Nokia has been going through a financial nightmare lately, and the only option out was launching a new Windows Phone 8 device. Nokia was expected to announce its new Windows Phone 8 based devices recently, and things have gone according to the plan. The Finnish mobile manufacturer announced the new Windows 8 Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 smartphones, but as is the case with most of the product announcement, the key information is missing.
Normally, manufacturers announce a product when the device is in the final stage of testing and configuration, so they refrain from giving out critical information at the time of announcement. In case of Nokia, the devices they announced were great; however, they didn’t say when the device would go on sale or the offer price.
European telecom operators have told Reuters that they will putting Lumia 920 and 820 on sale in the month of November. Other sources suggest a mid-October release for the Lumia 920 with the 820 to follow shortly thereafter. The price of the Nokia Lumia 920 is anticipated to be €600 ($758 or £476) whereas the Lumia 820 is expected to come with a price tag of €450 ($568 or £357). If the price tags turn out to be true, the devices will be in same price range as their competitors, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is sold for €580.
The specs of the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 are already out. Lumia 920 will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of internal storage and running on 1GB RAM. In addition, it has an 8.7 megapixel camera and boasts a large 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. The dimensions of 920 are .42 in. x 2.8 in. x 4.06 in. and weighs a modest 7.2 ounces. Customers will be able to choose from three colors – yellow, red and gray.
Lumia 820 on the other hand will also be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor along with 1 gig RAM but with 8 gig of built-in storage, however, the main difference is that this device will be getting a smaller 4.3 inch display. A microSD slot will be present to fulfill additional storage requirements. Apart from the colors mentioned above, the Lumia 820 will also come in purple.
The new devices in Nokia’s Lumia line up are great. If the company is able to ship these devices according to the above mentioned schedule, it will in the market during the holiday shopping season, which is great as people will be keen on spending money. Incidentally, even Apple’s new iPhone 5 will be landing around that time, so that doesn’t exactly help Nokia. Samsung is also coming up with a Windows Phone 8 device, so the competition is pretty tough for the Finnish mobile major. A November release would mean a two month dead-zone of sales crossing two fiscal quarters. What’s your take on these new Lumia’s? Let us know using the comment form below.