A new report suggests that Nokia is preparing to launch its 41-megapixel Lumia smartphone, codenamed EOS, this coming summer. According to MobileGeeks, the handset will launch during the second week of July, on or around July 9th. The most recent rumors claim the Lumia EOS would be similar to the Lumia 920, with a polycarbonate case and a 4.5-inch 720p display. The biggest differentiator will reportedly be the smartphone’s 41-megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and Nokia’s new “Pro Camera” application. Earlier reports suggested the Lumia EOS would arrive on AT&T in the United States sometime this summer.
In one point in time, Nokia was the top-selling smartphone vendor in the world by a wide margin. It wasn’t even that long ago, in fact. But when Nokia failed to respond quickly enough to the industry’s shift toward touch, the Finnish giant lost its footing and toppled spectacularly. Just how bad have things gotten for Nokia? Market share numbers paint a pretty frightening picture, but a single tweet from Benedict Evans of Enders Analysis might do an even better job of putting things in perspective. More →
Nokia is rumored to be preparing a 41-megapixel Lumia smartphone, codenamed EOS, that will be released later this year. According to WMPowerUser, the handset will look similar to Nokia’s Lumia 920 smartphone and will feature a polycarbonate case with a 4.5-inch 720p display. The device will reportedly come with a new application called “Nokia Pro Camera” to compliment the 41-megapixel PureView camera, which is also said to include a protective lens cover that automatically opens when the camera application is launched. Unlike the handful of Lumias that came before it, however, the EOS will reportedly not come in different colors and will not natively support wireless charging. Earlier reports suggested that Nokia would launch its EOS smartphone in the United States this summer.
After a handful of dismal quarters during which Nokia lost billions, the vendor has recently shown signs of life. But not in the United States. Nokia’s first big attempt at a comeback in the U.S. was the Lumia 900, and the company returned later in 2012 with the Lumia 920. Neither phone was received with much enthusiasm from consumers. In the Lumia 900′s debut quarter, Nokia shipped 600,000 total Lumia phones in the U.S. When the Lumia 920 launched in the holiday quarter last year, Nokia’s U.S. Lumia phone shipments totaled 700,000 units and then slid to just 400,000 units in the following quarter. Nokia now returns with its third flagship phone for the U.S. market — the Lumia 928 — and it’s changing things up this time around. More →
The Windows Phone platform is in serious need of high-quality applications. Microsoft recently announced that its Windows Phone app store is home to nearly 150,000 applications, however the operating system is still lacking fan favorites such as Instagram, Dropbox and HBO GO. Windows Phone devices released by Nokia and HTC have been well received by critics, but most reviews share one common complaint — not enough good apps. Vesa Jutila, Nokia’s global head of smartphone marketing, admitted in an interview with Engadget that “the biggest complaint is that customers are missing the apps they want.” The executive noted that there were some significant gaps in the marketplace, although he claims Nokia is “addressing this very strongly” with help from Microsoft.
The PC market isn’t the only tech sector in trouble. According to Gartner’s new numbers, Asia-Pacific is the only region in the world where mobile phone volumes are still growing. Phone sales in the United States are now dropping at 9% annualized pace. Globally, phone volumes were practically flat in Q1 2013, inching up a mere 0.7% year-over-year. Smartphone growth came in at a torrid 43% during the quarter, several points above what was expected a few months ago. This contrast means that feature phone sales are in a real free fall. This is particularly clear in Latin America, where even the hot smartphone growth is not enough to prevent overall phone sales from declining by nearly 4%. More →
A Nokia executive has hinted once again that the company may release tablet in the future. Jo Harlow, Nokia’s executive vice president of smart devices, revealed during an interview with CNET that the company is “very interested” in tablets and it is a market that is being closely examined. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has previously said that the company was studying the market “very closely,” leading many to speculate that an announcement of a Lumia tablet may be coming soon. Considering Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft, the rumored tablet will likely run either Windows 8 or Windows RT. Nokia remains the only major smartphone vendor yet to launch a modern tablet.
Nokia on Tuesday unveiled its new Lumia 925 smartphone during a press conference in London. The struggling vendor’s new Windows Phone beats the same drum yet again in a number of ways, though there are a few notable changes this time around. For one, the Lumia 925 features an aluminum body instead of the polycarbonate case used on the Lumia 900 and Lumia 920. The phone also includes Nokia’s enhanced PureView with improved low-light shooting, and while Instagram still isn’t available for Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 925 includes a new “Smart Camera” function and it comes preloaded along with the popular photo filter app Hipstagram. More →
An image of the unannounced Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone has leaked ahead of the device’s official debut, which is expected to take place during Nokia’s press conference on Tuesday. Twitter user @evleaks posted the image on Tuesday morning, and he has a very good track record when publishing photos of unannounced smartphones. Few details surrounding the Lumia 925 can be gleaned from the leaked image — the device obviously features the Windows Phone OS, and it also has a shape that appears to vary slightly from other recent Nokia smartphones. Nokia is expected to unveil the device on Tuesday morning during a press conference in London but in the meantime, the leaked image follows below. More →
Nokia has released a tantalizing new teaser ad for its latest Lumia flagship phone that shows off both a shiny metal casing and a new camera that the company is betting will set it apart from the iPhone and high-end Android devices. The tagline on the teaser is “More Than Your Eyes Can See,” which strongly hints that Nokia will place a lot of emphasis on the device’s camera at its big launch event this week. The new Lumia device will apparently be different from the Lumia 928 that Nokia announced for Verizon last week, which features a 4.5-inch ClearBlack display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and an 8.7-megapixel PureView rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. The full teaser video is posted below. More →
Microsoft believes it can be a viable competitor with Android and Apple, and is making a strong push with its Windows Phone operating system. The company has launched numerous campaigns to inform smartphone buyers of their mobile options, but despite a large advertising budget, Windows Phone remains a mystery to most consumers. The question remains, can Microsoft’s mobile platform really compete with Google and Apple? More →
Verizon on Friday announced the upcoming availability of Nokia’s Lumia 928, the company’s latest flagship Windows Phone device. The Lumia 928 is equipped with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 768 pixel resolution ClearBlack display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and an 8.7-megapixel PureView rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. The handset also includes 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, wireless charging capabilities, NFC, 4G LTE connectivity and a 2,000 mAH battery. Verizon will launch the Lumia 928 in white and black on May 16th for $99.99 on contract after a $50 mail-in-rebate. Nokia is also offering buyers a $25 credit for Windows Phone apps and games for a limited time. Nokia’s promo video for the Lumia 928 follows below. More →
Failing to drive down the price on its Windows Phone devices, Nokia on Thursday announced a refresh of its Asha mobile operating system and the affordable Asha 501 phone. The handset is equipped with a 3-inch display, a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and either a single-SIM or dual-SIM configuration. The new Asha 501 is remarkably efficient, with Nokia promising a whopping 48 days of standby battery life for the single-SIM model and 26 days for the dual-SIM option. More →