Nokia today (Monday) announced that the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, the first devices in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 range, are now on their way to the UK.
The Lumia 920 will be launched exclusively on EE from Phones 4u in the UK, making it available on the UK’s first 4G network from launch. EE will also be ranging the Nokia Lumia 820.
Paul Jevons, director of products and devices, EE, said: 'We believe the best smartphones deserve the best network, so the new Lumia 920 and 820 are perfect additions to our four device range.
'By combining Nokia’s innovative hardware with the power of our superfast 4G network, we’re providing consumers with an amazing mobile experience that will enhance their digital lives. Whether watching videos, social networking, browsing the web or working on the move, 4G allows customers to do everything faster – allowing customers to make full use of the power the Lumia 920 and 820 provide.'
Phones 4u will exclusively stock the full colour range for both the Lumia 820 and 920, with red, black, white and yellow versions available.
Scott Hooton, chief commercial officer at Phones 4u said: 'Nokia has continued to innovate, enhance and surprise us with its growing Lumia family of smartphones, and once again, we’re thrilled to be able to provide our customers with an exclusive collection of colours across the first smartphones in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 range – the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820.
'As the retailer who sells more Windows Phones in the UK than anyone else, we know that our customers are strong advocates of Windows Phone and are excited about the arrival of Windows Phone 8 to the Nokia Lumia smartphone range and the benefits this people powered operating system will bring to their mobile lives.'
The Lumia 820 will be available from O2, Carphone Warehouse and Tesco Phone Shop from early November. Further availability announcements will follow.
Sam Perkins, Tesco's telecoms category director, said: 'The new Lumia range showcases how Windows smartphones are coming of age. These stylish handsets are going to appeal to a wide range of consumers who want elegant design and all the latest functionality. We see the Nokia Lumia 820 as being one of the hot handsets for Christmas this year as consumers get to experience the very best from Nokia.'
Conor Pierce, VP for Nokia said: 'We see the Lumia 920 as one of the most exciting phones we have launched at Nokia. It includes some truly groundbreaking innovations: Wireless charging, a screen that automatically adjusts its colour and brightness, depending on sunlight, a touch-screen that even works when you're wearing gloves.'
Although the Lumia 820 has the same unibody look and feel as the other Lumia smartphones, it comes with an exchangeable shell design. Nokia says exchangeable shells not only make it possible to select from a range of colours, but can also support wireless charging accessories.
Adrian Williams, head of channel development for Nokia said: 'These two new Lumia devices have attracted huge interest from the business sector. The new Windows Phone 8 OS and outstanding product design means that both products offer an unrivalled ability to integrate with corporate IT infrastructures and be practical enough to be operated while wearing protective clothing.'
Both Nokia Lumia devices come with a list of features including Nokia Maps, which Nokia claims is particulary attractive to the automotive industry, through the free turn by turn navigation offered by Nokia Drive. Other Nokia applications such as transport, music, reading and the ground breaking City Lens, are available from the box giving millions of apps, music tracks, books and games directly to Lumia owners.
Graham Stapleton, chief commercial officer at Carphone Warehouse, said: 'The launch of the new Lumia range shows that Nokia is continuing to stay at the forefront of mobile phone innovation. The Lumia 820 has a very distinct design that clearly stands out from the crowd and will no doubt prove very popular with those customers looking to make a statement with a smartphone that is both functional and stylish. The Windows Phone 8 operating system is highly intuitive and combined with the handset’s superb form factors will no doubt create a new wave of advocates for the brand and have a significant impact on Nokia’s position within the industry.'
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