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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 (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.
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.
Words can't describe the excitment I have for this year in Microsoft. All the new tech coming out is going to be pretty intense. Can't wait to get my hands on my new Lumia 920.
Finally, curved glass for the Lumia 900-series, which the 900 should have had. Don't get me wrong, I love my 900, but I can't WAIT to get my hands on a 920!! START SHIPPING NOW!!! >.<
I remember I had a wristband clock that had curved glass. It got soooo much more scratched than the flat-glass watches I owned. I'm worried this would happen to my Lumia 920 too...
nokia didnt pull it off, again. main focus was the camera wihich is not important. and a 20000mha battery. REALLY samsung is using a 23000mha on a phone with the same specs
Love the 920, wish it came in purple like the 820 but I like the red also.
I couldn’t care less about WP. Facebook app sucks, Viber sucks, no Instagram, not enough games/apps, most apps are poorly engineered, compass points the wrong way. The only good thing is the start screen, but that does not make a good OS. So no M$, maybe next time.
Did they announce which carrier(s) will get the Lumia 920 and 820 phones?
@AriesDog, not yet but I think we can assume existing carriers of the Lumia 800 or 900 will offer these.
Glad to see with different colors :)
Really impressed BUT
The only thing I personally don't like about it: it's TOO heavy.
With 185g of weight it's maybe the heaviest smartphone on the market.
@luizmeme: I for one don't rely on the Facebook app, I just use the built-in features to Windows Phone, which is good enough for me. I don't use Viber or Instagram. But blame Instagram (now Facebook) for not opening up their API or releasing an official app. The compass has always worked for me. Maybe you are using a very poorly written app?
@ luizmeme "No Instagram" - it is a "pros" part as for me :)
I love the curves on the 920 i was looking at the iPhone 5 but im going to wait for some reviews of these first
Well the NOKIA still the best Phone company in the world wide, and I want to say congrats for the NOKIA, because a month after month NOKIA is being better, well as I see in my country Lebanon, the NOKIA is #1 and then #2 the Andriod Phones and #3 iPhone and then #4 is the BlackBerry's phones, well this is a huge progress for NOKIA :)
This answers the question Nokia talked a lot of smack to Samsung and backed it up. This has to be a first you don't have first to be the BIG dog you have to bring the goods
@Morten Nielsen -- your watch didn't have gorilla glass. Lumia screens are impervious to scratches...don't worry...go for it!! :)
@luizmeme -- why are you on a WP blog? Instagram??? Really?? Yes, your compass IS pointing in the wrong direction. :(
@MsgtFlash -- look at the 2nd picture in this blog. Third phone down in the stack. Purple!!! You got your wish!! Happy WP-ing.
The Lumia 900 is awesome and these phones look to be an awesome step up. Can't wait
Wow! i'm really impresed with this phone nothing can compares with the beauty of NOKIA 920 .I'm looking for yellow or white color
AMAZING phone and so excited too can't wait.
One of the reasons Microsoft Windows phone is doing poorly in the USA is due to poor advertisement from Microsoft. Microsoft is being so tight with a dollar they are not advertising their own product. This is so sad. They should just fire the whole advertising/promotion department. Apple has better advertisement or someone pushing their product. Microsoft appears lazy in selling their own product. Apple appears to have fresher, younger, hungrier people working for them. Microsoft appears tired or just sitting on old victories.
FTW! I want a Lumia 920 right now! :D
What happened to Cyan for the 920 flagship model? No SD card but having one on the cheaper 820 is also weird.
Wish the Teams at Nokia and Microsoft all the best on this one. Great looking device and software, just wish it was available in Jamaica (Caribbean).
Sound excellent ,does it synchronize with office especially outlook and in Arabic language ? If it does I am expecting a promising market in Arabic speaking countries like Saudia Arabia.We have difficulties with Android and looking for changes, I have many friends waiting for an answer.
MS and Nokia, you convinced me enough on your new hardware specs and technologies. but, i'm still not sold on the MARKETPLACE. That's IT! the Marketplace folks, please make apps that were popular among other competitors and not USELESS and crappy one. That is the only thing that i am holding off buying WP8 handsets. while the new iphone and new iOS is a few days away from launching, that is something i will look forward to purchase my next phone for 2 years contract.
You can download the whole Nokia Lumia 820/920 event from: newilk.com/.../Introducing%20Nokia%20Lumia%20820%20920.avi (672 MB)
Am I the only one who likes the grey color more than the yellow?
Microsoft, putting the cart (any WP8) device before the horse is shod (WP8) is not a great idea ... not even an ok idea. Especially when you are trying to gain suction in the market that is already rigged in favor of carriers. You're fracturing interest by NOT being available shortly after announcing your partners' products. Get your ish together!
Please tell me that the at least one of these lumia phones will be released on Verizon (bonus points for the Lumia 920)...
@turtorle I'm still using my old LG Quantum, bought during the roll out of Windows Phone 7. It weights 190g, so this guy is no "Biggie", literally. My wife also carries the same phone, so the weight is certainly not a problem. I think for the feature set you can easily get used to it.
Guys this "no apps" argument is getting old. There are over 100k apps. How many do you need? I realize that some of the apps on the other platforms are not there, but are they really make or break? I for one can live without Instagram, and I know it will come pretty soon anyway.
For the Windows Phone fanatics out there, let's just get our friends to adopt the thing and we'll grow from 5% to 10% in 2013.
For developers, if there isn't an app, write one, and stop making excuses. Then cross-post it on Windows 8 as well.
It is only the first Nokia Phone which has loaded with the amazing wireless charging.....
Lumia 920 looks very promising and the software has scored impressive improvements, bottom-up. Now, what is missing is a release date and an approximate price tag.
Finally got through to Nokia Care center yesterday evening. Was told the mainboard had to be replaced.
After some searching, I found many posts of others who’ve had swapped boards, and some that still had problems after that. Eventually, in most cases, the unit was just replaced. I can’t understand how Nokia expects anyone to accept back a two month old L920 (purchased for p25,000 = $600+) that has basically been “refurbished”.
No original purchaser wants a refurbished phone after just two months.
Philippine buyers beware. If you have any problems with your phone, Nokia considers it to be just tough luck, and you’ll end up with a refurbished phone with little if any resale value.
Read the details here:
This phone's pretty bulky, but is impressive.. I could realise Nokia's decision to adopting Windows Phone os, and is putting up some amazing phone, I came across a review on the 920 online, it's pretty good..www.gadgetride.com/.../nokia-lumia-920-full-review.html