Nokia, Microsoft Lumia Event Launches Significant iPhone 5 Alternative
NEWS ANALYSIS: Nokia's Lumia 920 promises to be a real alternative to the upcoming iPhone 5, without the legal exposure of Android, and with some features available nowhere else.Nokia's launch of the Lumia 920 in a hoopla-filled New York City event is significant for several reasons. First is the venue-Nokia is clearly pinning its hopes for sales of the new Lumia phones to the United States, and chose to launch in Manhattan instead of Finland. But there's more than just that. Nokia and Microsoft have worked hard to integrate Windows Phone 8 into Nokia's hardware, and in the process develop capabilities you really can't get elsewhere. Much of the announcement focused on the new PureView camera that resides in the Lumia 920. This phone features more light-gathering capability for its camera than other phones, and it performs optical stabilization to make sure the photos are sharp. Other phones use digital stabilization for their cameras, or they don't use stabilization at all, and the difference, done right, is big. In Nokia's case, the 8MP camera has the entire optical system stabilized so that it all floats within the camera.
The Nokia 920's camera is intended to be a major differentiating factor between the smartphone and the Apple iOS and Google Android worlds. Whether it achieves this or not depends on two factors: How the 920's camera works in the real world, and what Apple introduces in the iPhone 5 on Sept. 12. Right now, there's no indication that the iPhone will have such a sophisticated optical system, but as is always the case with Apple, you just never know for sure.