The Lumia series of Windows Phones has been one reason why many analysts are optimistic once again about Nokia’s future. While they have yet to collectively pose a serious threat to Android and iOS-powered smartphones, reviewers have given mostly positive feedback to these handsets. That said, Lumia phones aren’t perfect, and one major issue reported recently has been with the Lumia 800’s battery longevity, or lack thereof.
The XDA-Developers forum is reporting that a new firmware update for the Lumia 800, created by Vodafone New Zealand, may finally solve this problem. This update, according to XDA-Developers forum members, should work even on non-Vodafone NZ handsets or unlocked versions of the 800.
So far, feedback has been positive in the update’s testing stage, as many have observed longer battery lifespan good for at least a day’s worth of smartphone usage.
However, the firmware update will be doing more than just improving the longevity of the Lumia 800’s battery. XDA-Developers also observed some new camera features, such as panorama mode, smart group shot mode and a self-timer for taking photos. The update is tentatively scheduled to be released sometime towards the end of this month, although there was no exact date posted on the developers’ site.
For those unfamiliar with the Lumia 800’s specs, this Windows 7.5 Phone is fueled by a 1.4 GHz single-core CPU and 512 MB worth of RAM and ROM. Internal storage is at 16 GB and it also features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 3.7-inch AMOLED display.