With a new iPhone and a new Samsung smartphone planned for release, the heat is on in the smartphone world and Nokia won’t be left behind. The Finnish phone company just unveiled it’s new installation of phones to run on Windows 8, here’s a run-down of the Lumia 920.
The modest 4.5inch curved glass display will suit people used to smaller phones and the makers had a very particular focus on build quality so the phone is almost ‘impossible’ to scratch if you’re one to drop your phone. Plus the touchscreen is extra sensitive and can even be used with gloves in the colder months. Colours available include bright yellow, lipstick red and a few more muted tones like grey, black and white – a nice change from the very ‘professional’ aesthetic that most smartphones are available in.
- The phone boasts ‘better than HD resolution’ according to cnet.co.uk and a new version of its ClearBlack screen technology which improves viewing in bright sunlight by adjusting to glare. Nokia’s PureView camera with 8.7 megapixel rear lens and 1080p HD camcorder with ‘floating lens’ feature adds image stabilisation technology that helps decrease blur if you have shaky hands, creating sharp, bright optics in any light quality (supposedly up to ten times the amount of light that other phones can capture). They’ve added a pinch to zoom-in function and screen grab capability that allows for easy application of apps and previewing of pictures. There is a 1.2-megapixel front-facing lens for video-calling, also providing HD quality and an augmented reality app called City Lens that lets you view information about your surrounding shops, restaurants and bars through the camera.
On the operating side, the Windows home screen can be customised and there’s a choice of icon sizes. Unfortunately Windows phones provide less apps than their rivals, but at least they’re free and come uploaded on the phone. 1GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage space and an additional 7GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage give you plenty of space and there’s a great battery to ensure you actually have time to use all of it – with wireless re-charging. It’s said to be the ‘largest battery ever installed in a Nokia phone’, which is exciting new considering the frequent charging most smartphones require.
Pricing of the Lumia 920 is yet to be released but Nokia plan to start shipping later in the year.