Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 hands-on preview

Those of you following me on Twitter already know that I had the chance to get a closer look at Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 handsets; the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 earlier today during lunch with Nokia. First, I would like to point out that the three devices that was presented (two Lumia 920 and one 820) were prototype handsets running non-RTM builds of Windows Phone 8 and pre-release firmwares so any bugs or other weird things I encountered may not be representative of the final products.

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iPhone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung Galaxy SIII vs HTC One X camera image stabilization face off

A few days ago the world had the chance to check out the Nokia Lumia 920 OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) vs the Samsung Galaxy SIII in a really straight forward test where both phones were strapped together on an RC car. This time what you are about to see is the first ever comparison of the iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 video capture performance courtesy of Myriam over at Engadget who’s pending the week in Finland to tour Nokia’s HQ in Espoo and its R&D department in Tampere. I4ll let you judge for yourself by watching the video after the break:

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Nokia Lumia 920 OIS demonstration trumps the Samsung Galaxy SIII


Still wondering what all the fuss is all about? Well here’s a short video demonstrating the infamous OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) feature of the Nokia Lumia 920 PureView camera strapped to an RC car with a Samsung Galaxy SIII. The final verdict ? I won’t spoil the fun but let’s just say that the camera of Android’s flagship device isn’t really up to the task here. Video after the break:

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The Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are Bluetooth 4.0 certified

The Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 which were initially announced to feature Bluetooth support up to version 3.1 have apparently been certified to be BT 4.0 compliant by the Bluetooth SIG yesterday. Both devices feature a B019734 Alpha engine controller subsystem designed by Nokia. What remains to be seen though is if the OS (WP8) as any kind of support for BT 4.0 in its current RTM version and if this will go to be unused until Microsoft finally adds support for it later down the road.

BT4.0 support would allow pairing and wireless communication with low power accessories like podometers and NFC like wireless syncing scenarios and payments. The Samsung ATIV S is currently listed as supporting BT 3.0 (unlike the SGSIII which is BT 4.0 so it wouldn’t surprise me if it is an OS limitation) while both the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S by HTC only support BT2.1 + EDR.

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HTC Windows Phone 8X and Window Phone 8S announced: Full Specifications

HTC has finally unveiled its first Windows Phone 8 handsets today the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S. Check out the full PR below as I will update this post with the hardware specifications of theses devices as soon as possible:

UPDATE: Full specs and video after the break!

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Don’t miss the HTC Windows Phone 8 event today

In case you missed the memo, HTC is going to publicly unveil its Windows Phone 8 devices today or tomorrow (depending on your timezone) in NYC around 11AM ET ( that’s 4PM GMT). There’s unfortunately no live stream that I’m aware off unlike Nokia’s September 5th event so the best way to follow the news will most probably the live-blogs of those who are going to be present there or simple refreshing HTC’s website which will be updated with all the specifications as soon as the handsets are announced.

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Windows Phone 8 finally hits RTM

After a slight delay Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 has finally hit RTM status yesterday has you can see in the picture posted above showing Microsoft VP Terry Myerson signing on the big WP8 RTM billboard alongside other developers. Windows Phone 7 originally passed RTM on September 1st 2010 with devices hitting retail in November, while Mango hit RTM on July 27th 2011 with device shipping in October. If past history is any indication it’s obviously going to be a little be tricky for the OEMs and carriers to get the first batch of devices on the market before November at the earliest. The latest whisper on the streets are still pointing to an early November launch for the Nokia Lumia 920 though…

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Nokia to support current Lumia handsets with new features: Bluetooth file sharing and more

The Nokia Lumia 920 may be the best thing since sliced bread but there are already millions of Lumia 800, 900, 710, 610 handsets in the hands of users who won’t be able to get the full Windows Phone 8 experience. This is Nokia we are talking about here and so far they have shown some awesome end user support in terms of exclusive software and hardware fixes. The company has just announced that in addition to the Windows Phone 7.8 update which will bring the new WP8 UI to current WP7 handsets, all Nokia Lumia owners will also get the following additional features:

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Nokia Lumia 920 launching in early November is select countries. LTE version exclusive to EE Network in the UK

The latest words on the streets is that the hotly anticipated Nokia Lumia 920 is set to launch in early November in most of the big countries worldwide (UK, Germany, France etc) and more precisely November 2nd in the US on AT&T’s network. (remember that WP8 is said to officially debut on October 29th) Smaller countries should see it landing later in the month or in the beginning of December. The just launched EE network in the UK (composed of Orange and T-Mobile LTE infrastructure) will offer the Nokia Lumia 920 LTE and Nokia Lumia 820 LTE as exclusives for a period of time.

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Nokia Lumia 920 specifications: Everything you wanted to know about the new PureView camera, PureMotion HD+ display and much more

 

What most of you have been waiting has finally arrived today with the announcement of the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset in NYC. The event was light on new WP8 software features but packed with hardware talk about the company’s new high-end model. Let’s start with the device’s hardware specification first. The Lumia 920 features a 4.5″ PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD with a resolution of 1280×768 just like I guessed a few days ago. The PureMotion HD+ is not some fancy marketing buzzword but some really interesting tech that Nokia has worked on to improve the response type of IPS panels. Nokia has been able to override the panels voltage to get the response time from 23ms down to 9ms which is now close to the 0ms of AMOLED panels.

Outdoor visibility has also been improved compared to older panels and here’s a photo comparing to the current best, the Lumia 900:

Finally here’s the PureMotion HD + display specification:

• Diagonal size: 4.5”
• Resolution: 332 pixels per inch (PPI)
• Pixel count: 1280×768 (WXGA HD+)
• Luminance control levels: 8bit i.e. 256 levels Grey-to-grey pixel transition time: average <9ms

Display architecture:

• In-Plane-Switching
• Overdrive
• Backlight LED driving with high luminance mode
• Sunlight readability enhancement algorithms
• ClearBlack technology
• Polarization filter
• Light time-out
• Ambient light detector
• Brightness control
• Orientation sensor
• Sculpted 2.5D glass
• Proximity sensor
• High Brightness mode
• RGB Stripe
• Sunlight readability enhancements
• Luminance 600 nits
• Aspect ratio 15:9
• Corning® Gorilla® Glass
• Color boosting
• Refresh rate 60 Hz

The Gorilla Glass is also curved like the Nokia N9 and Lumia 800 but more importantly feature a Synaptics ClearPad 3 touch controlled and digitizer allowing the user to use the device with gloves or even other objects. The rest of the specs can bee seen below after the break alongside the Nokia Lumia 820‘s:

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Watch the Microsoft Nokia Windows Phone 8 event Live from your couch

Just a quick reminder to let you know that you can follow the live webcast of today’s Nokia / Microsoft Windows Phone 8 event and the unveiling of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 simply by hitting by coming back here at around 10:00 AM EDT. Video will be live after the break:

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Windows 8 syncing companion application for Windows Phone 8 screenshot

Once again, Microsoft’s undercover PR agency aka The Verge has released some brand new info about one of its upcoming products. This time it is the first screenshot of the soon to be released Windows 8 companion application for Windows Phone 8 which will finally replace the soon to be defunct Zune software and allow user to sync content between their Windows Phone 8 ( and WP7?) and Windows 8 (and also Windows 7 via a desktop version of this app..) PC.

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Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 wireless charging revealed and PureView talk

More info regarding the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 handsets which are going to be officially unveiled on Sept 5th have leaked today. This time it is the wireless charging capability of both handsets which you can see pictures in the render above making them the first high-end smartphones with such feature to be released since the now defunct Palm Pre. The second render below shows both handsets alongside a yellow Nokia Luna wireless headset matching the Lumia 920 body color.

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