Check out our review of the Nokia Lumia 820 Windows 8 phone.
In addition to the new Lumia 920, Nokia also announced the Windows Phone 8 Lumia 820 at its special New York event. As the names suggest, the pair are an evolution of the existing Lumia 800 and 900 devices, with the 820 taking care of the important mid-level of the range.
Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not all that different to the Lumia 920 in terms of specification, with only a couple of differences. The big change is with the camera, as the 820 doesn’t use Nokia’s PureView technology, but it does still have a Carl Zeiss-lensed, 8-megapixel sensor with 1080p video recording and a dual-LED flash — so it’s far from being basic.
The screen is smaller at 4.3-inches, and has a more standard 480 x 800 pixel resolution, but it still incorporates the Super Sensitive touch technology — that allows the screen to still function even when you’re wearing gloves — and the Sunlight Readability mode for increased brightness when out and about.
Nokia has used the same 1.5Ghz, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and provided it with 1GB of RAM to play with, however the built-in memory has decreased down to 8GB.
Like many Nokia’s of old, the Lumia 820 has switchable rear covers, which come in a variety of eye-catching colors, plus they can be swapped out for one that offers wireless charging for the 1650mAh battery.
Other features include a microSD card slot, a VGA front-mounted camera, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.1, NFC and like the Lumia 920, connectivity for LTE and HSPA+ networks. It’s also compatible with Nokia Music, newly launched in the USA this week, plus Nokia’s City Lens app, which combines augmented reality services such as reviews and local information, with navigation.
Despite the presence of the Microsoft crew, including Steve Ballmer, it was obviously decided not to provide a launch date for Windows Phone 8 or its associated hardware at the event. Therefore, Nokia’s press release merely says that both new Lumia phones will be “shipping in select markets later this year.”