Nokia and Microsoft came together today to announce the new line of Nokia Lumia phones. The new line includes the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 and will run Windows Phone 8.
Nokia took great pains to stress the sophistication of the phone’s camera for both pictures and video.
In addition, the Lumias will provide Nokia PureMotion HD+, Offline maps, free voice navigation, indoor mapping and augmented reality.
For processing power, the phones will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor which in their words is “Up to 30 percent more battery efficient than quad-core alternatives.”
The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with built-in wireless charging.
For the actual charging stations, Nokia has alliances Fatboy (among others). They are the makers of the Fatboy recharge pillow.
Nokia has built relationships with Virgin Airlines and The Coffee to allow for wireless charging on planes and in coffee shops. I’m sure we will hear more about those relationships in detail in the future.
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore also spoke about Windows Phone 8.
He stressed that Microsoft had over 100,000 Windows Phone applications and that Windows Phone 8 will run Windows Phone 7 applications.
Apart from the standard Windows Phone 8 demo, there were some new revelations. There is a screenshot feature in Windows Phone 8. The Home button and power activates the screenshots feature.
He took a screenshot during the demo and posted it to Twitter (below)
First ever wp8 public screenshot! http://t.co/QNTPAITQ
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) September 5, 2012
Also of import, Windows Phone 8’s ability to do a full resolution auto upload of photos to SkyDrive. he took photos with the phone and demonstrated that they were visible in SkyDrive.
“WIndows Phone 8 and the new Lumia 920 were developed side-by-side with the goal of building a better smartphone experience.”
Kevin Shields from Nokia also discussed the new Nokia 920 and it’s case strength (it’s really strong). he said the resolution is WXGA, higher than 720p.
Nokia have also included a technology called super sensitive touch – it allows people wearing gloves to use the screen. This was demoed as well.
More about wireless charging, they showed the new JPL powerup boombox. It allows for wireless charging as well as wireless music play.
The Lumia 920 also comes with integrated NFC.
They also showed “Smart Shoot” – a new technology that enables you to remove moving unwanted objects from your view before you take the photograph.
They showed “Cinemagraph” which allows you to modify pictures AFTER they are taken to add motion.
Then they moved on to the Lumia 820. 4.3 inch display.