Friday, May 17, 2013

Nokia releases waterproof protective shell for the Lumia 620

A new heavy duty case for the Nokia Lumia 620 has been released, which replaces the current back panel and adds IP54 certification against dust and water.

The case is an official Nokia accessory and is designed to fit the 620 perfectly and reduce the gaps between the camera window and shell as well as the display and shell for a better seal. The mesh that covers the loudspeaker is also denser, to make the phone more resistant to dust and water.

The shell is cast using a dual-shot process, which uses rigid polycarbonate for the interior, and a flexible, rubber-like exterior made of TPSiV.

Lumia Product Manager Harri Vuolle explains that the cover is not meant to make your Lumia 620 indestructible or 100% waterproof, but rather is more suitable for day-to-day mishaps. The cover is available with grey exterior and yellow interior, as pictured, and retails for around €25.

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Report of Nokia EOS encounter describes Lumia 920 / 808 hybrid

Nokia announced three new phones just a few days ago, but unfortunately none of them were the fabledNokia EOS. WMPowerUser received a tip from someone claiming to have seen the device in person (but didn’t provide any photo evidence).

The EOS phone is reportedly about the same size as the Lumia 920 but "much lighter". It is made of polycarbonate and while it's thick in the middle (as thick as the 920) it tapers off at the edges.
An early Nokia EOS mockup that doesn't look much like the device being described

There's an automatic lens cover that opens to reveal a round lens housing that protrudes slightly and is smaller than that of the Nokia 808 PureView (this sounds like the back of the Lumia 925). The resolution is unknown since the label read "XX megapixels" (Nokia does this with its prototypes).

Next to the camera was a xenon flash (smaller than the one the 808 has) and two LEDs – one white for video light and one red for AF assist (the 808 has the exact same arrangement).

A special app – Nokia Pro Camera – was on the device and provided goodies like manual focus. The regular app is still on board, so Pro Camera is probably a Lens just like the Smart Camera on the Lumia 925.

The display is reportedly the same as the Lumia 925 / 928 have – a 4.5" AMOLED of WXGA resolution.


Nokia Lumia 928 available for pre-order, ships by May 20

Verizon's WP8 flagship, the Nokia Lumia 928, is available for pre-order right now. It's priced $99 with a new 2-year contract or $499 with month to month service. The black one will ship by May 20, but when you select the white model, the "Will ship by..." label disappears.

Note that the $99 price is after a $50 online discount. For a limited time you'll also get $25 credit for the Windows Phone Store.

Both Black and White versions of the Lumia 928 are also available on Amazon, but there's no shipping date and they cost more - $199 with contract and $549 without. Still, if you're not in a hurry, Amazon usually offers better deals than the carriers some time after a phone's launch.


Nokia Lumia 925 announced with aluminum frame, OIS camera

Nokia just announced its third phone in five days, its new WP8 flagship called Nokia Lumia 925.

It's similar to the Lumia 920 and Verizon's Lumia 928 in that it packs an 8.7MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization and f/2.0 aperture. The flash is a regular LED flash, no xenon here.

The phone packs two IHF microphones that record distortion-free sound for the 1080p videos even in loud environments.

Nokia preloaded the Lumia 925 with the Smart Camera app - it features several modes including burst mode (10 shots at 5MP), Best Shot (picks the best of the burst), Action Shot (Sequence shot on the HTC One, Drama shot on the Galaxy S4) and Motion focus (adds motion blur to static objects, as if you're tracking the moving object with the camera). You can also remove moving objects and pick the best face for each person.

The screen is 4.5" in diagonal and has WXGA resolution – that's 768 x 1280. More importantly it's an AMOLED with ClearBlack and Gorilla Glass 2, instead of an LCD. Unsurprisingly, the Qualcomm chipset of the Lumia 925 packs a dual-core Krait processor at 1.5GHz with 1GB of RAM, which is the best that WP8 currently supports.

The phone has an aluminum frame around the side, while the back is polycarbonate. The body is just 8.8mm thick and weighs 139g - much more acceptable than the Lumia 920. Inside it is a 2,000mAh battery, same as the Lumia 920 and Lumia 928. The battery is non-removable and there's no wireless charging out of the box - you can enable that with a thin charging cover.

The built-in storage is 16GB (a downgrade from the 920 and 928) and there's no microSD card slot to expand it. Actually, the Vodafone version of the phone will pack 32GB of storage, which is better.

The Nokia Lumia 925 will be available in Europe (Vodafone Germany, Italy, Spain and UK, where it will also be carried by O2) and China (China Mobile and China Unicom) this June for €470 ($610) and will come to the US later on T-Mobile.

WP8 Amber update to bring Smart Camera, FM radio to old Lumias

Nokia just announced the Lumia 925, which packs the Smart Camera app – the culmination of the company's acquisition of Scalado. The app will be released to current WP8 Lumias later on with a firmware update Nokia calls the Lumia Amber update.

The app snaps a burst of 5MP photos (the camera uses an 8.7MP sensor) and does cool tricks with it. One is Action shot, which is similar to the Sequence shot in the HTC One and Drama shot in the Galaxy S4. Here's how it works on video:

You can also remove moving objects, which got its own video demo. The Smart Camera app can also pick the best expression for every shot.

Another cool trick is Motion focus, which makes it look like you're tracking a fast moving object. There's no video for that one, but here's a photo taken with that mode:

Motion focus sample taken with the Nokia Lumia 925 (click for full size)

The Amber update packs a surprise too – it enables the FM radio that's hidden inside every Lumia phone to date, except for the Lumia 620.

There might be other features (including new Smart Camera modes and operator specific features), but Nokia is yet to announce the complete changelog. The update should be out some time in the summer.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Official Nokia Lumia 925 photo emerges ahead of announcement

The first official photo of the upcoming Nokia Lumia 925 has been posted on the now famous evleakstwitter account. Previously dubbed Catwalk, this is the first all-metal handset to come out of Nokia in a while. While nothing has been officially confirmed, the material of choice for the Lumia 925 is believed to be aluminum.

The device is said to feature a Snapdragon S4 chipset with 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Nokia is believed to give the Lumia 925 the same 8.7 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture as the one in the Lumia 928. The battery capacity is said to be 2000mAh.

The Lumia 925 is very likely to see its official debut at Nokia's London event tomorrow, May 14.


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Nokia Lumia 928 seen on rogue billboard, xenon flash confirmed

Well this is embarrassing. Or is it intentional? Or is it a hoax. A billboard (supposedly located in the US) advertising the yet unannounced Nokia Lumia 928 has popped up. The image looks pretty close to the images we've seen and reveals the Xenon flash. It even goes as far as saying the Lumia 928 has the best low-light smartphone camera.

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To add fuel to the fire there's a Verizon logo too making the billboard seem a bit more legit.

We have our guesses that the Lumia 928 could appear on the scene at Nokia's May 14 event. We even saw something like the Lumia 928 shooting videos at a private concert. As it usually happens the leaks start to intensify right before a product hits the market.


Nokia CEO talks hero device, phablet, carrier exclusivity

Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, and CFO, Timo Ihamuotila, talked to UK’s Mobile Magazine about an upcoming ‘hero’ device (presumably the Lumia 928), a phablet and Nokia’s entire range of devices.

The hero device should launch by the end of June and Nokia is looking for an exclusive partnership with a US carrier to launch it (the talk around town is that there will be an exclusive deal in the UK as well).

While Ihamuotila didn’t detail the imaging capabilities of the hero device, he did say that Nokia wants to differentiate its phones by their cameras, ranging from the high end to the low end. On the high-end he says that Nokia will focus on “hero experiences,” the state of the art in imaging on their phones.

As for the tablet, the two Nokia execs were coy, but it should be a Windows Phone 8 device with a 6” screen and it’s targeting Q4 with a £400-500 price point ($620-780).


Nokia will make a major announcement in Delhi on May 9

Nokia will hold a major announcement in New Delhi on May 9. The Finnish manufacturer sent out invitations calling for a "time to shift gears".

Curiously, Nokia's Indian announcement precedes the company’s scheduled Lumia event in London by five days. The latter will likely be the place where the company's next Windows Phone flagship will break cover.

There's no word on the subject of Nokia's New Delhi announcement. Our guess is that it might be one or more new members of the Asha family, as it is quite popular in India.