Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 perfect for video
Michelle Clancy | 06-09-2012
Microsoft's next-gen mobile OS, Windows Phone 8, has finally made its debut, powering the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 devices. The 920's specs make it the perfect video consumption device, and researchers at Ovum say that could be a solid differentiation strategy.
"Nokia's decision to unveil its second generation Lumia devices in the US is extremely significant for the Finnish handset manufacturer, which has always struggled to make an impact in the country, even before the advent of Apple's iPhone," said Tony Cripps, principal analyst at Ovum. "But this is also a notable launch for Microsoft, which needs to pull out all the stops to guarantee greater awareness and demand for Windows Phone 8 devices, among consumers, business users and carriers."
The Nokia Lumia 920 has a 4.5-inch curved glass display with an HD 1280 X 768 pixel resolution screen that offers enhancements to sunlight readability. It also features a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor for running full-motion video, plus 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The the Lumia 920 camera comes in at 8.7 megapixels, with a special feature that Nokia says captures five to 10 times more light than other phone cameras. But more importantly, the Lumia 920's camera also has what Nokia calls "floating-lens" technology, which allows gyroscope-like image stabilisation that minimises shaking--especially beneficial for video.
"The company's focus on improving the imaging capabilities of its smartphones is a reasonable strategy in an age when meaningful differentiation between different makes of smartphone can be hard to identify," said Cripps. "This also applies to the design language of the new Lumia 920, which while it follows closely that of its predecessor remains distinctive and not overly familiar as yet."
He added that there could be also a real opportunity here for Nokia and Microsoft to exploit any shortage of Samsung's Android-powered smartphones in the market following the US court ruling against the Korean giant in its patent dispute with Apple. "Although anything too blatant on that front would seem like a low blow," he said.