Nokia Shows Off New Flagship Smartphone with Upgraded Cameras and Touchscreens
Nokia has shown off two new smartphones, both based on the Windows Phone 8 operating system, and with upgraded camera capabilities - and the ability to use the touchscreen while wearing gloves. Both handsets are based on the 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 processor.
Using floating lens technology, the 8.7 megapixel camera in the Nokia Lumia 920 is able to take in five times more light than competing smartphones without using flash, and including an image stabiliser for shaking hands.
"Nokia PureView continues to deliver cutting-edge technology to make it possible for a smartphone camera to take the kind of images usually only seen on a standalone SLR camera," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices.
The two new phones also include a "multi-touch experience based on the Synaptics ClearPad capacitive touchscreen sensing technology" -- which in plainer English means the touchscreens work whether the user has long fingernails, or is wearing gloves.
ClearPad Series 3 offers up to 10 finger full-time tracking and fast refresh rates, and what is said to be an industry leading signal-to-noise-ratio.
The Nokia Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite. By pointing the camera at a city street, City Lens overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings, for the most intuitive way to explore surroundings.
Additionally, the Nokia Lumia 920 comes with Nokia's largest ever battery (2000mAh) and, for the first time, built-in wireless charging.
The Nokia Lumia 820
The other handset, the Nokia Lumia 820 is a mid-range smartphone. While the Nokia Lumia 820 has the same unibody look and feel as the high end Lumia smartphones, it comes with an exchangeable shell design. Exchangeable shells not only make it possible to select from a range of colors, but also to add wireless charging. Beneath the shell is room to insert a micro SD memory card.
Wireless charging partners
Nokia also announced a range of wireless charging accessories and partnerships. The Fatboy Recharge Pillow provides a fun way to recharge, while JBL introduced the JBL PowerUP, a wireless charging docking station with high quality audio in retro styling.
Deals with Virgin Atlantic to put wireless charging stations in the London Heathrow Clubhouse lounge and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to put charging plates on tables in some of their cafés, were the first of many deals Nokia intends to sign to take wireless charging outside the home and office.
Both phones will be available in pentaband LTE and HSPA+ variants and are expected to start shipping in select markets later in the year.
Nokia will announce pricing and specific roll-out dates country by country when sales are due to begin.