Back in May 2012, I penned A guide to the Nokia Lumia family. At the time, there were just four members of said family, but it was confusing enough – with three of the four having 3.7in displays, and a different cross-section of three having 1.4GHz processors.
We now find ourselves in January of space year 2013AD, and the Nokia Lumia family has doubled in size. For the mathematically challenged among you, that’s eight Nokia Lumia smartphones.
When Nokia first announced its new naming convention, essentially ‘the higher the number, the higher the specs’, I was all for it. But even now, with just eight Lumia devices, it can be mighty confusing (hence this guide).
Confusinger still, Nokia is currently releasing Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 handsets, though, as a general rule: if it ends with ‘10’ or ‘00’, it’s Windows Phone 7; if there’s a ‘20’ on the end, it’s Windows Phone 8.
Er, having said that, there are network exclusives in the form of the Nokia Lumia 822 (Verizon), Nokia Lumia 810 (T-Mobile) and Nokia Lumia 505 (TelCel), but let’s quickly breeze past them before we get really confused.
Okay, onto these new Nokia Lumia smartphones. How are we gonna do this? Numerical order? Why the heck not?
As the Finns’ numbering system thingy reveals, the entry-level Nokia Lumia 510 a) has the most modest specs of the bunch, and b) runs Windows Phone 7.
Nokia Lumia 510 specs are indeed modest, and include a 4in display (480 x 800), 800MHz Snapdragon S1 processor, 256MB of RAM, 5MP rear camera without flash, and 4GB internal storage (no microSD).
With the Nokia Lumia 510 SIM free price tipped to be around £160, we can’t see this chap doing particularly well – not when the Nokia Lumia 610 has been selling for literally half that.
Are you getting used to this numbering system yet? Yes, the Nokia Lumia 620 (note the ‘20’) is the third in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 range.
Interestingly, while your reaction to the Nokia Lumia 510 was largely negative, you peeps were fairly positive about the Nokia Lumia 620. Well, at first.
In any case, Nokia Lumia 620 specs include a 3.8in display (480 x 800), dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP rear camera (with flash), and 8GB internal storage (augmentable via microSD).
The Nokia Lumia 820 was one of two Windows Phone 8 smartphones launched by Nokia back in September, acting as a lower-priced, lower-specced alternative to the flagship Nokia Lumia 920.
The back panel is interchangeable, allowing you to change the colour of your Nokia Lumia 820 at will, and attach – if you’re so inclined – the wireless (ahem) charging shell.
Nokia Lumia 820 specs include a 4.3in display (480 x 800), dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera (no PureView), and 8GB internal storage (with microSD, phew).
It’s probably fair to say that the Nokia Lumia 820 has been overshadowed by the Nokia Lumia 920, though we expect to see some sexy deals in due course.
And so to our favourite Finnish manufacturer’s flagship, the Windows Phone 8-rockin’ Nokia Lumia 920.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has made its fair share of headlines in its relatively short history. Nokia committed to an ethics review after admittedly faking Lumia 920 camera footage.
We also heard that Nokia chose not to “defile” the Nokia Lumia 920 with a microSD slot, and let’s not forget the controversial EE (Everything Everywhere) exclusivity. Yeah, that’s the perfect plan for a flagship (sigh).
Nokia Lumia 920 specs include a 4.5in display (768 x 1280), dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and 32GB internal storage (no microSD).
And that’s the Nokia Lumia family as it stands at the moment. See you again in another seven months. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a wee list. Behold:
- Nokia Lumia 510
- Nokia Lumia 610
- Nokia Lumia 620
- Nokia Lumia 710
- Nokia Lumia 800
- Nokia Lumia 820
- Nokia Lumia 900
- Nokia Lumia 920