New Lumias, Windows Phone 8 and apps galore: All the Nokia news in one place
It’s been a busy day in New York for Nokia. The Finnish phone giant hit back against the onslaught of Apple and Samsung’s top phones by unleashing some top new smartphones of its own, as well as a bunch of cool apps, services and accessories you can’t get on iOS and Android. We’ve got them all rounded up for you right here.
See both the Lumia 920 & 820 in action in this vid
Nokia’s flagship new smartphone, the one it’s hoping to take on the iPhone 5 with, is the Nokia Lumia 920. It’s rocking the neon, unibody stylings of last year’s Lumia models, but it’s packing a huge 4.5-inch HD screen and much speedier innards – oh, and Windows Phone 8. Yes please.
Nokia Lumia 820 lands
If the Lumia 920 is the sequel to Nokia’s huge Lumia 900, the 820 is the successor to the company’s first ever Windows Phone, the Lumia 800. It’s a tad smaller than the 920, with a screen measuring 4.3-inches across with an 800×480 resolution, and bright new stylings – the back plate comes right off and is easily replaceable with one from lots of different shades. Like its bigger brother, it charges wirelessly, putting an end to pesky cables, and it packs in a healthy 8GB of storage for you to stash all your pics and media. The eight megapixel camera meanwhile also works overtime shooting HD video. It’s out later this year.
Windows Phone 8 features galore
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore took the stage briefly to show off some of the brand new features in the software Nokia’s new blowers will run, Windows Phone 8. The useful ability to take screenshots is being included for the first time, and Microsoft’s also been hard at work on a series of “Lens” apps. These are a series of apps that all plug into the Windows Phone camera (which now has a useful pinch to zoom option instead of a slider bar), letting you take shots a certain way, or even use intelligent search for what’s in the snap with Bing Vision. Nokia demonstrated one clever Lens called Smart Shoot, which actually removes moving people from your images. And when you’re done, you can upload these straight to SkyDrive, and your images will be waiting for you on your Windows 8 PC.
Nokia’s new mapping
Nokia Maps are about to get even smarter. The company’s A-Z tech is being built right into Windows Phone 8, with all the details stored offline on the phone itself, so you won’t use data getting around. It’s much smarter than just GPS too: there’s now indoor location tech, so you can get around huge shopping centres and the like, and even an augmented reality mode. Hold the phone up in landscape while using Maps, and you’ll switch to a streetview camera mode, with points of interest overlayed on the screen.
No more fiddly micro USB chargers: both new Lumia models can be perched on a dock to be charged over the air. The extra good news is that Nokia’s using a universal standard tech called Qi, so others will easily be able to make charging accessories for the Lumia 920 and 820. In fact, they already have: Nokia showed off a stylish Fatboy pad, and announced a partnership with Virgin Atlantic and a chain of cafes in the US too.
PureView hits Windows Phone
There’s no absurd 41 megapixel sensor to be seen, but Nokia is still bringing some of its camera tech from the incredible 808 cameraphone. That includes image stabilization via some clever spring mechanisms inside its two new Lumias, as well as a wide aperture and some clever shutter tech that lingers longer when it needs to for great night time shots. Bring it on.
The Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 devices turne...
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