Subject: Mobile | February 27, 2019 - 08:10 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: nokia, HMD, android one, pie, light, camera, photography, pOLED, snapdragon 845, qualcomm
Finnish company HMD Global Oy unveiled an interesting new smartphone under its Nokia brand at Mobile World Congress that, in typical Nokia fashion, focuses on camera quality. The Nokia PureView 9 offers up five rear cameras along with the hardware and software to harness computational photography techniques to deliver high quality HDR images.
The PureView 9 nestles a 5.99-inch QHD+ pOLED HDR10 certified display (2880x1440 resolution) in a two-tone Midnight Blue body with front and back glass faces and aluminum sides with curved stylized edges. There is an optical fingerprint reader under the display and a small front facing camera sitting above the display. If you are looking for an edge-to-edge display, the PureView 9 is not the phone for you as it does have small bezels top and bottom and the front face does not curve into the sides. Ars Technica compares the design to the LG V30 which I would say is fair as both phones have similar bezels with curved display corners. For a most specific comparison, the V30 puts the “selfie” camera on the left not the right like the PureView 9, the bezels on the Nokia may be ever so slightly thicker and there is also a Nokia logo in the top right corner while there is no branding on the front of the V30. Nokia’s PureView 9 features a single USB-C port on the bottom edge along with what looks to be a single speaker. The right side holds the volume and power buttons while the left side is blank. The top edge appears to be the SIM tray slot.
I like the blue colors HMD has chosen, and while a good portion of the back is taken up by the camera system, the lenses sit flush with the body which is nice to see (Nokia has never been one afraid of cameras protruding from the phone in the name of photo and lens quality). There are five Zeiss camera lenses, one LED flash, and a sensor suite including time of flight grouped in a hexagonal shape.
The cameras are the star of the show with the Nokia PureView 9 and where most of the money was focused. HMD/Nokia partnered with Light to design a system with five 12MP f/1.8 camera sensors two of which have the RGB color filters and three of which are monochrome sensors that let it far more light than your usual camera sensor thanks in large part to not having a color filter which absorbs most of the light that enters the camera. In fact, HMD claims that the PureView 9’s five camera sensor system captures 10 times as much light as single sensor of the same type. Light provided its Lux Capacitor co-processor to allow all five cameras (it supports up to six) to shoot simultaneously allowing Nokia to use up to 60MP of total data from a single shot from each of the five 12MP cameras or up to 240MP of data when doing temporal image stacking with each camera taking four shots each combined and then downstacked/downsampled into, ideally, a much better 12MP (JPG or RAW DNG) image than would be possible with a single camera on its own using various computational photography and “Image stacking” techniques. The camera should do really well in low-light situations as well as being able to offer depth of field and bokeh effects that are much closer to reality and DSLR cameras than to your typical smartphone that can fake it. Nokia’s also partnered with Google to allow photographers to save shots to Google Photos with GDepth at up to 1200 layers of dept of field data that can be adjusted later to get customized photos in editing. Speaking of editing, Nokia and Adobe are supporting the PureView 9 in the Android version of Lightroom with a camera profile allowing you to work with the RAW DNG images right on your phone which is interesting, at least in theory (it’s not clear what performance will be like with the SD845).
In typical Nokia fashion, its Pro Camera UI offers a full manual mode as well as features like long exposure (with a tripod), time lapse, bokeh, filters, scenes, and more.
What is powering this camera that happens to make calls and run Android though? Well, here is where Nokia has compromised in the design with the use of the older Snapdragon 845 chipset though it is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 internal memory (not expandable as there is no microSD card support). There is a 3320 mAh battery though and a stock Android One (Pie) OS experience.
HMD’s Nokia PureView 9 will reportedly be a limited production run product with an MSRP of $699. The flagship pricing may be difficult for some smartphone enthusiasts to justify especially with competing flagships also being announced at MWC featuring newer designs with edge-to-edge displays, newer processors, and support for 2TB microSD cards. For amateur photographers and anyone that uses their smartphone as their primary camera and love taking photos though the Nokia PureView 9 may be the niche product to beat in 2019 so long as the usual build quality, I’ve come to expect from Nokia holds up.
I do worry about the glass back and how that will hold up (it is Gorilla Glass 5 at least and the phone is IP67 rated for dust/water resistance) and 9-to-5 Google’s hands-on video mentions that the optical fingerprint reader was hit-or-miss (which can hopefully be improved between now and launch). No microSD card slot and no headphone jack may also turn off buyers (one advantage the V30 retains), and while many photo-happy users could live without the headphone jack, no expandable storage is a real disappointment and the 128GB of internal storage simply may not be enough.
I am looking forward to the reviews on this and am curious to see how the camera performs in the real world and what is possible with video recording as well. I don’t see the PureView 9 winning any popularity contests in 2019 and it appears to be kind of a mixed bag even with its exciting camera system with certain drawbacks dragging it down but I can also appreciate why some users might well choose it even with its compromises.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2018 - 03:39 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: VirtualLink, video, toshiba, tiki, Skype 8, RC100, podcast, nzxt, nokia, gigabyte, fsp, falcon northwest, evga, CMT520, AmberLake
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Subject: Mobile | July 16, 2018 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nokia 6.1, nokia, HMD, android 8.1
Ah Nokia, what a strange life you have lived. You went from being the eminent cellphone company, to a cell company that didn't actually make any phones, to being purchased and decimated by Microsoft to being taken over by a Finnish company called HMD Global. Ars Technica delves into the story behind how all this happened, as well as reviewing the actual phone in this article. The Nokia 6.1 will cost you ~$270 all told and it's 1080p 5.5" screen is powered by the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of local storage. There is a microSD slot to expand this and not only is there a Type-C USB port it also has a headphone jack which leaves that USB port open for use.
Also worth noting is that it runs vanilla Android 8.1, no fancy skins or weird enhancements!
"Enter HMD's Nokia phones, an entire lineup of cheap smartphones ranging from $100 to $400. HMD recently launched the second generation of its lineup, with phones like the Nokia 2.1, 3.1, and 5.1. We recently spent time with the highest end phone in this series that happens to be one of the few HMD devices for sale in the US: the Nokia 6.1."
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- No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that? @ The Register
- A Notch Above: OnePlus 6 Review @ Techgage
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- Huawei P20 @ The Inquirer
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Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2016 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, hololens, nokia, windows 10 mobile, satya nadella
Windows Mobile 10 powers 1% of the mobile devices on the market, so when Satya Nadella states that Microsoft missed the mobile phone he is not exaggerating. The $7.6 billion write off of Nokia earlier this year signals a change in focus for Microsoft and Nokia phones will run Android instead of waiting for a proper release of the new Windows Mobile or a reincarnated version of an older mobile OS. From what The Inquirer gathered from Satya's recent speech the new focus will be on something vague called the Ultimate Computer as well as their much more concrete HoloLens and the new VR market. Surface Phone and Surface Mini are likely to fall by the wayside as HoloLens becomes the focus, hopefully we will see some models for testing in the near future as Microsoft has hinted at something happening tomorrow.
"Speaking at the opening dinner of Wall Street Journal Live, Mr Nadella said, "We clearly missed the mobile phone, there's no question," adding. "Our goal now is to make sure we grow new categories."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD reports 3Q16 results @ DigiTimes
- BlackBerry DTEK60 arrives with 5.5in QHD screen, Snapdragon 820 and USB-C @ The Inquirer
- Silicon colour centre could be used for information processing @ Nanotechweb
- Intel throws the ball long with sports, VR and IoT cash injections @ The Register
- It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad @ The Register
- Death To The 3.5mm Audio Jack, Long Live Wireless @ Hack a Day
- 5 More Reasons to Love Kubernetes @ Linux.com
- Engage Tinfoil Hat: Samsung Note 7 Battery Theory @ Hack a Day
- Wi-Fi Alliance Begins Certification Process For Short-Range Wireless Standard WiGig (802.11ad) @ Slashdot
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | July 16, 2014 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: win8 mobile, win 8.1, nokia, lumia, skype, microsoft, cyan
If you own a Nokia Lumia phone which runs Win 8.1 then there is an update with quite a few interesting features available. US customers will see a Cortana update while all users will gain the ability to search their phone with Bing, an IE11 update, encrypted S/MIME and improved VPN support. There are quite a few app updates and users of the 1520 and Icon get Nokia Rich Recording and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 which improves both audio and video options. Check out Cyan at The Register but don't stop there because according to The Inquirer you will no longer need to be a Premium Skype member to make group calls from your mobile device as it is now a free feature for all.
"Nokia is rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 as an over-the-air update that comes bundled with "Cyan," a special feature package that's exclusive to Lumia devices."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The Linux Supercomputers We Secretly Fear Will Become Sentient @ Linux.com
- Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Smart WiFi Wireless AC Router Review @ Legit Reviews
- Can nothing trip up the runaway cash monster that is Intel? Well... @ The Register
- ASMedia, Asustek executives suspected of insider trading @ DigiTimes
Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2014 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows phone 8, nokia, kinect
If you recall, the Nokia Lumia 1020 was the 41MP camera with a phone bolted to it that was released last year. Nokia is following up their unique product with a new version which will incorporate Kinect sensors into the phone and called it "3D Touch" or "Real Motion". Nokia sees possible usages such as turning on the phone by grabbing it and to hover your finger over a Live Tile and tap down in the air to bring up sub-menus. Combine gestures with Bluetooth and you will never again know if that strange person on the street is a hipster or hallucinating. Catch more at The Inquirer.
"KINECT TECHNOLOGY reportedly will debut on Windows Phone this year, with the sensors set to appear in the sequel to the Nokia Lumia 1020."
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- Computex 2014 Event Coverage: Asus @ TechwareLabs
- Computex 2014 Event Coverage: Patriot @ TechwareLabs
- Computex 2014 Event Coverage: Thermaltake @ TechwareLabs
- Computex 2014 Event Coverage: Final Press Conference @ TechwareLabs
- The Strippers, Unicorn Computers and Martian Watches of Computex @ The Register
- Computex 2014 round-up: Intel Core M, Kingston fabs and electric toilets @ The Inquirer
- Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods @ The Register
- Eugene Goostman becomes the first AI to pass the Turing Test, convincing judges that he’s a 13-year-old boy? @ ExtremeTech
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2013 - 05:47 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: windows phone 8, snapdragon 800, qualcomm, pureview, nokia, lumia 1520
There have been rumors floating around the Internet concerning a new Nokia Lumia-series smartphone running the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 GDR3 operating system. Called the Nokia Lumia 1520, the 6-inch smartphone will reportedly be announced at an event in New York on September 26.
The Lumia 1520 features a similar aesthetic to the existing Lumia phones, including beveled edges and a polycarbonate body. The 6-inch smartphone is dominated by a large 1080p display on the front and a PureView camera on the rear capable of taking simultaneous 5MP (supersampled) and 16MP photos.
Twitter user @evleaks suggests that the smartphone is coming on September 26th.
Internally, the Lumia 1520 is powered by a 28nm HPm Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with four Krait 400 CPU cores clocked at up to 2.3 GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, and 4G LTE modem. Other specifications include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for adding additional storage space.
The rumored Lumia 1520 compared to a Sony Xperia handset. Via The Verge.
On the software side of things, Nokia is using Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 GDR3 operating system and adding their own Bittersweet shimmer firmware on top. The new firmware adds improved multitasking, custom ringtones, a driving mode that silences calls and text messages when connected to a car via Bluetooth, and an additional column of live tiles on the Start screen among other features.
The device is rumored to be announced on September 26, 2013 where the specifications and pricing should be officially revealed. Hopefully the phone is as powerful as the rumors suggest!
Subject: Chipsets | September 3, 2013 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, nokia, windows phone, purchase, billions
At a mere $7.2 billion, Microsoft just picked up all of Nokia's devices and some of their software in an attempt to streamline production and win market share from Apple and Android devices. Nokia tends to be the manufacturer that people think of when they think of Windows phones, with HTC a close second. The current market share of Windows phones is minuscule and for that matter so is Nokia's; what might not be clear from some of the stories you have been reading is that Nokia has a large share of the phones currently being manufactured. As you can see from the Reuters graph below they are actually second only to Samsung in terms of manufacturing, this existing infrastructure may help Microsoft greatly as they structured as a software company ... Surface being the exception that proves the rule.
The Inquirer believes this could mean a resurgence of competing mobile OS designs, with Google owning Motorola it seems likely that Samsung and HTC are going to want to diversify their lineup of phones even though Google has suggested they will not provide preferential treatment to Motorola. Microsoft may still provide licenses to HTC but with this major change you can expect the rumours of HTC developing a mobile OS to become verified as well as a lot more news on Tizen, Samsung's home grown OS. Blackberry could be doomed at this point, with nothing unique to offer in the way of secure connectivity now that they have moved to ActiveSync and dated hardware they are reduced to a niche market consisting solely of those who want a physical keyboard on their phone. This purchase is as painful to Finland as the death of BlackBerry will be for Canada.
The other interesting part to this story is the return of Stephen Elop to Microsoft as he only left them in 2010, previously he headed their business software division. You can follow the odds on his likelihood of taking the reins from Ballmer by following the link from this article; Stephen has tossed hardware across a room so he is certainly qualified. If he did take over Microsoft it would signal a 'mobile first' mentality which might help sales of Win8 on mobile devices but would not bode well for the desktop users. If he is not placed in charge of the entire company it would likely mean that we will see him head a mobile division while someone else handles a desktop OS. That has not worked well for Microsoft historically, we shall see in the coming months which direction the company chooses. Hopefully they will remember they sell a server OS.
"MICROSOFT SURPRISED NO ONE on Tuesday when it announced that it picked up Nokia's devices unit and licensed some of its software for a cool £4.6bn in cash. While many see the deal as two struggling companies merging for a final shot at success, we think the deal should have Apple and Google worried."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Intel to introduce Ivy Bridge-E processors at IDF 2013 @ DigiTimes
- ARM buys advanced display technology from Cadence @ The Inquirer
- Intel NUC Spotted At PAX Prime w/ Haswell CPU Inside @ Legit Reviews
- Intel Shows PAX Attendees SSD Overclocking @ Legit Reviews
- King of the ARMverse: Can anyone snap the dragon? @ VR-Zone
- Simple Secure Erase and MPCIe Added To Asus Maximus VI Motherboard Family @ SSD Review
- Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why @ The Register
- Escort PASSPORT Max Radar Detector Review @ TechwareLabs
- Cubieboard: ARM A8 CPU with SATA for Under $50 @ Linux.com
- AlienVibes Global Joint Giveaway @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | July 9, 2013 - 06:01 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: wp8, windows phone 8, nokia lumia 1020, nokia, lumia 1020
Additional details have emerged concerning Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 smartphone with 41MP camera: the Lumia 1020 “EOS.” Thanks to Windows Phone Central, several of the rumored specifications have been confirmed and new photos of the hardware are available.
According to the new information, the new smartphone is officially the Lumia 1020 and it will run the latest update of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.0 mobile operating system. It will be an AT&T exclusive in the United States and should be available around the end of June, at the earliest.
The smartphone features a polycarbonate body (like its other WP8 phones) that will come in yellow, white, or black. The front of the device is dominated by a 4.5” 720p AMOLED display. The rear of the phone sports the most interesting bit of hardware on this phone, which is the PureView camera.
The camera features a 41MP sensor and Xenon and LED flashes. Other specifications include F2.2 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization. Nokia will be bundling a pre-installed Pro Camera app that will allow users to adjust ISO, white balance, manual focus, shutter speed, and flash usage.
The Lumia 1020 will take a 32MP and super-sampled (7:1) 5MP photo simultaneously at a 16:9 aspect ratio or a single 4:3 aspect ratio photo at 38MP. Unfortunately, video functionality has not been detailed.
Internal specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (rumor) SoC, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage (not expandable). Wireless technology includes an FM radio, NFC (Near Field Communication) radio, Wi-Fi, cellular (bands not specified yet), and an optional back cover that enables wireless charging. If the SoC is indeed the Snapdragon 800, that means four Krait 400 CPU cores clocked at up to 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, and a 4G LTE modem.
The new Nokia Lumia 1020 WP8 flagship is being shipped to various Microsoft stores on June 22nd, and is coming to AT&T at the end of June. The AT&T subsidized price with a 2 year contract has not been announced, but the off-contract price is allegedly $602.
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2013 - 06:16 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: wp8, Qualcomm MSM8960, nokia, lumia 928, lumia
Nokia will be launching a new Windows Phone 8 smartphone next week that trades in the traditional colorful Lumia designs for a sleek black or white finish. The Nokia Lumia 928 smartphone will be available on Verizon Wireless in the US.
The smartphone features a 4.5” WXGA OLED display with a resolution of 1280x768. The front of the phone resembles a flat rectangle with slightly rounded corners while the back is slightly curved. On the front below the display are capacitive buttons and above the display is a 1.2MP webcam that is capable of shooting still images or 720p HD videos. Three high amplitude microphones are also included. The Nokia 928 smartphone also uses a rear PureView 8.7MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics capable of shooting 1080p30 HD video. This main camera has optical image stabilization and a Xenon flash for still images (and a LED flash for video).
On the inside, the Nokia Lumia 928 is powered by a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960+WTR processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 2000mAh battery. Wireless charging and an NFC radio are also included. Of course, the Lumia 928 is running Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.
The Lumia 928 will be available at Verizon (both in-store and online) for $149. A $50 mail in rebate will bring that price down to $99. On top of that, for a limited time, you can get $25 of Windows Store credit to spend on apps and games. From the specifications, it seems like a decent midrange smartphone so long as you do not need any Android or iOS exclusive applications.