A few days before Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement, Nokia unveiled its new flagship device – the Lumia 920. Nokia is pinning its hopes on this to make a breakthrough in the smartphone race and with Windows Phone 8, PureView camera, new display under the hood, it may just have a fighting chance. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights of the new Lumia 920, launching some time in October, along with Windows Phone 8.
The Lumia 920 continues the successful design of the Lumia 800 and 900 with the iconic unibody polycarbonate shell. This time around, Nokia has gone with a glossy finish which also has a scratch resistant layer over it. The curved design of the chassis gives the Lumia 920 a very distinctive look and feel, unlike any other smartphone.
PureMotion HD+ display
Nokia’s flagship features a new PureMotion HD+ display which in simple English translates to a 4.5-inch HD (1280 x 768) IPS display. Thanks to the high resolution, the display is of ‘Retina-grade’ with a 332ppi. This makes text incredibly sharp and crisp to read. Nokia has also baked technology from Synaptics into the display, which lets you operate the touchscreen while wearing gloves. The display has always been one of the strong points of the Lumia series and the 920 is no exception.
For the first time, wireless charging will be default in a smartphone. The technology is built into the body of the Lumia 920 and adheres to the Qi wireless charging standard, a consortium that includes companies like Belkin, HTC, Samsung, Panasonic and many more. This means you’ll be able to charge the 920 with any charger based on the Qi standard and we should expect the next wave of flagship devices to have this feature built in as well.
Brand new apps
The Lumia 920 will feature a bunch of new apps like City Lens, augmented reality app that gives you real-time information about places around you as you view them through your camera. Third party vendors like Rovio, makers of Angry Bird, will launch their new app called Angry Birds Roost.
One of the highlights of the 920 is the new PureView camera on board. However, unlike the PureView 808’s 41MP sensor, the Lumia 920 will have an 8.7MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and their proprietary optical image stabilisation technology which suspends the lens on springs in order to compensate for shakes and movement. The new sensor is optimised for low light photography and is said to be able to capture about five to ten times more light compared to other smartphone cameras, thanks to the floating lens.
All these features are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 SoC. This consists of the speedy 1.5GHZ dual-core CPU and faster Adreno 225 graphics chip. The phone also has a 1GB of RAM to ensure smooth operation of the UI and apps. Since the Lumia 920 doesn’t have expandable memory, you get a generous 32GB on board.