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Nokia is the latest contender in the realm of smart devices. Along with Microsoft the Finnish company and the former world leader in ‘mobile’ telephones before the phone went ‘smart’ held an event on September 5th 2012 The day before they put out a teasers about the Nokia Lumia 920 – tweeting picture on EVleaks of the smick-looking Lumia 920 re charging on a wireless charging pad in shades of red and yellow.
It seems it now takes an event and performing CEOs to launch a phone. Not only that, it’s striking that the key features of the new smartphones are less about phoning and more about being a do-all device. And it was only last April Nokia crashed onto the US smartphone scene with the launch of Nokia Lumia 900 . The Windows Phone ecosystem has grown from 7,000 applications to more than 100,000 applications since then and it’s grown more than 3x faster since Nokia joined.
“All of the devices are designed to be beautiful and functional, to work for you, your personal life and in your professional life. With Windows 8 the software is all out there . People have a chance to really go use it now.” Tim Stevens for The Engadget Show who hosted the event/ press conference in New York.
“ Make no mistake about it, this is a year for Windows, ” he added before introduce Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer.
This device amplifies Espoo’s line with a larger, curved 4.5-inch, dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2,000mAh battery, NFC, integrated wireless charging and an 8-megapixel rear PureView camera capable of 1080p video. The display packs WXGA (1,280 x 768) resolution, is 25 % brighter than the next best panel on the market and it has a LCD screen.
The screen also boasts what Nokia calls “Super Sensitive Touch,” which allows you to use it in gloves or with sticky fingers and it looks sleek to with a polycarbonate body and ceramic shell and ceramic buttons which mean it’s nearly impossible to scratch. It’s not just yellow and red you can get them in but white, blue, purple and gray with changeable shells.
The camera uses Carl Zeiss optics and Tim Stevens claimed it was about 50% more effective because of the floating lens that allows longer shutter times and the larger aperture ( f2.0) meaning hardware image stabilization with impressive low-light capabilities .
(Nokia also presented an impressive video demonstrating the camera capabilities. Flash two days forward and Nokia confesses that the video wasn’t actually shot on the camera and issues an apology on its blog, “In an effort to demonstrate the benefits of optical image stabilisation (which eliminates blurry images and improves pictures shot in low light conditions), we produced a video that simulates what we will be able to deliver with OIS.”)
Other interesting apps that push the smartphone into the smart all-in-one device include the Now Shields, a feature that lets you animate just selected parts of a photo and Cinemagram Now where you record video and choose the photo that you like from it a frame.
Lumia 920 has also been imbued with integrated wireless charging that is based on the Qi standard.
It has a 1,650mAh battery and there’s microSD storage. And you may not even need to lug around the wireless pad. Virgin Atlantic and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are partnering to start offering wireless charging!
Nokia held 40 percent of the world’s phone market in 2008. While reviews have been favourable of the Lumia 920, it’s unclear if it will be able to compete with Apple’s new iPhone and win back some of its share?