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Nokia and Telenor Introduce the Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503

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Nokia Pakistan announced that the new Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 are available for purchase in Pakistan with 6 months free Telenor Talkshawk Internet.

The new affordable smartphones are aimed at mid-range audience with their innovative Fastlane home screen, attractive new design and a deeper integration with social networks.

Commenting on the new Nokia Asha range, Arif Shafique, country general manager, Nokia Pakistan said: “With the expansion of the Nokia Asha family, we bring three exciting smartphones for our consumers to suit their budget needs. The new Asha series has a stunning new design, a plethora of social networking apps and enhanced imaging quality. This way, millions of consumers across different price points will get access to smartphone technology”.

Irfan Wahab Khan, chief marketing officer, Telenor Pakistan said on the occasion: “This is yet another example of the successful collaboration between Telenor Pakistan and Nokia. Introducing high-quality yet affordable smartphones with a very user-friendly social experience is in line with Telenor Pakistan’s ‘Internet for all’ strategy. We believe in bringing the internet experience to the masses of Pakistan, and Telenor’s free 6 months’ internet offering with these new Asha devices is aimed at encouraging people to utilize the true benefits of internet”.

With the launch of the latest range of Asha smartphones, Nokia introduces the unique ‘dual shot’ design which combines an inner layer of bold, bright coloured shell surrounded by an outer layer of crystal-clear transparency. This distinctive combination enhances the durability of the device and surely makes the smartphone user stand out of the crowd. The high-end design brought to this price point is a clear differentiator, as are the craftsmanship and attention to detail.

The Asha 500 offers a 2.8-inch screen, a 2-megapixel camera and 2G telephony while the Asha 502 comes with a 3-inch screen, and a 5-megapixel camera with flash. At the top of the current family is the Asha 503, which has a 3-inch screen made from curved Gorilla Glass, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, and 3.5G speeds.

The Asha 500 and 503 come in single- and dual-SIM variants, with Nokia’s Easy Swap technology on dual-SIM, allowing users to swap cards without restarting the phone. While all three of these new phones come with the same software and stunning hardware design, the three offer hardware specifications that scale upwards by model number and price.

As social networking is the need of the hour, these new devices allow the user to become more social across various social media. With Fastlane, users can create a personalized shortcut to the phone’s recently accessed apps, features and content, as well as future activity, such as calendar appointments.

It’s the fastest way to access an app in its last state, as well as being the social hub of the new Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503. Deeper integration with social networks now enables live updates, which alert people to likes and comments through notifications on Fastlane so they never miss an important update.

Here are the prices:

  • Nokia Asha 500: PKR 8,300
  • Nokia Asha 502 (Dual SIM): PKR 10,400
  • Nokia Asha 503 (Dual SIM): PKR 10,950
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Nokia Releases the Lumia Black Update Worldwide

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Nokia has released its “Black” update for Lumia smartphones worldwide. The update brings several enhancements and nifty, little features for people using the Finn’s Windows Phones.

The first among them is the App Folder, which allows you to group several common apps of the same kind under one large Live Tile on the Start Screen. Bluetooth Low Energy is enabled for the complete Lumia range. Glance 2.0 makes an appearance, giving you an overview of even more activity straight from the lockscreen, and in more colors.

Two of Nokia’s imaging apps – Nokia Pro Camera and Smart Camera – have been placed under one banner to form the new Nokia Camera app. Access to raw image files is coming exclusively to the Lumia 1020.

Nokia Refocus is an app which allows you to snap a photograph and then refocus it later on. Storyteller is another app coming, which arranges all your photos on basis of time and location.

Finally, Nokia is adding more imaging algorithms to make your snapping feel more fruitful. For instance, a new oversampling algorithm reduces noise and makes photos sharper and more natural.

Pakistani Lumia users have already received Black Update for their Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020 devices. Rest of the devices – namely Lumia 520, 620, 625, 720, 820 smartphones – will be getting the updates in the coming few weeks.

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Lumia 1520 is Now Available in Pakistan

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Announced in October 2013 at The Nokia World event, the best Windows Phone yet, the Lumia 1520 is now made available in Pakistan with a price tag of Rs. 74,900.

While we aren’t sure that after spending all this money the windows phone apps will delight you much but Lumia 1520’s six inch screen and 20 MP PureView camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) is definitely going to blow your mind.

Lumia 1520 offers a 6-inch, super-sensitive screen and a vivid 1080p full HD display for outstanding outdoor readability.

With latest software advancements for Windows Phone, the Lumia Lumia 1520 is said to be suited for entertainment and productivity alike.

In addition to the new Nokia Camera – that comes with new enhanced camera app – Lumia 1520 is bundled with Storyteller applications that can organise and keep track of your amazing pictures tagged geographically using HERE maps.

Moreover, Lumia 1520 is equipped with 4 built-in microphones to offer you not only distortion-free, immersive directional stereo recording, but also highly improved sound clarity from around the phone from any direction.

Here are the full specs for Lumia 1520:

  • Processor: 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Operating System: Windows Phone 8 with the latest updates
  • Memory:
    • 2GB RAM,
    • 32 GB internal user memory;
    • 7 GB SkyDrive cloud storage,
    • micro SD card support up to 64GB
  • Display:
    • 6-inch full HD 1080p LCD ,
    • Super sensitive touch for glove and nail usage, Gorilla Glass 2
  • Camera:
    • Primary camera: PureView 20-megapixel Auto Focus ZEISS optics with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
    • Secondary Camera: HD 1.2-megapixel wide angle
  • Size & weight: 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7mm (volumetric). Weight: 209g
  • Connectivity: NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac, μUSB, BT 4.0 LE,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh (integrated) with built-in wireless charging (Qi compatible)
  • Available colors: White, black, Yellow and Red
  • Price: Rs. 74,900
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Nokia 108 An Another Low-End, Dual SIM Phone by Nokia

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Nokia may have been brought by Microsoft but that hasn’t stopped it from announcing new featurephones. The latest phone in the chain is the Nokia 108 which will also come with a dual-sim version of the phone.

Specs-wise the phone is not much different from most other devices of its class. Upfront is the 1.8 inch LCD display with 160 x 128 resolution. Beneath it are the 5-point navigation keys and the 12 button keypad. An addition is the VGA camera on the back which the Nokia says is enough for first-time camera phone buyers.

Storage is expandable via a microSD card slot. A 950 mAh battery with over a month worth standby time and about 14 hours talk-time. And as is the case with phones like these, the 108 is quite compact too, weighing in at just 70 grams.

An optional dual-sim version of the phone will be there at launch. As for the software, the phone (most-probably) comes with Symbian S40, and has music player and FM Radio applications.

The 108 and the dual-sim version will cost around $29 at launch which is just about as cheap as you can expect from Nokia. They’ll arrive in Q4 of this year. While they won’t be replacing your smartphone, it’s sometimes really helpful to have a secondary phone with extra-long standby time. Or to play Snake.

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Microsoft Buys Nokia Devices & Service Unit for $7.2 Billion

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Microsoft and Nokia have just announced that both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay $ 5 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and $ 2.2 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of $ 7.2 billion in cash.

Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

“It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. “In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent in critical areas such as hardware design and engineering, supply chain and manufacturing management, and hardware sales, marketing and distribution.”

“We are excited and honored to be bringing Nokia’s incredible people, technologies and assets into our Microsoft family. Given our long partnership with Nokia and the many key Nokia leaders that are joining Microsoft, we anticipate a smooth transition and great execution,” Ballmer said. “With ongoing share growth and the synergies across marketing, branding and advertising, we expect this acquisition to be accretive to our adjusted earnings per share starting in FY15, and we see significant long-term revenue and profit opportunities for our shareholders.”

“For Nokia, this is an important moment of reinvention and from a position of financial strength, we can build our next chapter,” said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors and, following today’s announcement, Nokia Interim CEO. “After a thorough assessment of how to maximize shareholder value, including consideration of a variety of alternatives, we believe this transaction is the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders. Additionally, the deal offers future opportunities for many Nokia employees as part of a company with the strategy, financial resources and determination to succeed in the mobile space.”

“Building on our successful partnership, we can now bring together the best of Microsoft’s software engineering with the best of Nokia’s product engineering, award-winning design, and global sales, marketing and manufacturing,” said Stephen Elop, who following today’s announcement is stepping aside as Nokia President and CEO to become Nokia Executive Vice President of Devices & Services. “With this combination of talented people, we have the opportunity to accelerate the current momentum and cutting-edge innovation of both our smart devices and mobile phone products.”

Nokia has outlined its expected focus upon the closing of the transaction in a separate press release published today.

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Nokia 515 A New Best-Looking Featurephone by Nokia

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Most of the mobile phone manufacturers nowadays neglect the design front of their cheaper models which is, of course, expected. Nokia has been guilty of doing that too but not with the new Nokia 515.

Nokia 515 is possibly the best-looking featurephone and doesn’t arrive exactly cheap either.

The design of the Nokia 515 is quite sleek and seems to have taken cues from both the Lumias and the HTC One. It is made of a single piece of sandblasted and anodised aluminium. Like the other cheap Nokia phones, it is also a bit boxy. The display is slightly curved and astonishingly, features Gorilla Glass 2. It isn’t even a touchscreen.

On the front, you have a 2.4 inch QVGA display and a numeric keyboard. Around the back though, you have a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash.

The sides incorporates volume keys.

There will be a dual-sim version of the 515 too. The battery life is quoted at 38 days worth standby.

And then lastly, the price. The phone will be available in Q3 of 2013 for a tough-to-swallow price-tag of $150. For that, you can even get a dual-core smartphone nowadays which means that Nokia might face a tough time selling this phone. Still, given the number of people who aren’t in the smartphone circle yet, the 515 may not be failure after all.

Here are the specs again:

  • System: 3.5G HSDPA – GSM 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 900/2100
  • Size and weight: 114 x 48 x 11 mm; 101.1g
  • Display: 2.4” QVGA LCD 262k display
  • Memory: Up to 256MB flash, support for up to 32GB microSD card
  • Connectivity: microUSB port supporting data transfer and charging, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5 mm AV connector, Micro SIM
  • Camera: 5 megapixels, LED flash
  • Battery life: up to 38 days standby; up to 10.4 hrs talk time
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Nokia Asha 501 and Nokia Asha 210 Exclusive Offers By Mobilink Pakistan

 

 

 

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Mobilink has introduced Nokia Asha 501 and Nokia Asha 210, the two latest affordable smartphones from Nokia that offer best value for money for SMS and instant-messaging.  Mobilink customers can now enjoy exclusive offers on these new Nokia phones which come with Mobi Music Free Trial for 3 months and Free 300 MB Mobilink Mobile Internet for 6 months.

The Nokia Asha 501 provides instant access to your favorite apps, social networks and contacts. The Fastlane shortcut shows a collection of important applications onto a single screen for easy access.

The swipe motion makes switching between apps and tasks fast and easy. The Nokia Asha 501′s battery gives a 48 days of stand-by time. The phone comes with the latest Nokia Xpress Browser that compresses data by up to 90% allowing quick access to the internet with minimum resources.

The Nokia Asha 501 comes with changeable covers and is available in bright red and green, cyan, yellow, white and black. For Maximum protection, the phone comes with scratch-resistant glass screen.

The new Nokia Asha 210 offers a smarter way to interact on social networks. The QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi and a dedicated button that can be set-up for instant access to popular social apps like WhatsApp. The phone has a distinctive Nokia design and bold colors and is available in yellow, cyan, black, magenta and white.

Commenting on the launch of the two phones, Moied Javeed, Director Marketing Mobilink said, We have launched the Nokia 501 and Nokia Asha 201 with Mobilink’s Mobile Internet exclusively for Mobilink customers. We are sure that this offer will provide our customers with the best internet experience and value for money at the same time. We hope that our customers will make the most out of the offer to connect and interact with their friends and families.

  • The Nokia Asha 501 is available for PKR 10,100 and Nokia Asha 210 for PKR 7,800 from authorized Nokia distributors and retailers.
  • Both mobile phones come with a Mobi Music Free Trial for 3 months and Free 300 MB Mobilink Mobile Internet for 6 months.
  • The offer applies to prepaid customers only and will become effective as soon as you insert your Mobilink prepaid SIM in the phone on or before August 31, 2013.
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Nokia Announces the Very Cheap Dual SIM phone106 and 107 with Month Long Battery Time

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Making a cheap phone has never been a problem for Nokia. Continuing their tradition, they’ve announced a new duo of cheap feature-phones running on Symbian S30, the 106 and 107 Dual SIM phone.

The phones have a 1.8 inch TFT display with 65,000 colors and dimensions of 112.9 x 47.5 x 14.9 mm. Flashlight, FM Radio and splash-proof keyboard are in the mix too. The 107, which is a dual SIM variant, however, also throws in a microSD card slot and 1020 mAh battery into the package with 36 days of standby time and 34.8 hrs worth music playback.

The phones share a few design cues with the higher-end Lumia phones. The block-like design makes them easier to hold and slip in a pocket.

Nokia 106 offers standby time of up to 35 days, the Nokia 107 up to 24 days.

The phones are priced competitively as well. The 106 and 107 cost $23 and $25 respectively. Those figures aren’t inclusive of taxes though. Oh, and there’s Snake game on these phones too.

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Nokia Lumia 625 a Mid-Range Windows Phone with 4.7 Inch Screen

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Until now, the biggest Lumia available were the Lumia 920, Lumia 925 and 928 which came with a 4.5 inch display but Nokia is upping its recurring standard by announcing the Lumia 625 which comes with a 4.7 inch screen, despite being a mid-range device.

“With our largest smartphone screen to date, the Nokia Lumia 625 is a perfect example of how Nokia is delivering leading smartphone innovation and experiences at every price point,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices.

The phone runs on Windows Phone 8 and also supports 4G LTE.

The 4.7 inch display comes with a WVGA resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a pixel density of 201ppi, by far not the best. It’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and is an IPS LCD unit.

On the hardware side, the phone features a 1.2Ghz dual-core SnapDragon processor with Adreno 305 processor. It also comes with 8 GB of internal storage and 512 MB RAM. The storage is expandable, thanks to a microSD card slot.

The camera at the back is a 5 megapixel unit, capable of doing 1080p video recording and is accompanied by an LED Flash.

On the connectivity front, the phone features 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi and GPS.

The Nokia Lumia 625 also provides many innovations found in the recently announced flagship Nokia Lumia 1020. These include a range of integrated camera applications like Nokia Smart Camera, offering handy features like removing unwanted objects from pictures, and Nokia Cinema graph, which turns photos into living memories with added movement.

Here are the full specs of the phone:

  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • 4.7 inch IPS LCD display with WVGA resolution (201ppi)
  • Super-sensitive multi-touch touchscreen
  • Weight: 159g
  • 9.2mm thick
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core SnapDragon processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 512 MB RAM with 8 GB expandable storage
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash and 1080p Full HD video
  • 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi-Hotspot, GPS
  • Available in yellow, green, white, orange and black
  • 2000 mAh battery

The phone will hit the world in the third quarter of 2013 for a reasonable price tag of $290. In this range, it will face stiff competition of a number of smartphones including Samsung Galaxy Grand so it will be a strict matter of Windows Phone vs Android while buying this one.

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Nokia Announces Lumia 1020 with 41 MP Camera Best Windows Phone Yet

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Windows Phone fans, the moment you all have been waiting has arrived as Nokia, the most-prominent WP8-utilising company announces its next flagship.

The new Lumia 1020 smartphone marks a huge moment, both for the platform and for the smartphone industry in general. The phone’s announcement wasn’t as exciting however as almost all of the specs and introductory videos were already leaked online before the official word. Here’s the phone in detail:

Tech Specs

  • Display: 4.5” AMOLED WXGA (1280×768), 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla 3 Glass, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch
  • Battery: 2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover
  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon
  • Main camera:PureView 41-megapixel with optical image stabilization, Resolution: 7712 x 5360. Includes Nokia Pro Camera. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video
  • Front facing camera: HD 1.2-megapixel wide angle
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory; 7GB free SkyDrive cloud storage
  • I/O USB2.0, BT 3.0, NFC with SIM based security, WLAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5 mm audio connector
  • Size/weight 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm, Weight: 158g

Design

The Nokia Lumia 1020 looks a lot like its predecessor, the Lumia 920 and other phones in this series. The body is made of unpainted polycarbonate plastic and the design is unibody. The front is almost identical to the 920. The display, 1.2 megapixel HD camera, soft-keys and sensors are housed there. The back however is the center of all of the attention. It houses the bumped-up camera which protrudes out, unlike the 920. The 41 megapixel camera is accompanied by a Xenon and an LED Flash. (More on that later).

The device is overall much more compact and slimmer. It weighs an acceptable 158g now and is 10.4mm thick.

Display

The display uses almost the same tech as its predecessor. It’s a 4.5 inch AMOLED panel with the same resolution of 768 x 1260 pixels. It features the same supersensitive touch which means you can use it with almost anything and the PureMotion+ HD, which means buttery smooth graphics and animations.

The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. If the lack of Full HD resolution is a bummer for you, then you need to know that Windows Phone itself currently doesn’t support it right now.

Camera

And here’s the main reason why you’re here. The Lumia 1020 features a ground-breaking 41 megapixel camera, quite identical to the 808 PureView with a large 1/1.5” Back-illuminated sensor and 6-element Zeiss lens. Optical Image Stabilization promises blur-free result.

The camera lens features mechanical shutter with f/2.2 aperture. It features the same pixel oversampling tech where you combine several pixels to make a giant pixel for better snap quality. The camera can also take a 38 or 34 megapixel image and a 5 megapixel oversampled image at the same time (which is much more Facebook-friendly).

As for the video, the phone takes 1080p Full HD videos at 30fps and can have up to 4x zoom (or 6x zoom in 720p mode). What’s also worth noting is that the zoom here is lossless. The two built-in mics make sure that the audio captured is clear even in loud atmospheres. Oversampling can also be done in videos at an staggering rate of up to 1 billion pixels per second. Now that is something!

The lens is accompanied by Xenon and LED Flashes for stills and videos respectively (they’ve combined elements from both N8/808 and the Lumia series here). The camera sensor and lens itself are completely new and much more compact, faster too. The BSI sensor is a bit smaller than the 808 and so are the pixels at 1.1 micron.

The camera software is also worth writing about. The Lumia 1020 features the powerful Nokia Pro Camera app where you can manipulate the result of your photos (including ISO and shutter speeds) at will. It can capture two shots of 34/38 and 5 megapixel at once (we’ve already talked about this). The interface is ring-like, where the different settings are scrolled up and down. You also get a full-manual mode, perhaps a first for a smartphone and a thing found mostly in professional cameras.

The physical shutter key adds to the camera-like experience. Nokia has announced a new SDK which will be used by app developers to take full advantage of the phone’s camera. A few apps like CNN, Flipboard, Path and Vine have already started utlising it.

And that’s about it for the camera. If you’re a shutterbug, it will alone be a strong reason for you to buy this phone, as it’s not only several lightyears ahead of almost all other phone cameras, but also because the operating system surely has a future ahead (unlike Symbian).

Software

We’ve already talked about the Pro Camera app of this phone but the rest of the software is pretty much standard Windows Phone stuff. You do get the Nokia-only software which is quite a perk and a huge distinguishing feature of the company’s WP8 smartphones.

A new feature which debuted on the Lumia 925 is ‘Glance’ which is a clock that appears on the homescreen. It can also display a few notifications and your phone’s status.

Other than that, you get Nokia’s popular HERE service, along with apps like Nokia Music, Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive which are all pretty valuable. The phone runs on Windows Phone 8 and the next major step for it will be the 8.1 update. Still, the phone is decidedly lacking in the OS front and that’s solely Microsoft’s fault.

Hardware

The phone’s hardware is nothing revolutionary. Under the hood you get a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Krait processor with Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 chipset and Adreno 225 GPU.

The amount of RAM is set at 2 GB, highest for a Windows Phone yet, along with 32 GB non-expandable storage (a 64 GB version will be there as well but that might be a bit unique). You’ll also get 7 GB of free SkyDrive storage.

Connectivity and miscellaneous

The Lumia 1020 covers almost all the sections in the connectivity department. You get 4G LTE to start with, then NFC and wireless charging (more on that in a minute) and finally get Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi. You don’t get Infrared however but it’s still not essential anyway, atleast for the time being.

As for the wireless charging, it works with a snap-on accessory and isn’t built-in. The reason given is valid too: increased weight and thickness.

The phone is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery, which must’ve raised some eyebrows (HD screen, 41 mp camera, dual-core processor, really Nokia, really?) but we’ll have to wait and judge it by its performance in real life.

Camera Grip accessory

Out of all the accessories, including the snap-on wireless charging cover Nokia has shown today, the one which truly stands out most is the Camera Grip. It’s a sort of a frame or a shell which houses the phone inside it. It adds a bigger shutter key and also a 1020 mAh battery. A tripod can also be attached at the bottom of the accessory. The Camera Grip will retail separately for $79.

Pricing and availability

The phone will start selling later this month in China and several American & European markets. In the US, AT&T will sell this phone for $299 with a contract, a decidedly large sum for the phone as most flagships retails for $199. The more important however is the off-contract price, which matters for markets like ours, but is still hidden under the curtains as of now which is a shame.

Still, considering the history of Nokia’s flagships, the phone might get launched at a price tag of about Rs. 70,000, which is steep but should settle a bit with the hype.

There was a reason why Stephen Elop looked so happy today. Even some pessimists couldn’t help applaud the Nokia CEO. The Nokia Lumia 1020 marks an important moment in the company’s history. The 808 PureView was a great, but niche device which wasn’t even launched in several markets. Nokia might achieve its goal with this phone at last.

“We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives,” Stephen Elop

That being said, the phone isn’t flawless. The software still lacks some important features like multitasking, the processor and GPU are a bit archaic and the battery is quite small. But that all can be neglectted if you’re a shutterbug, because you’ll always be reminded by the image quality that you are holding a marvel of engineering in your hands. We can only imagine what the future will be like.

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