You may have seen few weeks back that we announced our 3D printing initiative by releasing the CAD files for the Lumia 820 for anyone to create and print their own case.
The files are there for you to create your own case and customise it as much as you want – use our files as a basis, then let your imagination run wild. A great source of inspiration is the MakerBot Thingiverse, where tons of designs have already been submitted. Your design can be simple or an intricate pattern, or you could use unicorns and rainbows – it’s entirely up to you!
Through our partnership with MakerBot we’ve decided to go one step further, by bringing 3D printing to life at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. So, there will be two MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printers on the Nokia stand during the show, and they will be used to create the world’s first live social 3D printing experience. For a chance to win your very own personalised 3D printed case, all you have to do is tweet @Nokia_Connects using the hashtag #Lumia820 – something fun, entertaining, witty.
Every day we will pick a few tweets that have used the hashtag and print a personalised Lumia 820 case for them. Runners-up attending MWC will win a custom patterned case by MakerBot.
Oh, and every personalised case we choose and print will come wrapped round its very own Nokia Lumia 820!! There will be a number of winners every day, so keep trying!
This is open to everyone, attending MWC or not: So what are you waiting for? Get tweeting!
Nokia is pushing high-end innovation to new price points, with four product launches that enrich the portfolio and make our phones available to a host of new customers. The new devices include our most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone and our lowest-priced mobile phone. Feature-rich across the bunch, their quality, robustness and unique design make each of these new devices compelling in its own right.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said:
“The momentum behind Nokia is gathering pace. The launches today reflect our commitment to broadening our devices and services portfolio to meet the demands of people and businesses around the globe.”
Now let’s take a quick look at each of the new launches – click through on each subtitle to get the in-depth story. In no particular order,
The Lumia 720 is a sleek, stylish smartphone that’s destined for the hands of socialites. Light in weight, but no lightweight, it has, we believe, the best camera experience of any midrange smartphone. That includes an f/1.9 aperture that beats most high-end cameras, combined with our exclusive Carl Zeiss optics usually reserved for our flagships. It also offers our best front-facing camera performance. With music, HERE location services, NFC and the option of adding snap on wireless charging covers, it’s a lot of phone for this price.
With the Lumia 520, our most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone, we are bringing a high-end smartphone experience within range of more people than ever before. With a super sensitive touch four inch display, camera lenses, exchangeable shells and Nokia’s unique music and navigation services you get many of the same Lumia experiences that were previously available only on high-end devices.
The Nokia 105 is our most affordable mobile phone, offering exceptional value to new mobile buyers at just €15. It’s a great introduction to Nokia’s quality, style and dependability, with a terrific battery life and good looks too. It’s no one-trick pony either, with an FM radio, flashlight, colour screen and support for the Nokia Life service.
Finally, we have has set about reinventing the feature phone for 2013 with the Nokia 301. It marries the much-loved traditional ‘candybar’ format with the design approach and colour palette that’s become familiar on Lumia smartphones. It’s full-featured, too, with the Xpress Browser, a smart 3.2-megapixel camera, with features inspired by our Nokia digital lenses, Microsoft Exchange compatibility and a full complement of social apps on tap.
But it’s not just about the phones. We are also delighted to announce new service offerings and partnerships. We’ll be covering these in more detail across the week.
HERE branches out. As well as planning some new features for HERE apps on Lumia, we will also make HERE available for other Windows Phones in select markets. The platform will also be licensed to Mozilla for the Firefox OS.
App experience. We’re also unveiling a series of new and improved apps, including a bigger and better version of Cinemagraph, a new Place Tag lens (powered by LiveSight) and a Glam-Me camera app.
For third party apps, we’ve been opening up our imaging, location and music APIs so that developers like Burton, GoPro and Foursquare can build exclusive apps for Lumia, while co-operation with DreamWorks promises some exciting ‘virtual entertainment experiences’ later in the year.
There’s a whole bunch of new third party apps as well for both Lumia and Asha, all of which have been built from the ground up to take advantage of the unique features of the platform.
Breathless yet? We’re camped-out right here in Barcelona at MWC and will bring you even more details and the latest news as it happens across the week.
Last November we introduced HERE, the world’s first location cloud that will deliver a location platform, location content and location apps across any screen and any operating system.
The HERE experience is built on the world’s most complete and accurate map data based on 25 years of mapping technology leadership. We offer today the only true offline maps experience, the largest indoor map inventory, and the largest public transport coverage of any location service to date.
HERE represents our love for maps and for cartography, and the location experiences we are offering on smartphones, on computers and in cars are gradually being renamed accordingly.
Today we are introducing HERE for Windows Phone 8. HERE Maps, HERE Drive (with regional navigation), HERE Drive+ (with global navigation), HERE Transit and HERE City Lens are available now on the Windows Phone Store.
But there is more than meets the eye. The new HERE experiences are connected and work seamlessly together, making it easy to transition from walking to driving to public transport as you move along your day. In particular, from HERE Maps you can launch HERE Drive(+) or HERE Transit if needed. In HERE Transit you now get a map overview of nearby stations and stops, and when you need walk navigation to get to the stop or to the final destination, you can start HERE Maps from there.
We have also recently introduced LiveSight, a technology that integrates sight recognition with live map information. LiveSight is a UI revolution that uses sight (instead of keyboard, touch screen or voice) to interact with your smartphone. HERE City Lens already uses this technology, and soon we will introduce it also in HERE Maps and in our newest camera lens, Nokia Place Tag. When you are taking photos with the Place Tag lens, your Lumia will capture the image and also record the Points of Interest (POIs) that are visible in the viewfinder and the name and address.
On top of the new features outlined above, we have also added some new features. In the next days we will take a closer look at each of them to see what’s new. All your places are also saved in the HERE cloud so that you can access them from here.com, HERE Drive(+), HERE Maps, HERE Transit and HERE City Lens.
On the newly introduced Nokia Lumia 520 and Nokia Lumia 720, HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transit are preinstalled, so that you can experience HERE out of the box.
HERE works best with Nokia Lumia, but in a joint effort to further strengthen the Windows Phone ecosystem, Microsoft and Nokia are making HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transit available to people with any Windows Phone 8 smartphone. This exclusive offer is available in US, Canada, Mexico, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
‘These announcements firmly establishes HERE as a horizontal brand and thoughtfully-tiered service offering. It should benefit broad developer communities, generate significant new value for Nokia, and let Nokia retain the ability to differentiate its Lumia products with unique experiences’ said John Jackson, Research VP, Mobile & Connected Platforms, IDC.
Brings high end camera innovation to a new price point
The Nokia Lumia 720 announcement today marks a welcome new addition to the Nokia Lumia family of smartphones. It is also a milestone in Nokia’s strategy to bring innovative technologies usually found in flagship devices to a wider audience.
This sleek and stylish Windows Phone 8 smartphone is sure to appeal to a young and design-savvy crowd with busy social lives.
It has the best camera experience of any midrange smartphone, has a slim profile, great battery life, and weighting just 128 grams, it’s the perfect accessory for a night out with friends.
With Nokia Music, HERE location services, NFC and the option of adding snap on wireless charging covers, it’s a lot of phone for this price.
The Lumia 720 is packed with surprises, but its biggest area of innovation is in one of Nokia’s key strengths – the camera.
The main camera has an incredible f/1.9 aperture – that’s bigger than almost any high-end smartphone out there. A big aperture means more light getting into the camera and when this is combined with the same exclusive Carl Zeiss optics normally reserved for flagship smartphones, it packs quite a punch. The pictures it takes are clear and bright in lowlight, and dazzling in daylight.
The Lumia 720 also packs Nokia’s best front-facing camera, which is sure to be popular for the growing phenomenon of self-portraits, or the ‘selfy’. Its wide-angle lens means there’s even room for your friends to fit in the picture. Fans of video calling will also be delighted with its Skype capabilities.
With the awesome camera you’ll want to take advantage of Nokia’s exclusive digital camera lenses, like Cinemagraph and Smart Shoot.
Even better, we’ve got some new apps too. Glam Me lets you edit and play with the images taken with the fantastic front-facing camera, while Place Tag adds location, date and time to the great pictures you’ll take with the main camera.
Lumia by design
As well as being the sleekest Lumia yet, the Lumia 720 is also the first to have curved glass at this price point and its polycarbonate unibody feels smooth and almost completely seamless.
Fingerprints should be less of a problem too, as the 4.3” ClearBlack Gorilla Glass 2.0 display has easy to clean technology that also boosts visibility from different and wider angles.
Unlimited discovery and entertainment included, for free
The Nokia Lumia 720 excels in the essentials with free global HERE Maps and LiveSight ensuring you will never get lost. HERE Drive for your home country is also included.
Nokia Music brings unrivaled music discovery straight out of the box, with music streaming free of adverts or sign ups and the ability to upgrade to Nokia Music + for unlimited downloads and lyric streaming for only €3.99 a month.
NFC means it’s just one tap to connect and listen to your favourite tunes using Nokia wireless accessories including the JBL PlayUp Speaker and Purity by Monster Headphones.
A Lumia for everyone
The Nokia Lumia 720 slots nicely between the compact Lumia 620 and versatile Lumia 820, and underlines Nokia’s commitment to creating a broad portfolio of smartphones to suit every need.
The Lumia 720 will be available from about €249 before VAT, rolling out from March 2013 and is available in red, white, cyan, black and yellow. The Lumia 720 will be introduced to China in a TD SCDMA variant – bringing this smartphone to the world’s biggest market with the world’s biggest mobile operator.
GSM/EDGE: 850 (5)/900 (8)/1800 (3)/1900 (2)
WCDMA: 850 (5)/900 (8)/1900 (2)/2100 (1)
HSPA+: 21 Mbps, (Cat 14)
OS: Windows Phone 8, GDR1
CPU: MSM8227, 1.0 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Storage: 8 GB + microSD Card Slot
Display: 4.3” ClearBlack WVGA LCD, 2.25 D Glass, Super Sensitive Touch
Back: 6.7 MPIX, BSI, Auto-Focus, Carl Zeiss, LED flash, HD 720p @ at 30 fps
Front: Skype HD wide angle (1.3Mpix)
Connectivity: NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n, µUSB, BT 3.0, 3D Accelerometer, Proximity, Magnetometer, Automatic Light Sensor. (No Gyroscope).
Battery: 2000 mAh battery + Wireless Charging Cover Accessory; standby 520hrs, talk time 13.5hrs
The new Nokia Lumia 520 offers compelling evidence of Nokia’s philosophy that buying an affordable smartphone shouldn’t mean compromising on the experience.
In our humble opinion, this Windows Phone 8 device delivers the best overall experiences of any smartphone in its range.
It is the perfect choice for people looking to upgrade to Lumia and to Windows Phone and wanting a taste of some of that high-end innovation.
Digital Lenses for fun imaging
The Nokia Lumia 520’s five-megapixel autofocus camera adds a touch of fun to taking pictures with Nokia’s digital camera lenses.
Cinemagraph brings pictures to life with animation and allows you to easily share the fun with friends on Facebook, Twitter or via email.
Smart Shoot takes multiple group pictures with a single click allowing you to choose the best expression for the perfect shot or even remove people altogether.
The Panorama lens provides an easy way to capture super-wide-angled photos of any beautiful scene.
With 8GB internal memory – double most smartphones in this price range – and support for micro SD cards up to 64GB you can be sure to have more memory for storing all the great pictures you’ve created.
That means you can tap and scroll on the touchscreen using your nails, car keys or even wearing gloves. If you’re just using your fingers, it makes the four inch display much more responsive.
This phone also demonstrates the same colour and design language that has made our other Lumias stand out from the crowd.
It comes in yellow, red, cyan, white and black, and if you can’t decide which you want, the shells are exchangeable so you can change to a new colour whenever you fancy.
Of course, it also comes with Nokia Music, which means free unlimited streaming of playlists chosen by our local teams of expert musicologists, or you can make your own.
There’s no registration and no advertisements – just great music playing instantly, and if you are worried about data charges – Nokia Music even let’s you download up to four playlists for free.
If you want more than that, upgrade to Nokia Music+ for unlimited downloads, track skips and lyrics streamed with the music for only €3.99 a month.
Not forgetting, of course, the location and navigation tools with HERE Drive, HERE Maps and HERE Transit so that you’ll never get lost again.
Mikko Kahlos, the lead product manager for Nokia Lumia 520, said his brief was “to give people more value without compromising on quality.”
We think you’ll agree, he met his brief!
All these great experiences come at an estimated starting price of €139 before taxes and subsidies.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on the Nokia Lumia 520, it’s planned to start shipping in March – arriving first in Hong Kong and Vietnam, but it will quickly start to reach more markets around Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
It will even be coming to the US with T-Mobile and to China with China Mobile as the latest smartphone from Nokia to be sold by the world’s largest mobile operator.
Operating System: Windows Phone 8 Networks: WCDMA 900/2100, 850/1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Speed: 3G HSPA+ (21Mbps) Memory: 512 MB RAM, 8 GB mass memory, support for microSD cards up to 64GB, 7GB free SkyDrive storage Display: 4” IPS LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) 16M colors, 2D hardened glass, super sensitive touch for fingernail and glove use Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon™ Camera: 5Mpix autofocus, video recording HD 720p 30fps Size: 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm* (*volume thickness) Weight: 124g Connectivity: WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Integrated A-GPS, 3.5 mm audio connector, Micro USB with charging, USB 2.0 High Speed Battery: 1430mAh Audio: single digital microphone, 3.5mm AV connector, MP3 player Colours: Yellow, red, cyan, white and black
Talk time: up to 9.6 hours (on 3G) Standby time: up to 360 hours
‘Connecting the next billion and beyond’ just got more colourful with the super-dependable Nokia 105, available in cyan and with a colour screen.
Around 2.7 billion people around the world are yet to buy their first mobile, mostly due to financial restraints. The Nokia 105 is set to retail at just €15, making it the most affordable mobile phone in Nokia’s current range.
Others are ready to buy a second phone, perhaps for emergencies, or for sports. That phone will need to be durable and long-lasting, and the Nokia 105 definitely fits the bill.
The phone was created to offer the essentials – phone calls and SMS – but also some desirable extras. It has an FM radio*, a much-prized addition for people with limited personal entertainment options. Similarly, the phone features a flashlight, useful where reliable electricity is in short supply. The Nokia 105’s sturdy one-piece keymat is dust-proof and splash-proof.
System: Dual band, EGSM 900/1800 Size/weight: 107 x 44.8 x 14.3 mm; 70 g (including battery) Display: 1.45” 65k Colour TFT Display Memory: 8MB ROM Connectivity: 2.0 mm Charger Connector, 3.5 mm AV Connector Battery: standby time: up to 35 days; talk time: up to 12.5 hours
The battery life – up to 12.5 hours talk-time and 35 days standby – once again means you’ll be able to keep talking and texting for ages.
The Nokia 105 carries the same design aesthetic found on our top-end devices, which makes the phone stand out from the crowd. Lead designer Sungwoo Cho said:
“The very human curves and the clean, fresh design make it very distinct from our competitors’ devices in this price range, and utterly modern despite a traditional form factor.
We’re also extremely happy to be able to offer the Nokia 105 in cyan, as well as black. This is pretty unique at this price point.”
Product manager Tracy Chen told Conversations that “Nokia’s experience in optimising phone quality, combined with its global footprint and economies of scale, is a major contributor to being able to work to such a low price.” Working with thoroughly-tested hardware and software means there’s no drop in quality.
Extra special powers
While the major focus of creating the Nokia 105 was on covering the basics and achieving such an affordable price point, the product team also decided to include a speaking clock:
“We wanted to be able to offer a bit of fun, an extra surprise that provides a talking point for the owners.”
The Nokia 105 also comes with pre-loaded games, and the Nokia Life service will also be available in supported countries.
The Nokia 105 marks the end of an era. With colour screens available at such a low price, Nokia officially says farewell to black-and-white screens. We don’t imagine many people will be sad about that!
The Nokia 105 will start selling in the second quarter of 2013.
The Nokia 301 is classic Nokia from top to toe, from its iconic numbered keypad to the immediately recognisable design, but this classically designed feature phone has a few surprises up its sleeve.
For starters, the Nokia 301 has a 3.2-megapixel camera, with some clever software features.
It has a self-timer for taking pictures of yourself with other people. The camera also has a handy self-portrait feature that uses voice prompts to tell you how to position the phone so your face is properly in the frame.
It can take panoramic photographs, as well – the first time we’ve offered this on a feature phone, as well as sequential shot, which takes 3-5 frames and lets you choose the perfect picture. Both of these last two were inspired by the digital camera lenses on our Lumia smartphones – nice to see the high-end innovation reaching our mobile phones.
When you’ve taken the picture and applied effects from the 5-in-1 camera app, you can share the image on social networks. Or you can send it straight to another person’s phone, using the Slam feature.
The Nokia 301 also supports 3.5G Internet and coupled with the Nokia Xpress Browser, benefits from up to 90% data compression, for fast and smooth browsing. It can even stream videos from YouTube, let you download them from the Vuclip app and watch them in portrait or landscape mode.
System: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/2100, 850/1900 Size & weight: 114 x 50 x 12.5 mm; 102g Display: 2.4” QVGA TFT colour display Memory: Up to 256MB, 64MB RAM (plus up to 32GB microSD card) Connectivity: 2.0 mm Charger Connector, 3.5 mm AV Connector, Bluetooth 3.0 Battery:
Single SIM – standby 2G/3G: 37/39days, Dual SIM – standby 2G/3G: 31/34days
Talk time – 2G/3G = 20/6hrs
Facebook, eBuddy, WhatsApp and Twitter are all preloaded to the home screen and the email app supports a lite version of Mail for Exchange for syncing your calendar, contacts and emails.
The design is striking. The Nokia 301 might sport a traditional ‘candybar’ shape, but its inherent colour and clean lines mean it’s ultra-modern at the same time. It comes in yellow, cyan, magenta, white and black varieties and single SIM or dual SIM versions.
In terms of the specifications, two more things stand out. It has a terrific battery life – up to 39 days on standby, when using the single SIM version on a 3G network. Then, it supports HD Voice, for much clearer calls when used with an operator network that supports the protocol.
Asked to sum up this new launch, product manager Vivian Chan told Conversations, “The Nokia 301 has all the features you want, with 3.5G performance and it will never let you down.”
The Nokia 301 is planned to roll out next quarter and, excluding local taxes or operator subsidies, it will be priced at about €65.