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Meet the Lumia 920: Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 device

Nokia just unveiled the new flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the Lumia 920, at a special event in New York City.

The Lumia 920 is the successor to the fairly well-received Lumia 900, which launched earlier this year, and the specs line up perfectly with leaked information reported earlier this week by The Verge. The Lumia 920 sports a redesigned body with a curved back, and a 4.5-inch curved glass “PureMotion HD+” display with “better than HD” resolution and fast refresh rates. Inside, the 920 is packing a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 2,000 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of on-device storage. In true Nokia style, the Lumia 920 will be available in a variety of bright colours: yellow, red, grey, white, and black, to start. It seems that Yellow is the new Cyan this year.

As many expected, the Lumia 920 will be Nokia’s first Windows Phone with a PureView camera, though not in the “true sense of the word”. While the original Symbian-powered 808 PureView packed a whopping 41-megapixel camera, the Lumia 920 totes just 8-megapixels. Nokia is, however, branding the Lumia 920’s camera as PureView, thanks to enhancements made in the camera software and hardware. According to Nokia, the new PureView camera in the Lumia 920 uses “floating lens” technology that captures 5-10x more light than other smartphone cameras. This allows for clearer, brighter pictures without flash. Video capture is made smoother as well, thanks to that same floating lens technology. The front-facing camera is a fairly standard, 1.3-megapixel shooter.

The Lumia 920 will also feature wireless charging via a new inductive charging dock. The Lumia 920’s wireless charging is based on the Qi standard, and Nokia has announced partnerships to install wireless charging pads in select Virgin Atlantic airport lounges and various “The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf” coffee shops. Nokia has also announced a set of wireless Lumia-exclusive JBL speakers that feature NFC pairing, wireless charging, and Bluetooth music playback, which will be available in a variety of colors to complement the phone.

No specific price or launch date was given for the Lumia 920, though Nokia says it will be available in “select markets” in Q4 2012.