If you’re looking to buy a giant red Windows RT tablet, then Nokia will have something special for you starting next week. Nokia announced on Friday that its Lumia 2520 tablet will go on sale starting on November 22nd exclusively at AT&T for $399.99 with a two-year service agreement. Nokia says that the price for the Lumia 2520 will come down to just $199.99 with a two-year contract if they also decide to buy a Lumia 925, Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520 smartphone. The Lumia 2520 features a 10.1-inch 1080p display, a 6.7 megapixel camera, a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 8,000 mAh battery and Windows RT 8.1.
New hardware is playing a big part in Nokia’s plans over the next several months, but one compelling piece of first-party software that the company highlighted at Nokia World 2013 finally released on Wednesday, and it’s worth checking out for anyone who regularly uses their Lumia’s camera. Nokia Refocus is now available on the Windows Phone Store for any Nokia PureView smartphone. More →
It appears that the wait is nearly over the Nokia’s expansive fall lineup. In a press release last month, Nokia stated that it was expecting to ship both devices in Q4 2013. Now, according to a report from WPCentral, inventory listings have confirmed that both Nokia’s Lumia 1520 phablet and the Lumia 2520 tablet will be available at AT&T and Verizon on November 22nd. The listings also show that the Lumia 2520 will be available in red and black on Verizon (although only the black variation appears for AT&T) and the Lumia 1520 will be available in red, black, yellow and white on AT&T. The Lumia 1520 is expected to retail for $549 off contract, $199 on contract. More →
We saw our first sign of the Lumia 929 last week, one of Nokia’s upcoming devices that was not featured at Nokia World 2013. WPCentral has since gotten its hands on a what might be a full list of specs for Nokia’s followup to the Lumia 928. According to WPCentral, the Lumia 929 will feature a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 5-inch AMOLED display at 1080p resolution, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 20-megapixel PureView rear camera and a forward-facing camera. The phone should be released by early next year and will be available in glossy white and matte black. No pricing information was included in the report. More photos of the Lumia 929 can be seen below. More →
Beating out Motorola may not mean much these days, but Microsoft nonetheless has to be happy that Nokia has blown past Motorola to become America’s No. 4 smartphone vendor. According to new data from Counterpoint Research, Nokia’s share of the American smartphone market has surged from a mere 1.4% in the second quarter of 2013 to 4.1% in the third quarter. Motorola, meanwhile, saw its share of the American smartphone market continue to erode and accounted for just 3.6% of all U.S. smartphone shipments in Q3 2013. Nokia still has a long way to go to reach Apple and Samsung, which each accounted for more than a third of all U.S. smartphone shipments in Q3 and remained deadlocked at the top of the American market.
As HTC’s infernal autumn comes to a close, it appears to be entering an equally dismal winter. The Wall Street Journal reports that Nokia has won yet another patent suit against HTC, this time in the United Kingdom. Included among the smartphones found to violate Nokia’s patents were both the HTC Wildfire and, even more worryingly, the flagship HTC One. As with Nokia’s other wins, the company will seek monetary compensation for the patent infringement as well as the ban of HTC smartphone sales and imports. More →
One nugget buried within Nokia’s less-bad-than-expected earnings report released Tuesday was that the company’s Windows Phone-based Lumia devices may finally be breaking through in the United States. As AllThingsD points out, Nokia sold 1.4 million Lumias in North America in the third quarter this year, which is triple the number of Lumias it sold in North America in Q3 2012. While those numbers aren’t anywhere close to iPhone or Samsung Galaxy figures, Microsoft has to be happy that Nokia phones are showing some momentum just as it’s planning to buy up the company’s handset division and use it as its own mobile device design shop.
Just in time for the sale of its handset division to Microsoft, Nokia has posted yet another net loss in its third-quarter earnings report released Tuesday. Nokia, which has reported net losses in 9 of the past 10 quarters, posted a $0.02 loss per share on revenue totaling $7.79 billion. Although Nokia’s $125.58 million net loss was narrower than the $1.27 billion loss it reported in Q3 2012, the company’s revenue has still taken an alarming 21.8% drop over the past year from revenue of $9.96 billion in Q3 2012. On the plus side, Nokia’s Lumia sales showed healthy growth on the quarter, growing by 19% year-over-year on sales of 8.8 million Lumia phones.
Qualcomm has taken sides in the battle of Windows RT tablets. CNET reports that Qualcomm product management senior vice president Raj Talluri thinks that Nokia’s recently unveiled Lumia 2520 easily outclasses Microsoft’s own Surface 2 in terms of GPU performance, wireless connectivity and other metrics. In fact, Talluri thinks that the “brilliant” Lumia 2520 performs so well that “it’s not really even a contest” between the two tablets because “in every area, it’s much bigger, faster, and lower power.” Talluri’s remarks shouldn’t come as a surprise, of course, since Qualcomm supplies the chips for the Lumia 2520 while the Surface 2 relies on the Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset. Even so, the Lumia 2520′s specs are very impressive and it’s nice to see that people interested in Windows RT tablets will have at least one other choice besides the Surface.
Nokia has announced six new devices since it jointly announced a deal to sell its handset and services divisions to Microsoft, and now a leaked video introduces us to the seventh. The upcoming Lumia 929 will be Verizon Wireless’ followup to the Lumia 928 you may or may not remember — BGR reviewed the Lumia 928 back in May — and it looks like on of Nokia’s sleekest smartphones to date. The phone features a 5-inch full HD 1080p AMOLED display, a 20-megapixel PureView camera and a very thick case that looks to be about the same width as the 928. According to The Verge, the phone’s case is all aluminum and it will launch in both black and silver. No release timing or pricing were provided. The full leaked video originally published by YouTube user SDPhones follows below. More →
Nokia is aiming to make a bigger splash in the mobile market by releasing its first-ever phablet and tablet this year, two among the six final consumer devices that Nokia will ever debut. On Tuesday Nokia announced its new Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 phablets as well as its Lumia 2520 tablet. As previous leaks suggested, the Lumia 1520 features a 6-inch 1080p display, a 20-megapixel PureView camera, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Windows Phone 8. The Lumia 1320, meanwhile, is the same size as the Lumia 1520 but its display is only 720p and it has just a 5-megapixel camera without PureView technology. The Lumia 1520 will carry an off-contract price of $749 while the Lumia 1320 will have an off-contract price of $339. The Lumia 1520 will be released in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2013 while the Lumia 1320 will be targeted more toward emerging markets. More →
It would appear that Nokia is planning on expanding its hardware lineup rather extensively in the near future. Last Thursday, a patent and subsequent video revealed Nokia’s frist attempt at a smartwatch, complete with six screens and interchangeable pieces, and now an image has leaked that seems to show off an MP3 player from the cellphone maker as well. The image comes courtesy of @evleaks, along with the supposed codename, “Guru.” The infamous Twitter leaker claims that the Nokia Guru will be competition for the iPod shuffle, with NFC (near field communication) capacity built in — though shortly after the image appeared online, @evleaks retweeted The Verge’s Tom Warren who posited that the Guru would end up being a bluetooth headset rather than a media player. Nokia’s media event is only one day away, so don’t be surprised to see some brand new hardware from the newly acquired company, including whatever the Guru turns out to be.
It’s a good thing that we already know pretty much everything there is to know about Nokia’s Lumia 1520 because it’s very unlikely that we’ll be awake at 3 a.m. on Tuesday to tune into Nokia’s big announcement. And just in case we needed any further confirmation about information we’ve previously learned about the Lumia 1520, Nokia has done us the favor of accidentally leaking out information about the device onto its own Chinese retail website. As Engadget notes, Nokia’s Chinese Tmall page this week has posted information about the Lumia 1520 that confirms what we’ve heard about its specifications, including a 6-inch, 1080p display and a 20 megapixel PureView camera. The device is also priced at 4,999 Yuan (USD $819), although Engadget cautions that this might just be a placeholder. More →