Nokia’s media event has arrived, and CEO Stephen Elop has been on stage to welcome people and then introduces Jo Harlow (Head of Smartphones) to unveil the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 handsets, which look remarkably like the leaked images from late last week.

IDC predicts that 2012 that images taken from a mobile phone will surpass the number of images taken from a traditional camera.

Both handsets are running the newest Windows Phone 8 OS.

Lumia 820official Nokia site

The Lumia 820 is much bigger than its sibling the Lumia 800 (which I really liked the size of) with a 4.3” ClearBlack display and overall measurements of 123.8mm H x 68.5m W x 9.9mm D.

It doesn’t feature quite the same body design either, lacking the comfortable rounded edges that made the 800 a pleasure to hold.

The backplate is available in the same range of colours as the design, but Nokia’s mention of “wireless charging shells” implies Qi Wireless charging is an optional extra via the purchase of a specific backplate, not standard.

Key Specs:

  • 4.3" AMOLED display with ClearBlack Tech
  • SnapDragon S4 processor
  • 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss Optics
  • NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth (3.1)
  • 1650mah Battery – 8 hours talktime
  • 8GB of storage
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • MicroSD expansion up to 32GB

Lumia 920official Nokia site

The Lumia 920, like the 900 before it, is the big brother with a 4.5” display and measuring 130.3mm H x 70.8mm W x 10.7mm D.

The 920 appears to have the polycabonate unibody design we’re used to, and should be more solid for it. Because of this sealed design the Qi Wireless charging will have to be standard here.

Key Specs:

  • 4.5" IPS display with PureMotion HD+
  • SnapDragon S4 processor
  • 8.7MP PureView camera with Carl Zeiss Optics
  • NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth (3.1)
  • 2000mah Battery – 10 hours talktime
  • 32GB of storage NO MicroSD
  • 1GB of RAM.
  • MicroSD expansion

Both handsets have the micro-USB port moved to a standard location on the bottom.

However, there is no mention of price or availability which leaves things in a very much ‘ho hum’ sort of status. Obviously availability won’t be until Windows Phone 8 is released. There is also no mention of the speculated Nokia Windows 8 tablet, which has left us just a little disappointed!

Qi Wireless Charging

To make use of the Qi Wireless Charging you need a charging base. Nokia have introduced partnerships with Virgin Atlantic, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to install wireless charging plates for use, and Nokia claim there are many more partnerships to come.

At home however, you’ll need to get yourself a wireless charging base, and Nokia have a few – the “Wireless Charging Plate”, the “Wireless Charging Pillow by Fatboy” and the “Wireless Charging Stand”.

nokia lumia 820 and 920 qi wireless charging base plates

Windows 8

Jo Belfiore came on stage to talk about Windows Phone 8, although he said this would just be a preview and they were saving the full announcement for later.

The new Windows 8 homescreen was shown off, with the greater flexibility of the Live Tiles system demonstrated along with the improved People Hub.

There is improved Microsoft Account sign-in (previously Windows Live ID) giving tight integration with services such as SkyDrive and much better Xbox Live integration. We’ve heard that some games will be able to be paused on your Xbox and resumed on your Windows Phone 8 handset later.

Most of this was just touched over briefly though as clearly Microsoft aren’t ready to go fully into Windows 8 yet, and the Nokia handsets won’t be available to buy until Windows Phone 8 is ready to be released.

Live event images via: The Verge

Written By: Mark Debenham

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