Friday, August 31, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 with PureView and 820 WP8 devices leak

We all knew this was coming sooner or later - the next line of Lumia smartphones, sporting the Windows Phone 8 OS with a pinch of PureView.

Two leaks showing the alleged Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 have popped up on Twitter courtesy of@evleaks. The Lumia 920 is said to sport a PureView-grade camera, a 4.5" screen and looks to be rocking a polycarbonate body (probably depending on the color scheme).

The Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 (click to enlarge)

We can bet good money on the chipset being Qualcomm S4 with dual-core Krait CPU at its heartand the screen offerng HD resolution.

The Lumia 820 is said to have a 4.3" screen (no word on actual resolution). As far as we can tell from the low-res image, it also touts Carl Zeiss optics.

UPDATE: We just came across some alleged live images of the Lumia 820 and they have little to do with the leaked renders. The device has a flat screen, and the camera lens on the bottom are quite different, which could indicate that the two are separate devices or that at least one of the images is face.

Also WPCentral point to the Lumia 820 having not a 4.3 but a 4.65" AMOLED display (probably HD) and a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor along with LTE, NFC and a microSD card slot.

Leaked images of Nokia Lumia 820

We reported on two Nokia WP devices that look very similar to the Lumia 920 and 820 a couple of weeks ago, so this might be real deal. We guess we'll know for sure when the Nokia and Microsoft joint September 5 event kicks off.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Belle Refresh update hits Nokia N8, E7, C7, C6-01, X7 and Oro

Nokia has just started the global rollout of the Symbian Belle Refresh. Owners of the Nokia N8, E7, C7, C6-01, X7 and Oro should check their devices for the firmware update.

Symbian Belle Refresh brings some exciting features to the listed smartphone. One of them is the new browser armed with improved support for HTML5 web apps. There are also a new set of homescreen widgets as well as the addition of Microsoft Office Mobile app and Nokia Maps Suite 2.0. Nokia N8 owners will also score a few extra imaging-related apps.

As with most updates, this one too will be rolled out in phases with the carrier-free devices getting to try it first. The carrier versions will have to wait a few additional weeks until the update gets approved by the operator.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

More than half of WP phones worldwide are Nokias

Nokia has bet the house on Windows Phone and the numbers show that the Finnish company dominates the field when it comes to Microsoft's mobile OS. The stats were posted by the analysts over at Localytics and are based on app usage statistics from the Windows Phone Market place. Yet, Stephen Elop should probably hold off on popping open a bottle of champagne.

Worldwide Nokia holds over half of the market share of Windows Phone 7 handsets. They crossed the 50% mark in May and have continued their ever upwards trend since then.

Nokia's Q1 and Q2 reports, however, puts things in perspective - 2.2 million Lumias were sold in the first quarter and 4 million in the second. It didn’t take all that much to conquer the Windows Phone market.

Still, Nokia's push has helped Windows Phone grow 312% in the first half of this year alone. For their effort, Nokia took a $750 million check from Microsoft.

In the US - a market that Nokia has been desperately hoping to recapture - things aren’t quite as rosy. The first Lumias hit US shores in January this year, so the company got a slow start. It climbed into second place in May but is still 4 percentage points behind the leaders, HTC.

The good news is Nokia does hold a third of the market in the US and WP share there has grown 273% since the beginning of the year.

Of course, all those numbers will soon become irrelevant - since no current WP7 devices won't see Windows Phone 8 (just 7.8), the new mobile OS from Microsoft will have to start from scratch.

It does fix a lot of issues with WP7 by adding support for more varied hardware and a great deal of exciting software features. And if Nokia leads the WP8 assault with a PureView-powered WP8 phone, things might start to look up for the ailing giant. A Windows 8 tablet won't hurt either, but that's just hearsay for now.

Nokia is feeling confident in the next-generation Lumia phones, that will come on September 5.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Microsoft and Nokia to hold joint press event on September 5

In a rather bold statement, Nokia's executive VP of sales and marketing has called out Samsung directly in anticipation of Nokia and Microsoft's press event scheduled for September 5th during Nokia World.
Samsung take note, next generation Lumia coming soon. #nokiaThu Aug 16 04:00:57 via web
Just as expected, Nokia World will be the venue of choice for Nokia and Microsoft to unveil the first Lumia devices running on Windows Phone 8. The latest version of Microsoft's mobile OS wasunveiled in June and everyone has been eagerly waiting to see some actual phones powered by it.
It's no secret that Nokia has lost major ground to iOS and Android devices in the smartphone realm. The largest portion of that has gone to Samsung, which now controls some 21.6% of the globalmobile market (this includes both smart and feature phones).

So now that the first volleys of the WP8 hype-war have been fired, we won't have to wait long to see if the platform will be enough to dig Nokia out of its hole.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This might be the screen glass of an upcoming Nokia WP8 phone

As Nokia is gearing up for the upcoming launch of its newWindows Phone 8 handsets (which should happen at Nokia World in September), it's practically inevitable that a part or two - and hopefully even a whole phone - would leak.

Today's item was originally posted on CNBeta but the page has since been taken down. It is supposedly the display glass of a Nokia WP8 phone. It's big enough to fit a 4.3" screen and it's curvier than current Lumia designs. Theaspect ratio corresponds to 480 x 800 - the lowest of the three resolutions that the new OS supports.

Update: actually, it looks like 768 x 1280 (the highest) fits pretty well too. In the first case, the pixel density will be 217ppi and 347ppi in the second.

Note the new Windows logo and the positioning of the Nokia logo - they are different than the previous leak that claimed to show a whole Windows Phone 8 (or 7.8) device. So, they aren't showing one and the same device. It's entirely possible that one or both of them are fake too, or at least showing something different from what the rumors claim it to be.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Photos of alleged WP8 Nokia surface, seem pretty dubious

While the rumor mill is trying to pinpoint when the announcement of Nokia's upcoming WindowsPhone 8 devices will be, now a couple of photos surfaced showing what one of the smartphonesmay look like.

The phone is clearly sticking to the Lumia design guidelines and size-wise seems to be close to the Lumia 900. Unlike the 900 however, the screen edges are beveled (like on the 800), the Nokia logo is to the right (and not centered), the phone is yellow (not available on the 900) and, of course, there's the brand new homescreen.

An alleged Nokia prototype running Windows Phone 8

There are a couple of red flags though. For one, Windows Phone 7.8 uses the same homescreen, so it's not a clear enough indication that we're seeing a WP8 device. Another one is the file names of the images uploaded on WPDang (the site that broke the news): "Lumia-900-prototype_1.jpg" and "Lumia-900-Fake-prototype_2.jpg". We don't know if the WPDong admins are the ones that named the files or if it's the user, Playberry, who first posted them.

We have our doubts these photos show an actual WP8 prototype by Nokia, but if the rumors are true we only have to wait until Nokia World to find out (it starts in a month)

Thanks for the tip, Fakhre!

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Stephen Elop suggests an October release for Windows Phone 8

Speaking to the New York Times, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop let it slip that the upcoming successor to Windows Phone 7, namely WP8, will be coming in October of this year.

This would make perfect sense because of the imminent October 26 release of Windows 8, so it's within the realm of possibility that there could be a simultaneous launch of both operating systems.

Elop did not go on to confirm that the launch would coincide with the release of new WP8 devices, despite the fact that he was was discussing Nokia's Q2 earnings when he said that WP8 would further lift sales of Lumia devices.

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Nokia's marketing stint for the Lumia 900 involves nail polish

Nokia has decided to boost the appeal of its Lumia 900 flagship in the United States in a rather unusual fashion. The Finnish giant has partnered with Duality Cosmetics to release its own branded nail polish, which matches the color of the pink Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T.

The campaign also included one-day only salons in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Denver, where those who are interested will be able to check out the pink Lumia 900 while getting their manicure done by a celebrity nail stylist. You can find out all the info on the official Facebook page of Nokia USA.

Naturally, Nokia have released a promo video to mark the occasion. Here it goes.

With Windows Phone 8 right around the corner and the Nokia Lumia 900 not scheduled for an update, it is understandable that the company is trying to move as many devices as possible. We can't wait to see how this marketing push turns out.

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AT&T to offer exclusive pink version of Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia has just announced a pink version of its (current) WP flagship Lumia 900. It joins the already available cyan, white and black editions.

AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 in pink

The pink Lumia 900 will be available exclusively on AT&T starting July 15. The deals will be the same as with the other color versions.

There is still no information whether the pink edition will later go global or not. You can find our review of Lumia 900 right here.

Thank you, Basil Raza, for the tip!


Verizon and Sprint will get Lumia phones, Lumia PureView soon

Nokia’s vice president of worldwide developer relations Richard Kerris confirmed in an interview for Neowin that Verizon and Sprint will get Nokia Windows Phone smartphones soon.

Currently the Lumia smartphones are only available in the USA on the AT&T and T-Mobile network. We guess the other major carriers are also ready to jump on board once the first Windows Phone 8 devices come out.

We also got yet another confirmation of the PureView technology coming to the Lumia lineup. According to Richard Kerris it will be out "very soon", which probably means that an announcement at Nokia World in September is on the cards.

The Finns are running out of time and it is only logical that they put everything into the upcoming WP8 smartphones. And as we found out the PureView technology is one of their best weapons in this fight.

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The Lumia 900 receives a healthy price cut, now $49.99 on AT&T

If you thought that buying into a Lumia 900 isn't worth it without the WP8 side-salad you might want to read on. Nokia's WP flagman has received a healthy price cut and is now available for only $49.99 on a two-year deal with AT&T.

The updated price comes in time for the pink version of the Lumia 900 too.

The Lumia ran into some turmoil when Windows Phone 8 was unveiled because it was deemed unfit to support it. This spurred a logical backlash within Nokia's faithful fans because they felt cheated into buying a destitute product. But the Lumia 900 will receive some WP8 goodies via the WP 7.8 update. Add that to the competitive pricing and things are looking good.

The Lumia sports a gorgeous 4.3" ClearBlack AMOLED display of WVGA resolution, LTE (for the US), 8 MP snapper, a single-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor and a beautiful polycarbonate body. If you like you could brush up on the Lumia 900 in our full-fledged review.

If you live in the US and are interested you can buy the phone here.Source

Windows Phone 8 might make an appearance at Nokia World

According to Bloomberg, we'll be seeing some devices introduced at Nokia World that will run on Microsoft's recently-announced Windows Phone 8 platform.

If this is true, then we might see the announcement of new WP8 devices before the rumored press conference for the next iPhone on September 12. This may not be a good thing, however, as Nokia run the risk being overshadowed by Apple's highly anticipated announcement.

As for when we'll actually see the first WP8-powered devices on the market, Microsoft have remained tight-lipped (although there are rumors of a an October release date, to coincide with their scheduled release of the Windows 8 OS). Hopefully, if announcements for Windows Phone 8 devices are made during the Nokia World conference, we'll also learn when we can get our hands on one.

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