More than a month ago now we wrote about a fix for the battery issue that had been plaguing Nokia Lumia 800 users, suggesting at the time that Nokia hadn't exactly broken any speed records in finding a solution.
So it was a bit of a surprise to read reports over the weekend that the fix had been issued only now – six weeks later. Confused? So are we, to be honest.
The latest report comes from MobileTechWorld, and from all we can see seems pretty well researched too. The firmware update, firmware version PR1.2, or 1600.2487.8107.12070 if you prefer, is indeed different to the release we covered at the end of January, though as regards the battery it does seem to cover much of the same ground.
The initial fix claimed to make the Lumia 800's full 1500mAh battery capacity available, the lack of which was causing owners' batteries to drain quicker than advertised. The new fix makes no mention of capacity, but it too claims to fix a fast-draining battery problem.
So to sum up, Lumia 800 owners have now had two independent problems fixed that were affecting different handsets but having the same effect: reduced battery life. Or they've had the same problem fixed twice. Or one or the other of these stories are a figment of someone's imagination, inevitably mine. We're fairly sure it's the first option, but you never know.
We're on firmer ground with the rest of the PR1.2 firmware's list of improvements:
- Bass levels when listening via a headset have been improved
- The auto-white balance problem with the camera is no more
- The hardware button backlights are no always on regardless of screen brightness levels
- The diagnostics app has been tightened up to put an end to reported inconsistencies
- The camera app's focus mode is now set to Normal by default
Apparently there's more too, but MobileTechWorld isn't revealing exactly what, which isn't particularly helpful.
Still, improvements all round. The downside, though, is that it's not actually available yet. Nokia says it will be soon, though, so we'd advise the Lumia 800 faithful to keep 'em peeled.