Nokia Lumia 920 : Nokia’s saviour ?

Nokia in September, unveiled its new torch bearer: Nokia Lumia 920. The Lumia 920 will be taking over from Nokia’s previous Windows flagship, the Lumia 900. Here is why this phone is making some waves.

Design

The design of the device is similar to its predecessor. It has a polycarbonate body with rounded edge, similar to the Lumia 900. Other than the size of the device, Nokia has some useful improvements to the feel of the device. One of most noticeable improvement can be seen on the back, which has been slightly curved on the sides, making it more comfortable to hold onto. Another design improvement which many will like is the Gorilla glass, which covers the front of the device, blends gently into the polycarbonate body. Whereas in the Lumia 900, the glass covering used to stick out awkwardly. Three touch sensitive buttons are also located on the front of the device. These are the back, home and search buttons.

Other changes include, micro-USB is located at the bottom flanked on either sides by two speakers. The bottom also has two screws which gives the device a sturdy look. The 3.5mm audio jack, which is located at the top, has been moved to the center.

The SIM slot is located at the top and is similar to the one found on the Lumia 900. The SIM slot cover has a door key which when inserted causes the cover to pop open. The volume rocker, power button and the dedicated camera button are located on the right side of the device, leaving the left side clean. The rear camera housing is similar to the one found on the Lumia 900, with the flash towards the left.

Hardware

There are few features of the Lumia 920 that makes it so special. One of them is the screen. The Lumia 920 sports a 4.5inch enhanced IPS display, which Nokia calls “PureMotion HD+” display. So what makes this so special? Let us start with ppi. The screen, with a resolution of 1280X768 gives it a ppi of 332, which is better than the 326ppi retina display of the iPhone 5. Adding to this, the screen has a higher refresh rate which reduces flickers. The Average transition time is 9ms which is really less compared with 23ms of conventional IPS LCDs. Nokia has also added an improved version of ClearBlack display filter, which reduces glare by polarization. Nokia claims, because of the improved ClearBlack filter, one can use the phone in a desert or on a beach without any problem.

The device is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. It has 1GB of RAM and has an internal storage of 32GB. Sad that there is no slot for expansion of memory, although Windows 8 supports it.

On to the camera, the Lumia 920 has an 8.7MP f/2.0 PureView cam with dual flash and a 1.3MP front facing cam. Yes, it is the same PureView Technology found on Nokia 808 PureView, the only thing missing is the 41MP cam. Now, Nokia claims that the 8.7MP cam on the Lumia 920 is the best in the market. The cam with Carl Zeiss optics has “floating lens” which autofocus and corrects shaky images. The cam works perfectly well in dim lit areas. The guys at Engadget got a chance to do a test of the cam in comparison to iPhone 5, HTC’s One X and the Galaxy S3, and the results are astonishing. The next picture tells it all.

credits Engadget

Connectivity wise, Lumia 920 supports 3G, 4G LTE, NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.1, microUSB and also has USB on-the-go support. For location based services it has A-GPS with Glonass.

The Lumia 920 also comes with Wireless charging. No need of sticking those lousy pinned chargers all the time. Just place the device over a charging pad and let it charge itself out of thin air, although the charging pad has to be connected to a power socket. There is a whole line of different charging pads, if you get bored go and buy a different charging pad.

Software

The new Lumia 920 runs the latest, yet to be released, Windows Phone 8. The new OS brings a lot of new exciting stuff, which Nokia has used to enhance user experience. For example, the new OS supports multi-core CPUs, upto 64 cores! This was one of the reasons why earlier Lumia smartphones used to have single core processors. Other new features include taking screen shots by pressing home and power button simultaneously, NFC support and also allowing developers to add their own skins and features to the camera interface. The last feature can be seen in Nokia’s own app “Nokia City Lens”. The Nokia City Lens is an augmented reality app which lets you find places through the lenses of your smartphone. Just launch the app and point the cam in any direction you want, other than the ground or the sky. The app will display restaurants, café and other places of interest, over the live image from the cam; it is almost like you can see through all the buildings.

Another addition is the new Nokia Drive 3, a Turn-by-Turn voice navigation. Nokia’s mapping apps are something that you will fall in love with. These haven’t been made overnight like apple’s new maps, these have been refined over years and give some accurate results. The only reason why these are not as popular as other mapping software like Google maps, due to the fact that Nokia provides it only for their devices.

Now we know that Nokia puts in a lot of thoughts when it comes to the cam on their phones. So Nokia have added another neat feature, which they call “Smart Shoot”. This new app lets you capture the best part of the moment by taking simultaneously multiple pics.

Nokia Lumia 920 comes in glossy yellow, glossy red, glossy white, matte cyan, matte grey and matte black. The device is expected to be launched towards end of October or by first week of November.

What we advise

For all those who like awesome, futuristic devices and don’t judge a smartphone by the number of cores the processor has, BUY this phone!!  You will not regret it. The Nokia Lumia 920 price in India is Rs.35,299.