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Nokia CEO Stephen Elop hit the stage in New York City on Wednesday morning in a joint event co-hosted with Microsoft to announce the next generation of Windows Phone devices.
Nokia has announced the next phase of its Windows Phone strategy during a media event held jointly with Microsoft on Wednesday morning in New York City. Following a recap by CEO Stephen Elop, Nokia vice president Jo Harlow took the stage to kick off the day's announcements.
As rumored in recent days, the Nokia Lumia 920 is indeed real, and Harlow calls it "the most innovative smartphone in the world." Including a PureView camera for taking the best pictures and videos with the advanced Nokia mapping experience, the Lumia 920 also introduces wireless charging to the product line.
Harlow spent a good deal of time touting the Lumia 920's PureView technology, which offers major improvements to how photos and video are shot, including shutter and stabilization enhancements. Nokia Maps, Transport and Drive are also being upgraded with offline maps as a key feature of the Lumia experience, adding Nokia City Lens to see the names of businesses just by pointing the smartphone camera at any location.
PureMotion HD+ is also being incorporated into the Lumia 920 display, adding blur-free scrolling on the handset's 4.5-inch curved screen and even better ClearBlack clarity using smart polarizers for viewing the screen even in direct sunlight.
Featuring a 2000mAh battery coupled with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, the Lumia 920 is touted as being up to 30 percent more efficient than other quad-core handsets. Nokia is also teaming with Virgin Mobile and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlets so customers can use wireless charging while on the go.
Microsoft corporate vice president Joe Belfiore wrapped up the Nokia Lumia 920 presentation with a demo of Windows Phone 8 features using the latest handset. Nokia also announced a Lumia 820 will be released featuring many of the same technologies introduced with the Lumia 920, but aimed at budget users.
Nokia declined to announce specific pricing or release dates at today's media event, although Windows Phone 8 is expected to arrive in late October alongside Windows 8.
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