Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nokia announces PureView 808 with a 41 MP sensor

Today at their MWC2012's press event, Nokia brought the PureView teaser to fever pitch with the 41 megapixel camera of the Symbian Belle-running Nokia PureView 808.

The Nokia 808 PureView uses a 41 MP sensor, which captures image data from seven adjacent pixels and condenses it into one, resulting in stills at around 5 MP resolution with amazing detail and low noise levels. The optics are Carl Zeiss and there's Xenon flash and a LED one acting as a video light.
Technically, the sensor is able to capture 3 MP, 5 MP, 8 MP, 38 MP at 4:3 aspect ratio and 2 MP, 5 MP [Default], 8 MP, 34 MP at 16:9.
Video recording goes as high as FullHD 1080p at 30 fps and there's also 720p@30fps. Video is H264 encoded and supports stereo sound. The large image sensor allows 4x zoom in 1080p and 6x in 720p.

Nokia 808 PureView
The Nokia 808 PureView has a single-core 1.3 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM and runs Symbian Belle. The display is a 16:9 4" AMOLED unit of nHD (640 x 360) resolution covered with curved Gorilla Glass.
There's NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB on the go and 16 GB of onboard storage.
The Nokia 808 PureView should be on the shelves around May 2012.

MeeGo 1.2 update for Nokia N9 goes live

About a month after it was seeded to developers for testing, the v1.2 update for MeeGo goes live. The update weighs in at 284MB and it may take a while to install (up to 40 minutes according to Nokia).
But it's well worth the wait. With it, you'll get to make video calls and finally put that front-facing camera of the Nokia N9 to good use. MeeGo 1.2 also offers folders in the app launcher so you can get the place more organized.

Other improvements include updates to the camera and gallery and copy/paste functionality with brackets.
You can start the installation straight from the N9, just check for updates if you haven’t received a notification already. And don't forget to leave a comment with your impressions of the updated MeeGo OS.

Nokia 808 PureView video and camera samples emerge

The Nokia 808 PureView's 41MP camera is causing quite a stir at the MWC and we finally get to see its full-sized camera samples. Alongside the four photos are also three full HD 1080p video samples.

All of them are really impressive, so let's start.

Nokia 808 PureView camera samples

This is what everyone has been waiting for - Nokia 808 PureView's full samples from its 41MP camera.

Nokia 808 PureView camera samples
Update: Nokia Conversations are kind enough to release another batch of untouched photos straight up from the Nokia 808 PureView. Download them by clicking here.

Nokia 808 PureView full HD video samples

Now, to the equally impressive 1080p full HD video samples. They are a month old, so they're definitely taken with pre-release software. They still look stunning, especially the first one, shot at night in low light.

Nokia officially announce Lumia 610 and world Lumia 900

After many leaks, it's now official - Nokia announce the Lumia 610 at the Mobile World Congress as well as the global availability of the Lumia 900.

Nokia Lumia 610

Running Windows Phone 7.5, the Lumia 610 is powered by an 800MHz single-core Snapdragon S1 processor and 256MB of RAM and 8GB storage.
With a 3.7" WVGA TFT LCD screen, the Lumia 610 stands at 119mm x 62mm x 12mm and weighs 131.5 grams.

The camera of the Lumia 610 is a 5MP unit with auto-focus and a LED flash. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS are on board, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port and a 1300mAh battery.
The Nokia Lumia 610 will come in white, cyan, magenta and black for the price of 189 €. Nokia expects the device to hit the market some time in Q2.

Nokia Lumia 900

The Lumia 900 will make its global debut this year. Elop said the high-end Windows Phone device will also hit Canada with Rogers in its LTE version and DCHSPA, which doubles the speed of regular HSPA+ for the rest of the world.

The global version of the Lumia 900 will come in its usual colors, white, cyan and black and will retail for 480€. Like the Lumia 610 it will too out in Q2.
In addition, Nokia is updating some of the applications on Windows Phone as well as introducing new ones. Nokia Drive is one of the updated apps.
The updated Nokia Drive includes not only updated maps and content, but also the addition of speed limits, which is handy. And to make it even harder to resist, Nokia have thrown in full offline capabilities.
The new one is Nokia Reading. It is a personalized news feed app, just like Google Reader on Android or Pulse. Nokia Reading provides local language content as well as books and news. Nokia will provide the app as a free download, too.
In addition, Windows Phone is coming finally to China. And because of the need to reach emerging markets, Nokia announced the minimum requirements for devices to run Windows Phone 7 is now just 256MB of RAM on devices with Qualcomm 7x278 family of chips.

Nokia announces Asha 302, 203 and 202

Mary McDowell came on stage and got busy right away announcing three new Nokia Asha phones - the Asha 202, Asha 203 and Asha 302. The Asha 302 is a QWERTY messenger, while the Asha 203 is identical to the Asha 202, but with an extra SIM slot.

Nokia Asha 302

The Nokia Asha 302 features extensive communication skills. It features Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp integration, but also - get this! - Microsoft Exchange email. That's a first for a Nokia feature phone.

Nokia Asha 302
The 302 runs on a 1GHz processor and has 14.4Mbps HSDPA which, McDowell pointed out, is faster than a lot of low-end Androids.
The Nokia Asha 302 is shipping now for €95 ($130).

Nokia Asha 202 and 203

The lower-end Ashas feature 2.4" touchscreens and come with the Nokia Browser. Both have 2MP cameras. There's also Bluetooth, microSD card slot for cards up to 32GB and FM radio.
The Asha 203 has a second SIM slot and will remember personalized settings for up to five SIM cards, so several people can easily share a single phone.
Those two come with a huge pack of EA games, no less than 40. You can download those off the Nokia Market for free during the first 60 days. That's equivalent to €75 of added value.

Nokia Asha 202 and 203
That's more than the price of the phones themselves, they'll go for about €60 ($80). Launch is set for the next few weeks.

Nokia Lumia 610 pictures and details emerge

With only hours left till Nokia's press conference at MWC, we have some fresh details and images of the upcoming announcements.
Nokia Lumia 610 pictured below, will be the company's entry level Windows Phone handset. The device is expected to feature a 3.2" screen, 3MP camera, and Windows Phone Tango on board. Given the nature of the new OS, it shouldn't be a surprise if the device comes with 256MB of RAM.

The Nokia Lumia 610 will reportedly be priced at €175, when it hits the shelves. India will be one of the first markets to receive the device.
Next in line is the global version of the Nokia Lumia 900. The AT&T version caused quite a splash during CES, so there is no surprise here.

Also, don't forget the PureView camera phone, whose teaser emerged a few days ago. The device is expected to be the successor of the venerable N8, so the interest towards it is huge.
We will be covering the Nokia press conference live (it starts at 7:30AM GMT), so stick around for the full scoop on the company's MWC lineup.
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Nokia N9 gets an Ice Cream Sandwich port, you can't have it

The Nokia N9 might not have the best of prospects as a flagship of a platform with no future and extremely limited app availability, but it might do quite a lot better as an Android device. And the great news is such a turn of events isn't science fiction or fanboy dreams any more.
Here we have the first photo of the Nokia N9, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There's no public release or some kind of tutorial for recreating it yourself, so we can't say how far the port has gone, but it's likely in its early alpha stages.
Still, the fact that Nokia N9 is capable of booting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich should be encouraging for those of you, who love the smartphone for its hardware, but wouldn't want to commit to a dying platform. It's not that MeeGo isn't cool, but developers are not exactly in over their heads developing for a platform with such limited reach and no plans for further expansion.
We are yet to see how the Nokia N9 handles the Android OS. The encouraging part is that the MeeGo flagship's hardware is about on par with the original Galaxy S internals and that one is doing pretty well with its ICS port.
We'll certainly be following the development of this one, so stick around for more information.
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Nokia to announce 3 smartphones and 3 featurephones at MWC

We were hoping Nokia will make a strong return to the MWC this year and if the latest online rumors are to be believed, we won't be disappointed. The company is said to announce no less than 6 new phones at the industry largest event at the end of the month, including three smartphones.
There're no details about the devices that are to be announced besides their names, but that's still something. The most interesting of the bunch will be the Nokia Lumia 900, which is obviously ready for the international scene after debuting for AT&T at CES, and also the Nokia Lumia 610, which should be some kind of entry-level WP smartphone.
Camera fans will be in for a treat as well, as the Nokia 808 PureView is also on the agenda. This N8 successor is said to have the most capable camera of any smartphone to date though (unfortunately) it again runs on Nokia Belle OS.
The other new announcements we should see at the Nokia press conference come February 27 are three S40 handsets - Asha 302, Asha 203, and Asha 202. We already got a glimpse of the most interesting of those, the Asha 302, but the other two remain somewhat of a mystery.
Nokia has quite a lineup in store for us and it will be interesting to see just how hot the devices listed will be in real life. We'll be on site, reporting the announcements for you as they happen and feeding you photos, images and first-hand impressions of the new handsets.


Nokia 500 Belle update is now finally rolling out

Nokia 500 is running Symbian Anna out of the box, but its performance is quite disappointing. The reason is quite simple - there is no GPU in the Nokia 500 and its CPU is handling the GPU calculations instead.
We can't promise you the things will get better with the Belle update, but still - it should be worth updating. After all, how worse can it possibly get?
If you own a Nokia 500 you should be able to upgrade it with Belle right now by using Nokia Software Updater.

Images of unannounced Nokia 302 leak, yet another Asha?

Chinese site Tenaa.com.cn got their hands on images from the upcoming Nokia 302, another Asha probably. All that is known about the phone so far is what can be told from the images, namely a 3.2MP camera, and some sort of slot on the left side. Whether it’s a SIM slot, microSD or something else is unclear for the time being.

Nokia 302
No word on pricing or availability yet, although we do hope they'll offer it in a color other than Bland.
Update February 14: The specs for this device have also been leaked. The Nokia 302 Asha will be a quad-band device measuring 115.2 x 58.9 x 13.5mm. It will have a 2.6-inch LCD screen, WLAN and 3G. It will be available in white, red and jet black.

Nokia 803 is rumored to have the largest camera sensor to date

A new batch of rumored specs has emerged for Nokia's yet to be announced 803 Symbian smartphone. The device will likely be the last phone running the OS to come from Nokia.

Reportedly, the Nokia 803 will feature a 4" AMOLED screen - not the 3.5" unit, which we've stumbled upon before. HDMI port, NFC connectivity and microSIM slot complete the rumored specs.
Most importantly however, the last Symbian handset is rumored to feature the largest camera sensor to date. Add to this the suspected optical zoom and we might end up seeing one of the greatest camera phones on the market.
Nokia 803 is expected to be released sometimes in May. Don't be surprised however, if the device is Nokia's major announcement at MWC.

Nokia Lumia 610 and Asha 305 get Indonesian certification

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Indonesia's FCC counterpart, Postel, is proving to be an interesting source of info on new phones. Their database contains two Nokias that aren’t official yet - the rumored Nokia Lumia 610 and a Nokia 305, which was unheard of until now.
Now, the database lists only the most basic info on the phone (if even that) but with rumors floating around that Nokia will announce three smartphones and three feature phones at the MWC, these numbers give us a glimpse of what will be announced.

The Nokia Lumia 610 is one of the phones expected to be unveiled in Barcelona and this listing confirms that it's a real device. Postel site reveals that the 610 will have 2G and 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but that's it (they only test if wireless devices are within specs, so that's all the info we can hope to get).
The Nokia 305 is probably an Asha device, but there's not even Wi-Fi/Bluetooth info on it. Judging by model number alone, it should take over from the Asha 303 as the new top of the line feature phone by Nokia.
A previous rumor claimed that a different set of Asha phones will be announced at the MWC, but there's no way to know for sure (other than waiting for a couple of weeks).

Monday, February 6, 2012

Nokia launches the white Lumia 800 this month

Nokia has just announced it is going to launch the white model of the Lumia 800 smartphone later this month in addition to its already available black, cyan and magenta editions.
The "beautiful, dazzling, glossy, snow-white" Lumia 800 will start selling later this month in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Finland, Poland and Switzerland. More countries will follow soon after.

White Nokia Lumia 800
According to Nokia, this is the same awesome white the N9 uses.
"This is no spray-on finish. Like the other Nokia Lumia 800’s colours, the unibody polycarbonate is dyed all the way through and milled like metal to give it the high-tech feel."
Now that you know a white Lumia 800 is coming as well, would you reconsider buying one?

The 12 MP Nokia Lumia 910 rumor officially refuted

Remember the 12 MP Nokia Lumia 910 that surfaced several days ago in the Netherlands? It sure sounded awesome, but as it turns out it isn't happening.
The official confirmation was brought by the Nokia camera guru Damian Dinning. The head of Imaging Experience of the Nokia Smart Devices division was asked by a fan to comment on the rumors and he responded that a 12 MP Lumia 900 smartphone simply doesn't exist.

Another interesting bit to be had from the conversation that took place in Twitter is that the Nokia Lumia 900 uses the same 8.7 megapixel sensor as the Lumia 800 and Nokia N9. The unorthodox sensor allows the user to capture 16:9 still in higher resolution than conventional 4:3 sensors.
So, if a 12 megapixel WP smartphone isn't on the cards, we can't help but wonder what Nokia will unveil at the MWC. The industry's largest event is fast approaching and Nokia better make its presence there memorable, or those financial troubles might turn even uglier.
Thanks, Le Anh, for sending this in!
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Is the Nokia N8's successor to be the last Symbian device ever?

Say 'bye bye to Symbian' is essentially the message coming from Nokia as it looks to bring about the end of its legacy platform sooner than many expected.
Despite talks of Symbian Carla and even Symbian Donna in the works for current and new devices alike, it now appears that the successor to the Nokia N8 might be the last new Symbian device we shall see from the Finns.

Nokia had originally promised continued support for Symbian following their plans to switch to Windows Phone as their primary OS last Mobile World Congress, with the intention of selling 150 million more Symbian devices before completely phasing the OS out.
It would seem their good intentions didn't inspire enough Symbian fans out there and as such last month Nokia admitted that sales of Symbian devices were falling faster than they had anticipated (no doubt due in part to the aggressive promotion of Nokia Windows Phones).
Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop blamed the lackluster figures on ever-changing and increasingly difficult market conditions, influenced in particular by the demand for lower cost smartphones.
"We now believe that we will sell fewer Symbian devices than we anticipated," he explained.
Outside of the passionate Symbian fan base, Nokia's move to hasten the demise of the platform also has implications for a number of key partners as well.
Accenture acquired some 3000 Symbian developers from the Finnish mobile giant last summer and it would appear that now such a resource will be seldom used. A particularly sticky situation for Accenture who's agreement ties them into providing continued Symbian development until 2016.
ST Ericsson hinted at Nokia's unstable Symbian sales figures in guidance to their investors issued last week. The company cited a "very significant decline" in net sales expected this quarter as a result of a “reduction, in the short term, of new product sales with one of our largest customers."
We will have to wait and see how this news develops as there's still time for the trend to change, but is it too little, too late?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Nokia Lumia 800 is selling hot in cold Finland

The first Nokia Windows Phone - Lumia 800 - is selling really good in Nokia's home Finland. The phone was launched on February 1 there and is already out-of-stock in some retailers, while others expect to deplete their supplies in a few days.
The Finns are really dedicated to own the next big thing from their favorite local company. Whether the good sales are dues to some kind of national pride, good advertising or pure love for the company - it doesn’t matter. The Lumia 800 is selling great, so it should turn out positive in the end of this quarter for Nokia.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

US Microsoft stores start accepting Nokia Lumia 900 pre-orders

LTE speeds, a 4.3" AMOLED screen, a 1.4GHz CPU and the oh-so-sweet non-painted polycarbonate unibody - the Nokia Lumia 900 looks like the smartphone to have if you are interested in the WP platform. And thanks to the Microsoft brick and mortar stores, you can now book your unit and make sure you will be among the first to get it.
It costs $25 to pre-order a Lumia 900 and you can have it in either cyan or black. Sadly, there is still no official confirmation of the rumored March 18 launch date, but barring any issues with the technical acceptance of the device, that should be the date to look forward to.
To get the actual Nokia Lumia 900, you will have to sign a two-year contract with AT&T and pay $99 upfront.
Meanwhile, Nokia's CEO, Steven Elop, went on record saying that salesmen are a part of the reason for the WP struggles in the market. According to Elop, the shop assistants aren't doing their best to promote Windows Phone devices, choosing to push other, easier-to-sell platforms instead. Mr. Elop went on to say that the guys and gals in the smartphone shops only "want their commission and tend to only show phones they think might sell".
To be honest that's a rather ridiculous claim - it's only natural that salespeople will show phones think they will actually sell and not waste both theirs and the customers' time instead. It's up to Nokia, Microsoft and the other Microsoft partners to make sure that WP smartphones are actually on that easy-to-sell list.
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