Nokia has just granted the wish of all of its fans who've been hoping to get the company's PureView imaging technology on a Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphone.
Announced just a few minutes ago in an exclusive event in New York, flagship release Nokia Lumia 920 is one of the first handsets to run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system - with key features including Live Tiles, Microsoft Office suite, and Internet Explorer 10 - right out of the box. This OS in itself makes the smartphone a true heavy-weight but it's hardly the only thing that makes it special.
Flaunting a familiar monoblock polycarbonate case and curved Gorilla Glass touchscreen, Nokia Lumia 920 features a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display, which the Finnish claims to be the brightest, fastest and most sensitive smartphone screen currently available.
The face of the handset is a sight to behold but really, the back is where the magic is. Nokia Lumia 920 comes with a Full HD video recorder and 8.7 MegaPixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and short pulse high-power LED flash. Powered by the company's very own PureView imaging innovation, which compresses several pixels into one pure pixel, and advanced floating lens technology, this shooter is said to be able to take in five times more light than smartphones by other manufacturers even without using flash, helping it capture clear and bright photos and videos indoors and even at night. The floating lens, on the other hand, serves as an anti-shake feature, compensating for hand movement while shooting images using Nokia Lumia 920.
Update: As it turned out, Nokia Lumia 920 will not feature pixel compression that puts Nokia 808 PureView's camera in a league of its own. Instead, the WP8 handset's PureView technology will be headlined by Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) or the above-mentioned anti-shake feature.
As a true flagship release, the phone comes not just with the top specifications that Nokia can deliver - including the 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of non-expandable internal memory plus 7GB of free SkyDrive storage, the 2000 mAh battery pack that can be wirelessly charged, and LTE mobile connection support - but also with stellar multimedia features and location services. With Nokia Lumia 920, you'll get Nokia Smart Shoot letting you take multiple photos with a single click to get the one perfect shot, the Nokia City Lens augmented reality software allowing you to discover what's hot and happening in your location using the phone's camera viewfinder, and finally, Nokia Drive, which provides free, turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation.
As of writing, Nokia hasn't given word on Nokia Lumia 920's release date nor pricing details. I'm guessing, however, that the smartphone will become available globally by the first week of October with an SRP of around
Update as of January 15, 2013: I've just received official word from Nokia Philippines that Nokia Lumia 920 as well as Nokia Lumia 820 will be launched in the country on the latter part of Q1 2013.
Update as of March 1, 2013: The much-awaited Nokia Lumia 920 is now available in limited stock at Nokia Stores nationwide. I would suggest, however, that you first use Nokia's Lumia Store locator to call ahead to check availability. The official suggested retail price of Nokia Lumia 920 in the Philippines is Php 26,990 -- that's far lower than even our initial price guesstimate! Gotta love Nokia!
Wrapping this up in true TechPinas fashion, I present the complete technical specifications of Nokia's new flagship WP8 PureView smartphone,
|Name||Nokia Lumia 920|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Price Category||High-End (Flagship Level)|
|Dimensions||130.0 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm, 99cc|
|Available Colors||Yellow, Red, Grey, White, Black|
|Operating System||Windows Phone 8|
|Display||4.5-inch PureMotion HD+, WXGA (1280x768) IPS LCD, ClearBlack, |
Super Sensitive Touch for Nail & Glove use Super Sensitive Touch, Nokia ClearBlack with high brightness mode and Sunlight Readability Enhancements, Corning Gorilla Glass
|Processor||1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4|
|RAM/ROM||1 GB RAM|
|Camera||8.7 MegaPixels with Nokia PureView advanced optical imaging stabilization and Carl Zeiss optics, Front: 1.2 MegaPixels f/2.4 |
Special Feature: PureView with Optical Image Stabilization & Carl Zeiss optics 8.7Mpix, f/2.0, 1/3", short pulse high power LED flash
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second, Front: 720p|
|Audio and Video Playback||DivX/MP4/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player|
|Ports||microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.1, |
A-GPS/GLONASS, 4G LTE, LTE Cat3 100Mbps/50Mbps, HSDPA+ Dual Carrier cat24 (42 Mbps), HSUPA cat 6: 5.8 Mbps
|Network||GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100, LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600|
|Internal Storage||32GB mass memory with 7GB free SkyDrive storage, fixed|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyro, Proximity|
|Battery||2000mAh with integrated Qi wireless charging|
|Uptime||Talk time: (GSM/WCDMA) 2G – up to 17 hours, 3G – up to 10 hours, Standby time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 400 hours, Music playback: up to 67 hours|
|Value-Added Features||One of the First WP8 smartphones, PureView imaging technology|
|Availability||Official Release Date in the Philippines: March 1, 2013|
|Price||TP Guesstimate: |
Official SRP: Php 26,990