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Hands On With The Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 1520

A reading of the Nokia Lumia 1520’s spec sheet ensures that you come away feeling like it’s a no compromise device. A 6″ 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, a 3400 mAh battery with inbuilt wireless charging, 4 HAAC mics for capturing great audio, a 20 MP Pureview Carl Zeiss camera that brings a lot of the 1020’s heroics in a smaller package, a beautiful unibody design and finally the construction — classic Nokia. That’s to say its solid, feels premium, and comes in a bunch of colours – white, yellow, red and black in this case.

I spent some handy on time with this beast, and this is what I think.

Any questions, please let me know in the comments section below!

Lumia 1020 To Go On Sale In India Starting Oct. 11 – Comes With Free Year-Long Insurance

At a press event today, Nokia officially unveiled the Lumia 1020 in India. The good news is that it’ll go on sale in less than two weeks i.e. on the 11th of October. The not so good news is that Nokia still isn’t willing to divulge pricing information owing to the fluctuating rupee. When asked about pricing, representatives pointed us to the 800$ price point, that it retails at in some markets. Judging by that, be prepared for a 50,000 INR Lumia 1020.

Lumia 1020 Launch Inda

While that price point may be on the higher side, Nokia is bundling in a free insurance plan with the purchase of the device. New India Assurance will cover the Lumia 1020 for a period of one year from the date of purchase, and this includes loss of device as well as accidental damage. Buyers will also get a Rs. 1000 voucher for downloading apps from the Windows Phone Store. Vodafone users will be offered 2GB of data for two months.

In addition to this, a Your Movies app with a database of 3000 movies will be pre-loaded so you can stream or download movies on the go. Buyers will also get free ebooks from Flipkart, via the bundled app. Finally, Nokia will also give buyers free access to Ozone WIFI zones across India.

While there is no doubt that the Lumia 1020 packs an exceptional camera, and should be the defacto buy for all photography enthusiasts, it remains to be seen if Nokia will bite the bullet and price it under 50,000 INR in India to attract a larger audience.

Nokia World Comes Along, Possibly For The Last Time – October 22, Abu Dhabi

The date and location for what could turn out to the last Nokia World ever has just been announced, and this year’s Nokia extravaganza takes place in Abu Dhabi on the 22nd of October. Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia’s handset division, but till the time that happens, its business as usual for Nokia. There have been lots of rumours recently about a Lumia phablet and a Lumia Windows RT tablet, and all of those things are more should come to fruition come the 22nd of October.

Nokia World 2013

This is the first time Nokia’s annual Nokia World event is happening outside Europe, and the fact that this could be the last Nokia World makes it even more special. It takes time for acquisitions such as the present one to close, so it is possible that Nokia might still be the Nokia that we know today by the time Mobile World Congress comes along, but there’s a negligible chance that there will be time for another Nokia World.

I’m sure all the Nokia employees know this, and will be pumped for a final blowout before they come under the big Microsoft umbrella. I greatly look forward to remembering this as the best Nokia World, instead of the last. October 22nd can’t come soon enough.

Nokia’s 41 Megapixel Windows Phone Is Official: The Lumia 1020 Pureview

A 41 Megapixel Windows Phone from Nokia has been on the cards ever since the PureView 808 was announced, and it took more than a few months, but the Lumia 1020 PureView is finally official. If a camera enthusiast could dream of the specs he or she would want in a device, this is what it would be. An incredible 41 MP sensor that lets you zoom without loosing quality, optical image stabilisation for great low light shots, pixel binning for even less noise, Xenon flash if you’re looking for even more light, a LED light if you’re shooting video in the dark, high amplitude capture mics so that you get great audio for your videos, Nokia’s Pro camera app to give you greater control over shooting modes, and finally a 6 part ZEISS lens.

In 2012 Nokia made a similar device, the Pureview 808, but that device ran Symbian, a dated operation system and it weighed 169 grams and measured 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm. The Lumia 1020 PureView is 130.4×71.4×10.4 mm and weights 158 gramsNokia’s kept the huge 41 MP sensor AND the Xenon flash, yet has been able to bring down the thickness to just 10.4 mm from 13.9 mm. For comparison’s sake, the Lumia 920 is 10.7 mm thick. We might finally have a killer cameraphone that’s small enough for people to be happy about making it their daily driver.

Here is all you need to know about the Lumia 1020 PureView:

Key features

  • 41 megapixel sensor captures the sharpest images with details never thought possible from a smartphone
  • Nokia Pro Camera boosts creativity through simple and easy to use controls usually reserved for the expert photographer
  • Nokia Rich Recording delivers distortion free stereo audio in the loudest environments
  • Comes with the only fully integrated and true offline Global maps experience from the HERE location suite

Nokia's 41 Megapixel Windows Phone Is Official: The Lumia 1020 Pureview

Camera:

  • PureView 41MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Backside-illuminated image sensor
  • 6-lens ZEISS optics
  • high resolution zoom 3x
  • autofocus, xenon Flash, LED for video, 1080p video at 30fps
  • Includes Nokia Pro Camera app and Nokia Smart Camera app
  • Secondary camera: HD 1.2 MP wide angle

Technical profile

  • Operating system: Windows Phone 8
  • Networks: GSM: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, WCDMA: 2100 MHz, 1900 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, LTE network bands: 1, 3, 7, 20, 8
  • Speed: HSPA+: DL Cat 24, dual carrier 42.1 Mbps/UL Cat6 5.76Mbps
  • HERE location and mapping service; free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+, free HERE transit available in the store
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal user memory; 7GB SkyDrive cloud storage
  • Display: 4.5’’ AMOLED WXGA (1280×768), 2.5D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, Clear Black, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, Super Sensitive Touch for nail and glove usage, Nokia Glance Screen
  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • Size: 130.4×71.4×10.4 mm, Weight: 158 g
  • Connectivity: USB2.0, BT 3.0, NFC with SIM based security, WLAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5 mm audio connector
  • Battery: 2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via accessory cover
  • Audio: IHF speakers, 2 microphones, Nokia Rich Recording, HD voice compliant, 3.5mm AV connector

Nokia original accessories

  • Nokia Camera Grip PD-95G
  • Confidence to take the perfect shot
  • Built-in extra battery for longer usage,
  • Ergonomic grip with a two-stage camera key,
  • Universal tripod mount
  • Nokia Wireless Charging Cover CC-3066
  • Effortless charging just a snap away
  • Enable wireless charging with form fitting Qi compliant snap-on cover
  • JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging Speaker for Nokia MD-100W
  • Nokia Purity Pro Stereo Headset by Monster (BH-940) • Nokia Wireless Charging Car Charger CR-200

Colours

  • Yellow, white, black

Operating times

  • Maximum talk time (3G): 13.3 h • Standby time: 16 Days
  • Video Playback time: 6.8 hours • Music Playback time: 63 hours

Nokia sales package accessories

  • Charger: AC-60
  • Cable: CA-190CD
  • Battery: Pre-installed (BV-5XW) • Headset: WH-208
  • Guides: User guide booklet
  • Other inbox content: SIM door opening key

Tizen 2.1 (Nectarine) SDK & Source Code Released Ahead Of The Tizen Developer Conference

Just in time for the Tizen Developer Conference that kicks off today (May 22nd) in San Francisco, the source code and SDK for Tizen 2.1, codenamed Nectarine has been released. You will note that Tizen 2.0 Magnolia had debuted not too long ago in February, and the 2.1 release follows in its heals. Nectarine contains several new features and performance enhancements. A full list of the changes it brings is here, highlights include:

  • Enhanced Web framework that provides state-of-the-art HTML5/W3C API support including new features, such as Content Security Policy 1.0 and Navigation Timing, and relevant specification updates
  • Web DynamicBox runtime framework supporting the embedding of Web DynamicBox in viewer-like applications (e.g., home screen application)
  • Enhanced Web IDE providing WYSIWYG design environment, Chrome-based JavaScript inspector, and JavaScript log viewer
  • Native IDE providing a project wizard, WYSIWYG design environment, unit test tool, and dynamic analyzer

Tizen Developer Conference 2013

According to the Conference schedule, the main keynote with Imad N. Sousou, VP of Intel Software and Services Group, GM of Intel Open Source Technology Center, and Intel Co-Chair on the Tizen Technical Steering Group and Jong-Deok Choi, Executive VP of Samsung, and Samsung Co-Chair on the Tizen Technical Steering Group happens on Thursday morning, and that’s when you can expect to hear more concrete details about where Tizen is headed.

Samsung has already publicly stated that commercial Tizen devices are coming this year, and its Bada OS has since been folded into Tizen. The official conference hashtag is #TizenDevCon but over the years people have been know to use #TizenConf as well.

Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and Source Code Released, Conference To Follow

We’ve already heard from Samsung that Tizen powered devices are coming in 2013, and from the look of things it seems the OS development is on track. The Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and source code has just been released and is available for download from the Tizen.org website. According to the technical steering group, Tizen 2.0 represents a major milestone for software developers and device vendors and includes many new features and improvements over Tizen 1.0 released in April, and Tizen 2.0 alpha in September, 2012.

Tizen Magnolia

Tizen is primarily an HTML5 centered operating that is based by Samsung and Intel. The Tizen 2.0 Magnolia release brings strong HTML5/W3C APIs and a new native framework.

Highlights include:

  • Enhanced Web framework that provides state-of-the-art HTML5/W3C API support
  • Web UI framework, including full-screen and multi-window support
  • Additional Tizen device APIs, such as Bluetooth and NFC support, and access to the device’s calendar, call history, and messaging subsystems.
  • Web Runtime framework supporting new configuration elements for specifying the required features and privileges, and providing the basic runtime environment for NPRuntime plugins
  • Native framework supporting full-featured application development and providing a variety of features such as background applications, IP Push, and TTS (Text-To-Speech)
  • Core and native reference applications including Calendar, Contacts, Gallery, Phone, Settings, and Video Player
  • Enhanced Web IDE providing WYSIWYG design environment, Chrome-based JavaScript inspector, and JavaScript log viewer
  • Native IDE providing a project wizard, WYSIWYG design environment, unit test tool, and dynamic analyzer.

I last got a look at Tizen running on a reference device last May, and it looked a lot like Samsung’s Android skin Touch Wiz. The OS was completely barebones at that time, and some basic APIs and stock apps like Camera were also amiss. With the 2.0 release, it seems that all that has been fixed and the OS is nearing a level of maturity that befits a commercial launch. The release notes suggest support for background multitasking, NFC and push notifications among other things. An all new native framework has also been introduced (faster/smoother apps), and we’ll probably hear more about it soon.

The Tizen Developer Conference 2013 is scheduled for the 22-24th May in San Francisco and will cover a variety of Tizen-related topics, including presentations on both application and platform development. The call for papers and the registration for this conference is now open, if you’re serious about Tizen, the early bird registration is 50$.