Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 smartphones hands on

Nokia pulled the curtains on its pair of Lumia handsets, the 920 and the 820 and we were able to take a closer look at them at the launch (or prelaunch) event held in New York earlier today.

The company has had a rather strict no handle policy which means that most Lumia 820 were tethered. You were able to touch the phones but not play with or handle them. But the brief time we had with the two phones gave us a pretty good impression of the two handsets unveiled today.

If there's one word that can describe both phones, it's sturdiness. Both phones embrace the polycarbonate unibody chassis that was introduced on the Nokia E8. They are also physically big and heavy, especially the Lumia 920, which gives them that "reassuringly solid" feeling that the iPhone 4S exudes.

They do have a slight plastic finish though and we dare to say that we prefer the metallic/glass combination that Apple introduced with the iPhone 4.

Nokia claims that the screen on the Lumia 920 is the best of any smartphones on the market and in a quick subjective head to head comparison with the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4S, appeared to be much brighter and crisper. Note that the Lumia 820 uses a similar screen to the Lumia 900.

As expected, the dual-core system-on-chip on both the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 give the handset an extra oomph. Animations are extremely fluid without any delays and the transitions and updates to the tiles are beautifully rendered.

The slides below show the Lumia 820, the Lumia 820 as well as the charging docs (vertical and standing) as well as the so-called Fat boy charging pillow.

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