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Will the Lumia 920 Put Nokia Back In the Game?

Steven Blum (translation)
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Tomorrow will be a big day for Finland's struggling-yet-on-the-mend phone manufacturer, Nokia. At a press conference in New York, Nokia is expected to unveil the Lumia 920 and thus return the company to its former glory. 

Remember the 90's? Almost every mobile phone user on the planet was carrying a brick-sized Nokia in their pocket. They were considered indestructiable, they were easy to use, and you could even play snake on them – who could resist?

But as Apple's iPhone ushered in the era of touch creens, Nokia missed the boat. Instead of creating nimble smartphones with touchscreen displays, they clung to their age-old Symbian OS, which was slow and error-prone. The result? Many loyal Nokia customers hunted around for alternatives – and migrated to iOS or Android. Google's OS was not only fast, but it offered the dream of customization and was used by many more developers and manufacturers.

In November 2011, Nokia triggered their emergency brakes and promptly switched to the Windows OS by Microsoft. Success remained elusive. With Microsoft, Nokia has found a strong patner and the Nokia Lumia sold okay, but the operating system was too new and the adoption rate still too low. Additionally, Microsoft couldn't guarantee that new versions of the Windows OS could run on older models. But Nokia remained undeterred and planned to create the next generation of Lumia phones. The fruits of their labor will be presented tomorrow in New York, but many specs and details have been leaked in advance.

Nokia Lumia 920– the Specs

 

  • Display: 4.5 inches with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels
  • CPU: Dual Core 1.5 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Internal Memory: 32 GB
  • Camera: 8 Megapixel (back), 1.3 Megapixel (front)
  • OS: Windows Phone 8

The tech specs are indeed quite interesting, although other manufacturers offer more. With just these specs, it may be hard for the Lumia 920 to leapfrog its competition. But we all know that a smartphone is much more than the sum of its parts, especially when a new OS is involved with many new features.

We're excited about the prospect of the inductive charging station, which will allegedly be included in the MSRP. A great extra, for sure!

However: inductive charging is no breakthrough. The Palm Pre created the first model to charge wirelessly three whole years ago. The Pre helped Palm out of their crisis but software problems continued to plague the platform. We all know how that turned out: now HP and Palm Pre have split and webOS is extinct. Will Nokia endure the same fate?

Is the Lumia 920 a phone that excites you? Or would you rather have a phone designed by Nokia but running Android 4.0?

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  • Dvoraak Sep 4, 2012 Link

    Success or failure will depend on mobile W8's success or failure. Nokia probably played it smart in that the Android OEM's were already well entrenched and struggling to outshine each other so, by going in another direction entirely, Nokia got to be the de facto leader in Windows phones for a time at least. 7.5 wasn't a great start but it did show sales potential.

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  • Anna F. Sep 4, 2012 Link

    The phone has pretty colors and the new version of windows phone seems cool, but that's about it. The new Lumia sports a HUGE bezel and that coupled with the screen's big size is a deal breaker for me... If the windows phone app store had more premium applications the phone's future would sure be brighter.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 4, 2012 Link

    The home screen looks duller than iOS to me and my understanding is that the benefit is the ability to unify different W8 platforms.... but..... I've also read that the UI formerly known as Metro is where those apps will be able to cross platform. Even if I put W8 on my PC I have no intention of using the interface that's designed for touchscreens so where's the cross platform benefit?

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    DaBartonator Sep 5, 2012 Link

    reminds me of a ipod nano mixed with a android

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  • Ilgaz Sep 5, 2012 Link

    People doesn't trust to Nokia and Ms. It is a very serious issue which can't be fixed technically.
    Just the hundred million highly technical symbian users bad mouthing them is a disaster itself which could be easily prevented.

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