Confirmed! Lumia 920 has Rich Recording! + Rant

| September 7, 2012 | 92 Replies

Rich-Recording is an amazing piece of software/Hardware that was introduced alongside the 808’s Pureview imaging, yet it’s sadly overlooked most of the time in favor of the Perfect Pixel. According to slashgear the Lumia 920 Does indeed carry the triple microphones that with a bit of magic form the Nokia guys make the amazing sound capture possible, however for some reason nokia decided not to mention this in the keynote or on their spec sheets.

Those “High Amplitude Audio Capture” microphones can record a significantly broader range of frequencies than standard microphones: up to 140 dB in fact, whereas traditional phone microphones top out at 110 dB

“To cope with high sound pressure levels, Nokia has developed together with microphone suppliers a new microphone concept (High Amplitude Audio Capture) that can capture high sound pressure levels with perceptually no distortion to the audio. It is capable of recording up to 140 dB and higher Sound Pressure Levels, while that commonly used digital microphones can only reach 120 dBSPL without heavy distortion. As high amplitude audio levels are tolerated, there is no need to limit the frequency response. Hence full audio bandwidth to match to human hearing capabilities can be provided when capturing with HAAC microphones” Nokia



Once again I wonder what on earth was going through Nokia mind when they decided NOT to mention this, not even in passing! It’s not that hard try it: “Oh BTW our amazing new phone can record up to 140 Decibels, that’s the sound of a jet engine during take0ff.. just thought you should know”.

Why are they not advertising the hell out of this? But then again that might be too much to ask from the people who mentioned Pureview in the device release and didn’t bother explaining the technology till after 20 agonizing minutes of listening to resizable tiles.


While we’re on the subject it’s rumored that Apple is releasing a music streaming service alongside it’s iPhone 5; if they do people will flock to it as if nothing else exists, especially not Nokia Music (at this point Pandora radio gets more news coverage); but then again I can’t blame them seeing how Nokia don’t ever bother announcing this stuff (in the keynote they cut off mid sentence while talking about the New Nokia music release!!). Knowing apple they’ll come out guns blazing calling “iStream” a new revolution in the music industry never seen before, and will spend millions advertising it while Nokia sits back and watches its stock value tank.

In all honesty the amount of innovation in a single device by Nokia (any device) could be spread out into 10 generations of iPhones, making each iteration look like a godsend; yet Nokia fail at selling a single device carrying all these amazing technologies since they don’t know how to market it. Let’s look at what the Lumia 920 Alone carries:

  • PureView technology/OIS (True they advertised this a bit, but they botched that horribly trying to pull a Samsung)
  • Rich Recording- We’re Just finding out that this is in it..
  • PureMotion HD+ – A higher resolution alone warranted a new version of the iPhone from apple (which still sold in record breaking numbers)
  • Front Facing 720p Camera & 1080p Rear camera- They didn’t even bother mentioning this
  • Wireless Charging- since hardly anyone remembers the Pre or the touchpad anymore Nokia can paly it as a “first” kind of thing; they’ve started strong with but they need to carry through
  • Nokia Music-  An amazing service that actually lets you download songs for free, why is it that no-one knows what this is?
  • Nokia maps- iOS 6 = iOS 5 – Google Maps + Apple Maps; how is it that Nokia can’t get enough coverage for their Maps when they kick every other service’s butt? At the very least I was hoping for a demo of the new default Nokia maps on WP replacing bing; instead we got 2 minutes of drivel about the awesome CNN tile
  • Curved Glass (not a first but if you play it right it makes a difference)- get a catchy tagline, something that explains how much easier it is to use a curved screen, how it flows; call it “the perfect compliment to the fastest, Brightest screen out there”! Do Anything!

There were a couple more but my mind is blocked right now.. anyways look how much any other company would advertise ANY of the above features, and look at what Nokia are doing… seriosuly get it together, I don’t want to have to defend Nokia; it should speak for itself.



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  • n8thegreat

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Sorry but I don’t buy this rumor. Nokia technical papers make zero mention of this, and the 920 records sound in mono. There is no way the 920 has rich recording when it records sound in mono.

    I would LOVE to see rich recording in the 920; that would be amazing. I just highly doubt at this point that it has it until we see some solid proof.

    • torcida

      I heard that it has 2, even 3 mic’s!!

      • n8thegreat

        Then why is sound only recorded in mono, according to the official specs?

    • Pdexter

      I have not seen any mention of amount of mics on 920.

      Nokia would have mentioned rich recording if it had one.

      This is pure rumor. Btw you guys are not even mentioning the source that is slashgear.

      slashgear doesn’t really know. They “think” it has rich recording and are trying to confirm it directly from Nokia.

      • Mr.MeanG

        Neither have I.

        Maybe they’re taking a huge risk on not saying anything about it right now (what happened with Skype?) and waiting after the announcements of the Iphone 5 and perhaps HTC. Trying to take some of the hype from them? I don’t know…

        ”Btw you guys are not even mentioning the source that is slashgear.”

        If you place your cursor over ‘Via’, which is highlighted blue, you’ll be able to see the URL of slashgear. You can also click it to be directed to the source.

        The title of the article mentions ‘Nokia Lumia 920 “HAAC” Rich Recording microphones confirmed’

        They stated, ”…however, according to hardware details we have been informed about, the Lumia 920 does indeed have a trio of the special microphones Nokia co-developed especially for Rich Recording.”

        They also stated, ”Rich Recording isn’t mentioned by name in the data sheets SlashGear has seen – we’ve been asked not to publish them – but the key software specifications apparently match with those of the 808 PureView as well. ”

        Again, we’ll just wait an see.

        Sorry for the long post.

    • WPNK8

      Me too i need to see it to believe it
      but this is just a rumor
      it will be awesome to include this technology in the lumia 920
      and in any case if this lumia already had this rich recording
      i must say “who is in charge of the marketing area? you need to learn more about marketing and show product as the best and say to the future costumer all the specifications” a good example of good marketing (not necessarily good products is apple)

    • Phiiiteeeyyy

      It was confirmed by Damian Dinning through Twitter. Only difference between 808 and 920 audio recording is – according to him – that 920 gives mono. Fidelity and High Amplitude Audio Capture are there.

  • BTW, guys, I need some help: is the 808 able to record audio notes (without video) in stereo? I know RR isn’t supported during audio recording, but what about “plain” stereo?

    If the built-in voice note recorder doesn’t support stereo, any third-party ones to do the trick?

    In addition, if it allows for lengthier recordings (is there any restriction of the recording time), does it directly record to AAC / MP3 / other compressed formats? I’d love it to be as my next stereo dictaphone instead of my current Oly one.

  • twig

    Maybe the win8 isn’t finished to demo it.

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  • I would also like to have clarification from Nokia themselves that the Lumia 920 has rich recording.

  • dss

    Too many things are unclear around the 920.. this is NOT how you present a new model.

    The 808 intro went much better, but then again, its easier to do so with a better product I guess. There was a sense of confidence and pride from Nokia when they showed the 808.. not the case this time around, in fact.. far from it.

    • lukeskymac

      A better product? Symbian alone made the 808 a pure proof-of-concept phone. Nevermind the horrible, horrible screen.

      Don’t try to justify your purchase bashing the product clearly superior to yours.

      • incognito

        One could say the same about the WP. Even tho I’m not eager to touch Symbian ever again, I’m far more repulsed by WP – and, at least so far, the market appears to share the same sentiment.

        Apart from the design, and somewhat more potent CPU and better resolution, what makes the 920 clearly superior to the 808PV?

        • Bloob

          Better refresh rate 🙂

          Also the SoC is quite a bit more potent, even if that isn’t a major thing for me.

          But yeah, OS vs OS is always arguable.

        • Janne


          Apart from the design, and somewhat more potent CPU and better resolution, what makes the 920 clearly superior to the 808PV?

          You GOT to be kidding. Sometimes you just let your bitterness get to you even though you’re knowledgeable and sensible most of the time. That was the stupidest comment of the year.

          – 920’s CPU/GPU combo is several factors more powerful than anything ARM11-ancient in the 808. Not just “somewhat more potent”.

          – Screen resolution you just mention in passing is 3.2 times (!) that of the 808 (vertical resolution is literally doubled, doubled!).

          – 920 can be used with gloves on or with a finger nail, 808 can not. Major breakthrough in capacitive display products.

          – LTE data transfer in the 920 means vastly superior downlink compared to 808.

          – 920 features wireless charging, 808 does not.

          – 920 features usable browser, 808 does not.

          I’m sure there is more. I love my 808 as a digital camera and certainly acknowledge this is an area where it has merits 920 does not have, and see a lot of use for the 808 long time after I get my 920, but that’s realistically the extent of the comparison in 808’s favor.

          Don’t be silly.

          • j


            -usb otg
            -better battery life
            -xenon flash
            -better ovelall connectivity
            -standby screen displaying missed calls, new mails etc.. alsways without touching the phone

            a lot of people is tired of the toys.

            they want something long lasting with qulities on the right place – thats the 808

            • Bloob

              The rumor is, that WP8 has similar stand by screen functionality as an option.

            • Janne


              As for Xenon and the camera, I agree there are things there in the 808 that are not in the 920 (although vice-versa too, 808 does not have 920’s more powerful LEDs, OIS or f/2.0). So I agree with that.

              USB OTG is also a fair point, as is HDMI. Although beyond that I’d say better connectivity is not quite as apparent to my view, WP8 fixes many things. These are good but on the other hand quite minor features in the grand scheme of things.

              As for clearly software operating system features, I’d say if we really take it there – aside from personal preferences – Symbian just won’t come out the winner by any real standards. Especially not after Windows Phone 8 sort of completes the maturity of WP.

              From what I’ve seen, I’d be hard-pressed to call the 920 a toy. Already with 900 I prefer it as my daily driver because the keyboard and browser on the 808 just make it unusable at that. I can deal with the 808 quirkiness when I want to carry it around as a camera first, smartphone second, but not as a daily driver.

              (I’d wager the majority of the market would agree with me, even if they say they hate WP, they hate touch-Symbian even more.)

            • Toys?

              Is that your best insult?

              UST-OTG is a feature useful to how many versus a usable default browser/keyboard? Yeah that’s right.

              Widgets? Tell the N9 about that. And also the tiles can have equivalent things to widgets.

              Better battery life? You’ve tested this unreleased phone?

              There’s pros and cons of both devices. I am sick to death of people proclaiming it’s completely one sided against Lumia products. Features, that once were important, the moment they arrive in a Lumia are no longer ‘the quality features’. Sick to death of it.

  • iluvnok

    What if the Nokia will use this feature to differentiate let’s say Verizon version than AT&T’s? OF course they are not going to announce it somewhere but the HW are already there, just a matter of SW support. I guess this is the most likely the reason. As you may know Operators here in US demand some extra to differentiate from a rival network.

  • migo

    Well at least Nokia has released several phones that sell themselves without advertising in less than a year. Before it was the N95, and then maybe the N8. Now we’ve got the N9, 808 and 920 less than a year apart each.

    If they keep that up, we’ll at least have word of mouth advertising. Although Nokia would be in a much better position if they pulled an Apple and only released one flagship device at a time, so you don’t have to deliberate.

    At least with Samsung you also know that a Galaxy S is better than anything else they’ve released, and that the higher number is better. If Nokia stays consistent with the Lumia 9 series being flagships, then we’ll be alright, but what happens when they hit 990?

    • incognito

      The N95 was quite heavily advertised, tho. But given the time and the state of the market back then, and comparing it to the last year, the N95 is still the crown achievement of Nokia. If we except the emerging touchscreen revolution, the N95 was clearly ahead of the pack – a position Nokia has yet to come even close with their new devices. They’ve been lagging behind the competition for too long – they truly need another no-compromises device.

      • Janne

        I’d say the 920 is the no-compromises device. It has several distinguishing features putting it ahead of the pack and otherwise it is equal to the pack. Sure, Nokia would do well to do EVEN more, but 920 is not a compromise device in any way.

        • DontBeSilly

          where is the replaceable battery?
          where is the hdmi out?

          does it work as a USB disk when plugged in so that you can copy any file and later open it from the phone using whatever app that can open it?
          (does it let you access the file system?)
          (do you still need this silly pc companion software ?)

          Central notification?

          I’m sure you will say all of these are features. but then you are Janne.

          • DontBeSilly

            Also the phone is not a hero device.. it is just a high-end device. and nokia needs a hero device to rectify the damages done over the past couple years.

          • DontBeSilly

            to continue,

            some phones let you hook up to external display/ keyboard combo (via dock) and the os becomes automatically reconfigured for that device. Does 920 have anything like that?

            does it have a rich apis for controlling external accessory devices such as for iphones?

            I see lots of lots extreme high end features that are lacking in either 920 or Win8 or both.

            No compromise only if you compare to average mid phones.

            • DontBeSilly

              forgot to mention.


              does it have Siri or Google now equivalent?
              (let’s not mention that crappy tellme)

              WP8/920 are a generation behind compared to competition.

              Only camera is somewhat better but not in leagues such as for 808

              • Siri (and the likes) is pretty meaningless for small nations. That is, not being a native speaker of English, German, French or the other, supported languages, for example I don’t bother with the presence/absence of Siri and alikes.

        • incognito

          Apart from the imaging part and maybe screen resolution / PPI, both of which we still need to check first hand and we still don’t know what Apple will reveal in a week to compare it with the competition, the Lumia 920 is equal, or behind the pack – some of the competing devices have better CPUs and/or GPUs, some have more RAM, some have far more features… And that is without taking the OS into account, which nowadays is becoming important given the investments in app purchases and such, so users are reluctant to switch unless there is something that would really set it apart from the pack.

          I don’t see that with any Nokia as of late (actually with anything they’ve released since the N95, they did come pretty close a couple of times but managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the classic Nokia style) and I don’t see that with the Lumia 920 either. It’s a no-doubt high-end device, but has too little of extras to offer to sway the public eye. Their brand is tarnished, and Microsoft so far has no brand in the mobile arena, to put it mildly, so if they want a combination of those two to stand out from the crowd, they need quite a bit more than what Lumia 920 is.

          I’ll get to the OS in a minute (and I’ll even play of one hypothetical strength of it), but let’s see first what would make a hypothetical no-compromises device from the hardware standpoint. The easiest things first:

          – At least 64GB of internal storage (as an option, not necessarily as a main-line offer). They already did it, and the price difference would be miniscule (for Nokia) when ordered in bulk.

          – Expandable storage – a microSD port is always welcome, and it could’ve been easily incorporated without the penalties in the design – for example double-sided push/pop tray which would on one side hold a SIM, and on the other a microSD port.

          – (micro)HDMI or DP port could be easily incorporated without design penalties as well. Thunderbolt support instead would even further set it apart from the pack but as long as they stick with the ARM architecture I doubt we’d be seeing it.

          – Full BT stack including file sharing (FTP/OBEX), HID and SAP/SIM/rSAP profiles.

          – USB host / USB-OTG support, with USB 3.0 support.

          – A slightly bigger camera sensor – they could’ve used at least an N8-like sensor (even if not BSI) and DSP stack and fit it in that body to really set apart the camera from the pack. Low light performance is nice, but you still have quite some compromises in the details arena, dynamic range and noise. I’m quite sure they do have something of at least that level in their labs and they should’ve pushed it that notch further to annihilate the competition in all conditions, not just low light.

          – Either two exactly the same devices, one with and one without a QWERTY keyboard. Bonus points would be if the keyboard could be de-attachable so to have your cake and eat it too in the same device. A little bit of design and engineering ingenuity could’ve gone a long way to make that body itself an uber feature.

          – Put in OMAP5430/5432 instead of the Qualcomm S4 (Krait) – not only because it ticks the quad-core checkbox, but because it is more performant in both CPU and the GPU arena, and Nokia has much better relations with TI than with Qualcomm, to put it mildly, so they could’ve saved some cost as well. Alternatively they could’ve stroke a deal with Intel (tho I guess it will take some time before they fix their relations after the last year’s fiasco) and push them to finish the dual-core Medfield in time for launch.

          – Pack it with 2GB of RAM. WP8 allows for native programming (or so they claim), and in such environment the more RAM the merrier. Multitasking as a feature is pretty much given and benefits of more RAM in such case are clear.

          – If it wouldn’t add too much to the cost (tho there are some political issues at play as well) they could’ve used an OLED screen (non-Pentile!) together with stand-by low-power screen feature and such.

          Now, why are all those features needed to make an ultimate, no-compromise device. Well, since they’ve decided to go with WP, why not play at the only strength it might have with the competition – the UI unification between desktop, tablet and smartphone, alongside with the WinRT base APIs (yeah, I know WP doesn’t support them, but Microsoft are idiots for not pushing that unification, and Nokia should’ve demanded it from them) With the said hardware (and features support for which Microsoft have no excuse to omit) Nokia could’ve recycled their N95 ad catchphrase – what computers have become.

          Now imagine such device with all checkboxes ticked, where it’s either equal or better (instead equal or worse) than the competition and then some – and just when the audience (at a presentation or in general) is ready to pronounce that `it’s up there with the big boys` and `makes no compromises`, and starts wondering `it’s all fine and dandy, but what does it offer that others don’t` – they wind up a big touchscreen monitor (or an empty tablet shell with just a screen and battery in it) connect the device to it, and wham – it turns into a tablet / touch-screen OS just as if you would have it with a dedicated device. Then you add an Applesque `one more thing` moment – you add a huge ass monitor, a BT keyboard and a mouse, and wham – it turns into a bona fide desktop computer. Forget about desktops, forget about laptops, forget about tablets – you have them all in your pocket, you just need other HIDs and displays to release the potential. And with USB host mode, you can additionally wow the crowd by connecting a plethora of USB accessories to give it additional hardware features.

          And don’t tell me that both Nokia and Microsoft didn’t have the time or resources to make it. I’m well aware that Microsoft doesn’t care all that much for the WP8 this year and that they are focused on the Win8 release and the tablet market before, like the smartphone space, it becomes way too difficult for them to compete, but Nokia is a strategic partner and unless they are lying to the public and the shareholders, they ought to have far more influence on Microsoft than what is currently presented. They are starting from very low position and they need something like that to be able to challenge the already established behemoths.

          Now that would be a no-compromise device. And that’s exactly what Nokia needs.

          • spacemodel

            This is so true, the 920 is a nice device, a great update for the 3% of the mobile world which already loved WP.

            But for the other 97% it’s nothing special, there’s hardly any reason to prefer this phone above the Galaxy SIII or upcoming iPhone 5.
            Why should someone chose the 920 in favor of these two phones and why should someone who is already in the iOS or Android ‘ecosystem’ and spend a fair amount of money in apps for those phones switch to WP?
            Sorry, but I can’t see any reason and incognito gives you all the reason why; the 920 is by no means a breakthrough device for Nokia.

        • Doffen

          No HDMI, no SD-card, no USB on the go = compromises. The carriers will love it though. Everything through their network = more money in their coffers.

  • Grendell

    I still don’t see why Nokia didn’t mention it if it was designed to be in the 920. Wether available now or somewhere down the line. It would have made a great product even more awesome! Unless MS can’t support it. In which case, it would again be yet another case of MS holding back the hardware potential of Nokia.
    I agree with this article, Apple makes it’s living marketing the hell out of mundane achievements. They’ll slap an “I” on a different colored dog turd and call it the next best thing. Much as I am not a fan of The Lumia range, there is easily enough technical achievement in the 920 to make the coming iPhone look like what it is..a longer dog turd with a smaller charging port.

    • dss

      Maybe because its not stereo, so they don’t want people to start comparing it to the 808 ?

  • Allure

    If Nokia had a Steve Jobs like marketer on their side, things would turn out differently

    • Keith too

      What good would a dead marketer do?

      • JGrove303

        lol, nice.

        Nokia doesn’t need some dick selling lackluster equipment by calling it “The Next Big Thing.” They need only show everything that their devices can do and how they do it better. It hardly needs marketing. Just do a god damn demo of what’s on the white paper! Tah-Dah!

  • But the official spec sheet on Nokia website says it’s “mono with high volume capture”. So much confusion!

  • Carbontubby

    From the official site:

    Audio recording features
    Mono with high volume capture

    I assume this is for audio capture like with the Symbian Sound Recorder app? I think the 808 records in mono without Rich Recording for sound-only recording but it enables the goodies for video recording.

    The 920 has 1080p video so it should also have stereo sound, and “high volume capture” probably means Rich Recording.

    The tech behind RR is interesting by itself – a single microphone, dual pre-amps for high and low volume paths, and a way of selecting the cleanest signal path and combining them. Fantastic stuff 🙂

  • manu

    i hope this is the case with mass storage mode,bluetooth file transfer and divx/xvid support non of which is mentioned in specs sheet of lumia 920

  • kade

    It would be classic Nokia. The effort they put in to show that videos would be amazing -even faking a video for that and then not putting rich recording.

    Yep, 1080, uber stable video..what… you want to be able to record sound with it too?

  • Nokia I LOVE NOKIA mwuah mwuah hugs


    Other phone companies are dying to have these specs and would do all imaginable things just to boast that they have this, etc.

    But Nokia on the other hand doesn’t seem proud of what they have.

    It thins my patience to read stuff like this. Nokia should be hit with a big chunk of reality.

  • Mario

    Did they mention all the LTE frequencies the 920 support? Credit due to Qualcomm, but of course they won’t say a word… If Apple were to support so many, they would scream it from every rooftop!

  • Peter

    Reason why they don’t advertise this feature like mad:

    Joe Average does not know what it is and does not care.

    It’s only the geeks that are aware what this thing can do and they’ll find about it eventually anyway. It is not a feature that will make the difference in a sale situation (for the vast majority of the potential buyers).

  • Toink

    STOP the press! NO it does not!

    Damien Dinning Just twitted:

    “4. in terms of audio recording, the difference is mono in the #920 vs #808 which is stereo. ”


    • Bloob

      Yeah, so it does, and does not have RR. I guess it is understandable that they wouldn’t advertise it as RR lite after pulling a PureView Lite on us.

      Basically great audio quality, but only mono.

      • Jesseri

        How audio quality can be great when it’s mono?.

    • 🙁

      No 920 for me, then.

      BTW, this is a cardinal mistake on Nokia’s part. They should have tried to include everything but the kitchen sink in the flagship phone – at least as many features and much hardware as in the 808.

      Stereo mikes / recording wouldn’t have taken much space, would it?

    • Yea this article should be updated NOW with this info.

  • Sefriol

    This is a little bit off topic, but I think there isn’t something called bad publicity. I think Nokia might have a gold mine here. If we round up the facts, without the OIS video no-one would talk about Nokia event after 3 days, but because of it they still do.
    And when I talked with a lot of my friends in Finland and abroad they didn’t think that Nokia cheated. Ofc they failed, but they had a feature which they oversaturated a little bit. “Every company does that.” they said.
    But without saying some think that Nokia cheated and we cannot take that away now. But if people keep talking about this and see that those features are real… Nokia will be the winner in the end.

    For example nobody talks about Motorola’s release anymore. But because of Android their phones will still sell.

  • BTW, guys, the iPhone 4/4S also have two mikes, both capable of recording video. (Actually, while phone calls use the bottom one, video recording use the top.)

    This, however, doesn’t mean it would record videos or audio notes in stereo. Not in the least. (I’ve tried very hard to access both from code or from the camera app by hacking the plist files. No dice.)

    That is, if the 920 indeed contains 2/3 mikes, this doesn’t necessarily mean it uses them for recording and not only for call noise suppression.

  • Mr.MeanG

    I don’t see any wording of RR on the 808’s white paper.

  • stylinred

    There’s Rich Recording but No Stereo sound in video that stinks (re: damian tweets)

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