Announcing the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920

These are exciting times for Windows Phone. In June we showed the first glimpses of Windows Phone 8, our most ambitious release ever. Then Samsung last week unveiled its first Windows Phone 8 device, the sleek ATIV S.

Today, everyone here was glued to their screens watching Nokia show off its two gorgeous next-generation Lumias with some great accessories and apps at their press event in New York City. Scroll down (as if you haven’t already) and look at just how stunning these new phones are. We’re very excited to be working with Nokia and can’t wait for you to hold these phones in your hand later this year.

As Steve Ballmer noted on stage today, this year is shaping up to be something historic for all of Microsoft. Windows Phone 8 is part of a reimagined Windows, with a unified experience spanning phones, tablets and PCs. Whether you’re looking at Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, you’ll experience our unique look and feel with Live Tiles and will have the same built-in access to Microsoft cloud services like SkyDrive and Xbox Music.

While today’s event is about Nokia’s beautiful new phones, you’ll hear much more about Windows Phone 8 later this year—keep your eyes on our blog and windowsphone.com.

The Lumia 920 features a 4.5” PureMotion HD+ display (the world’s brightest, fastest, and most sensitive touchscreen) as well as an integrated Qi battery so users can charge wirelessly.

The Lumia 920 (above) features a 4.5” PureMotion HD+ display (the world’s brightest, fastest, and most sensitive touchscreen) as well as an integrated Qi battery so users can charge wirelessly. The Lumia 820 (below) features a 4.3” OLED Wide Video Graphics Array (WVGA) display, a 1.5 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon processor, and comes in an array of colors.

 The Lumia 820 features a 4.3” OLED Wide Video Graphics Array (WVGA) display, a 1.5 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon processor, and comes in an array of colors.

And here’s a few shots from today’s Nokia event in New York City, which also featured Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (top), and Joe Belfiore (middle), head of Windows Phone program management, showing off the new Windows Phone 8 Start screen. Steve Ballmer and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (bottom) hold up their new Lumias running Windows Phone 8.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on stage in New York City at the unveiling of the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920.

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, head of Windows Phone program management gives a demo during the unveiling of the Lumia 820 and 920. 

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop, president and CEO of Nokia, show off their new Lumias running Windows Phone 8.