Nokia / Microsoft New York – what might we expect, and is there anything that can still suprise us?

With all the leaks this last week, plus the announcement that Nokia themselves have made, is there anything left to surprise us abut the announcements in New York today? I think there is, but we also know a lot already.

Hardware:

  • Nokia will announce the Lumia 920 and 820 devices.  The 920 will have the same design language as the N9, 800 and 900 while the 820 will have a new look to it.
  • Both devices will have similar base specs: 1.5Ghz dual core processors, 1GB ram and probably 8MP cameras, as well as front facing cameras and Micro SD card slots.
  • The 920 Will have a 4.5″ curved screen and 32Gb of memory for your media
  • The 820 will have a 4.3″ screen and less (perhaps only 8GB) memory
  • Both devices will use inductive charging
  • Both devices will come in a variety of colors, including black, grey, white, red and yellow.
  • Carrier partnerships, or at least one anyway.  It’s a given that the 920 will launch on AT&T in the US, and likely the 820 will too, and possible that device will also find a home with T-Mobile and Verizon in the future.

What we won’t see:

  • Any new Windows Phones with a 41MP PureView camera like the 808.
  • Any Symbian devices – I expect the 808 may be the last, but even if not, it’s an event in the US and so it’s unlikely that Symbian devices would be announced here.
  • Any Cyan devices (unlikely anyway, given the leaked images around, including those of the new accessories)-  a shame because I particularly like that color.
  • Xenon flash camera’s – these are going to be dual LED’s but if it’s good enough for Damian Dinning, perhaps it will be good enough for the rest of us.
  • Any love for Sprint, who don’t seem to like Windows Phone anyway.

Software

What we won’t see:

  • The word “Zune” anywhere

Where are the surprises going to come from:

Looking at the list above, it’s clear that most surprises will come on the software side.  However, there will definitely be surprises to be had, with one story from the occasionally reliable source of Eldar Murtazin suggesting Microsoft hasn’t even let it’s OEM’s see the full Windows Phone 8 yet.  A second source for surprises is Mr Stephen Elop, who has said in an interview that we will see things tomorrow that have been in Nokia R+D labs for years, and that no-one else has on any platform. I can’t wait to see what he is talking about.

We might see hardware surprises too, with Nokia’s Camera guru, Damian Dinning tweeting that PureView equates to a range of technologies  and not just the megapixels, or oversampling.  Whether this means the phones announces can capture images on par with the 808 remains to be seen, but if it can, the technology that enables that will be something to get excited about, that’s for sure.

Some unanswered questions

All these leaks and rumors have been great but there are still definitely unanswered questions.  Some I’d like to get an idea of include:

  • When is the SDK going to be released officially, and will there be a release of the Windows Phone 7.X SDK that works in Visual Studio 2012
  • Will Windows Phone support HDMI/TV out capabilities other than via DNLA clients.
  • How true is the multitasking
  • Will Nokia Maps and Drive approach the feature level seen on Symbian?

So that’s it then, for now anyway.  Don’t forget you can watch the whole thing live on Nokia’s website starting 10am Eastern US (7Am US West coast, 3 PM London).

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About bluechrism

I am a software developer with most professional experience in the Windows .Net realm and I'm currently a WPF developer with Starkey Labs. However, I have wanted for some time to start the mobile developer journey properly and being an N900 owner, this was to be in the realm of QT. Job hunting, moving to Minnesota and changing jobs put my plans on hold 6-12 months but things are starting to settle now, just as I'm getting sorted to start some things, Microsoft and Nokia merge. This blog is about my novice mobile development experiences and hopefully will end up complete with links to download some apps on various platforms, but obviously by the name, Sybian, Maemo/Meego and Windows Mobile. In other stuff, I am English, I support Everton FC, I have visited Glastonbury music festival 5 times and recommend it to anyone. I am married and my wife and i have a dog called Friday.
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