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Nokia launches flagship Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia has launched its brand new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920.

Announced by Nokia alongside Microsoft in New York, the Lumia 920 uses the Windows Phone 8 operating system and sports a 4.5in display.

With rumours continuing that Microsoft could buy Nokia, the Lumia 920 is seen by many analysts as a last throw of the device.

And reaction was mixed: Nokia's share price fell nearly 15% after the Nokia press conference.

The new Nokia Lumia 920 has a 1280 x 768 resolution on a 4.5in IPS LCD screen, with Nokia claiming its PureMotion technology makes for "the best touchscreen ever seen on a smartphone" and the "fastest LCD screen" on a mobile phone.

Once more, Nokia is pushing its camera technology – made famous by the 808 PureView and its 41mp camera – with the Lumia 920 sporting a 8.7-megapixel PureView camera with a Carl Zeiss lens.

There's a dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, which doesn't quite get the pulse racing with quad-core phones now commonplace.

More interesting is the support for wireless charging, but you'll need to buy your own wireless charging pad – like Nokia's, for example – to get started with that.

There's Nokia Music and Nokia Radio music services for streaming music, Bluetooth 3.1 for wireless music and a 32GB hard disk for storing content, though no sign of an SD card input.

There is however a removable battery, though the 2000 mAh claims around 67 hours of music playback and 7 hours of video.

The flagship status of the Nokia Lumia 920 suggests it could retail for as much as £500 without a contract.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.