Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone (preview)

Can Nokia's flagship Lumia 920 give Windows Phone the boost it needs?

Nokia appears to be the only smartphone manufacturer aggressively promoting the Windows Phone platform and its latest flagship device does look impressive on paper. The Nokia Lumia 920 is one of the first phones to run the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8. It has a 4.5in display with a 720p resolution, boasts a number of camera features including a new optical image stabilisation system and has a built-in wireless charging system.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has a large 4.5in IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 768. Previous Lumia devices were hamstrung by Microsoft's maximum allowed resolution of 800x480, so this is a significant upgrade if you're coming from an older Lumia device. A unique feature is the fact that the Lumia 920's touchscreen can be used even if you're wearing gloves.

Nokia cites the use of PureMotion HD+ technology on the Lumia 920's screen, which is a fancy marketing term for technology that apparently refreshes pixels faster than many other LCD panels. Nokia also claims that the Lumia 920 has one of the brightest displays of any smartphone on the market and says it will automatically adjust the colour tone (and brightness) depending on the amount of ambient light.

Nokia claims that the Lumia 920 has one of the brightest displays of any smartphone on the market.
Nokia claims that the Lumia 920 has one of the brightest displays of any smartphone on the market.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has a "PureView" camera but this isn't the same 41-megapixel sensor seen on the 808 PureView smartphone. Instead, Nokia is now marketing PureView as any feature or features that enable the camera to capture quality images. The 8.7-megapixel camera on the Lumia 920 has a "floating lens" which enables optical image stabilisation. Nokia promises this will improve photos in low-light and minimise out of focus photos and shaky, unstable video recordings. We're very keen to put this to the test, as Nokia says the feature will capture blur-free videos even if the camera is shaking.

The Nokia Lumia 920 follows a similar design trend seen on the company's previous Lumia phones like the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 800. It's constructed from a single piece polycarbonate plastic which is coloured all the way through in the manufacturing process, so any scratches to the surface won't be too noticeable. Though we are a big fan of this design, the Lumia 920 is 10.7mm thick and weighs 185g, so it's far from the thinnest or lightest smartphone on the market. The Lumia 920 will be available in yellow, red, white, grey, and black colour variants.

The Nokia Lumia 920 will be available in yellow, red, white, grey, and black colour variants.
The Nokia Lumia 920 will be available in yellow, red, white, grey, and black colour variants.

The Lumia 920 has relatively impressive specifications. It's powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, has 1GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of internal memory. There's no memory card slot though, so users won't be able to physically add to that 32GB of storage.

NFC connectivity remains and allows a range of accessories to be paired with the phone simply by tapping the two devices together. There's also 4G connectivity, too, and the Lumia 920 is compatible with the 1800MHz LTE band used in Australia. The Lumia 920 will be sold exclusively through Telstra in Australia.

The Lumia 920 includes built-in wireless charging using the Qi wireless power standard. There will be a range of charging accessories available including a wireless charging plate, a charging pillow, a charging stand and a wireless charging speaker by JBL.

The Lumia 920 includes built-in wireless charging, using the Qi wireless power standard. There will be a range of charging accessories available.
The Lumia 920 includes built-in wireless charging, using the Qi wireless power standard. There will be a range of charging accessories available.

The Lumia 920 is one of the first phones to run Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 operating system. There's a completely new interface with support for small, medium and large tiles, more colour customisation options, built-in Skype integration, a data use monitor, and a revamped backup system that now includes the ability to backup SMS messages.

There's also a 'Kid's Corner' function where only pre-selected apps can be accessed, and the expansion of the People Hub with a new 'Rooms' feature that shares lists, calendars and photos.

The Nokia Lumia 920 will be available in late November for $5 per month on Telstra's $60 Every Day Connect Plan over 24 months. The plan includes $600 worth of calls and MMS, unlimited text messages to Australian numbers and 1GB of data per month.

Additionally, the Lumia 920 is $0 upfront on Telstra's $80, $100 and $130 Every Day Connect Plans, all over 24 months. A promotional video of the Nokia Lumia 920 can be viewed below.

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