The Nokia Lumia 920 will become Nokia’s flagship thanks to high-end features but those who want to own a more affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone should take a look at the Nokia Lumia 820. The latter was announced yesterday at Nokia’s special event organized with Microsoft in New York.
The Nokia Lumia 820 sports a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen with ClearBlack Display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor paired with 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera on the back with dual-LED flash and Carl Zeiss optics and no PureView support, a VGA camera on the front, a 1650mAh battery, 8GB built-in memory, microSD card slot, 7GB of free SkyDrive storage, LTE, HSPA+, NFC and Windows Phone 8. At the end, its screen supports that super sensitive technology allowing users to access the phone even wearing gloves.
The Nokia Lumia 820 will come in six colors – red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black. The back panel is replaceable. Add wireless charging capability to all the above mentioned features, and you’ll get a solid mid-range handset with many amazing specs.
Today Nokia officially announced the Lumia 610 with NFC. The company made the statement at WIMA NFC 2012 convention in Monaco, which Nokia is sponsoring. This phone is almost identical with the original Nokia Lumia 610 and will be launched sometime in Q3 via Orange UK, though there will be other mobile operators too.
Nokia’s YouTube page posted a promotional video showing the device in action. In the video the phone is used to make contactless payments via Mastercard Paypass or to stream music to an NFC-enabled wireless speaker. Other tasks where NFC technology is welcomed were performed as well.
The Nokia Lumia 610 will be the cheapest Windows Phone-packed smartphone. However, it’s yet not clear when the phone will hit the market. I personally think it won’t be a good idea for the part of Nokia to launch the original and the NFC-enabled Lumia 610s simultaneouly because people are not well familiar with NFC technology, and this fact can hinder the phone’s sales.
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