Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Preview: Nokia Lumia 920

, posted: 23-Nov-2012 17:59


It's been a long time coming, but the Windows Phone platform finally has a top device that can strongly challenge the best Android and iPhone handsets in terms of performance, screen resolution, camera capabilities and industrial design.

I took a quick look to see just how it stands up. The Lumia 920 feels good in the hand and looks great in my opinion - though style comes down to personal opinion. The handset is incredibly responsive and responds well to user interaction.

Compared to other high end smartphones on the market - the Lumia 920 stands up extremely well both in performance and features. The handset has Qi wireless charging built-in, a 4.5" super high definition display (at 332 ppi it's higher than other smartphone available in the local market), a unique video camera with optical image stablisation, and a very reasonable 32GB of storage.

Oh, and the Lumia 920 supports a number of 4G LTE network bands - which could be handy when you're travelling overseas or when such fast mobile services are available in NZ (think 2014 or so). 4G LTE can provide mobile data speeds that are faster than a home or business ADSL connection!

Reflecting it's features the Lumia 920 is priced at $999 incl GST and available from Telecom NZ and it's dealers. Though it should be noted initial stocks are selling rather quickly.

So what's not to like? Not much really in my opinion, though if you like small and light handset then this isn't for you. In that case there are other options such as HTC's upcoming Windows Phone 8S (at a mid-range price point) or the iPhone 5 ($1199 for the 32GB model). One thing that smaller markets miss is colour choice - so in New Zealand initially at least the Lumia 920 is available only in black.

Specification and features
  • Display: 4.5"  (1280 x 768 pixels), Pixel density 332 ppi
  • Rear Camera: 8.7mp Nokia Pureview autofocus Camera / 1080p HD Video Camera
  • Front Camera: 1.2mp still camera / 720p HD Video Camera
  • Audio, Photo, Video Streaming to TV, Xbox, etc (DLNA)
  • 32gb Storage, 1024mb ROM, 1024mb RAM
  • CPU: 1.5ghz Dualcore Snapdragon S4
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) - incl Wifi hotspot
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC enabled
  • Qi Wireless charging (wireless charger required to utilise)
  • MicroUSB connector
  • SIM size: MicroSIM
  • Battery: 2000mAh
  • Weight: 185 grams
  • Size: 70.8mm x 10.7mm x 130.3mm
  • Windows Phone 8 hardware features: A-GPS/Glonass, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • Windows Phone 8 software features: Synchronisation of email/contacts/calendar (Exchange, Office 365, Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc), Xbox Music/Video/Podcast Hub, Xbox Live, Internet Explorer 10, Maps app, Facebook Integration, Twitter Integration, Pictures Hub, People Hub, fully upgradable OS.
  • Nokia Specific Apps: Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia City Lens, Nokia Transport, Nokia Music
  • Keyboard: Onscreen touch keyboard
  • Physical Keys:  Camera, Power, Volume
  • Capacitive Keys: Search, Back, Windows Start key
  • Maximum theoretical data download speed: LTE Cat 3 - 100 Mbit/s, HSDPA Cat 24 - 42.2 Mbit/s, EGPRS MSC 12 - 236.8 kbit/s
  • Maximum theoretical data upload speed: LTE Cat 3 - 50 Mbit/s, HSUPA Cat 6 - 5.76 Mbit/s
  • Data types: HSPA+ (3G), EDGE/EGPRS (2G), FDD-LTE (4G), HSUPA (3G), GSM (2G), HSDPA (3G), WCDMA (3G), DC-HSDPA (3G)
  • Data bands: GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA Band V (850), WCDMA Band VIII (900), WCDMA Band IV (1700), WCDMA Band II (1900), WCDMA Band I (2100), LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600

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