Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Nokia 'Moneypenny' leak hints at dual SIM Windows Phone

The acquisition by Microsoft doesn't seem to have hindered Nokia at all as it continues to work on new devices. According to the latest leak by evleaks, Nokia is also working on a dual SIM Windows Phone 8 device.

Codenamed 'Moneypenny', the phone is expected to be a budget device aimed primarily at Asian markets where dual SIM phones are popular. Judging by the time on the screen, the phone could likely be named Lumia 630. Also, we can see that 3G is available on both the SIMs, which is rare as most phones have 3G on one and 2G on the second.

Not much else is known about this phone at the moment other than it would be the first dual SIM Windows Phone device. We'll keep you updated on this device as we learn more.


A Nokia Lumia 929 case put up for sale, complete with pictures

Cellphone case makers often jump the gun on product announcements these days - the Nokia Lumia 929 is the latest phone to be exposed by one. It’s the Armor Stand case listed on Wireless Ground that is specifically for the unannounced Lumia 929 and there are even images of the phone inside the case.

The Live Tiles on the home screen are arranged in three columns as opposed to mere two, which tells us it's a Windows Phone device with an extra large screen running the latest software.

Live photos of the Lumia 929 have leaked a number of times, along with even a video (now taken down). All the leaks so far point to a Verizon-bound device that is essentially a 5” smartphone version of the 6” Lumia 1520 phablet.

That means a 5” 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 chipset and the trademark 20MP PureView camera. Unfortunately, there’s no indication of when the device might be announced. The US-centric CES is coming in a couple of weeks, but Microsoft-Nokia will probably hold a separate event for the Lumia 929 announcement because in the recent years both companies haven't participated in the trade show.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

GDR3 with Lumia Black now seeding on AT&T Lumia 1020

Microsoft and Nokia has just launched the GDR3+Lumia Black firmware update for the Lumia 1020 cameraphone on the AT&T network. The whole process requires downloading five Microsoft and one Nokia update and will take a while before the installation is over.

The Windows Phone GDR3 firmware build is 3051.40000.1346.0001, while the OS version goes at 8.0.10517.150. The update is available on all flavors of the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update brings option to turn the automatic rotation on/off, option to close apps from the app switching interface, Driving Mode, tethering over Bluetooth, better storage management, custom ringtone support for messages, and new accessibility options.

The Lumia Black update adds two new color options for the Glance Screen (green and blue), Glance Screen notifications, Bluetooth 4.0 LE support, RAW camera support (DNG format), and new camera processing algorithm (same as 808 PureView) for better white balance and noise reduction.

We bet the international Lumia 1020 GDR3+Black update is just around the corner and will probably launch next month.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

WP 8.1 Blue to premiere on Nokia Goldfinger and Moneypenny

While Nokia and Microsoft are yet to roll out the GDR3 update with Lumia Black customizations, the rumor mill is already looking ahead for the next year's WP 8.1 Blue release.

The WP 8.1 Blue has been in the rumorland for a while and all reports so far suggest it will finally bring notification center, better multi-tasking and a Siri-like Cortana voice assistant. The WP 8.1 is expected to be announced at the upcoming MWC in Barcelona early next year.

The famous @evleaks tipster struck again today with another juicy rumor - the upcoming WP 8.1 Blue will debut on two Lumia devices codenamed Goldfinger and Moneypenny. There are no specifications of either of those provided just yet, but it is believed the Goldfinger will be the flagship model with the Nokia's long developed "3D Touch" technology.

The 3D Touch is something similar to Galaxy S4's Air Gestures, but it will be much more advanced. Different dedicated hardware sensor will track and recognize your hand movements for advanced gesture controls.

Will that be enough to finally make the smartphone game the three horse-race Elop was talking about when Nokia switched to WP? Only time will tell, we guess.

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Nokia Lumia 929 leaks in a live photo, this time dressed in white

After taking a break for a few weeks, the previously leaked Nokia Lumia 929 for Verizon appeared in live photos yet again. This time around, the yet to be announced Windows Phone powerhouse showed up dressed in white attire.

Nokia Lumia 929 (click to enlarge)

Alongside the leaked photo, alleged information on the battery of the Nokia Lumia 929 made the rounds. The device will reportedly hit the shelves with a 2,510mAh unit on board.

The previously rumored specs of the Nokia Lumia 929 include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 5” 1080p display, and 20MP PureView camera (we’ve seen an alleged sample from it already). The handset will have 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in memory to go with a microSD card slot.

The latest report suggests that the Nokia Lumia 929 will launch on Verizon in the second half of December. Previous rumors about November unveiling have obviously failed to materialize.