Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 to start selling in only 8-10 weeks time

The Nokia Lumia 920 is a marvelous piece of technology. Nokia has really put its back into making the smartphone standout in several respects such as the extraordinary display and the innovative camera.

Update 1: We already have some expected retail prices for both the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. At least in Germany, the Lumia 920 should retail for €600 SIM-free, while the Lumia 820 should go for €450 SIM-free.Update 2: We also heard that AT&T will be getting the Nokia Lumia 920 on November 2. Is that the date when Windows Phone 8 will be revealed in full?

Among the last pieces of info that we didn't know about it was its availability schedule (and price, of course, but that we have too, now). We heard Steve Ballmer saying we are going to see a lot more of Windows Phone 8 in the next month or two, but here's some insider info on the availability of the Lumia 920.

An anonymous source from an Eastern European carrier has whispered to Reuters that they will start selling the Lumia 920 in mid-November, while Western European countries should be getting it even sooner, in the first half of November. When you think about it, November 1 is only 8 weeks from now. Wow, this summer's end is really closing in fast. But we digress.

The release of the Lumia 920 cannot come fast enough. We can't wait to put it through its paces in our obstacle reviewing course.Source | Via

WP8-powered Nokia Lumia 920 flagship goes official

WP8-powered Nokia Lumia 920 flagship goes official

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The first big announcement to come at Nokia and Microsoft joint event is the Nokia Lumia 920. As it turned out the recently released teasers were spot on, and this is in fact the first Lumia PureView smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 920 looks much like the Lumia 900, but comes with a bigger 4.5" 720p PureMotionHD+ (that's ClearBlack on stereoids) display, with curved glass on top of it. It is powered by the Snapdragon S4 chipset with a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor and Adreno 225 GPU.

The display is something Nokia is really proud. It’s called PureMotion HD+ and its screen color and brightness will adjusts automatically, depending on the ambient light. If you’ve hoped for an AMOLED screen though, you’ll be disappointed.
Lumia 920 camera comes with the PureView branding, but it packs an 8 megapixel sensor at its heart. It offers a cool new image stabilization that Nokia calls "floating lens" and according to its manufacturer is more effective than the optical image stabilization on many dedicated digicams. Carl Zeiss optics, 1080pvideo recording and an LED flash complete the list of the camera features.
The rest of the specs include NFC and LTE connectivity, 32GB internal memory plus 7GB SkyDrivecloud storage and 1GB RAM. The Lumia 920 weighs 185 grams, supports only micro-SIM cards and lacks a memory expansion slot.
Nokia Lumia 920 runs on the latest Windows Phone 8 OS and will come with various new services such as Nokia City Lens (augmented really app, which lets you find nearby cafes, restaurants etc.), refreshed Nokia Drive and Maps, updated hubs and system apps, etc.
The last feature worth mentioning is the built-in wireless charging. It uses the Qi standard and will be compatible with future accessories. The first supported wireless charging tool is the Fatboy wireless charging pillow. We hope it comes included in the retail package, but that is yet to be confired. Nokia also teamed up with Virgin Atlantic and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to put wireless charging stations so you can charge your Lumia 920 even when you are out for a coffee.
The Lumia 920 will launch in glossy white, yellow and black colors. The pricing and availability is yet to be announced.

Nokia Lumia 820 announced with a 4.3-inch AMOLED

The Nokia event in New York is in full swing and the second phone the Finnish company announced is the Nokia Lumia 820. It has a smaller screen than the 920 flagship and it misses out on a few of the cool new features, but should provide the same solid smartphone experience.

The Nokia Lumia 820 has a 4.3" AMOLED display of WVGA resolution (no HD, sorry), which features the ClearBlack technology. It does have the same super sensitive touch like the 920, which allows it to work with gloves, but misses on the PureMotion HD+ fun.

The phone uses the same polycarbonate unibody design and will have optional protective shells you can put on the back.

Nokia Lumia 820

The Nokia Lumia 820 will run Windows Phone 8 (of course) and will be powered by the same Qualcomm S4 chipset as the 920, with a dual-core Krait processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 1GB of RAM at its heart. Nokia says it's up to 30% more power-efficient than "competing quad-core designs" (we assume it means the 45nm Tegra 3). For the record, teh 820 has a 1650mAh battery.

The Lumia 820 is compatible with the wireless charging Fatboy pillow (you need a protective shell for that) and it has 8GB of built-in storage (and 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage). Unlike old Windows Phone handsets, the 820 has a microSD slot too, so you're free to expand that as you like.

What the Lumia 820 misses, compared to the Lumia 920 is the PureView camera tech, but it still has a Carl Zeiss lens and an 8MP sensor. The Lumia 820 will take advantage of the new camera features thatMicrosoft just announced.

The LTE connectivity is on board, along with the new and exciting NFC-based features of WindowsPhone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 820 measures 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9mm and weighs 160g. It will be available in several different colors.

Mid-range Nokia WP8 Lumia phones said to arrive in early 2013

Nokia and Windows Phone fans waiting for some high-end Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices are going to get their wishes granted today at the Nokia event in the form of the Lumia 920 and 820, but what about those with not so deep pockets?

Well, it seems Nokia has something in store for them too, provided they are willing to wait till next year. According to The Verge, Nokia is working on additional low-end and mid-range Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8, expected to go on sale in early 2013.

One handset in particular, known as 'Zeal' for now, is said to have a 4.3-inch display, 1GHz dual-coreprocessor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB internal storage capacity and a microSD card slot. The Verge also says Nokia will be adopting a Zune-style design, although we are not quite sure what that's supposed to mean.


Watch the Nokia Windows Phone 8 event here

The long-awaited Nokia and Microsoft event is finally upon us. The huge number of leaks over the pastfew weeks indicate that everyone is eager to see what Nokia's first WP8-powered smartphones look like.

The latest version of the Microsoft's Windows Phone platform seems ready to challenge the smartphone duopoly and the troubled Nokia will seek to make best use of it.

The Finnish company has great record in hardware design and now that it will finally get a chance to stick a powerful chipset inside, it might finally start to regain some of the lost ground.

We shouldn't also forget that the Nokia navigation services are now available to all WP8 smartphone vendors, so Nokia will need to teach its smartphones some new tricks if it is to remain the dominant force in that market.

Update: The press conference just concluded, but the video is now available on demand, so you can watch it in case you've missed something. Just keep in mind that you need to have the Silverlight plug-in installed for it to work.
Note: Nokia seems to have some trouble with its stream, so you might need to refresh the page a few times until it loads.

Lumia 822 and HTC 6435 pop up in Verizon's catalogue

The carriers' internal documents have always been a good source for various leaks and so is today's case. Two interesting phones were found in the Verizon's device management system.

The first one is Nokia Lumia 822 (in Gray and White), which might be the Verizon's version of the newlyannounced Lumia 820. There is nothing really in the entry, just a 4G indications and the databaseinsertion date.

It's the same case with the HTC 6435 – an LTE phone added recently into the carrier's database. HTC isholding a press conference in New York on September 19 and perhaps this would be company's new flagship. According to another leak today, it might be a 5-inch Galaxy Note II competitor.

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Nokia Lumia Flame, a 710 replacement, in the works?

Nokia led the Windows Phone 8 assault with two high-end parts - the Lumia 920 and 820 - with rumors that mid- and low-end parts will launch early next year. The first of these devices to enter the rumor mill was the Zeal with cut down 820 specs, now there's the Flame.

According to The Verge, the Nokia Lumia Flame will be a Windows Phone 8 device with a 4" screen (judging by the 820, it will likely have WVGA resolution). The chipset is said to be the same one as in the Zeal - dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM.

Other known specs on the Flame is a 5MP camera and 4GB of built-in storage with a microSD card slot.

While the Zeal and Flame will take over from the Lumia 710, there's also talk of a Lumia Glory to replace the 610. It is said to be a Windows Phone 7.8 device, not 8, and have a 4" screen, 800MHz CPU and 256MB RAM.

The three phones - Zeal, Flame and Glory - are expected in the first quarter of next year.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Images of a cancelled Nokia MeeGo prototype have emerged

Images of a cancelled Nokia MeeGo sporting prototype have emerged, showing us what life after the already iconic N9 could have been. Dubbed as Nokia "Lauta" RM-742, the fully functional hardwareQWERTY device was originally pegged as an immediate successor of the Nokia N9.
The specs of the leaked Nokia were reportedly identical as those found in the N9, save for the hardware keyboard. The latter makes the device an even closer relative to the developer centric Nokia N950. The Nokia "Lauta" was originally scheduled for release in Q4 of 2011.

More alleged images of Nokia Lumia 920 emerge

A couple of days after it surfaced, causing some serious hype, Nokia's upcoming Lumia 920 smartphonehas emerged in some more alleged images. Coming from the same source as the images from a couple of days ago, the new renders showcase the handset's wireless charger.

As you probably know by now, the Nokia Lumia 920 will likely break cover at an event in NYC onSeptember 5th. We will be covering it live, so stick around to find out all about the upcoming Finnish flagship.

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Nokia Music comes to the US, visits only Lumia phones

Nokia has just announced that their free music streaming service, Nokia Music, has come to the US. The service will feature 150 exclusive playlists created and kept up to date by US based "musicologists" (it's a real job, we checked), featuring everything "from underground Detroit house tracks to New York Philharmonic favorites".

Musicologists aside, Nokia Music also offers playlists created by Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Lana Del Rey, plus users can create their own playlists (automatically generated). Nokia has a library of millions of songs on tap, so there is plenty to choose from.

While Music is a streaming service, there's an option to download songs for offline listening, so you don't always need to worry about it eating up your data plan or cutting off when you go somewhere outside cell coverage. It doesn’t seem like you can keep the downloaded tracks like you could with Nokia Comes With Music or with Microsoft's Zune Music Pass.

Nokia's Gig Finder app has been integrated into the Nokia Music app. It offers nearby concerts, gigs and shows near your location.

The Nokia Music service is completely free - no subscriptions, no ads, you don't even need a registration.

Now for the bad news - the service would work only on the Nokia Lumia 900 and the Lumia 710. If you have one of those two and are in the US, you can download the Nokia Music app right now for free. It's not clear why the Lumia 800 and 610 are excluded.

Later today, Nokia, AT&T and Green Day have an announcement regarding the band's new album, Uno, an exclusive concert and an exclusive playlists for AT&T subscribers.