Nokia Lumia 920 hits markets with wireless charging feature but fails to impress

As expected Nokia Lumia 920 that was unveiled today in New York has several firsts and the unique wireless charging feature.

The Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 series will use a new advanced multi-touch experience based on the Synaptics ClearPad capacitive touchscreen sensing technology with the introduction of support for gloves and fingernails.

Now consumers can use their smartphone touchscreens with gloved fingers or long fingernails. With ClearPad Series 3 technology recognizes the presence of skin, gloved fingers, or fingernails, giving users multi-touch experience regardless of input methods.

“With Synaptics’ continuous innovation on touch, we are able to pioneer new technologies that improve the smartphone user experience,” said Kevin Shields, senior vice president, Smart Devices, Nokia. “Nokia has been a leader in display technology, and we are setting a new standard with Super Sensitive Touch technology on the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820.”

Based on Windows Phone 8, the Nokia Lumia 920 features an impressive smartphone display called Nokia PureMotion HD+ that keeps moving images pixel-perfect and sunlight enhancements for easy viewing even in the brightest sunlight. Its 4.5-inch display with PureMotion will be super-sensitive with any touch interaction, enabled by the ClearPad Series 3 technology.

“We are excited to participate with Nokia as they unveil their first Windows Phone 8 devices by enabling advanced features such as gloved finger support,” said Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager of Synaptics Handheld Division.

Nokia and Microsoft Corp took the wraps off the struggling Finnish company on Wednesday, in a last-ditch effort to stage back into the lost market of smartphones.
But markets reacted with a negative outlook to the new phone that Nokia’s shares plummeted by 15 percent within hoursafter launching the new phone in New York and Helsinki.

Both Nokia Lumia 920 and smaller Lumia 820 run on the latest Windows Phone operating software of Microsoft and any failure in the market share would also mean an end to Microsoft’s new OS system for phones and less hope for Nokia’s revival of its past glory.

Besides the wireless charging capability, it is powered by Qualcomm Inc’s Snapdragon processor that lets users see details of their surroundings through the camera. The Lumia 920 – available in yellow or red will have an 8.7 megapixel camera.

Partners with Virgin Atlantic on wireless recharge:

In another development, Nokia has also announced a deal with Virgin Atlantic to offer wireless charging facilities at its London Heathrow Clubhouse for passengers who want to recharge their phones before a flight.

Stylish and colourful Nokia wireless charging plates will initially be introduced in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow later this year. Nokia and Virgin Atlantic also plan to expand wireless charging to the JFK Clubhouse at a later date.

“Virgin Atlantic is putting passengers first by removing a major anxiety, particularly for business travellers – how to keep their phone charged throughout a long day,” said Jo Harlow, Executive Vice President, Smart Devices, Nokia. “The Virgin deal is a first step in our plan to make wireless charging as ubiquitous as Wi-Fi is today.”

Chris Rossi, Senior Vice President, Virgin Atlantic North America said: “Our Upper Class passengers choose Virgin Atlantic because they understand that we aim to deliver a memorable experience every time that they fly with us. We constantly look for ways to enhance their overall experience through partnering with companies such as Nokia to let them experience new technologies in our clubhouses. Our passengers will be able to wirelessly charge their phone while catching up on email, sipping a cocktail or enjoying a massage in our clubhouse spa!”

Wireless charging provides a convenient way to top-up a phone while relaxing in the lounge so that phones can be used for listening to music, playing games or watching movies during the flight.

The Nokia wireless charging plates are able to charge any smartphone with wireless charging capabilities based on the Qi standard.

Nokia will be staging wireless charging customer experience demonstrations at London Heathrow Clubhouses from November 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013. Nokia staff will be on hand to showcase the new Nokia Windows Phone range and accessories to the VIP lounge visitors, said the company in a statement.

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