INSIDE : The Nokia Lumia 920


The Lumia 920 is Nokia’s flagship model, and potential savior. It’s got a 4.5-inch curved glass screen, 1.5Ghz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, unbreakable ceramic side buttons, 

BUT, the “best new” PureView camera also, though we’re still not sure what “best new” means. Nokia’s claiming that it captures between 5 and 10x the amount of light of competitors with a “floating lens” system. It stabilizes the lens to cut down shaky video and blur in low night photos. The demo video looks really impressive, but we’re hoping to see it in person a bit later.

The Nokia Lumia PureView has the Largest aperture for 16:9 at F2.0. Can keep shutter for longer but stabilise with floating lens (LUMIA 920  samsung galaxy S3 LOOSE)

Cause its 59% more effective than high end DSLRs.

We are seriously impressed by this implementation of PureView. Imagine having this aspect of stabilisation AND oversampling. Camera overkiller…

Still, the 920’s PureView camera might is a bit of a disappointment coming from the 41MP monster sensor in the Nokia 808 PureView. But Nokia insists that the PureView cameras aren’t any one feature, like the 41MP’s “supersampling”, but instead an idea of image quality. Right—but everyone knows PureView as the behemoth of megapixels, and it’s probably going to be hard to shake that perception.

Nokia has opened aperture to f/2.0, and keeps the shutter open longer. And to eliminate blur, it’s put springs around the entire optical assembly. The stabilization system is, by Nokia’s standards and metrics, 50 percent better than that in other high end cameras.

The demo of the video stabilization is really impressive, but nothing compared to the low light performance of the PureView. Comparative shots of people with no flash in low light are hugely improved. If it works that well in real life, it will be a HUGE deal.

The camera also has a new feature called Smart Shoot, which uses the same technology as the Blink Lens app. You can shoot multiple shots of a person in a crowded room, and it compiles information to remove all the random people moving around.

And this is not all, It captures still images with some movement in a specific area of the screen, just like the iOS app.

Pictures in gallery automatically tagged with the app/lens.

Blink camera – which takes multiple pictures, one is saved. But that one saved picture can still be engaged to bring up the other pics, we are yet not sure how.

The Lumia 900’s also bringing got “true” offline maps for when you’re not online, and it launches right into the very good Nokia Drive turn-by-turn app.

It alerts you when you need to leave based on your transit time, and the indoor maps in WP8 even means you can get directions inside of subway stations. Pretty cool, if it works!

Nokia Lumia 920: The Great Windows Phone Hope (Updating)

The City Lens Augmented Reality app does seem pretty cool in these demos, but the question with any AR app is how it looks in real life. Nokia maps is getting AR as well, with your route as well as points of interest along the way overlaid on the real world.

Also on board: NFC, that sometimes elusive feature that lets your phone replace your wallet. Windows 8’s NFC strategy has so far outgunned Android’s—and iOS doesn’t have it yet at all—so it makes sense that the flagship phone would carry that flagship feature.

As for the display, Nokia is calling it PureMotion HD+, which amounts to WXGA (1280×768 ) resolution. It’s an upgrade to the old ClearBlack screens in the old Lumias, and Nokia’s apparently really focused on getting the natural light performance better—specifically, Nokia claims it’s 25% brighter than (unnamed) competitors. That means you should be able to use it outside and actually be able to see your screen for a change. Oh, and it’s so sensitive, you can use it while wearing oven mitts.

JBL Powerup and Integrated wireless charging with NFC.

The JBL NFC demo. 

Also, Nokia’s Buit-in wireless charging, which is a really big deal. It’s the first major phone to offer that convenience, and while you may not be sure why you’d want that know, you will once you’ve tried it.

Battery life? No one’s saying yet, but the screen’s powered by a 2000mAh battery, Nokia’s biggest battery ever (and just short of the Galaxy S III’s 2100mAh battery). The Snapdragon S4 is “up to 30 percent more battery efficient” than quad core alternatives. And of course, there’s the wireless charging—based on the “Fat Boy” charger. So safe to say that you’ll be able to make it through a day.

And! Nokia has agreements with Virgin Atlantic and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to put Lumia wireless charging stations in their airport lounges and coffee shops. Wireless charging stations out in the real world is deeply awesome. Please come to America!

We’re still waiting on confirmation of other specs; rumors like a dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM are still just that: rumors. But we did manage to catch an LTE icon pop up on the display in a demo; not a surprise, but a nice reassurance that Nokia’s not backsliding.

And, of course, it’s got Windows Phone 8 and all the new stuff that that entails. The Lumia 920 is a deeply important phone for Nokia, and it looks like it’s gone full-out to try to make sure it has a chance.


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  1. Pingback: Nokia Lumia 820 Tech Specs and official page | Nokia Rules : NOKIA Ideas Project and Imagine Cup

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