Skip to comments.Nokia aims to dazzle with Windows Phone 8 Lumia 920 (Flagship product unveils today)
Posted on 09/05/2012 8:14:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The Lumia 920 represent the company's latest best shot at turning its ailing smartphone business around.
Nokia today unveiled its latest flagship phone, the Lumia 920, its first to run on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system.
CEO Stephen Elop showed off a bright yellow Lumia 920, larger than its predecessor, the Lumia 900.
The phones represent Nokia's latest bid to vault back into the smartphone business in a big way. They also represent a last chance of sort for the company to pull out of its recent decline.
The camera's advanced features were spelled out to an audience of journalists in New York by Jo Harlow, Nokia Executive Vice President. Among the major features of the new phone are a 4.5-inch screen, wireless charging, Nokia Maps (with offline support), and an augmented reality feature Nokia calls "City Lens."
Nokia was also emphasizing the role of the Lumia's camera as a major distinguishing feature of the phone. Based on the camera tech found in the 808 PureView -- though without the high megapixel count of that model -- the 920's camera utilizes a "floating lens" tech that moves and reacts to movement to balance the lens, allowing the shutter to stay longer and more light to come in.
According to Nokia, it captures 5-10 times the amount of light as any other smartphone competitors' camera.
While not a first, the built-in wireless charging found on the Lumia 920 is another unique feature not seen on many current smartphones in the marketplace. It's based on the Qi wireless charging standard, so it should be compatible with other Qi chargers. The catch: the 920 will ship with a standard wired charger, while the wireless charger will be sold separately.
The 4.5-inch screen is a WXGA model that offers better-than-720p HD resolution. Nokia claims it's the "brightest" and "fastest" smartphone screen on the market.
The Lumia 920 will be available in yellow, red, and gray versions.
More to come.
Oh boy oh boy - windows on my phone - where do I get one????!!!!!! - Just Kidding!!!!
Isn’t Nokia out of business yet?
Why would anyone want Windows on a phone unless they enjoy viruses? I’m waiting for Android on my desktop.
Microsoft and Nokia held a joint press event in New York City on Wednesday. During the event, the two companies announced their latest and greatest Windows Phone 8 device.
"This is Lumia. And it's time to switch," declared Nokia's executive vice president Jo Harlow as she held up a Lumia 920, the latest Windows Phone 8 flagship device.
As rumored, the device offers built-in wireless charging to help keep what Harlow describes as the "largest battery ever installed on a Nokia phone" running all day long.
The Lumia 920 also brings a PureView camera system, meaning that you should get crisper, clearer images than ever. The technology within the Lumia 920's camera supposedly responds to the tiniest changes in the environment in order to take the best images possible, without triggering the flash.
The new device's 4.5-inch curved glass display should show off those photos quite well, as the Lumia 920 has enhancements which respond to glare from sunlight and other environmental factors. It's a "display that you could even see in the desert," says Harlow.
Additionally, Harlow emphasized that the Lumia 920 will include Nokia's best navigation tools. "This is the real thing," she says, describing the device's offline map feature, explaining that it is not the typical offline caching seen in some competing apps. An additional app called "City Lens" will allow you to point the smartphone's camera at any nearby landmark or business to view an overlay which includes information about the location. (Yes, augmented reality is leaking into more and more apps.)
This is a phone that you'll want to use constantly, according to Harlow. Microsoft corporate vice president Joe Belfiore took about 15 minutes to demonstrate some of the scenarios in which you might indeed reach for the Lumia 920. It was a basic walk-through of the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem and Belfiore earned a few awkward chuckles as he demonstrated how easily he could add Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer to the Windows Phone 8 start screen, which is dedicated to "the humans you want to keep in touch with."
Nokia senior vice president Kevin Shields took to the stage after Belfiore, to describe how the device "feels so good in your hand that it begs to be picked up." He emphasized the quality and durability of the Luma 920's design. It'll look good, "even throughout the abuse of everyday life."
I’m more concerned with checking out the Win 8 tablet when it comes out. A tablet version of Outlook logged into my exchange network would be awesome.
I love my Lumia, love some of the features. Local scout is awesome. I can say any city in the world and it will bring up resturaunts or things to do there.. Pretty neat.
Love my Lumia 900 too. Outlook and office apps are nice to have on the phone. The interface blows away all other phones on the market and I can’t wait to get the new Windows phone 8 interface because it looks even better. Even Wozniak said its the best interface after he waited in line to buy one.
You have to pay extra for the wireless charger but the normal one comes free?
I don’t know how they do it but it’s probably 1/2 of a transformer and the phone has the other half with an air core. It’s probably cheaper to manufacture than the regular one. Of course people will pay extra for this gee whiz tech.
As far as I know the 900 won’t be able to use windows 8. I have one and from all I heard we won’t get 8.
Anyone using the 900 found a flash player yet?
It won’t because Windows 8 was designed to use hardware that the Lumia’s don’t have, so even if the Lumia’s 900, 800, 710, 610, could receive Windows 8, there would be no benefit.
But they do plan on releasing an upgrade to the current Lumias as far as they can go.
Windows 8? Windows isn't that great of a desktop operating system; why would I trust it on a phone?
I never used to be an Apple acolyte, but I have to admit: their stuff works. It's just as reliable as my Linux machines are.
No thanks on anything with "Windows" and "Phone" in the same sentence.
Looks like 90% of operating system users don’t know what they’re doing...
“If you’d like to leave a message, please dial one.”
Still only 2 colors per icon. Even Windows 3.1 looked better.
Thanks to this wonderful phone running Microsoft software -very soon now.
apple is by its design and marketing for the non-computer user. the apple “plantation” is a closed system as a marketing tool (remember no apple clones).
It will be interesting to see how this goes. comepetition is good. Microsoft is just very very very very very very very very late to the game no matter how good their system. (can the woz be that wrong?)
A november realease date is too late. limiting it to att is financial stupidity.
It if flys the business world will step in IF, big if, it is a suitable blackberry replacement.
Graphene, the two-dimensional Wundermaterial that has taken science by storm, is starting to creep into almost-there technology. Nokia has filed a US patent application for a new kind of photo sensor based on the remarkable form of carbon.
The technology described in Nokia’s patent application has the potential to make much smaller and lighter sensors than the current CCD or CMOS sensors used in most digital cameras, paving the way for much higher megapixel counts from ever smaller devices.
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