Nokia's Lumia revolution took another step forward with the launch of the Lumia 920, the new Windows Phone 8 Apollo range-topper unveiled at an event co-hosted by Microsoft in New York today.
Featuring Microsoft's latest OS evolution, Nokia's PureView imaging tech, the City Lens AR service, and wireless charging, Nokia reckons the Lumia 920 is “the most innovative smartphone in the world”.
Both the Lumia 920 and the lesser Lumia 820 (also announced today) have been widely leaked over the past couple of weeks, but while their unveiling was short of the “one more thing” levels of excitement, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and head of devices Jo Harlow nonetheless painted a pretty impressive picture of the company's next-generation Windows Phones.
The Lumia 920, as expected, is the hero, boasting a polycarbonate shell (available in yellow, red, white, grey or black), a 4.5in PureMotion HD+ display, 8.7-megapixel PureView camera, and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
It may not have the 41 megapixels of the Nokia 808 PureView, but Nokia is still making a big deal of the camera smarts on board the Lumia 920. New image stabilisation technology “reacts to the minute movements in your hand to balance the lens”, Harlow told us, which effectively allows you to keep the shutter open for longer, increasing your photography options.
As for wireless charging, the leaks that have surfaced over the past couple of days have been right on the money, and sure enough you'll be able to charge up Nokia's new babies inductively via the Qi standard. Even without it, the Lumia 920 has an impressive 2,000mAh of battery juice to keep you going.
Nokia has always had a thing for services, and it's good to see it's managed to keep that focus even on Windows Phone.
And with the latest Lumia flagship, the on-board Nokia Maps service comes with full-fat offline maps and voice navigation out of the box, as well as the City Lens augmented reality service that you can kick into gear from the Maps app simply by lifting the handset up. Directions and nearby attractions will then be overlaid live on the screen.
The Lumia 920 features a new imaging tech called PureMotion HD+, which features “better than HD resolution” and the next generation of the company's ClearBlack tech which adjusts brightness and tone based on ambient light conditions.
The event also saw Microsoft's Joe Belfiore showing off some of Windows Phone 8 Apollo's top tricks, including taking the first ever public WP8 screenshot and posting it to Twitter. Not gimmicky at all, Joe...
We're still waiting on pricing and availability details, but will update as soon as we know more.