In less than 24 hours time, Nokia will reveal its latest lineup of Windows Phone Lumia mobiles over in sunny New York City. This massive launch event kicks off at 3pm UK time on Wednesday, and we’ll be live blogging everything that happens – both here on the Mobile Choice website and over on our Twitter account.
Why should we care?
Although financial results have been rather apocalyptic recently, Nokia’s Lumia 800, Lumia 710 and Lumia 610 smartphones all won a big thumbs up from critics (and were spicy enough to gather four nominations in the Mobile Choice Awards 2012, including Phone of the Year for the Lumia 800). They were followed up by the excellent Lumia 900, a beautiful little mobile that carried a sadly killer caveat – no upgrade from Windows Phone 7.5 to Windows Phone 8, despite Microsoft’s latest OS hovering on the horizon.
Well, Windows 8 has been revealed in all its splendour, and Nokia’s fresh range of Lumias will come with it pre-installed. No upgrade worries here, just beautiful design and a silky-smooth user experience – touch wood, fingers crossed.
What are we expecting?
No launch event would be complete without the usual leaks and accidental detail drops, and we weren’t disappointed. First we heard that two new phones, codenamed the Nokia Arrow and Nokia Phi (pronounced the same as delicious pie) would be revealed on 5 September. Then we discovered these would likely be called the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 PureView on release, with the below shot of the Lumia 920 emerging on Twitter.
The colourful Lumia 920 range packs a 4.5-inch screen, but we’re most interested in that ‘PureView’ monicker. The last phone to use this name was the Nokia 808 PureView, a frustrating Symbian smartphone that had one killer feature: a superb 41-megapixel camera. We’re hoping the Lumia 920 will pack a similarly excellent snapper – probably not that powerful considering the slim design in that photo, but hopefully just as capable for everyday shots.
We’re also expecting to see wireless charging, thanks to a magnetic strip on the rear of the Lumia 920. That’ll save you fiddling with cables – all you have to do is plonk it down on a charging pad and it’ll automatically suck up the juice through that strip. Minimal effort, we like it!
A full list of Lumia 920 specs was also leaked earlier but we know little so far about the Lumia 820, except that it’s slightly smaller, with a 4.3-inch display. Thankfully the full reveal ain’t too far off now...
See you back here at 3pm on Wednesday for the full Nokia launch coverage!