Sunday, December 30, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 goes through our battery tests, here’s how it did

The Nokia Lumia 920 brings big innovations in mobile tech with its PureMotion HD+ display and optically stabilized Carl Zeiss camera lens, but what about the battery? It’s a 2000mAh unit – more or less on the same level as the Android flagships and the biggest Nokia has put in a smartphone.



But is it enough? How does it compare with the Lumia 820? Armed with a watch, a calculator and patience we set off to find out.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is officially rated at 10 hours of 3G talk time though our tests show it lasts just under 9 hours. This puts it above all other Lumia phones except the 710, which stayed on a few minutes more. It’s also ahead of the iPhone 5 (which has a smaller battery) but behind the Android flagships, some of which managed to last substantially longer.

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Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS)21:18
Motorola Atrix HD9:04
HTC Vivid9:02
Nokia Lumia 9208:56
HTC Rhyme8:48
Apple iPhone 58:42
Pantech Burst4:46

All previous Lumia phones we’ve tested hover around the 4 hour mark in our web browsing test (even the new Lumia 820), so the 5 hours and 40 minutes that the Nokia Lumia 920 achieved are the best in that range by quite a margin. Again though, most high-end Androids last longer on marginally bigger batteries and similarly-sized screens.
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Apple iPhone 59:56
HTC Desire V5:44
HTC Evo 4G LTE5:41
Nokia Lumia 9205:40
Samsung Wave 3 S86005:34
Sony Xperia T5:33
Samsung Galaxy Nexus3:01

The Lumia 920 has a large, sharp display that’s suitable for watching videos and it will last you around 6 hours and 20 minutes (in Airplane mode). That’s comparable to the Lumia 820′s time and around average compared to other smartphones.
Video playback

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Motorola RAZR MAXX (ICS)16:35
LG Optimus Vu6:23
Samsung I9103 Galaxy R6:21
Nokia Lumia 9206:19
HTC Sensation XL6:12
Samsung Galaxy Pocket6:06
Nokia Lumia 7103:27

Standby proved efficient enough and the Nokia Lumia 920′s endurance time came up as 44 hours – that’s the time between charges if you do an hour each of talking, browsing and watching videos per day. It’s 4 hours longer than the Lumia 820 score, so that’s that base covered.



If your phone usage habits are similar to our hypothetical usage, you can get two days out of the Lumia 920′s battery. Keep in mind that web browsing over LTE will eat the battery quicker (we do the tests over Wi-Fi), but with a wireless charging pad (which comes in the box for free in some regions), you can easily top off the battery.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nokia to unveil a 10″ Windows RT tablet at MWC

According to DigiTime’s often reliable undisclosed Taiwan supply chain sources Nokia could be close to release a 10″ slate running on Qualcomm hardware and Windows RT software.



Nokia allegedly has had talks with chip-maker Qualcomm and manufacturer Compal Electronics to start production of the said tablet and could announce it in late February at the Mobile World Congress.

There was talk of Nokia readying a Windows tablet back in March of this year but the Finns apparently decided to wait and focus on its WP8 handsets for the time being.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Nokia: Windows Phone 7.8 not coming out until 2013

A few days ago Lumia 800 owners got some exciting news. There were several reports of devices receiving the long awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update.

As it turns out though, this was merely a test run, rather than the real deal. While a limited group of users did indeed get the update, the Windows Phone 7.8 rollout for the general public will happen in early 2013 as planned.

Those who received the update actually own a pre-production units of Lumia 800, so they were eligible for the test version of WP 7.8. All this was confirmed by a Nokia official.

So, the update is not out, folks. Stop mashing that check for updates button, because you won't have any luck with it. Not for now, at least.

There are surely ways to force the test update into your Lumia 800, but we'd advise against it. You can brick your device, void your warranty or be permanently banned from getting new software updates via the official channels.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Lumia 920 to get PR1.1 update this month, improved camera

Nokia Lumia 920 will be getting a major PR1.1 update by the end of this month. Its most prominent feature will be the updated camera software, which should enhance the smartphone's performance in well-lit environments.

Previously we observed problems with the resolved detail in the still photos, smudged areas and oversaturated colors. The photos taken with Lumia 920 running a beta version of the update are now much crispier, with more resolved detail and improved contrast. According to Engadget who got hold of the photos the white balance still needs some tuning, but the overall image quality is miles ahead after the update.

Here are some crops from photos taken with two different Lumia 920 units - the left one running on retail 1.0 and the right one on the upcoming 1.1 update.


Lumia 920: PR1.0 vs PR1.1 samples

The update will also bring system stability and browser performance improvements, as well as Microsoft in-house features such as rejecting calls via SMS.

The update is expected to launch before the end of the year, so the Lumia 920 users might be getting a pretty nice Christmas present.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Windows Phone 7.8 is now rolling out to Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 800 users have a good reason to smile today. The Finnish company's first Windows Phone flagship has begun receiving the much anticipated update to Windows Phone 7.8 Tango.



The upgrade includes four separate updates and can be accessed via the Zune desktop software. It brings a number of improvements, including new boot screens and resizable live tiles.

In case you are a Nokia Lumia 800 owner, go ahead and hook up your smartphone to the Zune desktop to see if the update is available in your region. Feel free to share your experience by dropping us a line in the comments section.

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Unofficial WP7.8 for first-gen Lumias available on Navifrim

The Windows Phone 7.8 update for first generation WP phones was neglected by Microsoft for a while, but the company committed to an early 2013 release and now builds for the WP7 Lumias have started to appear on Navifirm.

The firmwares are version ****.****.8858.***** and are available for the entire first-gen lineup - that is the Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800 and 900. They can be downloaded and installed using the Navifirm tool.



We should note that these are not official firmware updates, so if you choose to install them you will be doing so at your own risk. With the end of 2012 in sight, you might be better off just waiting for the official update to hit.

If you're not clear on what changes the Windows Phone 7.8 update will bring (Microsoft was mum on this for a long time), you can check out this Lumia 900 that runs on the updated firmware.

Thanks to Sajan for sending this in!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Nokia Lumia 505 is now official, pricing remains unknown

Nokia Mexico has made the Lumia 505 official, after teasing it last week. The exclusive low-end Windows Phone device modeled after the Lumia 510 and is going to launch on Mexico's Telcel network in the upcoming weeks.



Launching in red, pink or black, the Lumia 505 runs on Windows Phone 7.8 and features a 3.7" AMOLED display and a single-core 800MHz CPU with 256MB of RAM. It's not known whether the display is going to utilize Nokia's ClearBlack technology just yet, but it's still a solid feature in a budget phone.

On the back, there's an 8MP camera, albeit sans Carl Zeiss technology. To keep the price down, Nokia hasn't included a front-facing camera and has reduced the amount of user available storage to 4GB. Sadly, it's not user expandable, but Nokia and Microsoft will throw in 7GB of free SkyDrive storage.

The Nokia Lumia 505 weighs 131 grams and measures 118.1 x 61.2 x 11.3 mm. It rocks a 1300mAh battery, which Nokia says will be good for 36 hours of music playback and 7.2 hours of 3G talk time. The maximum standby time is reported at 600 hours.

Pricing and exact availability are still to be announced by Telcel, with the Lumia 505 expected to be launched in the coming weeks.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Nokia Lumia 620 unveiled, brings WP8 on the cheap


Nokia has just introduced a new member of its Lumia family of WP8 smartphones. The Nokia Lumia 620 runs on the latest edition of the Microsoft mobile platform and hopes to impress you with a distinct youthful design, S4 Snapdragon chipset and an attractive price tag.



The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with a 3.8" ClearBlack LCD display of WVGA resolution and is powered by a two Krait CPU cores clocked at 1GHz, the Adreno 305 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The internal storage is 8GB, and is expandable though the microSD card slot.

The Nokia Lumia 620 offers a 5 megapixel primary camera with LED flash at the back and a VGA front-facing shooter for video-chats. Video recording maxes out at 720p@30fps.


Nokia Lumia 620 official photos

Being a part of the Nokia Lumia lineup, the 620 has access to the exclusive Nokia Drive app, which provides free lifetime voice-guided navigation and offline access. The Nokia Music no log-in streaming service is also available. The smartphone will be relying heavily on those to help it in its battle with theHTC Windows Phone 8S, which has very similar hardware.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with the usual for WP8 smartphones set of connectivity options - Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, 2G and 3G with HSDPA support. There's no LTE here, but given the handset's mid-range status, that was to be expected.


The Nokia Lumia 620 will be available in a range of colors including, lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black. It's estimated to cost $249, excluding taxes and subsidies and will begin selling in January 2013 in Asia, followed closely by Europe and the Middle East before expanding further.

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Nokia Lumia 505 teased ahead of launch in Mexico

The Mexican carrier Guerrero Móvil teased an upcoming Nokia smartphone, called Nokia Lumia 505. It will be exclusive (at least initially) to its network and should become the cheapest Nokia WP device to date.



The Lumia 505 specs are mostly unknown for now - all the carrier's Facebook account gave us was the 8 megapixel camera. We can also see that there's not going to be a flash of any kind alongside the camera.

However, the Windows key at the front features the old WP logo, so it's all but certain that the smartphone will be running some Windows Phone 7 version.

Now a closer look at its homescreen shows the support for resizable live tiles, so it's obvious that the smartphone will be running Windows Phone 7.8 out of the box.

There are also rumors of a 4" WVGA display, 800MHz CPU, 4GB of storage and 256MB of RAM, which make sense, but are yet to be confirmed. It would be a strange if Nokia invested too much effort in the design of a smartphone that is going to be exclusive to a Mexican carrier, so the Lumia 505 is most probably little more than a redesigned Lumia 510.

Guerrero Movil promised to reveal more information on the Nokia Lumia 505 in a week, so we won't have to wait long to find out.

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Nokia launches Lumia 920T for China Mobile

The Nokia Lumia 920T is, reportedly, the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone to reach China and that's a thing to take pride in. But with a customer base of over 700 million, China Mobile is also the world's biggest carrier so the launch of the Lumia 920T there may also be a life-saver for the ailing Nokia.



Specs-wise, the Nokia 920T is identical to the international version, but it's specifically made to work on China's TD-CDMA network and comes with a handful of software customizations for the Chinese market.

The Chinese Windows Marketplace has some 50K apps on tap, but customers will also have access to the Mobile Market, China Mobile’s own app store.

Also Lumia 920T customers will get access to special deals from the location-based service Jiepang by tapping the NFC-enabled device on tags, available in multiple outlets in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Air China will also offer wireless charging pads in their VIP lounges.

In the same time Apple is yet to make the iPhone 5 available for the carrier's customers.

"Technology [the TD-SCDMA network] is a problem, but that's not all, there is also the business model and the revenue sharing." - commented the delayed iPhone 5 launch Li Yue, CEO of China Mobile Communications Corporation, in response to a recent press inquiry. Apple and China Mobile are yet to settle the terms of their iPhone 5 deal, but it will be happening sooner or later.

Unfortunately, the Nokia Lumia 920T won't be coming out in the all-popular cyan color. It will only be available in black, white, yellow and red. The smartphone should launch by the end of the year.

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Nokia sells its HQ in Finland, to stay there on a lease

Nokia's financials aren't what you'd call great lately, and as a result the company is selling its headquarters building in Espoo, Finland for €170 million.



The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the year, but the company has no plans to move out afterwards. Instead it will lease it back and continue its operations there. The building offers 48,000 square meters of office real estate and has been housing Nokia's HQ since 1997.

Here's what the chief financial officer of Nokia, Timo Ihamuotia had to say.


We had a comprehensive sales process with both Finnish and foreign investors and we are very pleased with this outcome. As we have said before, owning real estate is not part of Nokia's core business and when good opportunities arise we are willing to exit these types of non-core assets. We are naturally continuing to operate in our head office building on a long-term basis.

Nokia is obviously in dire need of money and is trying to cash in on just about everything valuable it holds. In June the company sold its Vertu subsidiary and now its the HQ turn to go. Hopefully, the cash will help the company continue normal operating until the WP investment pays off. That Q4 report will make for a pretty interesting read.

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Windows Phone 7.8 previewed on a Nokia Lumia 900

Hot on the heels of the leaked Windows Phone 7.8 features from a few days back, a short clip of the update has emerged online, running on Nokia Lumia 900. See it below.


The short clip surely doesn't reveal much, save for the resizable tiles, a la Windows Phone 8. In any case, Windows Phone 7.8 is scheduled to arrive in early 2013, so the wait for the Apollo treatment of your first-generation Lumia shouldn’t be too long.

Thanks to Redsteel for the tip!

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Dual SIM Nokia 114 silently unveiled

Nokia never releases new mobile phones without proper introduction. The Nokia 114 is either the first exception or the administrators of Nokia's Indian website have jumped the gun publishing this one.

Last month's Nokia 109 is an equally cheap entry-level handset and it was announced with the usual fanfare, so we'd take a guess and suppose some overeager hands published the 114 earlier than expected.

Speaking of the Nokia 109, the 114 si like its twin. Both have exactly the same size and design, though the Nokia 114 is a few grams heavier. Both have identical 65K color screens with resolution of 128 x 160px with a 1.8-inch diagonals. The 114 however, adds the extra Dual SIM functionality plus a handful of other extras.



First off, the Nokia 114 comes with a beefier 1080mAh battery, though even with it, its rated standby time is around 20% less. But that's understandable with two GSM radios inside.

Then the Nokia 114 tops the 109 functionality with a VGA camera with QCIF video. And finally, there's the added benefit of Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, which the 109 lacks.

Come to think of it, feature-wise, the Nokia 114 is much more like the already announced Nokia 112, which however has an even larger battery and is slightly larger.

Some hawk-eyed readers (thanks, Towhid) have spotted uncanny resemblance to the Nokia 110, which has the same specs, but slightly different looks. This one is also a wee bit slimmer than the new Nokia 114.

From what it seems, the Nokia 114 doesn't have a full replica out there, so it's a genuinely new phone.

The Nokia 114 seems to only be available on Nokia's Indian website, so that should tell us something before we hear more about its regional availability. And we're yet to learn about its launch schedule or pricing.

Now who said nobody ever announces new products in December?

Thanks for the tip, Vishal!

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