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.

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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.