NokNok.tv reports that the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 + Amber update brings with it significant improvements to the camera quality of Lumia handsets.
They were able to take before and after update comparison pictures with the Nokia Lumia 720, and the pictures show clear differences which ultimately result in more pleasing images.
Besides the new features that comes with Nokia Smart Camera, they found picture capture, focussing and saving the image itself was faster.
The pictures take after the update are also clearly more saturated and significantly brighter, as can be seen in the pictures after the break.
NokNok.tv have given the Adidas miCoach Heart Rate Monitor, which pairs with the Adidas miCoach app, a run for its money, and came away quite satisfied.
The accessory costs only £45, and with the app will give you on-screen updates, audible feedback as you run from the guided coach voices, and help you fine-tune your training program.
The accessory comes with a chest strap, and NokNok notes it is small and unobtrusive.
The Heart Rate Monitor uses Bluetooth LE, so is only compatible with Nokia handsets with Bluetooth LTE, currently the Nokia Lumia 720, Lumia 620 and Lumia 520.
The Adidas miCoach Heart Rate Monitor (HRM 2) can be found at the Adidas Online Store here.
Its not the usual definitive statement we know perennial leaker evLeaks for, but today he suggested a Dual-SIM Nokia Lumia 720 may be on the way.
This is of course not the first time it has been suggested that Nokia is working on a dual-SIM windows phone, with Nokia’s Jo Harlow saying all the way back in May that Dual-SIM windows phones were on the radar.
It is suspected that Microsoft would need to do some foundational work to add support for the technology, but it may very well be GDR3 that allows Nokia to add this much in demand feature.
Is this feature important to any of our readers? Let us know below.
Most handsets are sold unsubsidized in India, which makes it rather hard to sell a high-end handset there.
The response over the last year has been Easy Monthly Instalment (EMI) plans by multiple vendors, including Apple, which makes more expensive handsets more affordable by spreading payments over multiple months.
After success with offering the Nokia Lumia 520 and 620 using this scheme, Nokia is now extending it to their older but better specified handsets, the Nokia Lumia 720 and 920.
With payment over 6 months, the Nokia Lumia 720 can be had for only INR 3203 ($49) per month, while the Nokia Lumia 920 will cost INR 5,649 ($86) per month.
Payment is only accepted via a credit card and acceptable ones includes Axis bank, Citibank, HDFC Bank, HSBC Bank, SBI, Standard Chartered and New Indian Assurance.
Read more of the terms and conditions at Nokia’s site here.
Does this scheme make Nokia’s higher end handsets more accessible to our Indian readers, or are prices still too high? Let us know below.
It seems the tide it turning decisively against Blackberry and in favour of Windows Phone.
Britvic Soft Drinks, one of the UK’s leading soft drinks companies, owner of iconic brands including Robinsons, Tango and J20, as well as being the exclusive bottler in Great Britain for Pepsi and 7UP, has chosen the Nokia Lumia as the business smartphone for its employees, replacing devices and services from BlackBerry. Britvic is now halfway through a rollout of 800 Nokia Lumia 720 smartphones.
A key factor in Britvic’s switch to Lumia is the Windows Phone 8 platform and its easy synchronisation with the company’s existing Microsoft systems, including Microsoft Exchange email and Microsoft SharePoint, as well as enabling them to access and edit Microsoft Office documents even when they are out of the office.
"We were looking for a business smartphone that could easily integrate with our existing Microsoft infrastructure," said John Armstrong, Head of IT Shared Services at Britvic. "Nokia Lumia and the Windows Phone fit the bill perfectly, allowing our people to do much more than just check their email and make calls. The training Nokia offered our staff has meant they were quickly up and running with the devices, and Windows Phone 8 gives a consistent interface which is simpler to support."
Nokia Lumia also offers HERE Drive turn-by-turn navigation to help Britvic’s sales teams find the best route to their next meeting, as well as HERE Maps with LiveSight to identify other potential outlets in the neighbourhood, wherever they happen to be.
Adrian Williams, director of Business Sales UK at Nokia, said "We’re delighted that Britvic has made the switch to Nokia Lumia. Combining sleek design with the most popular apps, it’s easy to see why Nokia Lumia is the best business smartphone."
Posting on their firmware update site, Vodafone Australia announced that testing of the GDR 2 update for the HTC 8X has been completed, and is just awaiting release by Microsoft.
Unfortunately the more complex Nokia Amber release of the Nokia Lumia 820 is still in testing, and for some reason the update for the Nokia Lumia 720 has not been submitted yet.
It seems by keeping it simple HTC may beat Nokia out of the gate with the new software. Hopefully it will not be like Samsung did, by leaving out important features such as Datasense and the FM Radio support.
See the page at Vodafone Australia here.
Thanks brent3000 for the tip.
Vodafone Australia has posted on their blog that the PR2.0 Nokia Amber update is currently in testing for the Nokia Lumia 820, and that testing will soon begin for the Nokia Lumia 720.
An update is also in testing for the HTC 8X.
The testing phase tends to last less than 2 weeks, suggesting we can expect to see the OS roll out at the end of July or early in August, at least on this carrier.
The Nokia Amber GDR2 update brings back support for the FM radio, brings Datasense to all handsets, an Always ON Clock, Double Tap to Wake , Nokia Smart Camera App , CalDav & CardDav support , and a host of other features, including Bluetooth 4.0 support for the Nokia Lumia 720.
Thanks brent3000 for the tip.
The Nokia Lumia 720 has seen a close to 10% price cut in India, with the handset now on sale on Flipkart for only 17148 INR (around $303), down from 18,999 INR ($335) at introduction in April this year.
The handset is believed to be doing well in India, and has collected more than 500 reviews on the Amazon-like website, most it appears rating the device highly.
The price cut is likely in line with Nokia’s general strategy of reducing prices over time, with the Nokia Lumia 620 also believed to have benefited from some discounting recently.
See the deal at Flipkart here.
Along with Nokia Lumia 720, it seems Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 also got price cuts yet again. Last week, Nokia India reduced the price of Lumia 920 to Rs 31999 along with a free Nokia DT-900 wireless charging plate. Now the price is down to Rs.30,999 in Flipkart and Snapdeal.
Also Nokia Lumia 820 is now available for just Rs. 21755.
Thanks Arun and Timesdigit for the tip.
Which one of the pictures above is the better? One was taken by an expensive top of the line camera with Optical Image Stabilization and advanced algorithms, and the other by a decidedly mid-range handset.
I personally find the bottom one, taken by the Nokia Lumia 720, more vibrant and detailed, and unfortunately another demonstration that the camera on the HTC One, which took the first picture, is far from what HTC has cracked it up to be.
Even when we look at low light pictures, meant to be the forte of the camera, the results are not as good as one would expect.
Nokia Lumia 720T, the Chinese version of Nokia Lumia 720 is now available for pre-order from China’s largest mobile network China Mobile. The pre-order price for unsubsidized device is 2499 Yuan ($405). Nokia Lumia 720T will include a unique feature called CMMB. CMMB is a mobile TV technology from China Mobile which will let you watch Live TV without any data charges. WCDMA variants of Nokia Lumia 720 will also come with with local apps and China Mobile’s own section in Windows Phone Store.
Recombu had a new Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z on hand, and decided to compare the low-light performance of the cameras against the current champ, the Nokia Lumia 920 and also its younger sibling, the Nokia Lumia 720.
The result is in the grid above. Pick the two best pictures and click the image to see which cameras took the best picture.
As the headline suggests, for me and for Recombu the Nokia Lumia 920 (8 MP) was the clear winner, but even the Nokia Lumia 720(6.7 MP) beat the performance of the HTC One (4 MP), Sony Xperia Z (13 MP) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (13 MP), in that order, with the newest Android flagship having the worst performance.
The original, full-resolution pictures can be seen at Recombu here.
What was the result of your own blind test? Let us know below.
Nokia’s LumiaLiveCentre.com tease has unsurprisingly been revealed as a tease for the launch of the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 in Malaysia.
The website now redirects to Nokia Malaysia’s Facebook page, where the two devices are being promoted as the cure for various smartphone ailments caused by other devices.
The Nokia Lumia 520 will be available in five colours: black, red, yellow, white and cyan and will cost RM 599 while the Nokia Lumia 720 comes in black, red, yellow and white and costs RM 999.
To celebrate the launch Nokia will be running various promotions, including a contest which is giving away a Nokia Lumia 920. The handset will reach the market on the 9th May.
Read more at Nokia Malaysia’s Facebook page here.
Thanks zhoulhas for the tip.
Winphollowers.com reports that Telcel’s May catalogue has leaked, and that the publication featured the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720.
Nokia is rolling our the low-end and mid-range Windows Phone 8 handsets worldwide, but Winphollowers were surprised to see the devices reach Mexico so quickly, given that there is often a very large delay between the release of handsets by Nokia and their arrival in the local market.
The screen shots leaked did not reveal when the affordable handsets will hit the market, but it is expected to be at the latest in June.
Read more at Winphollowers.com here.