Nokia Windows phone features PureView


nokia lumia 928

Nokia says its latest Lumia flagship smartphone “delivers amazing imaging, video and audio performance to capture and share moments like never before.”

The Nokia Lumia 928 features the company’s “PureView” imaging with optical image stabilization “to capture bright, blur-free photos and videos, even in low light conditions such as indoors or at night.” The 8.7-megapixel camera has a wide-angle F/2.0 Zeiss lens and Xenon flash.

The Windows phone also has a 4.5-inch OLED touchscreen. It’s $99 on a contract from Verizon Wireless in the U.S.

More information is here.


New Nokia phone doubles up on colors


The third and most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone from Nokia has a “more fun, youthful appeal, and compact design,” the company says.

A new finish “delivers a variety of striking color and texture effects,” Nokia adds. The “Dual-shot” adds a second layer of colored, transparent or translucent polycarbonate on top of a base layer to produce secondary color blends and depth effects.

The Lumia 620 has a five-megapixel main camera. The Cinemagraph feature adds simple animations to still photographs; Smart Shoot creates a single shot from multiple images, and can remove unwanted objects from the picture.
The $249 phone has a 3.8-inch display.
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Nokia “captures best pictures on a smartphone”

With its new Lumia 920, Nokia claims it “captures the best pictures and video ever seen on a smartphone.”

The 920 flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone builds on the PureView imaging technology Nokia debuted earlier this year. However, the new phone does not have a 41 megapixel sensor; instead it uses “advanced floating lens technology” — optical image stabilization and an f/2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens — to take in five times more light than competing smartphones without using flash, Nokia says, “making it possible to capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. It also compensates for hand movement while the photo is being taken.”

With a 8.7MP 1/3-inch BSI sensor, PureView “continues to deliver cutting-edge technology to make it possible for a smartphone camera to take the kind of images usually only seen on a standalone SLR camera,” the company says.

The camera features touch focus controls, geo tagging, and auto and manual white balance.

The Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia’s City Lens augmented reality software: By pointing the camera at a street, it overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings.

Pricing and availability were not announced, thought the phone is set to ship this year.

More information is here.



Nokia announces 808 PureView American arrival date

Jumping ahead of carrier partnerships, Nokia is working with to launch its 808 PureView smartphone in the United States. The phone will be available unlocked and unsubsidized through to U.S. consumers for $699. With a compatible SIM card, it will work on AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

The Nokia 808 PureView features a 41-megapixel and new pixel oversampling technology. Please see here for more on PureView. 

“This revolutionary technology has been the culmination of years of hard work by our imaging team,” the company says, “and the Nokia 808 PureView has been met with overwhelming interest from consumers all over the world. Working with, we’re making sure that the interest we’ve seen in the United States is being met.”

The phone is not the future Windows Phone devices Nokoia will soon offer with PureView, but instead runs the company’s older OS.


Nokia cuts staff, acquires Scalado technology

Finland-based phone maker Nokia says it is “sharpening its strategy, improving its operating model and returning the company to profitable growth” by laying off up to 10,000 employees by the end of 2013, and selling off its high-end Vertus line.

“While planning to significantly reduce its operating expenses, Nokia remains focused on the unique experiences offered by its smartphones and feature phones, including an increased emphasis on location-based services,” the company says. Nokia will “substantially reduce its headcount and reducing its factory footprint,” as well as “certain research and development projects, resulting in the planned closure of its facilities in Ulm, Germany and Burnaby, Canada.”

The acquisition of “world-class imaging specialists as well as all technologies and intellectual property from Scalado AB” will combine Nokia’s “leadership in camera devices with their expertise in imaging,” the company says, “helping people move beyond taking pictures to capturing moments and emotions and then reliving them in many different ways.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2012. The terms of the transaction are confidential. Scalado AB will remain a separate company to service its present customer agreements and obligations. “The main task of Scalado AB will be to continue to work with its customers honoring existing delivery and support obligations and fulfilling any and all obligations in relation to its existing customers. It will not be seeking new work with existing or new customers,” Nokia says.

Nokia is acquiring is “all of Scalado’s technologies and IP, along with 50-60 talented mobile imaging specialists from Scalado; they’ll remain in Lund which will become a key site for us in mobile imaging, alongside Espoo and Tampere in Finland.”

“We are very excited about this opportunity, which is a natural next step in our longstanding relationship with Nokia,” Scalado says.

On this week’s DIMAcast: Nokia shipping phones with PureView Imaging

Nokia is now shipping its first phones with its new PureView Imaging technology: a 41-megapixel that the company says “delivers breath-taking image quality at any resolution.” Pixel oversampling yields 5MP shots with “the sharpest images imaginable” and “superior low light performance,” the company claims.

In this episode of the DIMAcast, Nokia’s Juha Alakarhu explains what went into developing the breakthrough sensor, and what it promises photography. Alakarhu will be a speaker at the 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference in New York City on June 25-26.

Nokia develops “City Lens” Augmented Reality for Windows Phone

Nokia says its City Lens augmented reality app for Windows Phone “instantly connects you to all of the places you’re looking for, and gets you there exactly when and how you want to.”

On the phone’s camera display, City Lens will show what’s nearby “the way that works best for you: whether through a camera view, list view, or maps view—including landmarks, restaurants, hotels, shops and more,” the company adds.

The app is free from Nokia’s Beta Labs, and runs on Nokia’s Lumia 710, 800, 900 Windows Phones.

More information is here.

Nokia to ship PureView, reaffirms Carl Zeiss partnership

Nokia announced it will soon ship its 808 PureView camera phone… to Russia and India.

The 808 combines a 41 megapixel sensor with new pixel oversampling technology and Carl Zeiss optics. At 5–8 megapixel resolutions, it can zoom without loss of clarity, the company says. At 38 megapixels maximum resolution, “it means the ability to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards to expose previously unseen levels of details.”

The new phone uses the company’s old Symbian operating system instead of the Windows Phone OS from Microsoft that Nokia has already announced it will standardize on for its primary smartphone platform.
A Windows-based model with PureView is expected in the U.S. sometime this year.

PureView represents Nokia’s highest level smartphone imaging experiences, bringing together high-performance sensors, exclusive Carl Zeiss optics, and Nokia developed imaging algorithms,” the Finland company says. “PureView has completely raised the bar on imaging performance for the whole smartphone industry. We’re going to carry on developing PureView for our future smartphones in ways that will again revolutionize the imaging experience.”

Also, Nokia and lens-maker Carl Zeiss announced their partnership has been extended. “Looking back at seven years of successful partnership, we are proud of the innovations and outstanding products created in this shared journey,” Zeiss says.



Nokia to sue over patents

Saying it will protect its innovations and intellectual property, Nokia is commencing patent litigation in the U.S. and Germany against U.S.-based Viewsonic, HTC of Taiwan, and Research in Motion of Canada.

The company says it already licenses the 45 patents in question to more than 40 companies. “Though we’d prefer to avoid litigation, Nokia had to file these actions to end the unauthorized use of our proprietary innovations and technologies, which have not been widely licensed.”

Nokia’s actions include a complaint to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against HTC, suits against HTC and Viewsonic in the Federal District Court of Delaware, US, against HTC and RIM in the Regional Court in Dusseldorf, Germany, and against all three companies in the Regional Courts in Mannheim and Munich, Germany.

Nokia says the patents cover dual function antennas, power management and multimode radios, application stores, multitasking, navigation, conversational message display, dynamic menus, data encryption, and retrieval of email attachments on a mobile device.

Also: Nokia posted a $1.2 billion net loss for first quarter of 2012.


Samsung overtakes Nokia in mobile phones

Samsung captured 25 percent of the mobile phone market, making its “the world’s number one handset vendor for the first time ever,” reports research firm Strategy Analytics.

Samsung shipped 93.5 million handsets worldwide. Global handset shipments grew a modest 3 percent annually to reach 368 million units in the first quarter of 2012, the company adds. Nokia’s global handset shipments declined a 24 percent annually to 82.7 million units in Q1 2012.

Apple shipped 35.1 million handsets worldwide in Q1 2012, nearly doubling from 18.6 million units in Q1 2011. “Apple achieved its highest ever market share in the overall handset category, capturing 10 percent of global shipments during the first quarter of 2012,” Strategy Analytics says.

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