Even as everyone gears up for the iPhone 5, Motorola and Nokia have revealed their respective hands.
Nokia, now the premier Windows Phone manufacturer thanks to various deals with Microsoft, showed off two new devices today. The Lumia 920 is the flagship device, featuring a 4.5 inch 768-by-1280 resolution display, a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm S4 chip, 2,000 mAh battery, Windows Phone 8, and an improved “PureView” camera. The device itself is interesting in that it features updated and current specs, which the original Lumia 900 was criticized over just a few months ago when it was released on AT&T. The Lumia 820 is the “midrange” (though not really) device, featuring a 4.3 inch WVGA display, the same SoC and 1GB of RAM as the 920, and a 1650 mAh battery – quite a nice little package. Both devices feature a new touchscreen, which allows for use even with gloves on. They also both possess the ability to be charged wirelessly, through inductive charging via a charging station. Unfortunately, neither device was announced with price or shipping date: all Nokia would say was Q4 2012. Makes sense, considering that Windows Phone 8 hasn’t even officially launched.
On the Motorola (and really, I mean Google) side, the Razr HD, Razr HD Maxx, and the Razr M made their official appearance. The Razr HD and Razr HD Maxx both feature a 4.7 inch 720p display, though both make use of the pentile arrangement of pixels. Other specs include a Snapdragon S4, That results in slightly less than stellar clarity, though it certainly isn’t a dealbreaker at such a high resolution. The Maxx has a 3,300 mAh battery – gigantic for a smartphone. However, they both are fairly equal in thickness in the hand, with the Maxx feeling heavier. The Razr M is the medium-range device, with a 4.3 inch screen at 960-by-540: certainly no slouch, but also not a juggernaut by today’s standards. Like Nokia, Motoroogle declined to comment on when the Razr HD and HD Maxx would be available. However, the Razr M is available for $99.99, and is on preorder today.