Nokia Unwraps Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8; How Does It Compare to Lumia 900?

Paul Lilly

After months of speculation and hype, Nokia today undressed its newest flagship smartphone -- Lumia 920 -- and bared its naked soul for all to see. The Lumia 920 is Nokia's much anticipated Windows Phone 8 device, the one that's supposed to turn the company's fortunes around and legitimize it as a true contender in the high-end smartphone sweepstakes that's currently led by Apple's iPhone family (iOS) and a handful of Android devices, most notably Samsung's Galaxy S III. So, how does the Lumia 920 compare to the Lumia 900 it replaces?

First and foremost, the Lumia 900 is a Windows Phone 7 device, and as was revealed earlier this year, no such piece of hardware is ever going to be christened with Windows Phone 8. Platform aside, let's take a look at the hardware.

Unlike the Lumia 900, the 920 is a power packed smartphone with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (along with 7GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage from Microsoft), and 4.5-inch HD (1280x768) IPS display. It has an 8.7MP rear-facing camera, 1080p video recording, 1280x960 front-facing camera, HSPA+ or 4G LTE connectivity, NFC support, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.1, and 2,000 mAh battery.

This is the Windows Phone you've been waiting for, and it's improved from the Lumia 900 in just about every way. For the sake of comparison, the 900 featured a 1.4GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 4.3-inch AMOLED display with an 800x480 resolution, 8MP rear-facing camera, 720p video recording, 1MP front-facing camera, no NFC support, and an 1,830 mAh battery.

Once again, Nokia is paying extra attention to the camera.

"The Lumia 920 is the first Windows Phone to benefit from PureView imaging technology and the first phone in the world to have physical Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for blur-free images even when your hand is not rock steady. It is the best camera we have ever put in a smartphone to date," Nokia said in a blog post .

All that's left is for Nokia to announce carrier pricing. In the meantime, check out the video below for more information.

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