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Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs

Leaked press shots of Nokia's next-generation Lumia devices show Windows Phones that will stand out from their peers.

Nokia almost made it all the way to its planned September 5 event without the details of its new Windows Phones leaking. On Friday, however, they did leak--and they look pretty good. The bright and cheery Lumia 920 PureView and Lumia 820 will further differentiate Nokia's devices from competitors the crowded smartphone market.

Images of the new devices, published on Twitter by @evleaks, show two series of smartphones that take the design language of the Lumia 900 and Lumia 800 a step further.

The Lumia 920 PureView is interesting for several reasons. First, the pictures show gray, yellow, and red devices, meaning Nokia is serious about shying away from drab designs. Further, the display of the device is said to measure 4.5 inches, an improvement over the Lumia 900's 4.3-inch display.

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Most important, the fact that the worlds "PureView" are in the name signal that the device might have an absolutely killer camera. Earlier this year, Nokia released the PureView 808, a 4.1-megapixel camera. The 808's PureView camera, the result of five years of engineering work, can deliver insane amounts of zoom at full resolution. Some of the imagery captured by the 808 over the last few months has been astounding in quality. Nokia said that it would port this technology to its Windows Phone devices, and it appears that this Lumia 920 PureView is the first Windows Phone device to offer this amazing camera tech.

Beyond these few details, little else is known about the Lumia 920.

The Lumia 820 images show a smoother take on the smartphone design, with gentle curves and corners. It is said to include a 4.3-inch display, which matches that of the Lumia 900 and beats the Lumia 800's 3.7-inch display by a wide margin. It, too, has a visible camera, but apparently not PureView technology.

According to the leaked press shots, it will come in a huge selection of colors, including white, black, gray, red, yellow, blue and purple.

Nokia and Microsoft are hosting an event in New York City on September 5. The company has been hinting that some serious new hardware is on the way, and the Lumia 920 PureView and Lumia 820 are probably what will be on display.

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Philip
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Philip,
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9/4/2012 | 8:40:51 PM
re: Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs
Yeah, true! I can see that if you go all-in with a particular vendor, it becomes a sticky situation that's hard to back out of!

I myself have had 5 different smartphone OS's in the past decade, and have tried to keep things as non-proprietary as possible. Perhaps it's because I'm very interested in staying as an early adopter that keeps me from wanting to get too entrenched-- it's got its pros and cons, for sure. My approach probably takes more work because it's not as seamless.
Aden11
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Aden11,
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9/4/2012 | 6:22:45 PM
re: Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs
Philip: I think I disagree with you. For example: I am using iPhone since 2008, I also own iPad, Apple TV and MBP. Over the period of several years, I bought many many Apps, TV shows, movies and music. At the same time, I also subscribe iTunes Match, which I love it cause I have more 100GB of music library. And I don't have to worry about space on my cellphone or iPad. I can carry my music everywhere. I stop buying CDs years ago and I buy everything from iTunes store. It is much for comfortable and easy for me.

I love Nokia's new Lumia series, I think it is the most beautiful cellphone in the market. Nokia did a wonderful job and full credit goes to their designers. The only drawback is Window's platform and I personally not a huge fan of Windows. So for me at this stage it is extremely difficult to switch OS and learn everything from the start.
Philip
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Philip,
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9/4/2012 | 5:57:19 PM
re: Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs
For desktops, I certainly agree that the difficulty to switch platforms is there, both in learning a new OS, but also in the significant costs of buying new hardware and software (which is in the tens or hundreds of dollars). However, from a smartphone perspective, they're all simpler than desktops/laptops, and hence much easier to adopt and switch.There's the obsolescence cycle that has most people upgrading to a new phone every two years or so, not only because after two years, most smartphones are relatively obsolete, but also because the phone would have been dropped, scratched, battery life reduced, etc. Smarphone apps also tend to be a lot cheaper.

In any case, I do hope the smartphone market remains competitive, with a few viable options rather than just iOS and Android-- this competition benefits all of us as end users.
TS2912
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TS2912,
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9/3/2012 | 8:21:10 PM
re: Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs
FORTY ONE megapixel!!! Not 4.1 Megapixel (which every phone has been having for the past 10 years)

How can you make a mistake like that?
Johnnythegeek
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Johnnythegeek,
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9/3/2012 | 11:58:23 AM
re: Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs
As hard as Microsoft and Nokia try to instill interest in the Windows phone with huge marketing ad campaigns. The fact the Windows phone's have not garnered much in increased market has convinced me that they chemistry is all wrong. As many have already switched to either a Android phone or a iPhone from Apple. I have to wonder what possible feature a Windows phone could have that would all of a sudden make Windows phones popular. After all, you are talking about users adopting to a system of cloud storage, application stores and just like choosing OS X or Windows on a PC. Once you choose its hard to switch to something else. What should have been a wake up call for Microsoft and Nokia about Windows mobile is the lack of interest in it. Yet, Microsoft has chosen a similar UI and path for desktop Windows 8. Will similar grumblings from users that its not what they want. Why is it that Microsoft is willing to alienate a core user group of Windows desktop users in order to attract a potential group of Windows tablet users which has yet to be proven even exists? Is Microsoft going after another market where much of the pie is already gone to Apple and Android? Just look at RIM and Palm as perfect examples of how late to the game forces you to forfeit your team.
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