Nokia’s flagship handset has already hit
store shelves and for roughly Rs 38,500, you can get yourself one of the
best camera phones for low light photography. The Lumia 920 is all
about the camera and, of course, the other exclusive novelty it enjoys
over the competition – wireless charging. Let’s quickly run through the
rest of the specifications that make up the Lumia 920.
OS – Windows Phone 8
hasn’t really changed the Windows Phone 8 UI too much apart from some
exclusive apps like City Lens, Nokia Drive, etc. The operating system
remains one of the best to date when it comes to fluidity and uniformity
for devices spread amongst various price segments.
Cellular network – Quad-band GSM and 3G support
a flagship device, the Lumia 920 supports the full quad-band GSM and 3G
networks, including LTE. However, since India uses TDD-LTE instead of
FDD-LTE, we won’t be able to use that here.
A bit too big for comfort
Display – 4.5-inch ClearBlack IPS
its proprietary PureMotion HD+ technology for the display, which makes
it super sensitive enough to be used even with gloves on. The panel is
of the IPS type and the HD resolution ensures sharp text and images with
very good viewing angles.
Form factor and weight – A bit large and bulky at 185 g
fancy ‘floating lens’ technology in the camera has come at a price,
making the Lumia 920 quite large and bulky. There’s also quite a bit of
bezel around the phone, which gives it the ‘super-sized’ appearance. If
you have large hands, then you probably won’t mind the size, but for
most, it won’t be the most convenient phone to carry around.
Wi-Fi – Dual-band, 802.11 ‘n’
Wi-Fi ensures you have the option of connecting to the faster 5GHz
band. Most phones above the Rs 30,000 price bracket come with dual-band
Wi-Fi, so it’s sort of a given now as far as flagship phones are
SoC– Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Lumia 920 runs on the Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. This SoC is based on the
new dual-core Krait CPUs and Adreno 225 graphics. The CPUs are clocked
at 1.5GHz, which ensures smooth operation; the 1GB of RAM helps
facilitate this. The speed of the CPU is not that important though,
since all WP8 devices have very similar performance when it comes to the
UI. The real difference will only be noticeable in apps.
Storage – 32GB with no room for expansion
great that Nokia has bundled 32GB of onboard storage, but we don’t get
why it chose to omit a microSD card slot. I’m sure including a slot for
memory expansion wouldn’t have increased the cost of the handset by a
NFC – Yes
NFC is present, just
like it is on most Nokia handsets these days. It would have been nice if
Nokia had included a couple of programmable NFC tags as well with the
Wireless Charging – Yes
handset currently available to feature wireless charging, the Lumia 920
still requires you to place the handset on a charging table, so it’s not
like you can roam around your room while your phone is being charged.
It’s a nice feature, but remember that you’ll also have to invest more
in wireless charging accessories, which obviously don’t come cheap.
Primary Camera – 8.7MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture
The camera is certainly the highlight of the 920. The 8.7MP sensor coupled with a large aperture of f/2.0
means you get the maximum amount of light hitting the sensor even in
low-light conditions. You also get a dual-LED flash, although a Xenon
flash would have been a lot better considering the main focus of this
phone is the camera.
Front camera – 1.3MP
You get a pretty decent front facing camera that records 720p video.
Sensors – Accelerometer, Gyroscope Sensor, Magnetometer
with the usual suspects like the ambient light sensor, we also have a
Magnetometer. Also known as Compass, this sensor makes a comeback from
the Lumia 900 and is used to measure the strength of the Earth’s
magnetic field. This in conjunction with the accelerometer is useful
when it comes to augmented reality apps.
GPS – GLONASS and GPS
with GPS, we also have a GLONASS chip inside to further help quickly
lock down your position and help with more accurate navigation.
Battery – Li-Ion 2000mAh
Lumia 920 has a decently-sized battery pack. A 2000mAh battery should
help you get through the day without having to reach for the charger.
We’ll know for certain once we’re done with our battery tests on the
The bottom line
Nokia has created
quite the flagship handset on the new Windows Phone platform and now
it’s up to the apps to improve to truly make this handset a worthy
contender against some of the high-end Androids or even the iPhone. On
paper, the Lumia 920 looks pretty solid. Apart from the slightly bulky
design, it does seem to be a pretty good phone. In the end, if low-light
photography is your thing, then the Lumia 920 could be your best bet