Nokia Lumia 820

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Nokia Lumia 820
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SeriesNokia Lumia
Compatible networksGSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
HSPA 850/900/1900/2100
LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600
First releasedNovember 7, 2012
PredecessorNokia Lumia 800
SuccessorNokia Lumia 830
RelatedNokia Lumia 810, Nokia Lumia 822, Nokia Lumia 920
Form factorSlate
Dimensions123.8 mm (4.87 in) H
68.5 mm (2.70 in) W
9.9 mm (0.39 in) D
Mass160 g (5.6 oz)
Operating systemWindows Phone 8, upgradeable to 8.1
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960
CPU1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Krait
GPUQualcomm Adreno 225
Memory8 GB internal flash
Removable storageMicroSD (up to 64 GB)
BatteryRemovable & rechargeable BP-5T 1650 mAh Lithium polymer battery,[1] Qi wireless charging (with optional charging shell)
Data inputsMulti-touch capacitive touchscreen, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, 3-axis accelerometer
Display4.3" AMOLED ClearBlack capacitive touchscreen with Super Sensitive Touch
800×480 px 16.7m-color
Rear camera8-megapixel, 3264×2448 pixels, Power Dual-LED flash, autofocus Carl Zeiss optics, 1080p video capture
Front cameraVGA, 640×480 pixels
ConnectivityBluetooth 3.1 (Bluetooth 4.0 certified but not yet supported by WP8,[2][3])
802.11a/b/g/n, NFC
WebsiteMicrosoft Lumia

The Nokia Lumia 820 is a smartphone[4] designed, developed and marketed by Nokia. It is the successor to the Lumia 800 and is one of the first Nokia phones to implement Windows Phone 8 alongside the Nokia Lumia 920. Although sharing a similar appearance with the Lumia 800, the Lumia 820 is a major overhaul over its predecessor, sporting a 4.3 inches (110 mm) diagonal OLED display with scratch resistant glass, though lacking Gorilla Glass protection, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and an 8.7-megapixel camera.[5][6] The phone will come with LTE connectivity and a wireless-charging option.[7] The 820 is the first Nokia Windows Phone OS based smartphone to embed a microSD card slot.[8]

On October 9, 2012, the largely similar Nokia Lumia 810 was presented. The main differences are more talk time (10.2 hours) due to the larger 1800 mAh battery, an improved 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, lighter weight, wider and longer dimensions. The Lumia 810 is exclusively made available to T-Mobile customers in the United States, and as such does not support LTE but only HSPA+, as LTE was not supported in T-Mobile's US network at the time of release.[9]

On October 29, 2012, another variant of the Lumia 820, the Nokia Lumia 822 was announced, having a better front camera, larger battery and double the storage.[10] It is exclusively available for Verizon customers.[11][12][13]

Swappable rear Shells[edit]

The phone features a range of back 'Shells' which will allow users to customise the look of their phone as well as adding functionality such as Wireless charging, if a shell with that capability is added. This feature gives the additional benefit of allowing a scuffed or broken shell to be replaced with a new one to freshen up the device, something which is not possible on some competing smartphones such as the iPhone or unibody Lumia designs such as the 900 and 920. It additionally allows user access to the battery so that a battery which no longer holds a charge can be replaced with a new one, or, if on a long trip away from a charger, the user to swap a spare fully charged battery for an empty one, increasing the time the phone can be used for.


Jeff Parsons from Techradar wrote: "The Nokia Lumia 820 sits nicely at the crossroads between value and power. While it doesn't have the processor, camera or larger screen of its big brother the Lumia 920, it does have microSD storage, removable covers and a more attractive price tag."[14]

Mike Jennings from PC Pro wrote: "The low-resolution screen, weaker camera and continued lack of apps mean it can’t compete with the best Android handsets, but the usability of Windows 8 and attractive physical design mean this well-balanced Nokia is still an attractive proposition."[15]

Stuart Miles from wrote: "This is the phone Nokia should be putting all its efforts into promoting. Agreed it isn’t the flagship and agreed the camera isn't nearly anywhere as good as on the 920, but this is a phone you'll be happy to use, a phone you'll enjoy using, and besides a lack of third-party apps at the moment, a phone that for many people will be a fantastic phone they will enjoy for the next two years." [16]

Model variants[edit]

Model RM-824 RM-825 RM-826
Countries Mexico, United States International China, India
Carriers/Providers Telcel, AT&T International
2G Quad band GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
3G Quad-Band HSPA+ 1, 2, 5/6, 8 (850/900/1900/2100 MHz) Penta-band HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (850/900/AWS/1900/2100 MHz)
4G Dual-Band LTE 4 and 17 (1700/700 MHz) Penta-band LTE 1, 3, 7, 8, 20 (2100/1800/2600/900/800 MHz) yes
Max network speed LTE: 100 Mbit/s

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Battery Information BP-5T". Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  2. ^ "Bluetooth 4.0 Certification comes to Nokia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 devices | Windows Phone Central". 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  3. ^ "Windows Phone: Introduction to Bluetooth support on Windows Phone 8". Microsoft. 20 Oct 2014. Retrieved 8 Dec 2017.
  4. ^ "Nokia Lumia 820 review |". 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  5. ^ "Detailed specifications for the Nokia Lumia 820". Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  6. ^ More, Ian (2012-09-05). "Video: Introducing the Nokia Lumia 820 – Nokia Conversations : the official Nokia blog". Archived from the original on 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  7. ^ Chen, Brian X.; Wortham, Jenna (5 September 2012). "Microsoft and Nokia Unveil New Lumia Phones". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  8. ^ "T-Mobile SIM unlocking the Nokia Lumia 810 and does it have LTE? | Windows Phone Central". 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  9. ^ T-Mobile to offer the Nokia Lumia 810 exclusively in the U.S.
  10. ^ Nokia Lumia 822 vs Nokia Lumia 820 (Video) | Pocketnow
  11. ^ Ingraham, Nathan (29 October 2012). "Nokia Lumia 822 officially announced for Verizon Wireless, priced at $99.99 on contract". The Verge. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  12. ^ Smith, Mat (29 October 2012). "Verizon officially announces Nokia Lumia 822, coming this Fall (update: $100 on two-year contract)". Engadget. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  13. ^ Segan, Sascha (30 October 2012). "Hands On: Nokia Lumia 822 and Data Sense for Verizon Wireless". PC Magazine. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  14. ^ Nokia Lumia 820 review | Mobile Phones | Techradar
  15. ^ Nokia Lumia 820 review | Smartphones | Reviews | PC Pro
  16. ^ Nokia Lumia 820 review | Smartphones | Reviews | Pocket-Lint

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