AT&T has just taken the wraps off the Lumia 920 and the 820 on its network. Although not available immediately, yesterday’s event marked the formal arrival of the device on the carrier. The big surprise however is that the Lumia 920 is an AT&T exclusive in the U.S, much like its predecessor the Lumia 900. We’re not sure if this strategy will work out for AT&T, Microsoft or Nokia because limiting the device to just one carrier is not bound to have a lot of takers. But we’re guessing this is a temporary exclusivity as fans have been aching to get their hands on the device no matter what. The slightly smaller and under spec’d Lumia 820 is not an exclusive which means we could see T-Mobile or other carriers announce it fairly soon. There were rumors of Verizon planning to launch the new range of Lumias, but we’re not sure if it will ever see the light of the day.
The Lumia 820 packs a decent 4.3-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels. An 8MP camera is on the back along with a front facing VGA camera. The dual core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset is used here which is the same as the one used on the American variants of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. The smartphone also packs 1GB of RAM for smooth multitasking. 8GB of storage is provided along with a microSD card slot for memory expansion. Powering the smartphone is a 1,650 mAh battery pack. The Lumia 820 is the successor to the Lumia 800, while the 920 carries the Lumia 900 legacy forward. The Lumia 820 could be the silent assassin as it packs most of the features of its elder sibling. Wireless charging is one essential feature which sets Nokia Lumia smartphones apart from other WP8 OEMs. However customers might have to buy an expensive accessory to accommodate for these exclusive features.
The Lumia 920 is the bigger and the one constantly in news. After the faux ad put up by Nokia which boasted of its Pureview camera technology, the Finns managed to build sufficient hype for the smartphone. With advanced use of features like NFC and wireless charging, the Lumia 920 is one of the hotly anticipated WP8 smartphones. It packs a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display made up of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2.0 for durability and to avoid accidental scratches. And unlike most capacitive touchscreens, the Lumia 920 registers touch not only from the fingers but also from other objects like gloves or nails etc. It features the same dual core chipset as the Lumia 820, with the same clock speed. There’s 32GB of onboard storage which is accompanied by 1GB of RAM. Sadly, there’s no microSD card slot for memory expansion, but it shouldn’t matter much as 32GB is more than sufficient. Another important feature of the smartphone is its 8.7MP Pureview camera which lets in five times more light (without flash) as compared to other smartphone camera sensors. There’s a front facing 1.3MP camera as well. The Lumia 920 is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery for prolonged usage, though with the power hungry Adreno 220 GPU and the dual core processor, we doubt if it will be able to sustain a full day’s use. All those extra pixels to crunch on the PureMotion HD+ display won’t help the phone’s cause either.
Nokia is currently the best Windows Phone OEM out there with its exclusive apps and features. So for the success of the Windows Phone platform in general, these phones will have a huge role to play. Let’s see how things pan out for Nokia and Microsoft. As of now, the customers don’t seem too excited about the exclusivity of the Lumia 920 on AT&T’s network. The Lumia 820 however will be freely available to all, so that’s a relief for WP fans. Android OEMS better step it up now to capitalize on this little error made by Microsoft and Nokia. Samsung and others will come all guns blazing with the Galaxy Note II and the inevitable announcement of the new Nexus smartphone.