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8/30/2012
03:29 PM
Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman
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Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs

Leaked press shots of Nokia's next-generation Lumia devices show Windows Phones that will stand out from their peers.



Nokia almost made it all the way to its planned September 5 event without the details of its new Windows Phones leaking. On Friday, however, they did leak--and they look pretty good. The bright and cheery Lumia 920 PureView and Lumia 820 will further differentiate Nokia's devices from competitors the crowded smartphone market.

Images of the new devices, published on Twitter by @evleaks, show two series of smartphones that take the design language of the Lumia 900 and Lumia 800 a step further.

The Lumia 920 PureView is interesting for several reasons. First, the pictures show gray, yellow, and red devices, meaning Nokia is serious about shying away from drab designs. Further, the display of the device is said to measure 4.5 inches, an improvement over the Lumia 900's 4.3-inch display.

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Most important, the fact that the worlds "PureView" are in the name signal that the device might have an absolutely killer camera. Earlier this year, Nokia released the PureView 808, a 4.1-megapixel camera. The 808's PureView camera, the result of five years of engineering work, can deliver insane amounts of zoom at full resolution. Some of the imagery captured by the 808 over the last few months has been astounding in quality. Nokia said that it would port this technology to its Windows Phone devices, and it appears that this Lumia 920 PureView is the first Windows Phone device to offer this amazing camera tech.

Beyond these few details, little else is known about the Lumia 920.

The Lumia 820 images show a smoother take on the smartphone design, with gentle curves and corners. It is said to include a 4.3-inch display, which matches that of the Lumia 900 and beats the Lumia 800's 3.7-inch display by a wide margin. It, too, has a visible camera, but apparently not PureView technology.

According to the leaked press shots, it will come in a huge selection of colors, including white, black, gray, red, yellow, blue and purple.

Nokia and Microsoft are hosting an event in New York City on September 5. The company has been hinting that some serious new hardware is on the way, and the Lumia 920 PureView and Lumia 820 are probably what will be on display.

At this year's InformationWeek 500 Conference, C-level execs will gather to discuss how they're rewriting the old IT rulebook and accelerating business execution. At the St. Regis Monarch Beach, Dana Point, Calif., Sept. 9-11.

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