New Nokia Lumia 920, 820 to feature wireless charging

Nokia is expected to unveil Windows Phone 8-based devices this week that will feature wireless charging.

Nokia's new wireless charging pad?
(Credit: Evleaks)

The Lumia 820 and 920 handsets will use inductive charging, in which contacts on the device will line up with contacts on a charging pad, sources have told The Verge. Earlier today, Twitter user "Evleaks" posted a photo of what is purportedly one of the new handsets on the charging pad.

The phones, which will reportedly support the Qi wireless power standard, are expected to be unveiled on Wednesday at a press event in New York.

Images of what is purportedly the 4.5-inch Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 leaked on the web last week, and teased that the handsets would be bundled with PureView — camera technology that can capture up to 41 megapixels of digital information. The Lumia 920 is also expected to feature 32GB of device storage, 1GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, while the 820 is expected to feature 8GB of storage.

Nokia teased the press event in a video last week that shows a woman riding a bike down a street. About midway through that clip, a text overlay comes up that reads: "Things are about to change". The video's description on YouTube adds a few more details, saying that the change is coming "5 September 2012. Stay tuned!".

CNET has contacted Nokia for comment and will update this report when we learn more.


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kalval posted a comment   

If those leaked images are the actual phone, don't expect 41MP in either of those phones. It's much more likely to be a scaled down version of pureview that uses the same oversampling technology and other pureview features, but fits in a smaller chassis and is possible to manufacture in large volumes. It would be silly for Nokia to make their flagship device too thick, or too difficult to deliver in high volumes at launch. If there is a 41MP model, it will be a separate model to the flagship, only available off-contract and probably quite expensive.

Hopefully windows phone 8 will have enough new features to become a serious player. Microsoft has a really great ecosystem otherwise, it'd be nice to have a new mobile OS to fill in the gaps. It is looking promising, I read on another site that not even samsung (who have already announced the ativ S windows phone 8) have been allowed to see all the features in the new OS. That implies there must be some new features that they don't want to see cropping up in other phones before WP8 is released.


trebor83 posted a comment   

Excellent. Innovation backing up design. Now we just need the software to be up to scratch as well and Winows Phone could actually become the third force in smartphones it has been promising to be.

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