Last month we’ve compared the Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in a camera shootout. From the comparison, the highly anticipated 20.7MP Xperia Z1 with its larger 1/2.3″ sensor was struggling and even the Galaxy Note 3 with an ordinary 13MP shooter was giving it a run for its money.
A couple of weeks later, Sony had released a new firmware update which claims to have improved its camera performance. With a new software on board, it is time for another round of camera comparison and we’ve included a couple of low light situations. Has the game changed? Find out after the break.
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The recently announced Nexus 5 offers pure android experience with its latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS. With a top notch 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and a 4.95″ Full HD display, the Nexus 5 is on the same league as today’s flagship models. On paper, its dimensions is rather similar with the 5″ Galaxy S4. Click on the image above for the full hardware comparison.
Like previous Nexus models (with exception of Nexus One), the Nexus 5 lacks expandable storage but comes with a larger 16GB and 32GB storage options. In terms of battery, it packs just 2,300mAh which is probably the smallest battery mated paired with the top of the line Snapdragon 800 processor. With optimised background services with Android 4.4, the battery life might be comparable with its higher battery capacity smart phone rivals. Overall, the Nexus 5 is 9 grams lighter and 0.5mm thinner than the Nexus 4 while packing a bigger screen and battery capacity.
In the imaging department, LG didn’t utilise its G2‘s 13MP camera into the Nexus 5 but instead went with a 8MP shooter that also comes with Optical Image Stabilisation. Apart from LG, the other OIS equipped smart phones are HTC One, Nokia Lumia 1020 & the latest Lumia 1520.
If you’re planning to get one from overseas, take note that the Nexus 5 comes in 2 variants – D820 & D821. The D820 version is targeted at the North American market which supports their local CDMA bands but it carries 4G LTE bands that are not supported in Malaysia. For the rest of the world including Malaysia, the Nexus 5 model to get is the D821 version which comes with 4G LTE support for Band 3 (1800MHz) & 7 (2600MHz).
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The Nokia Lumia 1520 which was revealed recently boasts a rather large 6″ display that does Full HD 1080p resolution. However little has been said about its display technology responsible for its outdoor viewing claim.
Many smart phone makers claim that their displays are readable in broad daylight but they are mostly due to brighter displays rated with couple of hundreds of nits. While their claim is somewhat true, pumping up the brightness to the max isn’t really power efficient and as a result, the battery life would suffer.
On the latest Lumia 1520, Nokia uses Assertive Display technology by Apical which improves outdoor viewing without the need of changing brightness at all. Modeled after the way our eyes adapt to various lighting conditions, the Assertive Display adjusts the colour and contrast ratio of each pixel depending on surrounding lighting levels. The active display tweaking happens rather seamlessly that users would not notice any change. With Assertive Display, anyone can now read or watch videos even under direct sunlight.
To put this to the test, they have compared the Lumia 1520 with a Galaxy Note 3 at full brightness settings and the outcome is impressive. Watch the demo after the break.
It’s current flagship Lumia 1520 is their first quad-core device with the top of the line 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor which is found on most flagship Android smart phones. The Lumia 1520 also boast its first Full HD resolution display of 1920×1080 pixels resolution giving a pixel density of 367ppi. So how does it compare with its current Lumia 1020 and other large screen phablets? As usual, we’ve put the hardware specs and dimensions together for a full on comparison. Click on the picture above for a bigger view.
In terms of hardware, the Lumia 1520 seems to go head on with the likes of the Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z1 but the Galaxy Note 3 pulls ahead with a much generous 3GB of RAM. In the display department, the Lumia 1520 matches with the rest of the flagship devices with Full HD resolution but sacrifices on pixel density due to its mammoth 6″ screen size.
Looking at screen resolution and processor alone, the Lumia 1320 is set to be a direct competitor to the Galaxy Mega with similar 1.7GHz dual-core processor and a large display that does a modest 720p HD resolution. Across all devices, both new Lumia models packed a bigger 3,400mAh capacity battery, which is the highest among the models listed here. However with a larger battery, it puts on more weight resulting a heavier 209 grams and 220 grams for the Lumia 1520 and 1320 respectively.
Dimension wise, the Lumia 1520 at 8.7mm is thinner than the Lumia 1020 (10.4mm) and the recently announced HTC One Max (10.29mm), but it is still thicker than the Note 3 (8.3mm), Galaxy Mega (8.0mm) and Xperia Z1 (8.5mm).
Feature wise, the Lumia 1320 being an affordable large screen device is a notch down in the camera department with a smaller 1/4″ 5MP main shooter, VGA resolution front facing camera and it even lacks NFC. The Lumia 1520 is a notch down below its higher end Lumia 1020 shooter with a 20.7MP shooter that’s based on a smaller 1/2.5″ sensor. It is worth pointing out that the Lumia 1520 sensor is marginally smaller than the Xperia Z1′s 1/2.3″ sensor size. Another major difference is that the Lumia 1520 uses dual-LED as opposed to Xenon Flash found on the Lumia 1020. For those migrating from an iPhone 5, you’ll be happy to note that Lumia 1520 uses the smaller nano SIM.
Overall the new Nokia Lumia 1320 & Lumia 1520 has finally closed the hardware gap with its Android rivals and it is time for Windows Phone platform to attract more users to the fold. No doubt Windows Phone is gaining more tracking in terms of apps and it was also announced that several popular apps including Instagram, Flipboard, Temple Run and Vine would be made available soon for Windows Phone users.
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Nokia is currently the king of the hill for smart phone photography with the 41MP equipped Nokia Lumia 1020 and the recently announced Lumia 1520 that comes with a 20.7MP PureView camera. From our recent photo comparison, we’ve seen how spectacular its large sensor coupled with resampling feature can do but so far all images are saved in a combination of high-res 38MP and a smaller 5MP jpeg image.
During today’s Nokia World event, it was announced that both Lumia 1020 and 1520 flagship device will soon get uncompressed RAW image support which allows greater control for photography enthusiasts for further tweaking. On the downside, a typical RAW file would be a multiple times bigger in file size and that could be a problem on a Lumia 1020 which is limited to 32GB of storage without any expandable memory slot. Nevertheless, the option of having RAW format opens up new possibilities from its huge 1/1.5″ sensor. So far there’s no mention when will this be rolling out to existing Lumia 1020 users.
Another interesting feature that was introduced is the Nokia Refocus app. The app lets you refocus on different subjects after the picture is taken. This is said to be based on Pelican Imaging technology, which emulates multiple cameras from a single sensor, imagine the eyes of a fly. With software processing, this allows better control which can be seen in this demo video. In the mean time, you can check out the Nokia Refocus feature in action yourself over here.
At the same time, it is good to know that Nokia Pro Cam & Nokia Smart Cam apps are now combined as a single app known simply as Nokia Camera.
Nokia has just announced the Lumia 2520, its first attempt in the tablet category that runs on Windows RT 8.1. In terms of design, the Lumia 2520 tablet follows the experience of its current colourful poly-carbonate Lumia smart phones and it comes with a choice of 4 striking colours – Red, Cyan, Black and White. While tablets are moving towards smaller sized 7″-8″ dimensions, Nokia went with a bigger 10.1″ IPS display that boasts a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 with a claimed viewing angle of 180 degrees. The display also illuminates a rather bright 650 nits, making it rather usable in outdoor conditions.
In terms of processing power, you won’t be disappointed with its top of the line 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, similar to its current flagship Lumia 1520 smart phone. On-board it comes with 32GB of storage which can be expanded with additional 32GB via microSD.
For taking photos and videos, the Lumia 2520 comes with a 6.7MP camera mated with ZEISS optics, a first for tablets. It also comes with a microSIM slot that supports 4G LTE connectivity as well. At the sides, there’s a micro HDMI port and a wider micro USB 3.0 port that’s similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 3.
Despite having a generous 8,000mAh battery, it still manages to maintain a respectably slim 8.9mm thickness and weighs 615 grams. As comparison, the current 4th gen iPad with Retina Display is 9.4mm thick and 652 grams heavy.
Will this be a game changer? As the first tablet for Nokia, the specs on paper looks promising but the Windows RT operating system has yet to prove itself as a compelling platform.
Head after the break for the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet promo videos and photos.
Smartphones with large screens. It seems everyone wants one these days and it looks like almost every device manufacturer is making one. While Nokia is late to the party, they are coming to the said party with a bang bringing in not one but two large format smartphones.
First up, we have the Lumia 1520. The Lumia 1520 is the largest Windows Phone to date with a full HD 1080p 6-inch display pushing out a pixel density of about 367ppi. It is also the first Windows Phone device to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 powerhouse quad-core processor running at 2.26GHz with 2GB of RAM. Seeing as how Windows Phone devices can perform smoothly even with dated processors, you can expect the 1520 to be blazing fast with the Snapdragon 800.
Going a full 12 or 14 hours on a single charge is going to be easy with the Lumia 1520 thanks to the massive 3,400mAh battery and that frugal Snapdragon processor. Other goodies include built-in wireless charging, LTE support, four microphones for multi-microphone noise reduction during video recording and voice calls, and Nokia newest PureView camera sensor. There’s also 32GB of on board storage with support for microSD cards up to 64GB in capacity.
The 1520’s 20MP PureView camera has all the bells and whistles more powerful stablemate, the Lumia 1020, including optical image stabilization and oversampling capabilities albeit at only 2x as opposed to the Lumia 1020’s 3x lossless zoom prowess. At the front you get a 1.2MP wide angle camera that’s capable of shooting 720p videos.
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At the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, Nokia CEO, Steven Elop broke what probably is one of the biggest news of the day — Instagram is finally coming to Windows Phone.
That’s right Windows Phone users, the world’s most popular photo filter app will soon be available on Windows Phone. But when is soon? Well Elop’s mention of Instagram coming to Windows Phone is a glancing one, Other than announcing that its happening, no further details was shared. Elop said that Instagram will be available in the coming weeks and that could mean anything from next week to next month maybe even longer so we will still have to wait.
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Update: The Nokia World Live Streaming page is now live right here.
At 3pm Malaysia time today (October 22), Nokia will be unveiling what looks to be three new devices (a phone, a large format device – Lumia 1520 and a tablet – Lumia 2520) at a special event in Abu Dhabi. If you want to catch all the action as it happens, then you’re in luck because Nokia will be live streaming the event as well and you can catch the live stream right here.
We’ll be on Twitter to offer commentaries as the event happens so follow us and join in the conversation.
Link to Nokia World Abu Dhabi Live Stream Here.
While messaging on BBM is instant, unfortunately the activation is not. To manage a surge of new users, those who have successfully downloaded the app would not be able to use it right away. After registration with your email, BlackBerry will put you in a queue and you will be notified later once your account is ready. So far we have registered ours and we haven’t receive any notification after an hour.
While waiting for the activation, check out the official BBM demo video after the break.