With each new Lumia upscale fate is the same old story. We say that it is “the smartphone of the last chance” for Nokia. This theme has nothing against a truth-both bad quarters are linked to the manufacturer. See it has all the advantages on his side with the release of the highly anticipated Nokia Lumia 920.

Nokia goes wrong. This sad fact has become a mantra for several years now. To look more closely, the manufacturer no longer enthusiastic crowds since the N95 8GB … in 2008. It has of course been out for several models of interest. But since that memorable smartphone, no further struck by the Finnish logo has managed to unite beyond the ranks of his unwavering fans.

Nokia has taken the bull by the horns in recent months with its Lumia range with smartphones rather attractive. But they had to deal with a number of limitations inherent in Windows Phone 7. Add to that a communication be catastrophic not far from when Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 and said that the new OS is not compatible with smartphones already out, and you will understand that these devices are not as successful as hoped. Sales totaled millions of copies for each model, which is far from being ridiculous. But it’s still quite insufficient for a manufacturer of the caliber of Finland.

Nokia hopes to finally be able to reverse the Lumia 920 that we test here. To put the odds on his side, the manufacturer has not skimped on the technical details of a smartphone that does not really ashamed of the comparison with any high-end Android. Certainly, we do not find here chipset quadruple heart, but Windows Phone 7 already was doing well on one heart. For the release of Windows Phone 8, Nokia has passed double heart, giving her newborn Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset with a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon. This is supported by 1 GB of memory (RAM). IPS capacitive screen of 4.5 inches for its part offers a HD resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels and a coating Corning Gorilla Glass 2, anti shock and scratches. Capture photos and videos is assigned to an 8 megapixel sensor capable of shooting at a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels).

Connectivity side, the device is at the top of the moment. It offers the usual course compatibility with 3G + Wi-Fi (n), Bluetooth (3.0) and GPS (A-GPS). But he is especially compatible with the Dual Carrier network (42.2 Mbps) and even 4G (LTE) French! Similarly, it also embeds an NFC chip. Finally, note that all fits in the dimensions of 130 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm with a total weight of 185 grams on the scale.

Package Contents

The package is provided in which the Nokia Lumia 920 is a bit stingy for a device as upscale. It includes:

• Battery 2100 mAh • A Wired Stereo Handsfree • microUSB cable • A charger • The quick start manual • A tool to extract the microSIM card

We do not formalize the lack of microSD memory card in this pack since it would not help much. The device is indeed no port to play such a card. But in return offers an internal memory of 32 GB

Design

Difficult to be in the least surprised by the appearance of the Nokia Lumia 920. The Finnish manufacturer “recycled” in effect once again design appeared for the first time with the N9 there is more than one year. Meanwhile, the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 also sported the same design. The Lumia 920 is the fourth unit to offer. So much so for originality. However, even if it is not innovative, the look of the Lumia 920 is nonetheless very pleasant. Lines at the same time elegant and refined did not take a ride. They always consist of straight lines and great light recesses on the top and bottom ends. The back of the unit is slightly domed. We would have liked to see the same slightly curved front that we could find on the Lumia 800. But it will be “satisfied” with a flat facade as the 900.

The design is one of the strengths of the unit. Quality manufacturing side, we find again the same materials as before. It is plastic, but of such quality that nobody will blame Nokia for using this polycarbonate. The finishes are perfect, as well as assembly. Nothing to say so from that point of view. The dimensions of the device are quite substantial, but it is not really surprising since it incorporates all the same a display of 4.55 inches. Regarding the thickness, it is not the end of time, but its 10.7 mm are quite reasonable. Note however that the massive appearance of the unit may give the impression that it is thicker. Finally, it does not weigh less than 185 grams, making it a true heavyweight category. We will see in the next section, which focuses on ergonomics and handling if the weight is inconvenient to use. In all cases, this allows the machine to give an impression of rugged durability. Especially the quality of workmanship and finish are impeccable.

Finally, the slopes of the smartphone hide no particular surprise. The Lumia 920 with a design called “unibody”, it leaves no access to the battery. Map microSIM fits on the top of the apparatus in a small trolley provided for this purpose as the Lumia 800 and 900. Windows Phone forces, there is also a physical button on the right side to start capturing photos and videos. For the rest, all the buttons fall perfectly under the fingers.