Nokia Launches The Lumia 920 and 820 In India; Lumia 620 Coming Soon!

Today, at an event in New Delhi, Nokia unveiled its new range of Lumia smartphones running on Windows Phone 8. Sitting at the top of their WP8 Lumia range is the Lumia 920. The handset that was unveiled nearly 3 months ago is finally hitting the Indian shores.

The Lumia 920 sports a 4.5-inch ClearBlack Display with 768p+ resolution Puremotion HD+ display. Internally, the handset is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The highlight of the Lumia 920 is, however, its 8.7MP PureView camera at the back. It is the first smartphone to feature Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a floating lens technology, which helps in reducing the visible shake while taking videos. It also immensely helps in low-light photography by allowing a long shutter time, thus allowing more light to be captured.

Other features of Lumia 920 include wireless charging, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Nokia Drive with free turn-by-turn navigation, and the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options.

The Lumia 920 is accompanied by its smaller brother – the Lumia 820. The 820 sports a 4.3-inch WVGA AMOLED display with ClearBlack Display technology, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and the same 1.5GHz dual-core Krait and Adreno 225 GPU as found inside the 920. The 820 does not sport a PureView branded camera, but instead comes with an 8MP Carl Zeiss lens aided by dual-LED flash.

Completing Nokia’s WP8 portfolio in India is the Lumia 620 – a budget oriented Windows Phone 8 handset. The handset sports a 3.8-inch TFT ClearBlack Display with WVGA resolution, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of free storage space, a microSD card slot, a 5MP camera at its back and the usual sensors and connectivity options.

The Lumia 920 will be available in a bunch of bold colors including yellow and white for Rs 38,199 beginning from January 11th. The Lumia 820, that also comes with interchangeable back covers, will officially set its buyers back by Rs. 27,599.

Sadly, Nokia did not announce the pricing of the Lumia 620, but it did say that the handset will be priced between the Lumia 510 and Lumia 710, which makes it a fairly tempting device. The handset is expected to be launched in India in the 1st week of February.

Nokia Reports Better Than Expected Q4 2012 on the Back of Strong Lumia Sales

Nokia finally seems to have caught a break, and has kicked off the new year with some unexpected good news. The fourth quarter turned out to be better than expected, and the Lumia series experienced solid sales.

“We are pleased that Q4 2012 was a solid quarter where we exceeded expectations and delivered underlying profitability in Devices & Services and record underlying profitability in Nokia Siemens Networks”, said Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia. Nokia sold 4.4 million Lumia smartphones during the last quarter of 2012, which is more than what it managed during the previous two quarters combined. The well received Lumia 920 obvious played a significant role in Nokia’s strong performance; however, Nokia didn’t officially give a model-wise breakdown of Lumia sales.

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The other good news is that Lumia is finally outselling Symbian devices, whose sales tally stood at 2.2 million. “We focused on our priorities and as a result we sold a total of 14 million Asha smartphones and Lumia smartphones while managing our costs efficiently, and Nokia Siemens Networks delivered yet another very good quarter”, added Elop. 9.3 million units of Asha full-touch smartphones, which have been performing well in markets like India, were sold.

Lumia’s sales numbers were undoubtedly helped by the holiday season, but the total sales tally would have probably been higher if Nokia hadn’t been conservative about the number of handsets manufactured. Nokia is predicting a weaker Q1, 2013, based on the fact that it doesn’t have any new device launches, and Q1 is a seasonally weak quarter. However, the introduction of Lumia 920 in several new countries is expected to help the sales figures. Lumia 920 was launched in India just a few hours ago, and was launched in China last month.

Nokia 2050 Launched In China With Dedicated QQ Button

Some of the major mobile phone maker has already tried their luck by manufacturing a smartphone which focuses on the social networking sites, specially Facebook. Last year, HTC launched the mid-range HTC Chacha and HTC Salsa smartphones with a dedicated Facebook button. Even Vodafone launched the entry-level Vodafone 555 Blue with a Facebook button. Sadly, none of them managed to attract the Facebook addicts in developing countries.

Last month, Nokia joined the bandwagon and announced the company’s first QWERTY phone with a dedicated Facebook button, the Nokia Asha 205. It was already rumored that Nokia will replace the Facebook button with the QQ button before shipping it in China, since Facebook is already blocked up there and QQ is the most popular instant messaging service among Chinese users.

Today, Nokia finally confirmed the rumor and launched the Nokia 2050 in China. And you guessed it right! The Nokia 2050 comes with the exact same specs found in the Asha 205 minus the Facebook button and Asha branding. This device is specially targeted at the youngsters, who wants to stay connected with their friends and family on the go.

The Nokia 2050 comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA display, Series 40 Asha UI, full QWERTY keyboard, VGA camera, Nokia Xpress Browser, Nokia Life+, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3.5 mm headset jack, Slam feature, 10 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, 2.0 mm charger connector, up to 25 days of stand-by time, up to 11 hours of talk-time and a 1020 mAh battery.

The Nokia 2050 comes with a price tag of 399 Chinese Yuan (approx. $65). You will also get an exclusive gift of 40 EA games which includes titles such as Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed The Run and EA Sports FIFA 12.

Nokia Announces The Entry Level Lumia 620 Smartphone

Nokia recently unveiled the wallet-friendly Lumia 620 smartphone at LeWeb 2012 in Paris. This affordable smartphone runs on the Windows Phone 8 Operating System. The Nokia Lumia 620 packs some pretty decent specs including a 3.8 inch display, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, 5 megapixel camera and much more. It is the company’s third Windows Phone 8 powered device.

Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices, said,
“We continue to execute on our strategy to reach new audiences and new markets. With its innovative design, the latest Windows Phone 8 software and signature experiences from Nokia, like Nokia lenses, Nokia Maps and Nokia Music, the Nokia Lumia 620 is a highly competitive smartphone at this price point.”

Nokia Lumia 620 features a 3.8 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, 64 GB expandable memory and more.

It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, Office 365, Xbox Live, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, IE9 with HTML 5 support, 7 GB Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, NFC (Near Field Communication), Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Bing Maps, up to 61 hours of music playback in offline mode, up to 9.9 hours of talk-time, up to 330 hours of stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

The Nokia Lumia 620 uses a new dual-shot color technique, which adds a second layer of colored, transparent or translucent polycarbonate on top of a base layer to produce secondary color blends and depth effects. This handset will be available in lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black colors. The Nokia Lumia 620 will go on sale from January 2013 for just $249 excluding taxes.

Nokia’s Grand Mapping Plans Include “Living Maps” & More

Nokia has been a player in navigation and mapping for quite a while. Unfortunately neither Nokia nor users at large talked about it till Apple’s disastrous foray into maps. Recently announced cross-platform mapping solution Nokia HERE has brought the focus on one of Nokia’s hidden weapon in today’s smartphone wars. BBC’s Leo Kelion took a closer at Nokia’s offering to understand the technology behind it. Here are some interesting facts from Kelion’s piece: Continue reading Nokia’s Grand Mapping Plans Include “Living Maps” & More

Nokia 206 Announced; Comes With The Slam Quick Sharing Feature

Along with the Nokia Asha 205, the Finnish mobile phone maker has unveiled another entry-level phone, the Nokia 206. This dual-SIM handset comes with a 2.4 inch display, alphanumeric keypad, 1.3 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and more. Nokia 206 is the company’s first mobile phones device to include Nokia’s exclusive Slam feature. It allows you to share multimedia content like photos and videos with nearby friends almost instantly.

Timo Toikkanen, Executive Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia, said,
“The latest Nokia devices give super-social consumers new ways to express their personalities through design, color and innovative new features like Slam. Both devices are built with the trust and quality people have come to expect from Nokia, and offer smarter Internet experiences that help save money today and tomorrow.”

The Nokia 206 comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Series 40 Asha UI, alphanumeric keypad, 1.3 megapixel camera, 10 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, 2.0 mm charger connector, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3.5 mm headset jack, Slam feature, Nokia Xpress Browser, Nokia Life, up to 28 days of stand-by time, up to 20 hours of talk-time and a 1100 mAh battery.

This handset measures 116 x 49.4 x 12.4 mm and weighs just 91 grams. Nokia 206 will be available in Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black and White colors. This handset will also be available in both single SIM and dual SIM variants. The Nokia 206 comes with a price-tag of $62 excluding taxes. It is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Nokia Announces Asha 205 With Dedicated Facebook Button

We have seen a number of entry-level and mid-range smartphones with a dedicated Facebook button. Even HTC tried their luck with the Android powered HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa. Sadly, none of them managed to attract the Facebook addicts in developing countries. Today, Nokia announced its first handset with a dedicated Facebook button, the Nokia Asha 205.

This is an entry level device packed with basic features such as a 2.4 inch landscape display, dual-SIM capabilities, full QWERTY keyboard, VGA camera and more. This handset is specially designed for youngsters who wants one-click access to popular Facebook features. The messaging feature in Facebook for Every Phone app allows you to see your online friends and start messages/group chats in seconds.

Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia, said,
“Globally, young consumers have increasingly started using Facebook for socializing, keeping in touch and striking new friendships. The launch of the Nokia Asha 205 responds to this growing demand and gives them a unique option for accessing Facebook while on-the-go. We have seen that many people who use Nokia Asha devices are hyper-social and we are proud to partner with Facebook to improve the user experience of those consumers further with the introduction of the Facebook button.”

The Nokia Asha 205 features a 2.4 inch QVGA display, Series 40 Asha UI, full QWERTY keyboard, VGA camera, Nokia Xpress Browser, Nokia Life+, 10 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, 2.0 mm charger connector, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3.5 mm headset jack, Slam feature, up to 25 days of stand-by time, up to 11 hours of talk-time and a 1020 mAh battery.

This handset measures 113 x 61 x 13 mm and weighs just 94 grams. The Nokia Asha 205 will be available in Cyan, Magenta and Orange colors. This handset will be available in both single SIM and dual-SIM variants. The Nokia Asha 205 comes will go on sale by the end of this year for just $62 excluding taxes.

Nokia’s Lead Imaging Experience Manager – Damian Dinning – Leaves The Company To Join Land Rover

There is absolutely no doubt that Nokia is light years ahead of other OEMs when it comes to providing stellar camera performance in mobile phones. The Nokia N8’s performance is still unrivalled by any smartphone in the market, and no handset comes even close to the Pure View 808.

One of the main masterminds behind all these stellar camera phones from Nokia is Damian Dinning. Damian started working at Nokia in 2004 and has been the Finnish giant’s lead program manager for Imaging Experience. Sadly, Damian has decided to leave Nokia on November 30th, and will be joining Jaguar Land Rover group.

The official statement from Nokia UK regarding this matter -:

Following the relocation of key strategic roles to Finland, and with great reluctance, Damian Dinning has made a personal decision to leave the company effective 30 November 2012. During the past nine years, [Damian] has made many innovative and valuable contributions to Nokia, most recently as a lead program manager in our Smart Devices business. We thank him for his service to the company and certainly wish him the best.

Damian has, however, revealed as to why he will be leaving Nokia and joining Land Rover instead in response to the PureView club -:

As reported in Nokia’s own statement regarding my forthcoming departure, a number of key strategic roles have moved to Finland. My family and I are based in the UK at a stage in our lives where relocation is unfortunately not an option. I have therefore made the tremendously difficult decision after nearly 9 years with Nokia to leave the company.

Do head over to PureView Club and read Damian’s full response and why he is joining Land Rover.

AT&T Lumia 920 And Lumia 820 Coming For $99 And $49 On November 9th

The Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are important handsets for Microsoft and Nokia. With the Finnish giant suffering huge losses every quarter, the company has offered the best of everything it can with the Lumia 920 which includes an 8.7MP PureView Camera with optical image stabilization and Windows Phone 8.

While Nokia announced the Lumia 920 and 820 back in September, it has been mum on the final pricing and availability of the handset, especially in the United States. The Lumia 920 is already available for sale in certain regions of the world, including Russia where Nokia’s CEO, Elop, himself is at the store greeting customers.

Today, Nokia and AT&T announced the availability and pricing of the Lumia 920 and 820 in the United States on the carrier’s LTE network. The Lumia 920 will set users back by $99 on a two-year contract, while the Lumia 820 will cost them only $49.99. The pre-orders for both the handsets start on November 7th, with the phone hitting the retail stores on November 9th. For a limited time, AT&T will also be offering a wireless charging backplate with the Lumia 920.

The Lumia 920 is going to remain an AT&T exclusive for sometime, but the Lumia 820 will be available on Verizon’s network albeit with some slight radio changes and a different name – Lumia 822.

Via – The Verge

Nokia Unveils The Lumia 510 For Indian And Chinese Market; Coming This Diwali!

Nokia today unveiled a new budget oriented Windows Phone 7.5 running handset especially meant to cater towards the budget segment of the Indian market – the Lumia 510.

The Lumia 510 sports a 4-inch TFT screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution, a 800MHz Snapdragon S1 processor, 256MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 5MP camera at the back, along with all the usual connectivity features except for the lack of 3G and a microSD card slot. Nokia does provide 7GB of free storage space on SkyDrive to make up for the lack of space on the handset.

Keeping in mind the Indian market, Nokia will be launching the handset in five trendy colors including red, yellow, cyan, white and black.

On the software side, the Lumia 510 runs on Windows Phone 7.5 but will get the Windows Phone 7.8 update, whenever it is available. It will also come pre-loaded with Nokia’s own navigation services and apps – Nokia Maps, Drive and Transport.

The Lumia 510 will hit the retail stores in the beginning of November in India and China and will cost $199 (sub-Rs 11,000 in India) before taxes and subsidies.