Nokia recently announced that the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 will reach operators and retail outlets in select countries this week. Both phones will reach stores in France and the UK this week, then Russia and Germany, and further select markets including India through the rest of November.

“After seeing the enthusiastic response to the incredible innovation in the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, we’re eager for people to start experiencing the phones for themselves,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices. “We are focusing our efforts on working with partners who recognize the value of that innovation, and who are committed to helping Lumia and the Windows Phone platform break through in key markets around the world.”

The Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8's new Start screen

The Lumia 920 to reach India by November

The Nokia Lumia 920 includes the latest Nokia PureView camera, which the company claims captures five times more light than competitor smartphones. It gives bright pictures without flash, even indoors, and at night. It also features built-in wireless charging, making it easy to keep the battery topped up throughout the day, as well as a better-than-HD display.

The Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia Lumia 810, and Nokia Lumia 822 offer exchangeable covers in a range of colours. Both phones have the option to add wireless charging, have a sensitive touchscreen, and Nokia ClearBlack display technology. All phones come with the full suite of Nokia navigation applications, including Nokia City Lens, and Nokia Music that streams unlimited music directly to the phone.

Nokia took the wraps off its Lumia 920 at the Nokia World 2012 event in New York City. The Nokia Lumia 920 will pack in a Snapdragon S4 and a PureView sensor. It also comes with the Blink app, which is the smartphone's Burst mode. The smartphone will feature an LCD display, which is a little higher than the HD displays available now. With a polycarbonate body the phone will be available in many colours.
City Lens, an augmented reality app exclusive for the Lumia 920, gives information about restaurants and stores on the phone, while looking at the world through the camera.

The new 'lenses' feature in the camera enables you to edit a photo as you are taking it. Photosynth lens allows 360 degree panorama photos. Nokia states that the PureView captures between five and 10 times the light captured by other smartphone cameras, and the floating lens technology is for night shots to balance the lens and stabilise it for images and video.

Here is a quick look at the features of the Lumia 920:

  • 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels
  • 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC
  • Bluetooth v3.1 with A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS and Nokia Maps Suite
  • 8.7-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera with 720p video recording
  • 32GB internal memory

When Nokia announced the Lumia 920, the brand also took the wraps off the Lumia 820. The Lumia 820 sports a 4.3-inch screen ClearBlack OLED display and comes with high brightness mode and Sunlight Readability Enhancements. The display features include – Polarization filter, Light time-out, Ambient light detector, Brightness control, Orientation sensor, Proximity sensor, High Brightness mode, RGB Stripe, Sunlight readability enhancements, Aspect ratio 15:9, Super sensitive touch and Color boosting. The super sensitive touch functionality allows you to use the handset even with gloves on.

Here is a look at the main characteristics of the Lumia 820:

  • 4.3-inch ClearBlack OLED display with a resolution 800×400 pixels
  • 3G,EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Bluetooth, USB 2.0
  • GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support for Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and other GPS apps
  • 8MP AF camera, Dual-LED flash with 1080p HD video recording, secondary VGA front facing camera
  • 8GB mass memory with microSD memory card for up to 32GB

Operators and retailers will announce local pricing and exact availability for each country. During November, the Nokia Lumia 920 will reach Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, the US and Vietnam.

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