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Nokia and Microsoft have announced two new smartphones running Windows Phone 8 OS – Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920. Both phones are very different from other smartphones and both feature enormous displays, super-sensitive camera and wireless charging.

These smartphones will determine future – at least for Nokia and Microsoft. Nokia once again shows its independent development line from the rest of the market, or, as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer summed it up: “The new Lumias are different than other smartphones on the market.”

This is especially evident on Lumia 920, which boasts the same Pure View camera technology as previously seen on Nokia Pure View 808. However, instead of the extreme 41 megapixels, Lumia 920 features “only” 8.7 megapixels. With the help of an optical image stabilizer which allows a longer exposure time, this camera captures up to five times more light than other smartphone cameras.

The image software is also promising. A Smart Shoot can automatically remove unwanted persons from images. With additional software called Lenses, you can extend the image editing possibilities and camera functionality – you can take panoramic photos and search images on Bing.

Nokia breaks the ice by introducing wireless charging technology. Much anticipated by smartphone users, wireless charging had previously been available only through expensive third-party solutions. This time, Nokia introduces the integrated, industrially standardized wireless charging technology.

The navigation software was largely improved, by integrating the “Augmented Reality” feature to the Nokia City Lens – the function displays local information from the camera, for example through restaurants or shops.

The screen of Nokia Lumia 920 is 4.5 inches wide, with resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. With the improved adjustment controls, color and brightness can match the ambient light now so it will be easy to read even in bright sunlight. Both phones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Dual-Core Processor with 1 GB RAM and 32 GB storage memory. Memory expansion via microSD cards will not be available.

The smaller model, Nokia Lumia 820, also has an 8 megapixel camera, but has without Pure View technology. It will feature 8 GB and a smaller screen at 800 x 480 pixels resolution.

Windows Phone 8 also features innovations in the field – the new operating system enables more information on the home screen, Internet Explorer can now be adapted to match your preferences, for example, you will be able to create your own icons for frequently used functions. You will also be able to create screenshots by using a key combination, a pinch-to-zoom camera function has also been added, and photos can be automatically uploaded to the SkyDrive.

Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 will be released later this year and  the success of the new Lumias will be crucial for both companies – Nokia, once the world’s market leader has been losing the market steadily for years, remaining far behind Apple’s iPhone.  This is also a time of the complete restructuring for Microsoft, with its Surface tablet hitting the market soon, the new version of Office set for release in early 2013 and its big entry on the smartphone market.

Time will tell if Microsoft and Nokia are doomed to success.



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