I've just got confirmation from Ms. Nikka Abes - Nokia's Head of Communications for the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore - that Nokia Lumia 920, the Finnish company's current flagship WP8 handset will be officially launched in our country sometime in January of next year.
So if you fell in love with this smartphone when it was unveiled by Nokia last September and since then, you've been imagining - almost every night - the quality of photos and videos it would give you, know that you need only wait for a little more than a month to finally get your hands on a unit and start taking those shots.
Update as of January 15, 2013: I've just received an update from Nokia Philippines stating that Nokia Lumia 920 as well as Nokia Lumia 820's launch date in the country has been pushed back to the latter part of Q1 2013. Quoting Ms. Nikka Abes - Communications Head of Nokia for the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore, "The reason that we are pushing back the launch date is that it is sometimes necessary to revise delivery schedules based on global product availability. [...] We would of course like to apologize to Filipinos who were hoping to get their hands on a Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 sooner and we thank them for their patience."
Nokia Lumia 920, wrapped in monoblock polycarbonate case and featuring a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ 1280 x 768 pixels IPS LCD display, 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, among many others - right out of the box. This updated version of the OS in itself makes the smartphone a heavy-weight but, for me, what makes L920 a true stand-out in the high-end category is its stellar imaging capabilities.
Flaunting a Full HD video recorder and an 8.7 MegaPixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and short pulse high-power LED flash, Nokia Lumia 920 is powered by the company's very own PureView imaging innovation - which compresses several pixels into one pure pixel. Additionally, it is said that its sensor is 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 in low light conditions and even at night. The camera's floating lens, on the other hand, serves as an anti-shake feature, which compensates for hand movement while shooting images.
According to Nikka, there's no update on Nokia Lumia 920 pricing in the Philippines just yet and that the company will just announce it closer to sales start. The updated TP Guesstimate for the SRP of the handset though is around Php 34,000, which is close to its 649 Euros introductory price tag in other territories a couple of months back. Here's to hoping it would be more affordable than that when it finally reaches our shores.