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On Wednesday, I covered what we might see at the Nokia-Microsoft joint press event in New York City. Given the relationship between Nokia and Microsoft and the few leaks we've come across, it was pretty evident that the two are coming together to unveil a new phone or two. Two days ago, however, we didn't know exactly what we were dealing with, how many devices Nokia has ready to show off or what the devices would entail.

Previous leaks had suggested there would be at least two devices at the event, the Phi and Arrow, and one Verizon-bound device to follow shortly after, the Atlas. And a short, description-less teaser from Nokia on Wednesday titled "Things are about to change" hinted the possibility of its PureView technology in at least one of its upcoming models. Earlier in June, Nokia confirmed that PureView would eventually find its way to the Lumia line of devices, but there was no rough time frame given.

Other than these sparse bits of information, we had nothing to go on. Zilch. Nada.

However, it just so happens that this morning, Twitter user evleaks posted what appears to be some very convincing press release images that show off two upcoming Lumia devices by Nokia: a 4.5-inch Lumia 920 with PureView and the 4.3-inch Lumia 820 with Carl Zeiss optics. Both devices come in an array of vibrant colors and with the sleek unibody polycarbonate design Nokia has a penchant for. The Lumia 920, codenamed Phi, is to be Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 model, a follow-up to the current Lumia 900. And the Lumia 820, or the Arrow, is a mid-range device slated for both AT&T and T-Mobile here in the States.

Other details were not mentioned by evleaks, but there was just enough to spark a bit of interest in the tech world this quiet Friday morning.

Up to this point, I have all but dismissed any news of Windows Phone 8. While the update is to be a major one, Windows Phone itself doesn't exactly pique my interests anymore. I have used it numerous times to date and only recently have I started to enjoy it. I welcome the new interface, architecture and display resolution support and all the other features the update brings. But the software alone is not enough to get me excited. It's a tad boring and needs decent hardware to really set it off.

This is what I believed Nokia could change about Windows Phone. When the partnership was first announced, my stance on Windows Phone completely changed. And when the Lumia 900 finally arrived, I couldn't be more excited to get my hands on it.

Turns out, the Lumia 900 was a great phone. I loved the design and hardware – I still believe it is one of the most well-designed phones ever. But it was also a pretty major letdown. The software was still lacking (not Nokia's fault) and so was its camera, which was one of the most hyped features of the phone. The Carl Zeiss optics had me fooled, believing it would be capable of taking some great pictures. But the software was poorly optimized and caused whites to bleed quite noticeably and a bug completely threw the white balance off and caused color rings to appear in the middle of nearly ever photo taken.

But I haven't given up on Nokia. And it's looking more and more like PureView is going to happen on Windows Phone, officially, as soon as next week. I couldn't be more excited.

The Nokia 808 PureView was a major feat in mobile image sensing. I only hope the Lumia 920 can compare.

As always, though, I'm a bit skeptical. Nokia knows its Windows Phone fans are drumming up hype for PureView, and that could be both good or bad. It could cut corners and implement PureView before it's ready for prime time, or the hype might have given Nokia incentive to refine PureView and make it a stable, balanced technology.

The presumption is that the Lumia 920 will have a Snapdragon S4 chipset, which tops out at 21-megapixels. The 808 PureView had 41-megapixel camera, 38-megapixels effective. While you wouldn't want to take 41-megapixel pictures all the time, the fact of the matter is that the 808 could take some amazing 8-megapixel shots. In short, the Lumia 920 doesn't appear to be a chunky device, meaning its image sensor isn't as large as the 808's. Considering it will be running a completely different operating system and utilizing a different image sensor, there is a lot of room for variance, a high probability that the Lumia 920 PureView won't amount to the 808 PureView.

Either way, we will find out in less than a week, and I'll be live in New York to find out firsthand. If Nokia can deliver a decent Lumia PureView, I will most definitely pick one up. I will probably use it to replace my iPhone and only carry Windows Phone and Android, which would be a major move for me.

I know a lot of you are drooling over the possibility of a Lumia PureView device, and it's looking very likely. Would PureView be enough to make you go Windows Phone? Or will Nokia let us down again over poor execution on a hyped feature?

Image via The Verge


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Tyler Kirchman
Tyler Kirchman It better be thin like the S3 and One Series
Darrell Wax
Darrell Wax Nokia has been doing g this for a long time......
Terrance Lee
Terrance Lee love the design, expec for the thick bezels
Zach Cline
Zach Cline iPhone sucks
Luis Perez
Luis Perez Pureview technology :)
Ayoub Hage
Ayoub Hage They look really sexy with a twist of funkiness :)
Will Hetherington
Will Hetherington I would be if Microsoft expanded their store a bit more and made the ui a bit...deeper.
Ezekiel Carsella
Ezekiel Carsella yes i would love one for myself!!
Chris Baham
Chris Baham Depends. Are they iPhones?
Marco Raymond
Marco Raymond Really excited!
Chase Millar
Chase Millar NO. GS3 4 life.
Mason Morrison
Mason Morrison No.
Ezekiel Carsella
Ezekiel Carsella yes. too bad i cant afford one!! :(
Matthew Munson
Matthew Munson T-Mobile needs the high end Lumias not the low end, and i might consider windows phone 8
Fabian Toti
Fabian Toti *go
Fabian Toti
Fabian Toti They look like good phones ... but I'm not a big fan of windows... I hope maybe one day Nokia will ho with Android and make a phone... and I will be interested...
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson I'm ready to replace my Lumia 900 with a new Nokia Windows 8 phone :-)
Patrik Farky
Patrik Farky YES
Alexander Matthew Schneider
Alexander Matthew Schneider I'm pumped for it. I'm really sick of people being closed minded and not giving other platforms a chance. I've tried all the platforms. So far I have been thoroughly impressed with iPhones and windows phones. Android was cool with customization, but sorry I want a phone that lasts all day. Blackberry has great texting capability, call, battery, but I want more apps to choose from.
Stuart Brewer
Stuart Brewer If they get one on Sprint, I'll have it.
Taylor Chase
Taylor Chase I'm just excited to see see some fresh concepts from Nokia. Got tired of the "black glass slab" form-factor years ago
Alberto Garcia Flores
Alberto Garcia Flores When are the windows phones going to be released?
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas Of course i am so exited about Nokia Windows phone 8 devices
Jorge Lopez
Jorge Lopez No
Dawid Czupryniak
Dawid Czupryniak yes!!!
Brett Day
Brett Day The camera on the Lumia 900 after the recent update is phenominal, only mention this because you rightly slated it (pre update) in your articlr. I am excited about Windows Phone 8, I will be upgrading from my Lumia 900
Rawlston Shamik
Rawlston Shamik yes, wait for something equivalent my the n95 epicness when i first got it.
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey I'm excited about new phones from Samsung Mobile. That is all.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Yawns no .
Ivan Pineiro
Ivan Pineiro I am. I might even leave Android for it.
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway Heard nothing but good things about Nokia's stuff.
Adam Schulte
Adam Schulte Do you know what I want? ICS on my Incredible 2! Lol
Dee Jae
Dee Jae no
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr heck no
Christopher Manic Johnson
Christopher Manic Johnson I actually thought about getting a Nokia Windows 8 device as a second phone, but I'd rather wait to get one in my hands first
Marek Kora
Marek Kora no..




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