Ever since late June when Microsoft held release preview for Windows Phone 8 fans of the platform had been awaiting Nokia’s hardware that would launch Windows Phone 8 properly. Today Nokia unveiled a couple new devices and its flagship, the Lumia 920, was once. Did it meet the hype after a couple days worth of intentional videos and tweets being pushed out to generate buzz for today’s event?
Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the past few days you watched the live stream of the event anticipating a refreshed update to the iconic design that debuted with the Lumia 800 and continued with the Lumia 900. This is exactly what was shown off. The curved, polycarbonate unibody and slightly curved glass pairs with a range of impact colors to wet your palette. When Nokia put the 920 on screen there was an appreciative but understated applause. The kind you get when people see what they expect to see. Luckily Nokia’s showing off was hadn’t got started in full.
- 4.5” WXGA Display (1280 x 768) resolution
- 8.7MP PureView Camera w/ Carl Zeiss Optics
- 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon S4
- 2,000 mAh battery
- 32GB of storage (Micro SD slot too)
- PureMotion HD+ Display Tech. An upgrade to the ClearBlack Display tech they are famous for.
- Buttons and back lens covering made out of ceramic to reduce scratches.
- Wireless charging built in.
- 2.5x faster pixel transition than any other display.
Nokia debuted the hardware then began to rattle off all the impressive software enhancements coming to the device.
- SmartShoot Camera Lens
- Cinemagraphs Camera Lens
- Advanced camera optic algorithms which brings the platform up to speed with the great Symbian based optics.
- City Lens is now out of beta and ready to introduce augmented reality
- Nokia announced that offline mapping is not just caching but true off line mapping.
- Nokia maps gets Augmented Reality with a tie-in to City Lens and also you can find a location using maps and get turn-by-turn directions while in maps. (Previously had to start up Nokia Drive separately for driving directions.)
Nokia raised the expectations this past week, taking digs at Samsung’s Windows Phone announcement, pushing out suggestive video promos for the event and it could have turned into a dud that sealed Nokia’s fate. Much to my delight Nokia managed to exceed my expectations and many others while sticking with their iconic design and choosing to focus much more on value added hardware and software services. For a company that is committed to being the Where company today was the first sign that they are in excellent position not just to lead Windows Phone but the entire mobile community. Forget about the Nokia Lumia 920 meeting the hype, it exceeds it.