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:

Nokia Lumia 920 Nokia Lumia 820
Display 4.5 inch Nokia PureMotion HD+ WXGA IPS LCD
Super Sensitive touch
Nokia ClearBlack with high brightness mode and Sunlight Readability Enhancements
4.3 inch ClearBlack OLED WVGA 800×480
Super Sensitive touch
Nokia ClearBlack with high brightness mode and Sunlight Readability Enhancements
Battery 2000mAh with integrated Qi wireless charging 1650mAh with support for Qi wireless charging
Processor 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4
Main camera 8.7MP with Nokia PureView advanced optical imaging stabilization and Carl Zeiss optics
Full 1080p HD video capture at 30fps
8MP Auto Focus with Carl Zeiss optics
Dual LED flash
Full HD 1080p video capture at 30fps
Front facing camera 1.2MP with 720p HD video VGA
Memory 1GB RAM
32GB mass memory with 7GB free SkyDrive storage
8GB mass memory with microSD memory card support and 7GB free SkyDrive storage

The Lumia 920 physical specs are:


130.3  mm


70.8  mm


10.7  mm


185  g


99  cm³

Sounds good right? Some of you may be disappointed by the BSI 8.7MP sensor of the Lumia 920 camera but this thing really seems to be a winner thanks to it’s new advanced optical imaging stabilization which uses a floating camera module (using tiny springs to compensate the user’s movement).

Samsung Galaxy SIII on the left and Nokia Lumia 920 on the right:

The camera also features a F/2.0 aperture lens which is a world first. Low light shots are now apparently dramatically improved thanks to this innovation. But I will reserve my final judgement until I get my hands-on one. You can check out the some low light samples below

Here are the Nokia Lumia 920 camera specifications:

• 8.7Mpix BSI sensor
• Carl Zeiss low light optimized optics with Optical Image Stabiliser
• Carl Zeiss Optics
• Optical Image Stabiliser Barrel shift type
• Stabiliser performance Up to 3EV (8x longer shutter speeds)
• Focal length:    3.73mm
• 35mm equivalent focal length:  o 26mm, 16:9  o 28mm, 4:3
• F-number:    f/2.0
• Focus range:  8cm – Infinity
• Construction:   5 elements, 1 group. All lens surfaces are aspherical
• Optical format:  1/3
• Sensor:  BSI (Backside illuminated)
• Total pixel are used:  3553 x 2448 – 8.7Mpix
• Pixel Size:   1.4 micron

Nokia has also been able , thanks to the new Windows 8 kernel, been able to port its imaging algorithms to Windows Phone 8 as explained below:

Nokia Proprietary Image Processing Technology Working closely with Microsoft, Windows Phone 8 introduces a new imaging framework which allows the heavy integration of Nokia’s wide range of image processing algorithms including autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance, to name just a few.

But these don’t even scratch the surface of what’s new in Windows Phone 8 from Nokia.

One of the most important new algorithms is our new denoise algorithm for reducing visual noise, which helps to further improve low light performance while keeping the image very natural. In the beginning of the project, we set ourselves a challenging target to create a product with the best low light performance ever in a smartphone, even in natural light. Every single part of the system was pushed for this goal: large aperture, new image sensor technology, optical image stabilizer and new image processing algorithms. When the technologies are combined, the improvements add up, and finally we have the results in our hand.

Unlike the Nokia Lumia 820 the 920 won’t feature a micro-sd expansion slot but will instead come straight out of the gate with 32Gb of internal Storage and a generous 2000Mha Qi wireless charging battery. Giving that the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 (with the appropriate cover) support the Qi standar a wide range of third party devices will be compatible with both handsets like the JBL speakers and several recharging pods that were shown during the press event. virgin Atlantic and other company will also setup dedicated Lumia wireless charging places so that users can charge their handsets on the go before taking a flight or going to the restaurant.

On the software front Nokia demoed two Lenses apps that take advantage of the new PureView senor but that will also be made available to existing windows Phone 7 handsets and the Nokia Lumia 820 (similar to the Camera Extras apps with already have. The major improvement here comes from the Dual 1.5ghz core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 which enables more photo and video editing scenarios thanks to it’s increase computation power compared to the now super old MSM8250 and MSM8255 powering the older and current generation of WP7 handsets. Both Lumia 920and 820 will have LTE and HSPA+ variant depending on the region and will be available at a yet unannounced price later this year. By the way, the Nokia Lumia 920 hardware buttons and the shinny piece surrounding the camera on the back (with the Carl-Zeiss branding) are now made of ceramic so they don’t scratch anymore.

There’s still a lot more to talk about to check back again soon as I will probably update this story with more info as I dig deeper to find more info to share with you (you can already read the PuwerView 2 white paper here and PureMotion HD+ white paper here) and follow me on Twitter

  • Josh Schlesinger

    I’m glad to see them focusing on optics and other features besides just more megapixels.

  • joshave

    Mas bien parece un pedazo de plástico como el 900,Nokia siempre elabora buenos modelos hasta que se les ocurrió sacar uno para Windows phone, yo tengo un Windows phone y no hay nada mejor que la línea de HTC para ello, con diseños excelentes y materiales también, no como Nokia haciendo carcasas grandes y unas pantallas pequeñas, no cambio los HTC por nada, asi tenga que cambiar de OS.