At a press event in New York City this morning, Nokia lifted the veil on two new Windows Phone 8 devices – the Lumia 820 and the Lumia 920.

“As Steve Ballmer noted on stage today, this year is shaping up to be something historic for all of Microsoft. Windows Phone 8 is part of a reimagined Windows, with a unified experience spanning phones, tablets and PCs. Whether you’re looking at Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, you’ll experience our unique look and feel with Live Tiles and will have the same built-in access to Microsoft cloud services like SkyDrive and Xbox Music,” Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of the Windows Phone Division, wrote in a blog post this morning.

You can get a look at the new phones in this slideshow over on the Microsoft News Center and in this Windows Phone Blog post by Ben Rudolph, which features a short, hands-on video Ben shot to introduce some of the new features of the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920.

“All in all, I’m seriously impressed with the new Lumias, both inside and out. Design-wise, they’re a nice evolution of the iconic design that Nokia introduced in the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 – solid, ergonomic, and comfortable. And inside, they’ve added technology like PureView and PureMotion HD +that offer up real, tangible benefits like smoother, faster, more responsive navigation and professional grade photos. Combined with the power of Windows Phone 8, they’re really something special,” Ben wrote in his post this morning.

The Nokia Lumias are part of a wide lineup of Windows Phone 8 phones set to hit the market later this year.

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog