When first released the Lumia 800 suffered from a sporadic battery life, which more often than not erred on the side of being well below the smartphone par. The new update, according to a Nokia employee, ups this to a much more acceptable 25-30 hours with active use – still not record setting but enough for regular use. Indeed, Dinesh – writing on the Nokia Conversations blog – claims it’s now among the best battery life of any phone featuring a 1450mAh battery.
As well as upping battery life the new update tweaks the speaker levels to provide more bass, giving speaker calls and music a bit more oomph. A more minor addition is a tweaking of the illumination setting of the soft keys, whereby they now stay on at all brightness settings. Wi-Fi tethering, however, is still missing, though Nokia promises that it’s “on its way”.
The new release (version 1600.2487.8107.12070) is rolling out globally from today until April 18. To check whether your region yet has the update available you can check on the Nokia site.
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