The Lumia 920 and 820 went on sale in India last week, and we were able to walk into a Nokia Priority Store on launch day and pick up 3 Lumia 920s, one in roaring red, one in glorious yellow and one in elegant white. So if you’ve been on the fence about which Lumia 920 to pick up, the following video should help answer that. Personally, speaking, my struggle was choosing between the Yellow and Red.
The Lumia 920 comes to India in Yellow, Red, White and Black for now. The first three colours feature a glossy finish, while the Black comes in matte, similar to the Lumia 800. The new Lumias had initially launched in a selected number of cities across the country, but by now the rollout should have reached all major towns and cities. So if you’ve picked up a shiny new Lumia 920, let us know in the comments section below. (YouTube link to the unboxing):
The unboxing has also been filed on a Lumia 920 which was handheld throughout, and the following video itself presents an excellent example of the wonders Optical Image Stabilisation can achieve.
At the Lumia 920’s India launch, Nokia strapped a Lumia 920 and a Galaxy S3 to a quadcopter and flew it around the conference hall. While they didn’t refer to the S3 by name, but as a competitor’s device, one could tell. Both devices were strapped to the quadcopter (pictured below) side by side, and the quadcopter promised a very bumpy ride indeed.
I was able to film both quadcopter flying around, and the resulting footage captured from both smartphones, the difference was remarkable. (YouTube link)
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.
The Lumia 920 is first phone to pack optical image stabilisation, but what does it translate into in terms of real world usage? Simply put, the ability to whip the phone out of your pocket and take high quality shake free video that you would be proud to show off. Case in point is the video of an landing aircraft that I was able to capture.
The first part of the video is shot from a stationary car with the Lumia 920 panning around to follow the aircraft. It copes remarkably well with the handshake that comes from panning. However, things get even more interesting in the second part of the video where it is being filed from inside a moving car, so you can image the kind of hand shake that must have resulted in. But once again, the Lumia 920 handles the trying conditions with remarkable ease.
I will be following this post up with even more extensive tests, including comparisons with the Galaxy S3, iPhone 5 and the HTX 8X.
Yesterday Nokia announced its first Windows Phone 8 devices, the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820. The announcements were made at a joint press conference with Microsoft, and the world awaited the official consumer unveiling of the Windows Phone 8 operating system along with Nokia’s delicious hardware. Sadly, only one of them delivered. Microsoft for some strange reason still wants to keep WP8 under wraps, so it was upto Nokia to step up. So while the keynote might have become a bit of a drab because of us being forced to look at the WP 8 start screen being reorganised endlessly, make no mistake, Nokia’s Lumia 920 has actually raised the bar when it comes to premium smartphones.
For the first time, Nokia’s phones have parity with the top tech specs that Android manufacturers are throwing around. The Lumia 920 features a 4.5″ 1280 x 768 HD LCD display that uses Nokia’s Clear Black tech along with PureMotion HD+ that promises lag free scrolling due to extremely fast refresh rates, a 1.5 Ghz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, NFC, a 2000 mAh battery with support for wireless charging, an 8 MP PureView camera, topped off with a beautiful polycarbonate unibody construction that comes in yellow, grey, black, red and white.
The Lumia 920 has been blessed with the ‘PureView’ moniker, and this time Nokia’s focus has been on improving low light photography. To that end, the 920 becomes the first phone to feature optical image stabilisation, and coupled with a f 2.0 lens, it should allow you to take great low lights shots, and greatly reduce camera shake in our everyday shots as well. 1080 HD video recorded on the Lumia 920 will also benefit as because of OIS, the video will be a lot smoother and a lot less jumpy. If some of the images Nokia’s shared are to be believed, we are looking at a phone that truly deserves the PureView name.
Another ‘Pure’ tech that Nokia’s introduced with the Lumia 920 is the ‘PureMotion HD+’ display. While they could have just stuck to ‘PureMotion’ as far as the naming goes, the underlying technology is impressive here as well. You can use the Lumia 920 while wearing gloves, with objects and unlike other devices with capacitive screens, you aren’t restricted to using your hands directly. Plus the PureMotion HD+ tech helps remove any visible lag while scrolling, as the screen refreshes faster than any other display on a competing device. If you ask Nokia’s they’ll tell you that its also great for watching movies on the 920’s large 4.5″ display.
As far as I am concerned, Nokia has ticked all the right boxes with this device. A great design, top notch hardware, a great camera, beautiful display and a solid battery. Then there are also things like wireless charging and NFC to give users something new to play with. Nokia Maps have gone from strength to strength, and with Windows Phone 8 apps like Nokia Maps and Drive can talk to each other seamlessly. Nokia Music is already available in India, so if you look at the device, it does present a very compelling picture. I would have loved Microsoft to have done more to sell Windows Phone 8 to consumers, but since the actual launch of these devices is still more than a few weeks away, there may still be time.
If Windows Phone 8 is nearly as good as one hopes for, the Lumia 920 has the potential to bring Nokia screaming back into reckoning. Actually, roaring back.