Nokia is expected to unveil Windows Phone 8-based devices, called the Lumia 820 and 920, this week that will feature wireless charging. The new smartphones will be announced at a special press event hosted by Nokia and Microsoft in New York City on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012.
The Lumia 820 and 920 handsets will use inductive charging in which contacts on the device will line up with contacts on a charging pad, sources tell The Verge. Earlier today, Twitter user “Evleaks” posted a photo of what is purportedly one of the new handsets on the charging pad.
The phones will reportedly support the Qi wireless power standard, making it compatible with other wireless charging products. Aside from the charging aspect, the Lumia 920 is also expected to feature 32GB of device storage, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, while the 820 is expected to feature 8GB of storage.
Images of what is purportedly the 4.5-inch Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 leaked on to the Web last week and teased that the handsets would be bundled with PureView – camera technology that can capture up to 41 megapixels of digital information.
Nokia teased the press event in a video last week that shows a woman riding a bike down a street. About midway through that clip, a text overlay comes up that reads: “Things are about to change.” The video’s description on YouTube adds a bit more details, saying that the change is coming “5 September 2012. Stay tuned!”
Nokia and Microsoft are pinning their hopes on the next Windows-based phones to challenge it and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones. Their joint media event in New York, which comes exactly a week before Apple is expected to hold an event to announce the new iPhone, will coincide with Nokia World, Nokia’s major showcase in Helsinki.
During the closing remarks in the patent showdown between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics, the Californian company’s attorney produced his final exhibits. “Not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone,” Harold McElhinny told the jury as he showed them two devices, Nokia’s Lumia and another handset by Sony.
With the $1 Billion ruling against Samsung, fear and uncertainty about its Android interface, designed by Google Inc. and used by most non-Apple manufacturers, are reverberating around the mobile networks. Those networks’ subsidies can make or break the new Nokia devices.
Nokia handsets uses Windows Phone 8 software, whose design has won prizes and is regarded as more modern than the iPhone’s five-year-old graphics, offer a reassuring alternative. The door is open for Windows phones.
Nokia has been fighting for survival after ceding vast ground to Apple and Samsung in recent years. In 2011 it abandoned its own mobile operating system, Symbian, and forged a software alliance with Microsoft, which had also been caught on its heels by the smartphone fall behind in smartphone boom. Their first collaboration, the Lumia 800, was well-reviewed but sales have been modest.
Mr Elop, who was brought in from Microsoft two years ago to lead Nokia’s fight against Apple and Samsung, said he was sticking to his strategy of using Microsoft software despite the limited success of Windows phones so far.