Nokia Lumia 920 & 820

Nokia is experiencing a bad period and they are now trying hard to recapture some market shares.Yesterday,Nokia, cooperating with Microsoft,released their latest WP 8 phone Lumia 920 and 820.

Nokia Lumia 920 has a PureMotion HD+ 4.5″ screen with 332ppi for clearer and brighter display.It powers on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5 Ghz Processor and Adreno 225 GPU(the same as HTC One XL),Nokia PureView 8.7 megapixels Camera,NFC and Wireless charger.

Let’s check out the official introduction:

I think most people are more interesting in the PureView Camera as it’s said to be working very well in low light environment with super wide angle.However,as the software of the phone is still under testing stage,I can’t get any samples now.

Talk about Nokia Lumia 820,actually it’s 70% of Nokia Lumia 920 with a bit lower specs.

The wireless charging shells have several colors to customize your phone.

You can check out the details of Lumia 920 and 820 in the official sub-sites.Up to now,no prices were revealed.I think they want to wait for new iPhone first,then only draft out a price which could compete with it.Is that a smart move?I don’t think so because it could waste some time advantage to occupy market shares.I just wish that Nokia will make the price really attractive.

Astro B.yond IPTV

Now more gamers join into the battle of broadband in Malaysia.This time,TIME,the fibre optics Internet service provider,cooperates with Astro,the satellite-based broadcasting service provider to launch Astro B.yond IPTV in some selected area.This is the service bundled with Astro+HD+PVR+VOD+Broadband.

They have several packages to choose:

I think it’s really attractive as Astro has rich contents of TV programmes and the price is actually almost the same with TM HSBB.However,the availability of this service is still very limited.

You can also check the availability in this page.

Not like TM or Maxis that bring all information out loudly,Astro is doing it quite secretly now.Maybe they are not well prepared?Or they are still doing it like trial?Who knows! :)

Skype with HD

HD(High definition) is everywhere now and Skype is turning into HD group too.The latest Skype Beta allows the users to make HD-quality calls to each other.That means the video conversation will be much clearer than ever before,just like talking in front of a table.However,some requirements need to meet in order to make the HD-quality call work:

Skype

  • a high-speed broadband connection (we recommend sustained 1 Mbps symmetrical bandwidth or higher)
  • a new HD webcam
  • a PC with a 1.8 GHz dual-core processor
  • Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows

Well,I’m now testing this new version.It’s working fine with Windows 7 and performing better than the previous versions which I used,especially on utilisation of bandwidth and quality of voice and video calls.I’m willing to try a HD-quality video call too,but I don’t fit the first two requirements.Skype will launch a series of HD webcams later in this year which has video encoding and processing onboard that optimizes the HD video.So the only issue is on the connection as in Malaysia,the largest ISP-TM only provides ADSL service to residential consumers that only has maximum 512Kbps for upload.I hope I could have a faster connection soon.

You could get more details for Skype here.