Nokia Lumia 920 is first Windows Phone with PureView camera

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Nokia unwrapped its flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone overnight, delivering its PureView imaging technology to the Microsoft-made mobile platform.

the new Nokia Lumia 920, in delightful banana yellow.
(Credit: Nokia)

"The Nokia Lumia 920 captures better images and video than any competitor smartphone," said Nokia's Jo Harlow at the phone's launch event in New York.

The camera doesn't have the 41-megapixel (MP) resolution of the PureView 808 phone that was released earlier this year, with a more conventional 8MP sensor in its place. It does have the same oversampling image capture that defines the PureView branding, so the images taken should be of a similar quality to those that critics have raved about in the 808.

It also has an image-stabilisation system that Nokia is calling a "floating lens". Comprised of many small springs, the floating lens reacts to a users movements, however slight, to make sure that the final image isn't ruined by judder.

Aside from imaging, Nokia is also boasting an improved touchscreen experience on its latest smartphones, with new tech from touch partners Synaptics. Dubbed ClearPad Series 3, the new Synaptics touch tech can apparently be used when the gloves are being worn or when the users has long fingernails.

The Lumia 920 will run on the new Microsoft Windows Phone 8 platform, and will be one the first phones on the platform to sport an HD-resolution screen. The handset ships with a 4.5-inch IPS LCD with a 1280x768-pixel panel, equating to a pixel density of about 332 pixels per inch.

Nokia chose a dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor to power the 920, with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone also has an NFC chip built-in and hardware to support wireless charging on a selection of Nokia-designed charging stations. The Lumia 920 comes with a 2000mAh battery built in to the handset, which should be sufficient for a solid day's worth of use.



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trebor83 posted a comment   
Australia

Sigh.

Lumia 920 - 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 = Too damn big
Ativ S - 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 = As above
Lumia 820 - 4.3 inch 800x480 screen = Last Generation

Come on HTC! Give me a Windows Phone 8 handset I can actually buy. (never thought I'd be saying that...)

 

sunAu posted a comment   
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what a troll this idot Joshp H so call tech what ever they claim !!!!!!!!!!!! do not lie to reader they not dumb like to belive all your rubbish get your act clear befor you bulshit if you dont know dont write mate 326 ppl where that coming from ? that 332ppi beacuse this nokia they boasting if big A did this that was innovative and best thing happen to world bullshit we all know cnet are bunch of fanboy they only get excited with some gimick made by Aaaaaaa

 

Pacewax posted a reply   
Australia

Your English gave me cancer.

 

Michelle Starr posted a reply   
Australia

Do you need a hug?

 

ShannonG posted a comment   
Australia

You tech journos are hopeless at properly reporting on anything other than the iphone. the screen is wxga 1280x768 and the camera does not do oversampling like the 808 pureview, instead it has an optical stabilisation system which allows it to keep the shutter open longer and with a larger aperture capture more light creating clearer blur free images in all lighting conditions period.

 

KeeganSmith47 posted a comment   

I'm really hoping this phone and the Windows 8 system are both as good as they claim to be. These new handsets with the new Windows 8 OS are looking to be top shelf!




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