All eyes on new Lumias

AFTER all the buzz about the new additions to the Nokia Lumia series, the flagship Nokia Lumia 920 and the tag-along Nokia Lumia 820 are finally making their way to our shores.

The two new models run on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system and will be pitted against the wide number of Android as well as Apple’s iOS smartphones in this competitive segment.

Both Nokia Lumia devices come with an impressive list of unique features with Windows Phone 8 providing a more personal smartphone experience.

The Nokia Lumia 920 packs a huge punch with its 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display with ClearBlack technology. It resists even the brightest sunlight and delivers sharp and blur-free content, for best outdoor viewing experience on any smartphone.

Its sleek polycarbonated body with rounded edges and curved glass finishing provides a firm grip. It comes in yellow, red, white and black.

Besides its sleek design, the Nokia Lumia 920 also offers an 8.7-megapixel camera with Nokia’s signature PureView imaging technology and f/2 lens from Carl Zeiss, allowing one to capture pretty great images.

With optical image stabilisation (OIS) and built-in revolutionary floating lens, the 920 ensures blur-free and crystal-clear images, even while you’re on the move or taking pictures in low-light conditions.

The Nokia Lumia 820, meanwhile, is a fashionable mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a compact design. In many ways, it is similar to the Lumia 920.

It is equipped with a sensitive 4.3-inch OLED ClearBlack display with curved sides and rounded corners that allow it to sit comfortably in your palm.

Its interchangeable back cover – in red, yellow, cyan, white and black – allows you to match the phone colour to your mood.

Both the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 run on a fast 1.5GHz dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor.

Both models not only provide quality photos and video but they can also be turned into a little editing suite – editing images, putting amazing filters and creating fun GIF images with moving objects or people – through the Cinemagraph app.

One of the phones’ amazing features is Nokia Maps which is available offline and gives accurate turn-by-turn directions and routes that other maps may not have, including shortcuts through public buildings, parks and dedicated footpaths.

Nokia Maps also has public transport routes for over 450 cities around the world, and provides clear directions for driving.

Another great feature on both phones is Nokia City Lens, which provides an augmented reality overlay view of buildings, and instantly highlights places of interests. Just point your smartphone camera at a specific street while walking around town, and get access to information on restaurants, shops, hotels and more almost instantly.

At the launch event, Nokia product manager Steve Chan said: “With our continuing collaboration with Windows 8, the Nokia Lumia smartphone series will be the most personalised smartphones anyone can have.

“One of the new features that Windows 8 brought in is the Live Apps [which] brings information right to your start screen, such as the Groupon deal of the day, flight information and news headlines.

“Anything you want to put on Live Apps can be personalised to your needs. Live Apps such as Facebook can even deliver real-time information right to your lock screen.”

The new Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are priced at RM1,999 and RM1,599 respectively at Nokia retail stores.

Mobile operators Celcom and Digi will also carry the devices at a pricing to be announced later.

Pre-orders are also available at all Nokia stores with the devices slated to arrive by Dec 21.