If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the shiny and colourful new Lumias from Nokia, the wait is over. At today’s press event in Delhi, Nokia’s just announced that the Lumia 920 and the 820 will go on sale in India starting tomorrow. The Lumia 920 will retail for 38,199, while its younger sibling, the 820 will sell for 27,559. I expect the actual market prices to be slightly lower. Cities to get the devices tomorrow itself include Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, while the others will follow. The Lumia 620 is expected in mid February.
The Lumia 920 will come with 2GB of data per month for 3 months with Airtel, while the 820 will have the same amount of free data, but on Vodafone. Nokia’s wireless accessories will be on demo starting tomorrow, however they will only go on sale at a later date. Hence, no word on pricing yet.
Considering the competition and the prevailing conversion rates, Nokia’s priced its new offerings fairly competitively. The Lumia 920 comes with impressive functionality that includes an excellent PureView camera that’s great for low light photography, and for times when you can’t keep the phone steady. Then there’s also wireless charging, a super sensitive PureMotion HD+ touchscreen that lets you use it with gloves on, a snappy dual core S4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, NFC and it runs Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8 OS. Not to mention the excellent Nokia Maps/Drive app, Mix Radio for streaming music and a year’s subscription to Nokia Music.
The Lumia 820 shares a lot of the 920’s internals when it comes to processing power, so Windows Phone 8 will feel just as snappy. However unlike the 920, there are no PureView optics in play, but you do get a pretty capable 8 Megapixel Carl Zeiss camera. The 480 x 800 pixel screen is also a bit of step down, but considering its a good 10,000 INR cheaper and other phones in this price bracket don’t come with HD screens, there isn’t much to complain. The Lumia 820 will have swapable shells that come in Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White, Blue and Violet, letting you personalise the phone even weeks after you’ve bought it. It also packs support for a microSD card lets you side load music, video, apps without using Microsoft’s desktop clients.
With Windows Phone have matured nicely with the 8.0 release, Nokia’s finally in a position to aggressively push its devices to consumers. Expect a detailed review soon.