To be true, Nokia Lumia 920 is Windows Phone 8 flagship handset and its great features will ensure its success
By Raaj Datta
Nokia has launched the Lumia 920 with a bold statement that lays claim as the ‘flagship’ device for the Windows Phone 8. With wireless charging and a touchscreen that works even with gloves, the claim of flagship is encouraging, but there are others as well who have come up with equally beautiful smartphones that work on the same platform.
Microsoft is directly endorsing the Windows Phone 8 running Nokia Lumia 920 and there lies the reason for the claim. Further, Microsoft and Nokia have joined hands for a global marketing campaign with a budget of more than $1.3 billion. The devices from Samsung and HTC that run on the same platform are also about to hit the shelves, but Nokia is the exception to build phone running solely on the Windows platform.
At the launch event, Microsoft revealed specs that are common to all the Windows Phone 8 devices – all of which have fine differences in the design. All the Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale in November at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon in the U.S. as well as at carriers and retailers around the world. However, for Nokia Lumia 920 and the 820, AT&T will remain the exclusive carrier in the U.S.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has arrived after the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 5, and there’s little surprise that the specs are nearly as good or better in some areas. The Lumia 920 packs in a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and boasts a 4.5-inch screen with 1280×768 resolution IPS display. Interestingly, the pixel density is more than that of the iPhone 5 and the GS3.
The other phones that were unveiled alongside the Lumia 920 are the HTC 8X and Samsung ATIV S. Both these devices pack in specifications similar to the one from Nokia. The 8X has a 4.3-inch screen while the ATIV S has the largest screen measuring 4.8-inch. Microsoft pointed out the best features of the phones, which include the state-of-the-art photography with the optical stabilisation of the Lumia 920, and the f2.0 aperture and a dedicated HTC ImageChip of the 8X.
Connectivity-wise, the top three Windows Phone 8 devices will be at par. NFC is there as well as the Wallet technology that can store debit and credit card information on the phone. Nokia will feature the exclusive wireless charging feature which is fresh new technology for smartphones. However, the biggest incentive for buyers would the ability to work seamlessly with Windows 8 PCs and tablets.
What does the Lumia 920 mean to Nokia?
Nokia currently does not figure among the top five mobile companies, but the way it’s going with the Lumia 920 and the new association with Microsoft, there could be some respite. Resent results show that Nokia has shipped around 2.9 million units of the existing Lumia lineup.
The losses are shrinking but the Finnish phone maker is yet to touch the sunny side of the margin. As far as HTC and Samsung are concerned, it’s not exactly a make or break situation, but for Nokia it seems so. The flagship claim better stand up to it.