HMD Global acquires “Pureview” trademark; Files for “PureDisplay” & “Face unlock”

An exciting chain of events is going on in the world of Nokia. HMD Global, the company behind the return of Nokia phones, has recently made a bunch of trademark applications. It all kicked off with HMD Global acquiring the “Pureview” trademark from Microsoft. Remember the Nokia 808 or the Lumia 1020? They used a signature camera setup which combined multiple pixel data into one. The trademark was sold to Microsoft during the sale of Nokia D&S.

Next up, HMD Global has made applications to trademark (or secure) the “PureDisplay” and “Face Unlock” terms. “PureDisplay” can be Nokia’s take on a new type of display that does something differently. Not that they cannot use a trademark to brand just a normal display, but I have a feeling that they will add something new to the display tech (or how the display looks) which will justify the tagline. How about a display with no “notch” cutouts and a fingerprint reader underneath it? That’s what we are expecting from Nokia 9 or A1P.

PureDisplay Trademark status by HMD Global Nokia

Face Unlock is a generic term and I’ll be really surprised if HMD Global is granted a trademark for it. But that does tell us that the device will make use of it can feature a face unlock algorithm which will be better than the Smart Lock feature which is currently present on Android One phones. This could be done by relying on a dedicated sensor rather than just the front camera.

Face Unlock trademark filing status by Nokia HMD Global

Do note that both these trademarks are filed and not yet granted. The status of Face Unlocks says that it is under examination, while for the Pure Display is simply filed. It will still take some time for the trademark to be granted, if the authorities are satisfied. That said, HMD can start using those names already without waiting for trademark to be granted.

All of these cool things should start from the top of the line and then some features should trickle down to the more affordable options. So, we can all start expecting a Nokia flagship at this point. Which one will it be? The Nokia 9, together with an affordable Nokia Phoenix? Meanwhile, here’s a video (thanks NokiaMob) from the good old days which explains the Nokia’s PureMotion display functioned. I remember watching it multiple times in the past and now my memories are refreshed!

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Alleged real world images of Nokia X7 front panel leaked online

Nokia Mobile’s naming scheme is clear for China – all notched phones will come under the X-series. Images of the front panel of a Nokia device have been posted online. The panel comes with a similar notch cutout as we saw on the Nokia X5. On a first look, it looks like it is from the Nokia X5, however, we notice that the bezels are slightly thinner and the overall height is slightly longer, certifying that it is not from the Nokia X5.

Nokia X7 front panel
Nokia X7 front panel

So, these could be from the rumored Nokia X7 which might be called the Nokia 7.1 Plus in the global markets. The original Nokia 7 was launched in October 2017. The device was never released outside of China, due to whatever reasons. But that doesn’t stop the device from ageing and since it is almost an year since its release, there is a sure need of a successor.

As the device appears to be longer than the 5.8-inch Nokia X5, the next most used display size is around 6.2-inches. A number of flagships use a 6.2-inch display, including the OnePlus 6, Zenfone 5Z and the Samsung S9 Plus. I have tried to put it alongside the Nokia X5 while keeping the aspect ratio same. Here’s the outcome for a rough idea.

Nokia X7 alongside X5

The new Nokia 7 series device is rumored to be code-named as “Phoenix” and run on the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 SoC. Its existence was previously confirmed as the device with project code PNX appeared on FIH’s official OTA server. Nokia Phoenix is expected to launch in the month of October 2018.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X: blind camera comparison results

Which phone takes the better pictures: the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or the Apple iPhone X?

Sometimes it’s hard to judge, especially if you have a preference for one brand over the other: many people are just quietly biased towards their favorite and the only way to go around this is to have a… blind camera comparison!

This is exactly what we did last week: we published photos from both phones without revealing the brand names behind the photos, so you can only judge the image quality and nothing else. So… what’s the result of this experiment? And who wins the blind camera test?

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Phones with in-display fingerprint scanners are becoming the new norm

It was just a season ago when we marveled at the first phone prototype with “anywhere” finger scanner situated in the display itself. That Vivo Apex concept you see us previewing above subsequently became a reality, and the floodgates opened. 

Not only are we expecting one of the defining new Galaxy S10 features to be a new generation of ultrasonic in-display finger readers, but there are 45 million orders for such scanners for this year’s phones by Chinese makers alone, tips Korean media today.

Huawei is expected to order 6 million …

Nokia 7 is the next to receive August 2018 Android security update

The China exclusive Nokia 7 is now receiving an OTA update which brings the Android security patches for August 2018. The update is tiny, weighing only 97MB and updates the security patch to August 2018. There’s nothing else mentioned in the change-log. The post update software version is 224F.B01.

Nokia 7 August Security update

The Nokia 7 is not an Android One certified device. It is also not among the Nokia phones which run vanilla Android. The China ROM has a number of enhancements and that doesn’t stop Nokia from regularly updating the phones in China. This is Nokia’s indirect answer to the people who feel that adding customization to Android code results in slower updates. It is more about the willingness and dedication.

If you are using a Nokia 7 in China or outside of China, then you can head to device settings to manually check for updates.

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Nokia 7 Plus bags the “Consumer smartphone of the year” award from EISA

Nokia 7 plus is one of the best creations from the house of HMD Global. The smartphone has won many hearts, offering a great value in the higher mid-range segment. The device so loved by the consumers across the globe has also got some love from EISA. The Nokia 7 plus is awarded as the “Best Consumer Smartphone” for the year 2018-2019.

For the unaware, EISA stands for “Expert Image and Sound Association”. NokiaMob went a little bit into the history to remind us that the last Nokia smartphone which bagged an EISA award was the the camera powerhouse Nokia 808 Pureview. The Nokia 808 grabbed the award as “Mobile Photo Achievement” back in 2012.

The Nokia 7 Plus is undoubtedly a great device. It just checks so many boxes that there is not much to complain about. Looking forward to see more great phones from Nokia 🙂

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The Galaxy Watch is actually a meaningful upgrade, but not in terms of hardware specs

After months of rumors and hype, the actual reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Watch (a.k.a. the Gear S4, as we used to call it prior) was kind of anticlimactic. They just showed us the watch, boasted about a couple of features that we already have on the Gear S3 and Gear Sport, and that was it. The processor is only marginally faster and there’s a version with more RAM now, but… it doesn’t look like much of an upgrade, does it?

Well, it is, really. And, if Samsung plays its cards right, it will be one of the most meaningful upgrades to its smartwatch line. Not an upgrade of internal components, …

Samsung releases Android 8 update schedule for 12 of its devices

Samsung is notoriously slow when it comes to Android updates. Google officially released Android 9 Pie the other day, but Samsung is yet to release the previous version to a number of its devices. Now the company released a list of smartphones and tablets along with the month in which they should be getting Android 8 Oreo.

Nokia 5 & Nokia 6 start receiving security patch update for August 2018

Nokia Mobile is back to its monthly dose of Android security updates. After delivering it to the Nokia X6 in China, Nokia is pushing the August 2018 Android security release to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 (2017) devices globally.

Nokia 5 August Security update
Nokia 6 August Security Update

As we have learnt in the past months, the August security update for Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 is also very minimal. It weighs 148.3MB and 141.9MB (respectively) and mentions only the security release in the change-log. If you have a Nokia 5 or 6 in hand which has not yet shown the update notification, then it will be a good idea to manually check for updates in the Settings app.

Thank you, Shubham for the tip about Nokia 5.

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Nokia 7 plus gets Android P DP4 update; Stable Pie release is potential fake news

Nokia Mobile has pushed the last developer preview release of Android P (Pie) to the Nokia 7 plus users. If you are already enrolled to the beta program, then you will receive the update notification shortly. If you have used the manual way to update, then you can download the new image and sideload on your Nokia 7 plus.

The new developer preview image brings the Android P DP4 with version V3.150. The security patch is still at July. Juho Sarvikas confirmed the release on Twitter.

Do note that if you upgrade via OTA then your user data will be automatically wiped, even if you are already running Android P DP3. There’s another warning to not switch the way you receive Android P DP updates.

Nokia 7 Plus Android P DP4 update

The stable release should be around the corner. However, it will still take some-time to perfect. So, I expect stable Android Pie releasing to Nokia 7 plus users towards the end of August, along with the August security patch. For now, the news of a potential Android Pie update being rolled to users in India is untrue. So, do not blame your device/operator if you do not get the update.

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