While speculations have been rife over the exact dates the Windows Phone 8 based handsets Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 will release in India, there have been varying figures quoted about their cost too.
A press release by Nokia India is slated to be held on January 10 in Delhi with simulcasts in Mumbai amongst other cities. There is no official word on what exactly this conference is going to be held for, but in all probability, it is going to be for the official launch of the much awaited Lumia 920 and 820.
What’s more, some online mobile retail websites have already put up the Lumia duo up for pre-orders. The Mobile Store has already put up the phones in its range of colours up for pre-order, with the Nokia Lumia 920 for Rs. 39,999 and the Nokia Lumia 820 for Rs. 29,999. Both the phones up for pre-order can be bought in black, yellow, white and red colours.
Get ready to get your hands on a Lumia 920 and 820
The site mentions that the product will start shipping on January 12, but also has a disclaimer put up that states, “The above price is only a pre-order price. Actual Price may vary. We will refund the difference upon confirmation of actual price.”
Flipkart, on the other hand, has a tantalising ‘Coming Soon’ written next to all variants of the Lumia 920 and 820 handsets. They’ve been listed for a slightly cheaper Rs. 36,999 and Rs. Rs. 26,999 respectively. Once users have registered with the site expressing interest in any of the handsets, Flipkart will inform them about when the pieces will be in stock.
Our sources in the grey market are not so easy on the pricing though. The on-street pricing of the Lumia 920 is about a cool Rs. 5,000 more than the website pre-order listing, with a hefty Rs. 45,000 being quoted as the price to pay in order to receive the high-end Windows 8 handset as soon as it is launched. The Nokia Lumia 820 too is priced slightly higher at Rs 33,000 as the market price.
Nokia’s official website, on the other hand, features a cool blue sash across the upcoming Lumia devices with a ‘Coming Soon’ plastered across. The Finnish giants are squeezing every bit of curiosity out of the Indian audiences.
The Lumia 920 is priced in Singapore at SGD 899, which roughly translates to Rs 40,750, whereas the Lumia 820 costs SGD 699, which is approximately Rs 31,700. However, one should not expect the prices to be the same when the handsets come to India—the additional taxes could make the devices cost a bit more.
Coming loaded with a polycarbonate body, the Nokia Lumia 920 features a Snapdragon S4 processor as well as a PureView sensor. It also comes with the Blink app, which is the smartphone's Burst mode. The Windows Phone 8 smartphone will feature an LCD display, which is a little better than the HD displays available now.
The Lumia 920 has 32GB inbuilt storage, an 8.7MP primary camera and a 1.2MP front one. The younger sibling Lumia 820 is powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor. It comes with an 8MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. Both phones support wireless charging.
We will be bringing you more from the impending press conference as and when the news is released.