PureView smartphone

Nokia, the mobile giant struggling to catch up with rivals, may have an ace up its sleeve. The company set the benchmark for smartphone cameras with its 808 PureView smartphone last year, which came with a 41MP camera and ran on Symbian operating system.

However, the company soon began focussing its energies on Windows Phone-powered Lumia series and Symbian was retired. Now, word on the street is that the company is working on a Lumia phone that will have a 41MP camera sensor.
Previously, there had been some speculation about an upcoming Lumia phone with 41MP camera, codenamed EOS, but the rumour mill went silent after Mobile World Congress in February. Now, MyNokiaBlog has said that a source with access to the company’s plans has said Nokia is currently testing EOS on quad-core as well as dual-core chipsets.

The model was said to be tested on Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, but poor battery performance made it an unviable option. Therefore, the company is going with a dual-core processor for this phone, according to the report.

Talking about the camera, the report says that the company is using a 41MP sensor similar to the one seen in 808 PureView, but will have optical image stabilisation and variable aperture lens. The company will tweak the interface of the camera app in this phone and include Xenon as well as LED flash units. Nokia is also testing 2K and 4K recording for the device, though the report says this feature is not supported currently.

Nokia EOS is said to have an AMOLED display panel with 1280x768p resolution, though the size of the screen is not clear yet. Other features confirmed by the source include FM radio, microSD support and microHDMI port. The report also says that the phone will initially be launched only for AT&T in US, and the global launch will follow 1-3 months afterwards.

Lumia 920 is the only Windows Phone 8 smartphone to have PureView imaging technology, but features a smaller 8.7MP sensor. Nokia is also said to be working on a Windows RT tablet, which will rival the likes of Apple iPad, Google Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Microsoft Surface.

TV Service

Dish Offers to Buy Sprint, Joining Phone to TV Service.
Smartphones, tablets and computers all pull data from the Internet, but people still pay two different bills: the high-speed connection they get at home and the wireless connection they get outside. Dish Network, the pay-TV operator, wants to bridge that gap.

Dish Network said on Monday that it had submitted a $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel, the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier after Verizon Wireless and AT&T. It says that a merger between the two companies could roll television, high-speed Internet and cellphone services into a single package that would be faster and more affordable for consumers.
“It really means that we’re going to give consumers what every consumer wants,” Charles W. Ergen, Dish Network’s chairman, said in a phone interview. “They want broadband and video and voice in their home and want the exact same thing outside the home. And they want it to look and feel and priced outside the same as it is inside.”

Dish Network’s bid is an effort to scuttle the planned takeover of Sprint Nextel by the Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank, which agreed in October to acquire a 70 percent stake in the American cellphone operator in a complex deal worth about $20 billion.

Under the terms of its proposed bid, Dish Network said it was offering a cash-and-stock deal worth about 13 percent more than SoftBank’s bid.

Sprint

Dish Network values its offer at $7 a share, including $4.76 in cash and the remainder in its shares. The offer is 12.5 percent above Sprint Nextel’s closing share price on Friday.
“The Dish proposal clearly presents Sprint shareholders with a superior alternative to the pending SoftBank proposal,” Mr. Ergen said in a statement.

Mr. Ergen said a “Dish/Sprint merger will create the only company that can offer customers a convenient, fully integrated, nationwide bundle of in- and out-of-home video, broadband and voice services.”

Dish Network said it would be able to combine its existing broadband and TV offerings with Sprint Nextel’s cellphone operations, allowing it to better compete with rivals like Verizon that are moving into new areas in search of revenue.

Dish Network’s effort to take over Sprint is the latest of many moves toward consolidation in the highly competitive broadband industry. In 2011, AT&T tried to buy its rival T-Mobile USA, a move that was blocked by the Justice Department because of antitrust concerns. Last year, Verizon scored a deal with a group of cable companies that agreed to sell it spectrum licenses to build its wireless network in exchange for allowing them to sell their cable services inside Verizon stores.