Nokia Pure View 808 Announced; Comes With a 41MP Camera!

Nokia has just announced the successor to the highly popular N8, the Nokia Pure View 808. Like the N8, the Nokia Pure View 808 is first a camera, and then a phone. The 808 comes with a whopping…wait for it…41MP camera sensor! Yes, 41MP camera sensor! Readers can find more information about the 41MP sensor on the Pure View and the technology behind it here.

Not only is the camera good enough for clicking pictures, it is also capable of recording stunning videos. The phone can record high-quality 1080p HD resolution videos and comes with 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound technology and can also records sounds without distortion at audio levels as high as 140dB. The phone also allows up to 3x zoom without any loss in picture quality.

Now for the disappointing part, the Pure View 808 has a 4-inch CBD display with a disappointingly low nHD (360×640) resolution. There is also a 1.3GHz single-core processor, 16GB of on-board memory, and a microSD card slot.

The handset is expected to cost around 450 Euros before taxes and subsidies, and is expected to start shipping sometime in May this year. The handset will be running on Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 out of the box.


Nokia Lumia 610 Leaked Ahead of MWC 2012, Runs Windows Phone Tango

Despite a series of price cuts for the Lumia 710, Nokia currently doesn’t have a solid budget Windows Phone offering which could take on low end Android smartphones. However, Nokia had revealed earlier this year that it would be launching budget Windows Phone devices powered by Tango to compete with Android in the entry level smartphone segment, in a bid to capture more market share.

The Nokia Lumia 610 will be one of its first budget Windows Phones which will be launched soon. Nokia is supposed to launch the Lumia 610 at its MWC press conference on February 27, but details of the device have already been leaked out by BGR.

Nokia Lumia 610 Specifications

The Nokia Lumia 610 will come with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display and a 3 MP camera. It will ship with Windows Phone Tango, the latest version of Windows Phone tailored specifically for low end smartphones. It will presumably have 256 MB RAM, and a 1 GHz processor, considering that the Lumia 710 has a 1.4 Ghz processor and 512 MB RAM.

Here’s the best part: it will be priced at around 175 euros, which converts to around $240 or 11,500 INR.

Nokia Lumia 610

Nokia, which is already the biggest Windows Phone manufacturer should see its market share jump after the launch of its new budget smartphones.

Stay tuned. We will be bringing more MWC 2012 updates to you here at Techie Buzz.

Nokia Becomes Top Windows Phone Maker in Q4 2011

Nokia may have been late in embracing Windows Phone, but it has already become the largest Windows Phone manufacturer, according to the latest report by Strategy Analytics. Around 2.7 million Windows Phone devices were shipped in Q4 2011, of which Nokia accounted for around 0.9 million, or 33%. When Nokia first announced that it would be adopting Windows Phone as it primary smartphone platform, there was a lot of outrage. However, it seems that Nokia may have made the right move.

Windows Phone is expected to gain traction in the coming years, and become one of the top 3 smartphone platforms globally, with Android and iOS. However, for now, its total shipments are only a fraction of the total smartphone shipments. In Q4, Android probably saw more shipments in a week than Windows Phone saw in the entire quarter.

Strategy Analytics also noted that Nokia was grabbing market share from HTC in the Windows Phone segment. HTC is under siege even in the Android segment, where it continues to lose market share to Samsung.

Nokia’s future is now tied almost completely to the success of Windows Phone. If Windows Phone fails to take off, Nokia’s position may be no better than that of the captain of a sinking ship.

The Nokia Lumia 719 Exists, Has Just Passed Bluetooth Certification

Earlier today, UnwiredView spotted the rumored Nokia Lumia 719 handset on the Bluetooth SIG website. The listing has since been pulled, but here is what it described the Lumia 719 as:

The Nokia 719 is a versatile, well-designed smartphone offering users easy and seamless to make the most of every moment, every day. The social experience features built-in integration of Facebook and Twitter, an intuitive People Hub for optimized communication with contacts, and a 5MP auto-focus camera with HD video recording to capture and share moments with friends and family. With a 3.7″ Clear Black Display, exclusive content from ESPN and Univision, Local Scout + Bing Search, and turn-by-turn navigation via Nokia Drive, the Nokia 719 helps make sure that users never miss out on the information, content, or updates that matter most.

Putting aside the fact that we don’t know what exactly the smartphone is “offering users easy and seamless”, we do know that it will have a 3.7″ display, along with a 5MP, HD (presumably 720p?) camera, and we also know that the phone will be available in Asia, North America, and South America. The few specs that were revealed are similar to that of the Lumia 710; could the 719 be a counterpart of the device for a different carrier in the U.S. (i.e AT&T)? It could also crop up to be a mid-range phone, with the same form factor as the 710 but slightly better specifications, pitting it in between the 710 and the 900 in performance.

In December, the phone was rumored to be unveiled alongside the Lumia 900. As of now, only the Lumia 900 has been announced, but we can likely expect to hear an official announcement about the Lumia 719 come the Mobile World Congress (which, let me remind you all, is also the event where Microsoft is set to drop the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Woot.)

Nokia Luna NFC Enabled Bluetooth Headset Now Available In India For Rs.4530

Nokia recently launched the stunningly designed Nokia Luna Bluetooth Stereo headset. The amazing Nokia Luna headset features a unique in-ear design and NFC capability. It can be easily paired with a NFC enabled Nokia smartphone by just tapping the two devices together to share content. The Nokia Luna headset features an advanced multipoint technology, which allows you to pair up to two phones at the same time.

“We are excited to launch the new Nokia Luna Bluetooth headset” said V Ramnath, Director – Sales, Nokia India. “With a stunning design and an innovative technology like NFC, Nokia Luna features noise isolating in-ear design, adaptive volume adjustment and pop it mechanism. It is a perfect combination of top notch functionality and style, which will appeal to our young consumers.”

nokia luna

Nokia Luna Specifications:

  • Bluetooth 2.1 with enhanced data rate (EDR)
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • -15°C to +55°C operating temperature
  • Automatic volume adjustment
  • microUSB charging interface
  • Handsfree profile (HFP) 1.5
  • Headset profile (HSP) 1.1
  • Advanced Multipoint
  • Up to 8 hours of talk-time
  • Up to 35 hours of stand-by time (Out of holder)
  • Up to 60 days of stand-by time (In holder)
  • Headset: 25.31 x 24.00 x 26.36 mm
  • Holder: 48.98 x 48.87 x 29.95 mm
  • Weight – Headset: 5 g, Holder: 18.3 g

The Nokia Luna headset is available in 5 vibrant colors – Cyan, Fuchsia, Green, White and Black. It come with a price-tag of just Rs.4,530 (approx. $90). The NFC pairing is compatible only with the Nokia 700, Nokia 701, Nokia 600 and Nokia 603 smartphones.

Predictions For MWC 2012

Mobile World Congress, popularly known as MWC, is the biggest mobile consumer show held every year at Barcelona. In the last couple of years, some of the best Android phones like the Galaxy S II, HTC EVO 4G and others have been announced at the show.

This year’s MWC promises to be no less exciting than previous years. However, this year’s most anticipated handset – the Galaxy S III – would be missing from MWC, which definitely is a deal-breaker for many. Nevertheless, HTC, LG and even Microsoft have got some major announcements coming up at MWC, and should keep tech enthusiasts intrigued.

Below are my expectations from MWC this year -:

Nvidia’s Tegra 3 – Last year at CES, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC was found powering the majority of Android handsets and tablets announced. This year I expect a majority of Android devices to be unveiled at MWC to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 Soc – the world’s first Quad-core processor.

Even though the Tegra 2 was the world’s first dual-core SoC, it was by no mean the fastest. However, Nvidia has learnt from their mistakes, and Tegra 3 does indeed looks promising. The fifth companion core, NEON support, some architectural tweaks will make sure that Tegra 3 is worth the hype. Expect Nvidia to show trailers of some games and apps, which will utilize the full potential of the SoC and demonstrate its graphical prowess to the whole world

Windows 8 – Microsoft had released the WP7 SDK at MWC in 2010. The following year the company announced the NoDo and the Mango update for the platform, which added quite a lot of missing features to the OS. This year Microsoft should, or rather is expected to, announce a new minor update for WP7, dubbed as Tango. The Redmond based company will also announce the next major update for Windows Phone 7, codenamed Apollo. The company will also be providing users with more information about Windows 8 for PCs as well as for ARM based devices, and will be releasing a Consumer Preview version for downloading and testing.

HTC Next-Gen Smartphone – HTC had a pretty dismal 2011. The company’s profit fell throughout the year, and none of the handsets from the company could make an impact on the sale of Galaxy S II. HTC has promised to bounce back in 2012, and will go back to its strategy of releasing a Hero device – which will represent the best of what the company can do technologically.

While not yet confirmed, the leaked Endeavor might just be the company’s flagship phone for 2012. The Endeavor is going to the first HTC phone is quite sometime to come with a non-Qualcomm SoC. It will also be the first phone in the world to come with a quad-core SoC.

Cheap Android Tablets and Smartphones – Expect companies like Acer and LG to announce new Android tablets and smartphones, equipped with a high-resolution screen, an improved 3D technology, and a faster – possibly quad-core – SoCs. Pictures of Acer’s A700 tablet with a Full HD screen, and a Tegra 3 processor had also leaked on the Internet, quite a few months ago. Hopefully, these companies will also price their tablets competitively against the iPad, instead of charging an arm and a leg for it.

Nokia’s Major Announcement – Many of the loyal Nokia users are expecting the Finnish giant to announce its next-generation camera flagship and the successor to the N8 at MWC this year. Nokia announced the N8 nearly 2 years ago, and it still has the best camera ever found in a handset. Rumors suggest that the N8 successor will come with a 4-inch screen, a faster processor and more RAM, and an improved camera sensor as well. The handset will also come with an NFC chip, and will be running on the latest version of Symbian – Belle.

I hope, and am pretty much sure, that we will definitely see some more innovative products, and gadgets which are pushing the boundaries of engineering.

Nokia Belle Update For The N8, E7 and Other Symbian Handsets Now Live!

Nokia has started rolling out the much-awaited and hyped, Nokia Belle update for its Symbian Anna handsets. The update brings significant UI improvements to Symbian handsets, along with some new features.

Users can now have up to 6 home screens, resizable widgets, new notification bar, an improved camera app, and a much-improved browser. The update also installs some Microsoft apps on your Symbian handsets, like MS OneNote and Lync, which would be appreciated by workaholics. Nokia also states that Belle would bring a noticeable improvement in the performance of older Symbian handsets. The update also includes many other minor and major changes, which would be appreciated by long-term Symbian users.

The Belle update is being rolled out for all older-generation Symbian^3 handsets including the Nokia N8, E7, C7, C6-01, and the Oro. The Nokia 500 will get its Belle update sometime in the next few weeks.

The Nokia Belle update is already available in majority of markets including India, Russia, UAE, Poland, Germany, Italy and Indonesia. Readers can check out whether the Belle update is available for their handset in their region or not via this page from Nokia.

The Belle update is not being rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air). Instead, users need to use the latest version of Nokia’s PC Suite to install the update on their handset.


Nokia Asha 300 Already Available In India For Rs.6835

Last year, Nokia announced four new handsets under the new Asha series of phones, the Nokia Asha 303, Asha 300, Asha 200 and Asha 201. These handsets runs on the Symbian S40 Operating System. Out of the four devices, Nokia has only launched the Asha 200 QWERTY phone in India. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India is already selling the new Nokia Asha 300 in India. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as a physical T9 keypad. The Nokia Asha 300 allows you to easily access messaging, email and instant messaging from the home screen. You can even swipe the homescreen to access apps, music or games from the Nokia Store.

nokia asha 300

Nokia Asha 300 features a 2.4 inch resistive touch display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian S40 Operating System, 5 megapixel camera with video recording, 140 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, MP3 music player, USB charging, Nokia Life Tools, Nokia Browser, Nokia Messaging with push email and IM, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, up to 6.9 hours of talk-time, up to 22 days of stand-by time and a 1110 mAh battery.

This handset measures 112.8 mm x 49.5 mm x 12.7 mm and weighs just 85 g. Flipkart is selling this device for Rs.6835. This handset is currently available only in Graphite color. Other colors such as Night Shade, Gold, White Silver, Pink and Red are expected to be available soon after the official launch. The Nokia Asha 300 also comes pre-loaded with the popular Angry Birds game. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Nokia Reports Q4 2011 Results; 1 Million Lumia Units Sold, Still Losing Money

Nokia has reported its earnings for the fourth quarter 2011. While its new strategy finally seems to be paying off a bit, it is still very much in the red when it comes to profits. It posted a massive operating loss of €954 million, around $1.3 billion. Its sales have improved a bit over Q3 2011, up 11% with net revenues of €10 billion ($13.2 billion). It is still worse off compared to where it was last year, but things seem to be looking up compared to last quarter. Its cash reserves have dropped by around €1.4 billion ($1.84 billion), compared to Q4 2010.

Nokia also announced some interesting numbers which reveal some important information about its Windows Phone strategy. It has sold over 1 million Lumia units to date, and received $250 million from Microsoft in Q4 2011, for using Windows Phone.

While the number is hardly impressive compared to Apple’s quarterly iPhone sales of 37 million units, it does indicate that Lumia is gaining at least some traction. The Lumia 900 also hogged most of the limelight at CES 2012, so the number should only improve going forward.

While it may be faltering in smartphones, Nokia remains the king of feature phones. It announced that it had sold more than 1.5 billion S40 handsets to date. Nokia announced that it expects to break even in Q1 2012, maybe even turn a small profit.

Check out the complete Nokia Q4 2011 results here: Nokia Q4 2011

Nokia N950 Gets PR1.2 Harmattan Update; Adds Tons Of New Features

Nokia has started rolling out the PR1.2 Harmattan update for the developer only – Nokia N950. The new update brings in quite a lot of welcome changes, including folder support, lock screen music controls, tons of bug fixes and much more.


For the less informed, the N950 is the developer variant of the N9 and comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well.

Below is the full change-log of the update –:

• Software update notifications for content in Nokia Store

• Face recognition for gallery and face tags for Facebook

• Support for folders in the application view

• Mail thread support in the Email client

• Extended copy-paste support

• Media sharing with DLNA compatible devices

• Compass support in Maps

• New font taken into use

• Front camera support

• Video editing support in the Gallery application

• Separate switch for controlling mobile background connections while roaming

• Camera: self timer, grid on/off control

• Clock alarm becomes silent by flipping the device face down instead of snoozing

• People view added to the grid toolbar in the gallery

• Audiobook and podcast support in the music player

• Ability to create playlists in the music player

• Ability to delete music files from music player library views via object menu

As you can see from the huge change-log above, the PR1.2 update packs in quite a lot of new features including some basic ones like front-camera support, new font, extended copy and paste etcetera. The PR1.2 update will also be rolled out to the Nokia N9 after the Finnish giant gives the build some final touches.