Nokia today announced the latest two handsets in their line of Windows 8 smartphones, the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820. Just a week ahead of Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement, perhaps Nokia is hoping to beat Apple to the punch. Let’s take a look at some of the specs of the upcoming smartphones.
1) PureView Camera
This is designed to provide image stabilization, and helps to reduce artifacts such as blur. It will be interesting to see how something like this translates in real-world use.
2) Inductive Charger
This means that you can simply put the phone on a designated surface, and it charges. This is useful if you don’t feel like taking the time to find the other end of the charger (Which often falls somewhere between your bed and nightstand) . It will still have a MicroUSB port, but that will be used for transferring data.
3) Microsoft Office and Outlook included
Because the handset runs on Windows Phone 8, it will include Microsoft’s office suite. That means PowerPoint, Excel and Word. Outlook will also be included.
4) Sync to SkyDrive
Users will be able to sync to SkyDrive, which is Microsoft’s cloud-based service. Users will be given 7GB of storage.
5) Touchscreen works even when user is wearing gloves
Interestingly, the touchscreen will work even when the user is wearing gloves. This can be pretty nifty on a cold day.
6) 336PPI curved glass screen
The screen is equivalent to the iPhone’s Retina display in pixel density. According to website Gizmodo, “it looks just as good.” It’s also made of curved glass, which may fit against the face slightly better, and helps when holding the device.
.4 of an inch thick
The handset is just a hair thicker than the iPhone’s .37-inch body.
The screen is a full inch larger than that of Apple’s current offering.
Near-field Communications technology is still an area growing in popularity with smartphones. The idea is that users can make purchases using their smartphone as something of a virtual wallet.
dual-core Snapdragon S4 1.5Ghz processor
The screen of the 820 is a little smaller than that of the 920, but still larger than the current iPhone by a little over half an inch.
.3 of an inch thick
This handset is thinner than Apple’s current smartphone.
The Lumia 820 has interchangeable shells. This means that the user can have a blue phone one day and a pink phone the next day. This may appeal more to the teen crowd.
Dual-core Snapdragon S4 1.5Ghz
This happens a lot of times with announcements like these. We hear a lot of cool details that make some folks want the phones, then it turns out that they don’t announce a price or release date. That’s the case here, too. Oh well, those details should come along soon enough.