Nokia Lumia family already has many members, but one more wouldn’t be superfluous. Today Nokia announced another Windows Phone 8 handset, which is reportedly the most affordable WP8 running smartphone. The novelty is called the Lumia 620.It will be available at $249 in Q1, 2013.

The Nokia Lumia 620 is the third Windows Phone 8 powered device coming with Nokia branding. It is packed with a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen with ClearBlack Display technology, a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor paired with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, though the latter can be expanded up to 64GB thanks to microSD card slot, 5MP/VGA dual cameras, NFC, a 1300mAh battery providing up to 10 hours of talk time in 3G and Windows Phone 8, of course. The latter means users will get Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and Nokia City Lens that are Nokia Windows Phone exclusivity.

As for the design, it is identical with other WP devices, though Nokia has used dual-shot color technique meaning there is a layer of translucent or transparent polycarbonate laid over the bottom color coat. All in all, the phone will be launched in seven color options including lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black, and users can change the shells whenever they want.

Though Nokia has already announced two Windows Phone 8 smartphones, it turns out the company won’t be limited only to them and will come up with two other Lumias in early 2013. The info comes from The Verge, which claims the new Windows Phone 8 devices will be codenamed the Zeal and Flame.

The first handset is said to be “Zune-like” in its appearance. But we didn’t get what the source meant. The Nokia Zeal will be packed with a 4.3-inch display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of native storage and microSD card slot. Sol the Zeal will be a mid-range smartphone, though it has no chance to compete with the Lumia 820.

The Nokia Flame is expected to be a low-end handset sporting a 4-inch screen, 1GHz dual-core processor 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera and 4GB of internal storage. Looking at the rumored features we assume it’s the same device we saw a few weeks ago. As you remember that phone was called the Nokia Glory. So if they are the same, then it should be only noted that it’s an accepted practice for smartphones to get several names before the final launch.

All in all, there is nothing strange in this rumor. The last gen Lumia handsets include four devices — the Lumia 900 from high-end category; the Lumia 800 from mid-range class; the Lumia 710 from second mid-range class; and the Lumia 610 from the low-end category. So most likely Nokia is trying to do the same thing this time — the Nokia Lumia 920 for the top-end division; the Lumia 820 for the first mid-range class; the Nokia Zeal for the second mid-range division; and the Nokia Flame/Glory for the low-end market.

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Nokia’s current strategy apparently differs from the policy of other companies; Sony launches different handsets one after another, Samsung offers a myriad of Galaxy line devices with various names and for different categories, while Nokia works on a few devices for some time and announces them making a huge buzz. In brief, the more manufacturers are in the game, the more policies we can observe. But regardless of the strategy those companies adopt and follow, simple users are primarily interested in the products they come up with. At the moment, we have two real rivals introducing two different civilizations — the Nokia Lumia 920, which is the incarnation of the values Microsoft and Nokia own, and the Sony Xperia T, which is a high-end Android smartphone with the advantages and shortcomings Google’s operating system provides. They are made with different goals in mind but if placed side by side in a store, they will definitely cause users to appear between a rock and a hard place as they will simply not know which one to opt for. We’ll try to help you.

Before anything is said, it should be noted that the Lumia 920 and the Xperia T won’t be affordable for everyone as these handsets belong to high-end category, therefore, they will cost much. However, mobile operators and retailers will rack their brains on different campaigns that will help them stimulate the sales. In this sense, the regions where these handsets will be offered will have a colossal impact on the price. If the European mobile operators will be selling them at lower prices or for free, the US and other regions’ carriers will require some money. European users are in a beneficial position because as usual, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Three, or O2 contract deals will be attractive to lure new buyers.. Other markets will basically have to cross their fingers and hope for not-that-high price tags or should wait until there appear better Nokia Lumia 920 and Sony Xperia T deals. This said, there are many factors affecting the choice, and the mobile operators and retailers will beyond doubt take them into account.

The Sony Xperia T was announced before the end of August at IFA 2012 alongside with other Xperia line devices. With this move Sony showed it is ready for a fight in any arena. The Xperia T was the most powerful handset among the announced devices, so naturally, all eyes were on it. Honestly, this device deserves the highest prizes thanks to the specs list and the design it comes with.

No idea what the letter T stands for, and since PocketNow’s explanation was not pleasing, we won’t go deep into the company’s letter choice matters. Instead, one thing to concentrate on is what features the phone sports. The Xperia T comes with a 4.55-inch touchscreen at a resolution of 720×1280 pixels and 323ppi pixel density. Like other Xperias, it features Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine technology, which is on Sony’s TVs also. Accordingly, no one will dare to complain about these displays.

Other than that, the Sony Xperia T sports a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor, which is recognized as one of the fastest CPUs in the universe. As to the camera, Sony didn’t disappoint its fans and packed the phone with a 13MP snapper with autofocus and LED flash. This camera allows recording videos at 1080p and 30fps. Plus, there is a 1.3MP frontal camera for self-portraits and web chat.

1GB RAM won’t let you run out of memory. Also, the Xperia T is packed with 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card slot. At the end, this handset is equipped with a 1850 battery providing up to 7 hours of talk time in 3G mode.

Note that the Sony Xperia T runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be upgraded to Jelly Bean before the end of the year.

The Nokia Lumia 920 was accepted as the phone that will ensure Nokia’s re-entry in the high-end smartphone market. The key to success of the Nokia Lumia 920 does not lie only in high-end features, but also in new technologies. For example, the phone boasts of a 4.5-inch HD touchscreen but it wouldn’t sound this attractive without ClearBlack Display’s new iteration to it. Or 332ppi pixel density wouldn’t get all the attention if it were not the best number for its class. So the Nokia Lumia 920 sports the best LCD touchscreen, that’s why the company has called it the “fastest LCD display.” It comes with a 2.5 times faster refresh rate thanks to a new technology called PureMotion HD+. The latter also allows users to access the phone even with gloves.

Next, you won’t find a revolutionary camera lens on the Lumia 920 as the device features only an 8MP snapper with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash. But the talks Nokia would bring its PureView camera technology to the Lumia line proved true, and we can say the manufacturer has done a great work. Though with less lens, the Nokia Lumia 920 supports this technology. The novelty is called PureView Phase 2.

The third advantage of this phone is the wireless charging capability. It means the phone will be charged not only via a wireless charger, but also via different apps and accessories, like the JBL retro boombox speaker designed especially for this handset.

The rest of features include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset with LTE radio to boot, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage and a 2000mAh battery, which will provide up to 10 hours of talk time.

Also, the Nokia Lumia 920 runs Windows Phone 8 with its resizable live tiles and Nokia Collection apps. And since Lumia line is very well known for its joyful look, this handset as well will come with a wide range of color options.

We are not saying the Nokia Lumia 920 is better than the Sony Xperia T but the Finnish company finally has what to introduce against the Android monsters.

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.

The September 5 event will show how the first Nokia Windows Phone 8 will look. Moreover, if several assumptions [rove correct, then we’ll see the first Lumia smartphone with PureView camera technology. It’s supposed to be the Nokia Phi designed especially for AT&T. Besides this phone there will be other handsets with WP8 aboard as well. One of them will also be launched for this carrier, while the second is said to be Verizon’s exclusive. Those new phones are rumored to be codenamed as the Arrow and Atlas. We are a bit confused and can’t say for sure which phone via which carrier will be launched, but it doesn’t mean we can’t make speculations on the upcoming devices.

Though we usually traduce China and Chinese sources for fake info, this time we seem to have a real deal from Chinese microblogging services. The source has posted an alleged Nokia Windows Phone 8 pic, which shows what colors one of the Nokia Lumia handsets will come with. Supposedly we are dealing with the Nokia Arrow, which is said to be a mid-range smartphone but as there is no naming attached to the leaked photo, we’ll make no statement.

At the end, the photo shows there will be two more colors added to the Lumia lineup; yellow and red.

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The Nokia Phi flagship handset coming via AT&T will most likely be unveiled on September 5 at a joint event organized by Nokia and Microsoft. It’s not the company’s only Windows Phone 8 smartphone as it has promised to make WP8 handsets for each major carrier in the US. Seems Nokia keeps its promise because yesterday we introduced two other devices, the Nokia Arrow for T-Mobile and the Nokia Atlas for Verizon. But they have not been spotted in any photo, while the Nokia Phi has been. The photos were very blurry, and the only things we got were the larger screen and the Lumia 800/900 like design. Take a look at the Nokia design patent photo, where the Nokia Phi is drawn from all sides.

The front of the phone has a 4.7-inch display at an unknown resolution but it’s not curved as we thought earlier. Contrary to this, the back of the Phi is a bit curved and bulky, which is probably made to fit the battery with bigger capacity. On the bottom we can see dual-speakers that are provided for a great sound system.

The right hand side is identical with the Lumia 900, though there is a huge “gap” between the power and volume controls. As a result the camera button is pushed further down. The top side includes a microUSB slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

If you were attentive, the Nokia Lumia Phi emulates the N9/Lumia 800/900 design, but it is way larger and that’s what we need now.

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The first Windows Phone 8 device is expected to be unveiled at the joint event organized by Nokia and Microsoft on September 5. AT&T bets it will be given some preference when announcing new smartphones with a cutting edge mobile operating system because it was Nokia’s closest partner at launching the Lumia 900 in the US. This means Verizon won’t be there when Nokia announces its next smartphone. At the same time, the net is filled with rumors claiming Verizon is testing Nokia WP8 devices. In short, the fact Big Red will release its own Nokia WP8 smartphone is more than real. And now we have Bloomberg announcing that Verizon’s WP8 device with Nokia branding will hit the market later this year.

In case you don’t know, Verizon refused Nokia Windows Phone 7.5 handsets because the biggest US carrier was switching to another network, LTE, which that version of Microsoft’s operating system didn’t support. Now that Apollo doesn’t yield other platforms in terms of supporting different screen sizes and other features, Verizon will cooperate with Windows Phone 8 smartphone makers with great pleasure.

The info is not official but if Bloomberg has made such a statement then it must be having rather reliable sources that stand very close to Verizon. So now we just have to wait for Big Red to get the final confirmation.

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