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Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 smartphone unveiled

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Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 smartphone unveiled

Nokia has lifted the lid on the Lumia 820 smartphone, following a slew of leaks in recent weeks of the kits that will lead its second Windows Phone-driven tilt at the higher-end handset market.

Unveiled in New York today alongside the flagship Lumia 920, the Lumia 820 is squarely aimed at the mid-range market and comes in the array of colour options that Nokia has apparently identified as an easy differentiator in a sea of black and grey smartphones.

nokia lumia 820

At its core is the same 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor as its stablemate, but doesn’t feature the PureView camera optics that have been reserved for the 920.

Elsewhere, it’s home to Near Field Communications technology for contactless payments and easy pairing with other devices (wireless headphones, for example), an eight-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens and a secondary 1.9-megapixel cam around the front for video calls.

Onboard storage is a relatively paltry 8GB, but there’s the option to boost this further by adding a microSD card. Or you can take advantage of the free cloud storage provided on Microsoft's SkyDrive service.

As with all phones running the latest version of Windows Phone, the Lumia 820 offers much more scope for customisation than earlier versions of the tile-based user interface.

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