Samsung have already announced their first WP8 smartphone, the Ativ S, and it is looking good. Today, Nokia have also announced two upcoming Windows Phone smartphones. The Finnish flagship is the Lumia 920.
Both the Ativ S and Lumia 920 are generally similarly-specified, with both featuring:
- 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait processor with Adreno 225 GPU
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 megapixel camera
From there, the differences begin. The Ativ S has a larger 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, against the Lumia 920’s 4.5-inch PureMatrix HD Plus display, which Nokia says improves on the ClearBlack Display technology. It also lets you touch the screen through gloves. While the Samsung Ativ S features a microSD card slot, the new Lumia flagship lacks that.
The Lumia flagship’s camera, while 8 megapixels, features Nokia’s “PureView” technology and Carl Zeiss lens. PureView basically is about optical stabilisation to improve the quality of the images taken, plus enhanced low-light performance. Perhaps this is why Nokia didn’t bother with Xenon flash this time. How that works out in real use is left to be seen.
Lastly, the Nokia Lumia 920 also packs in LTE connectivity.
The Windows Phone 8 OS that both competing flagships run is now a compelling mobile platform. Its feature list includes:
- NFC, Wallet Hub, Skype And VOIP
- Photoburst mode in camera
- OTA software updates
- Wi-Fi hotspot
Nokia also announced the Lumia 820, a 4.3-inch display sibling to the 920 that runs pretty much the same internals.
The question now is, with the two flagships showcasing what is possible with Windows Phone 8, are you looking forward to buying a Windows Phone 8 smartphone soon?
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