Microsoft/Nokia has been aggressive in attacking the mobile segment at all fronts. After introducing its low cost Lumia 530, they have set their sights at the mid-tier segment where Microsoft will be introducing 2 new models. With selfies being a trend, one of the device which is codenamed Superman is likely to be the Nokia Lumia 730 and WPCentral has managed to obtain its picture as shown above.
It is seen as the successor of the Lumia 720 which came with a weird-numbered 6.7MP camera at the back. Being a Selfie-centric device, the new Lumia 730 is said to be sporting a 5MP front camera, the biggest yet for the Lumia series. The front display is said to be 4.7″ and it is likely to be powered by a Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 4G LTE support.
According to the source, the Lumia 730 along with its other mid-tier Lumia 830 is said to be running on a newer version of Windows Phone 8.1. It is likely that these 2 will be launched with the newer Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 or Update 2 out of the box.
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Looks like Microsoft is going big with its cameras. At an internal meeting this week, Stephen Elop was reported to have teased 2 new Windows Phone 8.1 devices, one with a large front camera for Selfies and another model which claims to be an affordable PureView device.
The Selfie-centric device, codenamed Superman has the biggest front facing camera on a Windows Phone at 5MP, surpassing its usual 1.2MP/1.3MP shooters. The device is expected to come with a compact 4.7″ display and it is likely to be powered by a popular Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM an has support for 4G LTE. This could be going directly against Sony’s Selfie-centric camera, the Xperia C3.
Next is a device that’s called Tesla or rumoured to be the Lumia 830. Stephon Elop apparently has labeled this device as an affordable high-end phone with a PureView camera. From the purported leaked images, the Lumia 830 is having a large black colour camera housing like the Lumia 1020 and comes with a standard assisted LED illumination instead of Xenon flash. You can check out the shots of the rumoured 830 after the break.
Nokia’s Refocus app is now available for all Lumia devices that’s running on Windows Phone 8. Initially the Refocus app was made available for PureView devices including the Lumia 920, Lumia 925, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. If you’re using a Nokia Lumia device with WP8, head over here to download.
The app is a rather interesting feature which takes several pictures and then lets you pick which subject to focus. Alternatively you can even select all objects in both foreground and background to be in focus as well. Other smart phone makers including Samsung, Sony and LG has deployed a similar “selective focus” feature in their latest flagship device. The all new HTC One is said to be offering a Hardware execution with its Duo Camera set up.
You can try out the Refocus App demo after the break.
The Nokia Refocus app which was announced at Nokia World is now available to download. The app which uses Pelican Imaging technology allows you to change focus points of your picture after it is taken. Taking a picture on Refocus takes about 5 seconds which after that you can choose to focus on the foreground, background or have all objects in focus.
It is a pretty neat application and our only complaint is that the app is separated from Nokia Camera and hopefully they would merge them together. To download Nokia Refocus, head over to here. It is available for Nokia Lumia PureView devices such as the Lumia 920, Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020.
Check out the Refocus App demo video after the break.
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.
If you think the current Nokia Lumias are lacking in processing power and display, they are closing the gap with its upcoming Lumia 1520. Being a photography focused device, the Lumia 1520 is said to be running on a faster Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and a Full HD 6″ display that does 1920×1080 pixels resolution. That gives a pixel density of 367ppi which is a slight notch below the HTC One Max‘s 5.9″ Full HD display with 373ppi.
In the camera department, it won’t carry the epic 41MP shooter found on the Lumia 1020 but instead it uses a 20.7MP PureView camera. In our earlier camera comparison test, the Lumia 1020 just blows the competition out of the water and hopefully the Lumia 1520 would not disappoint.
Storage wise, it will be available in either 16GB/32GB and it is said to come with Qi wireless charging cover as well. Just like the Lumia 1020, it will be available in Black, White & striking yellow. In terms of pricing, it is leaked in China at a purported 4,999 Yuan which is about RM2,587 when converted directly. Nokia’s big event is happening tomorrow and their first tablet the Lumia 2520 is expected to be unveiled as well.
DiGi was first to tease us about the Nokia dynamic duo and now it is the first operator to start taking pre-orders for both Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. The Lumia 920 retails for RM1,999 but DiGi is taking RM900 off the list price if you sign up for a 24-month contract on the DG Smart Plan 88.
The Nokia 820 — retailing for RM1,599 — is available from DiGi for a ringgit under RM700 on a 24-month contract with DG Smart Plan 88. Currently, both the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are only available in black or white from DiGi. Full bundled pricing as follows:
Nokia Lumia 920
DG Smart Plan 48 (12 months) – RM1,599
DG Smart Plan 48 (24 months) – RM1,499
DG Smart Plan 68 (12 months) – RM1,499
DG Smart Plan 68 (24 months) – RM1,299
DG Smart Plan 88 (12 months) – RM1,399
DG Smart Plan 88 (24 months) – RM1,099
Nokia Lumia 820
DG Smart Plan 48 (12 months) – RM1,249
DG Smart Plan 48 (24 months) – RM1,099
DG Smart Plan 68 (12 months) – RM1,149
DG Smart Plan 68 (24 months) – RM899
DG Smart Plan 88 (12 months) – RM1,049
DG Smart Plan 88 (24 months) – RM699
Nokia stores and other authorised Nokia retailers will also take pre-orders for the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 starting today. Nokia says, the device will be in stores on December 21. Nokia has also confirmed that Celcom will be offering plans for the two newest Lumia smartphones but did not reveal any details. Guess we’ll have to wait until Celcom puts out the word then.
For details on the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 from DiGi, click here.
Thanks to everyone for alerting us on this.
The anticipated Nokia Lumia 920 & Lumia 820 is now officially announced for Malaysia with Nokia accepting pre-orders tomorrow onward. Both models will be available officially on the 21st December which is the following Friday after the iPhone 5‘s official release. The Lumia 920 and 820 are priced at RM1,999 and 1,599 respectively, as reported earlier by LowYat.Net.
Yesterday evening, DiGi has started teasing that they would be offering both devices on contract. Apart from them, Celcom too is expected to offer the device on contract bundling as well.
To refresh on the hardware specs, both Lumia 920 and 820 are running on a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and the latest Windows Phone 8 operating system. What sets them apart is that the Lumia 920 comes with a larger 4.5″ PureMotion HD+ screen, a better 8.7MP PureView camera and a larger 32GB on board storage.
The Lumia 820 in the other hand comes with a smaller 4.3″ screen that does 800×480 pixels resolution, 8MP Camera and 8GB of storage which is can be expanded with microSD. With the high speed 4G LTE expected to make its debut in Malaysia soon, you’ll be pleased to know that both Lumia 920 and 820 devices support LTE 2600MHz band which will be used by our telcos.
Nokia’s latest Windows Phone 8 devices – Lumia 920 and 820 is coming soon to Malaysia. DiGi will be one of the telcos offering it on contract and this was revealed with its teaser graphic on its website today. There’s no official availability dates and pricing at the moment but Lowyat.Net has recently mentioned that the Lumia 920 and 820 is expected to be priced at RM1,999 and RM1,599 respectively.
To recap on the specs, the flagship Lumia 920 comes with 4.5″ PureMotion HD+ display that pushes 1280×768 pixels resolution, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and a generous 32GB of storage. One of its key highlight is the 8.7MP PureView Camera which comes with floating lens image stabiliser. The smaller Lumia 820 is a mid-spec device with a 4.3″ display that pushes 800×480 pixels, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage which is expandable with microSD.
So far HTC is the only prominent Windows Phone player with its Windows Phone 8X. It was made available recently in a rather quiet fashion with U Mobile as the only telco offering it on contract right now. The next formidable rival would be the Samsung Ativ S which is likely to be released here next year.
Thanks to Tedday for the tip in the comments!
Nokia has finally announced its new line up of Lumia devices with the new Lumia 920 and 820 that runs on the latest Windows Phone 8 OS. Apart from the OS, the latest Lumias have more grunt than before. In the previous line up such as the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900, the single core processor and 512MB of RAM specifications was an Achilles’ heel when it comes to paper comparison. Not any more, as the latest line up now runs on 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors and 1GB of RAM which puts it on par with today’s smart phone.
Head after the break for a closer look at both models.