The first Windows Phone 8 phablet has finally been made official today at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi in the form of the Nokia Lumia 1520 that we have already seen in the flesh in several leaks throughout the past months. First let’s get this out of the way: The Nokia Lumia 1520 looks gigantic. I obviously never had any hands on time with one yet but based on the videos and pictures released this 6″ screen monster is most definitely too big for most users out there.
Now let’s take a look at the 1520 hardware specifications:
Holly molly who saw this one coming ? Microsoft has just announced the acquisition of Nokia‘s Devices & Services business alongside licensing it’s mapping an patents portfolio for €5.4Billion in cash today. Many like me have guessed that this may have been the big plan all along since the day Stephen Elop was appointed CEO of the troubled phone maker exactly 3 years ago in one week. After the successful launch of several Nokia Windows Phone devices in the past couple of months and the continued growth of Windows Phone’s market share todays seems to be the right time for Microsoft to start a new chapter by acquiring the best Phone maker in the world and securing the biggest patent portfolio in smart device patents.
Here’s are the principal terms of today’s acquisition deal:
Microsoft is spending about EUR 3.79 billion to acquire Nokia’s core cellphone business. Of that EUR 1.65 billion is for Nokia’s devices business
Microsoft will pay $2.18 billion to license Nokia’s intellectual property
Nokia’s patent portfolio includes some 8,500 design patents ranging from mapping to network/cell technologies with approximately 30,000 utility patents and patent applications, ownership of the Lumia & Asha brands and a ten year license to you the Nokia brand on feature phones. (this means that Microsoft’s Windows Phones will only be branded Lumia and not Nokia..strange I know..)
About 32,000 Nokia employees are expected to transfer to Microsoft as part of the deal. Off those 18,300 are “directly involved in manufacturing”
56,000 Nokia employees will remain at the company once the deal has closed
Microsoft acquires rights equivalent to ownership for the HERE Mapping apps
Nokia will continue to improve these apps for other platforms
4 year- agreement for mapping data and services: Nokia will provide MS with mapping data and services in exchange of annual payments Microsoft will combine Nokia map data with other sources and also make it available to Windows AZURE users with an additional fee.?
Microsoft’s gross margin on sales of Nokia’s Windows Phone handsets before the deal: less than $10. Expected to grow to $40 after the deal.
Microsoft will build a $250M data center in Finland for consumer purposes (AZURE too?)
Finland will become a core base of Microsoft in Europe and also the center of it’s mobile hardware R&D and manufacturing.
Stephen Elop will step down and CEO of Nokia and head back to Microsoft as the EVP of Devices a job title that was just recently awarded to Julie Larsson Green which will now basically only handle the upcoming fall hardware launches (XBOX One, Surfaces) and report directly to Elop and Ballmer.
Stephen Elop just went from being and external to an internal candidate for the CEO job that Steve Ballmer will leave in the next 12 Months.
Nokia’s top designer Marko Ahtisaari will leave the company in November to “pursue entrepreneurial opportunities,”
Nokia has finally announced the start of the AMBER update roll out for the following Windows Phone 8 handsets and markets:
The rollout starts now first for the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in selected countries as well as the Lumia 521, Lumia 810, and Lumia 928 in the US. Exact delivery timings will vary by region, phone and operator, but we expect the update to reach your Lumia 520, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Lumia 820 or Lumia 920 by the end of September.
The Nokia Lumia Amber Update includes the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update alongside a torrent of Nokia updtes like improved image processing, Glance Screen, support for Nokia Smart Cam, Nokia Pro Cam, Storage Check, Flip to silence etc… Make sure to check your device’s update menu several times a day to see if AMBER is currently being pushed out by your carrier.
Nokia has just pushed out a new Calls + SMS filtering feature to its Lumia line of Windows Phone 8 devices in the latest version of Extras+Info setting application. Once the updated app is installed a new ssetting entry will show up in the Windows Phone 8 setting section. Tapping on it will open the Calls + SMS filtering app wchi will allow users to setup their handset to block incoming calls or text messages from any phone number added to the black list via the phone’s calling history.
Since the launch of the Nokia Lumia 920 in November 2012 the Finnish manufacturer has released no less than 4 other Windows Phone 8 devices encompassing the whole price range from the low end to the high end. The Nokia Lumia 620 and 520 have been best sellers thanks to great feature sets and most importantly low prices without a contract. Unfortunately people lusting for a high-end Windows Phone 8 device only had one choice; the Lumia 920.
Nokia’s first handset featuring Optical Image Stabilization is a great phone but its sheer size and weight can be and has been a turn off for many potential adopters. I’m the first to admit that this phone isn’t for everyone. Sure, it’s top notch but the Lumia 920 is heavier than a more powerful, feature rich and bigger Samsung Galaxy Note II. Want a handset with OIS? Well your only Windows Phone choice would be the Lumia 920 (or 928 on Verizon) or the HTC One on Android (with a frankly subpar implementation of it).
Just bought a Nokia Lumia 925, 928 or a 920 a few months ago and want that awesome Pro Cam application that the company has showcased today on the Lumia 1020? Nokia has your back and isn’t letting you down! The Finnish manufacturer has just announced that it will be available to all Nokia Lumia PureView smartphones handset later this summer once the Amber update is pushed out:
Nokia Pro Camera will be available for Nokia Lumia 1020 at launch and it will also be coming to all Nokia Lumia PureView smartphones (Lumia 920, 925 and 928), but will require an upgrade to the latest Amber software.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 launch event just ended a few minutes ago with the company announcing that the handset will start shipping in the US on July 26th exclusively on AT&T for 299.9 with a 2/y contract. People from around the world will unfortunately have to wait a few weeks before getting their sweaty hands on this beast though. The Lumia 1020 will be launched in select Asian and Western Europe market in Q3 2013 for an undisclosed price. A camera grip featuring a 2 stage shutter button, universal tripod mount and built-in 1020mha battery will launch alongside it for $79. You can check out the full Lumia 1020 specs here.
UPDATED with full specs:
Can’t wait until tomorrow’s event ? Don’t worry because the Nokia Lumia 1020 specifications have apparently leaked just in time before you got to bed. From the looks of it this isn’t really the Lumia 920 successor that many of you have been waiting for. The Nokia Lumia 920 is basically another evolution of the 920 (same hardware specs besides having double the ram) with the gigantic 41MP camera. I’m still puzzled about how Nokia is apparently getting the Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 to support this sensor though. Hopefully tomorrow’s announcement will give us some answers on this front. Anyway checkout the specs below:
AT&T has apparently uploaded “by mistake” three promo videos of the Nokia Lumia 1020 confirming what we already know about the device’s specs. Nothing really spectacular indeed and this kind of confirm that the 1020 is “simply” another variant of the 92X handsets already on the market. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Nokia Pro Cam application which enables full manual control over the phone’s camera will be made available to current Lumia handsets similar to the Nokia Smart Cam. Check ou the videos after the break:
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore uploaded a few days ago on his Flickr account, two pictures taken with the soon to be unveiledNokia Lumia 1020 during his recent trip to Finland. This may have been done or purpose to generate buzz (or not..) but the fact is that these are the very first sample pictures of Nokia’s next flagship Windows Phone 8 handset featuring the 41MP PureView camera sensor.
What you see above is the first “official” picture of the Nokia EOS aka Nokia Lumia 1020 or Nokia Lumia 909 (as a freindly reference to the Nokia 909) headed to AT&T and other carriers worldwide this year. As noted a few weeks ago and confirmed here the Lumia 1020 is strictly identical to the 920 in terms of chassis design besides the camera on the back.
Just when I got a brand new Nokia Lumia 925 the Finnish mobile giant is now announcing a event to be held in NYC on July 11th entitled Zoom Reinvented. This will be the launch stage for the company’s next flagship Windows Phone 8 handset codenamed EOS.
Based on the recent leaks the Nokia EOS will feature a design similar to the Nokia Lumia 920 but with a gigantic PureView 41MP camera on the back like it’s grand father the Nokia 808. This camera module will also feature active OIS, a mechanical shutter and also mechanical focus. The rest of the specification is still a mystery (besides the screen size which will be 4.5 and the lack of wireless charging embedded in the handset) especially the SoC powering it.
Yesterday’sNokia EOS leak wasn’t the last as you can see in the short video below of the phone’s PureView camera’s mechanical shutter, focus and Optical Image Stabilization in action. You can clearly see the shutter opening/closing and the lens moving back and forth to adjust the focus in addition to up/donw to compensate for the camera movement.
The Nokia Unicorn aka Nokia EOS Windows Phone 8 handset long rumored to pack the same 41MP camera sensor introduced with the Nokia 808 has finally shown its face today in a series of leaks that stormed web a few hours ago. As you can see in the pictures posted below the Nokia EOS is a nearly identical design to the Nokia Lumia 920 with one big difference being the huge camera module with xenon flash which replaces the 8.7MP sensor of the 920. The EOS also doesn’t natively feature wireless charging and will require a add-on cover like the Nokia Lumia 925.
Nokia has just unveiled the Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone 8 handset today. Before going further I will just make it clear from the get go and tell you right now that the Nokia Lumia 925 is just a small update to the Lumia 920 similar to the Lumia 928. The only real significant update is the material of the body and a 6th glass element to the lens in the camera assembly to improve sharpness of the pictures (finally!).
The Nokia Lumia 925 has basically the same internal specifications as the Nokia Lumia 920 and 928: It has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core SoC, 1GB of RAM 16GB of internal memory (32GB version is exclusive to Vodafone), only two HAAC mics like the 920 (the 928 has three of them), the same 4.5 AMOLED WXGA screen as on the 928 etc. Here are the full specs:
Verizon’s variant of the Nokia Lumia 920 which has yet to be announced has just showed up earlier today in the form of PR image. The Nokia Lumia 928 seems to sport a polycarbonate body similar to the 920 and not an aluminum one like some of the rumors where claiming. The back features the same 8.7Mp PureView camera but this time coupled with a single LED flash for the Auto-Focus Assist and a Xenon Flash right next to it.
Nokia has just released the first beta of Place Tag for its Windows Phone 8 Lumia phones. So what is Place Tag? It is a camera Lens app that allows you to take pictures with POIs integrated in them. Think of City Lens but with ability to snap a shot.
Nokia Place Tag takes more than a photo. It reveals info about the places within your photo, such as museums and famous buildings, which you can then share as a digital postcard with your friends.
Wish you were here?
You can also use Place Tag to get interesting background info about the places tagged in the photo. And if you need directions, that’s also easily available too.
I personally don’t find the whole thing really that useful especially as a separate application. Adding a camera feature to City Lens would have been more logical IMO… You can download Place Tag by scanning the QR code below.