Nokia has officially announced its latest flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, powered by the new Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Unwrapped today in New York at a joint event with Microsoft, the Lumia 920 is billed as the ‘most advanced camera smartphone in the world’, featuring an eight-megapixel Carl Zeiss snapper with ‘PureView’ technology that brings optical image stabilisation and a longer-shutter release for improved snapping in low-light conditions.
Of course, the most immediately noticeable change is the 4.5-inch ‘PureMotion HD+’ curved glass display, which sports a WXGA resolution (1280 x 768) that’s a smidgen more than 720p HD. This takes in an improved ClearBlack panel that automatically adjusts the screen’s tone and brightness to glare from the sun.
What’s really cool about the screen, though, is that it can be used even with the fattest gloves on, which should come in pretty handy in those snowy, wintry days.
Keeping things ticking over is a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor that’s supposed to be up to 40 per cent more energy-efficient than rival counterparts. We’ll be putting it through its paces in our review very soon - so keep ‘em peeled.
To counter the extra burden on battery life, the 920 is equipped with a 2,100mAh battery – the biggest yet on any Nokia kit. Better still, it has built-in wireless charging support, allowing you to recharge by simply placing the handset on the bizarrely named ‘FatBoy’ wireless charging pillow.
There are plentiful improvements on the software side, too, including an integrated suite of location-based services installed out of the box, such as Nokia Maps, which now comes with offline access, Nokia Drive, for free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation and the new Nokia City Lens app that brings augmented reality skills to overlay useful information on the screen when you’re out exploring.
Then there is Windows Phone 8, which brings a whole host of improvements of its own, such as deeper customisability, the new Internet Explorer 10 browser with full HTML 5 support and backwards compatibility with all existing applications on the Windows Marketplace.
Pricing and availability are as-yet unknown, but Nokia said a release date will be revealed soon. We’ll bring you all the deets as soon as we have them. Stay tuned.