Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices finally unwrapped

News 6 Sep, 2012

Phone manufacturer's first Windows Phone 8 devices, the Nokia 920 and Nokia 820, break cover.

Nokia has unveiled its first Windows Phone 8 devices, with a little help from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer.

The Microsoft boss joined his former employee, Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop, to unveil two new Windows Phone 8 devices - the Lumia 920 and 820.

The Lumia 920 is the new flagship device, boasting Nokia's PureView camera technology and wireless charging among its key features.

Those hoping that the first Nokia Windows Phone 8 device would include the incredible 41-megapixel sensor of the Nokia 808 will be disappointed: it's a mere 8.7-megapixel sensor.

I'm pleased to show you the first working Windows Phone 8 product.

However, the camera boasts the largest aperture of any smartphone (f2.0), according to Nokia, and the entire camera housing is spring loaded to create a "floating lens".

The combination of the two provides industry-leading image stabilisation and the ability to capture blur-free photos in low-light conditions, Nokia claims.

"It captures better video and photos than any rival smartphone," Nokia's executive vice president Jo Harlow boasted.

The Lumia 920 has other unique features. The device offers integrated wireless charging, and Nokia is teaming up with a host of third-party manufacturers to create wireless charging accessories.

The company is also working with companies such as Virgin Airways and coffee chains to supply wireless chargers in their lounges and shops. A Nokia spokesman wouldn't be drawn on whether wireless charging is as fast as a wired connection.

Lumia 920

The 4.5in touchscreen of the Lumia 920 can also be operated while wearing gloves, which Nokia's senior vice president Kevin Shields demonstrated while donning a thick pair of ski mittens. The screen itself is 1,280 x 768 and has been specially enhanced to work in bright sunlight, Nokia claims.

The company claims none of these features will come at the expense of battery life, with the phone packing a 2,000mAh battery that has a quoted life of ten hours of 3G connectivity.

The devices comes with 32GB of storage, but no SD card slot.

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