There have been rumors of the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 for a while now. Today, just prior to Mobile World Congress, images of the two Window Phones have surfaced. No additional leaks as far as specifications or price yet.
Look for an official announcement from Mobile World Congress this coming Monday, February 25th as well as a flood of other announcements.
If you are in the market for a new phone or a new network AT&T has a special offer if you are interested in the Windows 8 line of devices. AT&T’s deal is simple, buy one Windows 8 phone such as the HTC Windows Phone 8X, or the Nokia Lumina 920 and get 100 dollars off a second device. This is the same deal they recently ran for Samsung devices.
Now as with all deals like this there are a few stipulations; first to receive the deal you must sign a two-year contract for both the devices, second the two devices must be the same exact model, and finally when you receive the 100 dollars off it will be taken off of the lower priced phone and if the phone is less than 100 dollars its free. You do not have to decide to buy both devices on the same day, you can buy one and return to buy the other anytime between now and February 21st.AT&T is also keeping true to their 14 day buyers remorse period, so should you dislike the phone simply take it back within 14 days of purchase and exchange it for another Windows 8 phone.
If you are activating a new AT&T account or just upgrading your existing AT&T account you can take advantage of this offer. The offer continues through January 21st.
We are now less than three weeks from CES 2013 and all the companies are putting their last minute touches on their presentations, all but one of the big names. Nokia has cancelled their CES appearance and will not be presenting any new devices. Nokia has now decided to focus its attention on another electronic show Mobile World Congress 2013 which is about one month after CES.
We all expected to see Nokia’s new line of Lumina devices this year at CES along with their new Pureview devices. However we will just have to wait until Mobile World Congress and see what surprises Nokia has in store for us. Hopefully the company has some new and exciting things that they are applying the finishing touches to and Nokia will add some new devices and improvements.
Today Microsoft has officially launched their Windows Phone 8 OS and a list of new/enhanced features it has to offer. Joe Belfiore, Program Manager took the stage to detail the features.
With Windows Phone 8, there is a “new lock screen” which will refresh content, notifications and other tiles depending on which mobile apps are being used, such as Facebook. You can also change it into a photo slideshow; display sports scores, weather and more. It is a completely customizable experience.
Skype is now completely integrated into the OS, resulting in an always-on solution. You are able to receive calls or messages at anytime and it does it without running code in the background improving battery life.
If you love Pandora you are going to love the deal they have for you with Microsoft. Pandora users get the service ad free for the first year.
Another major addition is the Data Sense technology. Not only does Windows Phone 8 compress data to conserve expensive cellular data it also keeps track of usage in real time and alerts you to potential problems and apps chewing through your plan. Verizon users will be the first to get their hands on Data Sense feature.
The addition of Kid’s Corner, in directly allows for a makeshift multiuser environment. It allows you to set a restrictive environment to allow a friend or child limited access to your device. You can choose what apps or features the user can access.
The People Hub gets better as it has a new feature called Rooms. If you are a GroupMe user you maybe experiencing a little deja vu. Skype purchased GroupMe and Microsoft purchased Skype. With the list of technology buyouts Microsoft has deployed their own private chat area for family, friends and coworkers.
Microsoft has released a 19 minute video highlighting Windows Phone 8. If you have any interest in the OS we suggest you check it out below.
It’s always interesting to see manufactures attack Apple and this time instead of Samsung, Nokia is taking a bite out of the apple.
It is a simple attack that makes us wonder if Nokia believes smartphone technology is all about color. I for one like a neutral color device with a wide range of colorful accessories.
Nokia ends the ad with “This is Lumia”! The title of the ad is “Time to #switch”, take a look at the ad and let us know what you think.
Nokia and HTC have both announced their Windows Phone 8 and now we have a leaked video that walks us through Windows Phone 8 OS. This is 10 minutes, “Hands on with the finalized Windows Phone 8 emulator OS Build 9900″.
Today in New York, Nokia unveiled the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820. Both will be running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 and both will come with some pretty good specifications. No pricing or date has been released, which is a bad move on Nokia knowing Apple will be laying everything out about the new iPhone on September 12th. The Lumia 820 is promoted as budget friendly.
- 4.5-inch WXGA display
- Windows Phone 8
- Dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 4S processor
- 8.7 megapixel camera
- 1080p HD video recording
- Yellow, Red, Grey and White
- 2,000-mAh battery
- 4G LTE and HSPA+
- 4.3-inch OLED WVGA display
- Windows Phone 8
- 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 4S processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 8 GB of internal memory
- 8-megapixel camera
- 4G LTE
- 1,650 mAh battery
The design patent for Nokia’s latest and greatest Windows phone 8 device, code-named the Phi, has finally been released. The design drawings are brought to us by Liveside who did some digging and uncovered a new patent filing that looks to be the newest Nokia Windows 8 Phone submitting in drawings.
At first glance the design looks almost identical to the Lumia 800 and 900, but upon further inspection of the design the design matches previously leaked pictures of the Phi. One rumor that surrounded this device was that it had a curved screen which seems to have been proved wrong by this design drawing. No curved screen for the Phi.
The back of the “Phi” will be curved however, most likely to accommadate larger battery needed to power the large 4.7 inch display. Along with the larger battery, the Phi comes equipped with two speakers rather than just one previously seen on the Lumina series.
The buttons orientation on the Phi appears to be the same as the Lumina series only the buttons on the Phi have been spaced to take full advantage of the 4.7 inch display. The design features a micro USB on the bottom of the phone with a 3.5 mm headphone jack directly above it on the top of the phone accompanied by a dual microSIM/microSD card tray.
The Nokia Phi is being released on AT&T and is supposedly featuring these specifications:
- 4.65 inch AMOLED display and ClearBlack 1280×720
- 4G LTE
- microSD, NFC
- Qualcomm Dual-core CPU, 1.5GHz
- polycarbonate, unibody design
Starting July 15th AT&T is going to carry the Nokia Lumia 900 in pink. The smartphone comes equipped with a 4.3-inch Clear Black AMOLED display, 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and 1 megapixel front-facing camera.
Along with a new color the Nokia Lumia is also going to be seeing Windows Phone 7.5 updates soon.
“Nokia is also bringing a lot of new enhancements to the Lumia 900. Nokia Lumia users will begin to see software updates for Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh in the coming weeks, which will add several new capabilities to their device including flip-to-silence. In addition, new features – including camera extras and DLNA streaming have just gone live in the Marketplace. A usage tracking counter and a new contact sharing feature are also coming in the near future.”
Nokia has also announced that the Zynga titles Words with Friends and Draw Something will be coming to Windows Phone this fall and it will be exclusive to Lumia users for the first 60 days.
AT&T has announced that starting April 8th their first LTE Windows Phone will be on sale. The Nokia Lumia 900 will be $99.99 and the HTC Titan II will go for $199.99 with a new two year agreement or qualifying upgrade.
Specs are as follows:
- 4.3 inch display
- Window Phone 7.5 (Mango)
- 1.4 Ghz processor
- 4G/ LTE
- 8 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
- 1 megapixel front-facing camera
HTC Titan II
- 4.7 inch WVGA S-LCD capacitive display
- Window Phone 7.5 (Mango)
- 1.5 GHz Scorpion/ Qualcomm S2 Snapdragon
- 4G/ LTE
- 16 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
- 1.3 front-facing camera
- Li-lon 1730 mAh battery
You can get more information on the Titan via this link and the Lumia 900 via this link.