Nokia recently had a Q&A session for bloggers about the overshadowed (by the 920 no doubt), superb and rugged Nokia Lumia 820 with Tuukka Jarvenpaa, Senior product Manager at Nokia and Camilla Lindman, also Senior Project Manager.
And we got to hear quite a lot of info about the Lumia 820, except for an exact availability date.
- The NL 820 supports 64 GB microSD cards.
- The battery needs to be removed to insert or replace the card.
- The screen is not Gorilla Glass, but is scratch resistant.
- The snap-on covers made the device both Uni-body, which is good, but also versatile, for example adding wireless charging or a rugged shell.
- The camera is module is the same as the Nokia Lumia 900, but features a new software experience which is “greatly improved and new”
- Nokia is “looking at the possibilities” of a standby clock on the screen when the device is sleeping.
- The rugged case did allow Nokia to address different channels such as both consumer and business with the same device.
- Nokia did not comment whether future devices will also have wireless charging.
- Nokia may look into a rugged shell with wireless charging included.
- Nokia could not talk about delivery dates, pricing and availability yet.
- They were able to have better battery life on the NL 820 despite a smaller battery due to the Snapdragon S4 engine with improved power management capabilities and also Nokia know-how & expertise on the power management.
- They hopes to leverage the fact that Qi wireless charging is an open standard, but could not comment on 3rd party plans.
- The NL 820 has a WVGA screen due to “much better readability for our consumers on the display size and due to the fact that the performance, mainly FPS, is something amazing in the new Lumia 820 OLED display with that specific resolution.”
- The NL 820 screen featured Nokia’s ClearBlack display and other Nokia specific features like Sunlight Readability Enhancement.
While the biggest surprise is the fact that it can support up to 64GB microSD card, it also has internal memory capacity of 8GB.
I think the biggest disappointment is that the screen isn't gorilla glass, so if you had plans of building your shed or kid's tree house and using this phone as a make shift hammer, forget about that!
This is a cheaper, stripped down version of the Lumia 920, but at the same time has some unique features of its own, the different kinds of ruggedized shells, the option to have a wireless charging back cover and more make the Lumia 820 a very customizable cheaper high end phone.