With less than 24 hours before Nokia’s big press event in New York to announce their new range of WP8-powered smartphones, the leaks (and even Nokia’s PR) have gone into overdrive. Put these two together, and here’s what you can expect from tomorrow’s event.
As we posted earlier, the new line of Nokia WP8 smartphones will retain the iconic spunky colourways of the old Lumias. It looks like there will now be five colours, with the addition of yellow, grey and red (cyan is mysteriously omitted from the leaked photos). There might be more colours, too, if a photo posted by Nokia on their Facebook page is anything to go by.
Wireless charging, PureView and more after the break!
On a more technical side, it looks like Nokia will also be one of the first to adopt wireless charging on their flagship Lumia 920 smartphone, with a wireless charging pad that comes in matching colours.
In addition, the reported specs for the Lumia 920 sound pretty solid as well, with a 4.5-inch HD screen (presumably with Nokia’s ClearBlack Display technology), dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB RAM (as is the standard for WP8 devices), and a generous 32GB of storage. The Lumia 920 also looks set to be equipped with LTE connectivity, judging by this photo posted on Nokia’s Facebook page. The Lumia 920 will also have an 8MP PureView camera at the back, and a 1.3MP one in front.
If you did a double take on 8MP and PureView and was wondering if we missed out on a “4” before the “8”, no, we didn’t. Damian Dinning, Nokia’s camera guru, mentioned during the 808 PureView’s launch that PureView was never just about the giant sensor, and has reiterated on his Twitter account that PureView technology “is about blending optics, pixels and image processing in new and different ways to allow you to do things you otherwise”. We can also expect the implementation of some of the nifty software enhancements brought about by Nokia’s purchase of Scalado, which should make PureView even better, regardless of sensor size. As Nokia once advertised, it’s not about the number of megapixels, it’s about what you do with it.
Finally, it also appears that Nokia will promote its augmented reality app, City Lens for tomorrow’s event. It exited the beta stage it was in only yesterday, and now it looks ready to take on the world stage.
That’s about it, so far. Here’s to Nokia pulling a “Singapore 2011” and surprising us all with a super secret device, because at the moment there doesn’t seem to be anything that we did not expect (unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Camera during its Unpacked event last week, which before then was only a passing rumour).
For those who are interested to catch the live stream of the event, head on to the link here at 10pm Malaysian time.