wwise, and Firelight FMOD, as well as native DirectX-based game development. Since WP7-generation phones do not support C/C++, they will not run apps designed specifically for WP8 and better devices.
Windows Phone 8 will support a total of 50 languages; Windows Phone Marketplace, the store for apps and games, will support app downloads in over 180 countries.