Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 – Red and yellow and blue and purple…

Nokia’s upcoming windows 8 devices have been revealed in leaks ahead of their launch and, if the photos are anything to go by, they come in just about every colour of the rainbow.

The upcoming Lumia 820 and 920 smartphones are widely expected to be officially unveiled at a media event in New York.

But, it would appear someone just couldn’t wait to let the world know about their specifications.

The pictures were posted on social networking site Twitter by @evleaks and, while it’s unclear whether the images are the real deal just yet, they do look similar in design to the existing Lumia 800 and Lumia 900.

The images show seven of the smartphones lined up in a multi-coloured row, in shades of purple, blue, grey, black, white, yellow and red.

According to further reports, the new Nokia 920 handsets will include wireless charging technology and an impressive 8-megapixel camera. The 920 is throught to include Nokia’s PureView camera technology which first came to the market on the Nokia 808 PureView.

Predictions are that the handset will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and storage capacities of 32GB.

The smartphone is also expected to have a 4.5inch screen while the Lumia 820 will be slightly smaller with a 4.3inch display.

Nokia’s launch comes just before Apple is expected to unveil the latest version of its iPhone, which it is believed will be simply called the iPhone 5.

Nokia will be hoping its Windows Phone 8 will help it gain some share of the smartphone market as it has been struggling in recent times against the big guns – US technology giant Apple and its bitter rival Samsung.

Earlier this year, Nokia’s shares slumped by a massive 14% after the firm issued a profit warning. Finnish company Nokia predicted a 126m-euro first half loss for 2012, putting the blame squarely on stiff smartphone competition from emerging markets in India and China, along with software problems.

Nokia will be hoping its new Nokias do better than its first generation Lumias as sales of those were sluggish in the first part of the year. However, the poor financial results at Nokia seem to be turning round as Lumia sales are starting to grow, laying the base for good sales for the next generation of Lumias. .

Nokia’s chief executive Stephen Elop last year said the firm needed to fight Apple and Google by joining the “war of ecosystems” instead of waging a “battle of handsets”.

While Nokia would not claim it has had a great 2012, calling this year “a transition year” for the company, it does hope to return to better results in 2013.

And, Nokia will be hoping it has done just that with the creation of the 820 and 920 as they are expected to be the first smartphones using new Windows 8 software to hit retailers. Whether the early bird catches the worm, or the customer, though is yet to be seen.