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Microsoft and Nokia unveil new Lumia phones

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 today, and things have gone according to the plan. The Finnish mobile manufacturer today announced the new Windows 8 Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 smartphones. The company has selected Lumia 920 as its flagship phone and is concentrating on its superior camera and its map and driving features which make use of augmented reality. Also, we had written about a leak which suggested that it would support wireless charging, and it has turned out to be true. The Lumia 920 indeed has built-in wireless charging capability.

The announcement in New York City included a brief appearance by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who called the launches “an important milestone” in Microsoft’s 18-month partnership with Nokia. “Windows Phone is unlike any other on the market,” he said. “You really see it in the 820 and 920.” Nokia’s Lumia 920 smartphone.

The 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.

Like the elder brother, even Lumia 820 will 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 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.

Sales of Nokia Lumia devices took a nosedive after Microsoft’s announcement that Windows Phone 7.5 devices won’t be upgraded to the next-gen mobile operating system from Microsoft, the Windows Phone 8. The reason is because with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft will be moving on from Windows CE architecture to Windows NT kernel and will have many of its components taken from Windows 8, thus allowing applications to be easily ported between the two platforms. As of now, Windows Phone still has less than 5% market share, but with the launch of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft hopes will rival Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android to become a third major mobile platform.

The Lumia 920 sports “Pureview” camera technology. No, it won’t be featuring the huge 41 megapixel sensor from the PureView 808, but makes use of a 8.7 megapixel camera with PureView technology.

The 920’s PureView camera, with PureMotion HD+, is designed to reduce blur by capturing more light — as much as 10 times more light than any other smartphone, Harlow said. The camera uses Nokia’s floating lens technology, which “will challenge conventional limits on smartphone cameras,” she said.
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