Nokia recently announced its first Windows Phone 8 handsets: the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820.

The Lumia 920 is its new flagship device, which the company refers to as “the most innovative smartphone in the world.” Confident. I like.

As a fan of its existing Lumia devices, I must say I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the 920. It physically looks the same as the Lumia 900 with a polycarbonate body, and comes in Sunshine Yellow, Lipstick Red, and Slate Grey. Love the yellow – it’s so bold! Hardware changes include NFC support and expandable memory slots.

So what’s packing under the shell? It is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor;  has the most powerful battery on any Nokia (2000mAh) with wireless charging; an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with PureView technology; and features a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display (1280 x 768 pixels). And of course, it runs on Windows Phone 8.

The Lumia 820 is slightly smaller with a 4.3-inch screen, has rounded edges and offers removable back covers in a few more colours. It is powered by the same 1.5GHz dual-core processor, has an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, and 8GB of internal storage expandable via MicroSD). Back covers with NFC technology will be available as accessories. 

Both handsets include Nokia’s Super Sensitive Touch technology, meaning that it will detect touch if you’re wearing gloves or using your fingernails. Absolutely love that Nokia Maps will work in offline mode – you don’t have to worry about losing battery life while stuck in traffic!

Let’s hope they reach our shores by end of 2012.