Two major manufacturers announced new flagship smartphones today. Nokia showed off Lumia 920 and 820 phones running Windows Phone 8, while Motorola took the covers off their latest Android handsets, the Droid Razr HD, Razr Maxx HD, and Razr M.

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Tech blog Engadget liveblogged the press event at 10 a.m. Eastern time, confirming specifications on Nokia’s Lumia phones as soon as they were mentioned by presenters. The Lumia 920 contains a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.5-inch display, 8.7-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization that can take 1080p HD video, and a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip. It will be available in yellow, red, white, gray, and black.

Specs for the Lumia 820 appeared on Nokia’s website before being detailed at the press event. It has the same processor and NFC chip as the 920 and a slightly smaller 4.3-inch display and 8-megapixel camera. Protective shells will come in red, yellow, white, blue, purple, gray, and black.

The new Lumias also feature wireless charging – integrated on the 920 and built into the colored shells of the 820. An accessory charger will plug into the wall, and the phone only has to sit on top of the charger rather than be plugged in or docked. The charger uses the Qi standard, so consumers will be able to buy chargers from makers other than Nokia.Droid razr hd specs

Although the press conference was a joint effort with Microsoft to showcase the Windows Phone 8 operating system, Samsung displayed its ATIV S smartphone running Windows Phone 8 at the IFA 2012 conference last week, and Microsoft previewed the OS in June.

Motorola

At 2 p.m. Eastern time, Motorola brought out its own line of new phones, all running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with the promise of a quick upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Droid Razr HD has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, NFC chip, and a 4.7-inch screen. The Droid Razr Maxx HD is essentially the same device with a longer-lasting battery, claiming up to 21 hours of talk time or 27 hours of music streaming over a 4G connection.

The Droid Razr M features a 4.3-inch display with the same dual-core processor and NFC chip as the HD and Maxx HD. All three phones share an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording capability, Corning Gorilla Glass on the front, and DuPont KEVLAR on the back.


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