Nokia denies Lumia battery bug, plans fix for same

Nokia has joined the likes of Samsung and Apple by releasing a flagship smartphone, the Lumia 800, with a rather serious flaw: a bug that drains the battery prematurely.

Nokia's gaffe will prove amusing to iPhone 4S owners, who have been battling the same problem on Apple's flagship handset since launch - despite a patch, iOS 5.0.1, which was supposed to resolve the flaw - and Galaxy Nexus owners struggling to talk on a handset that mutes itself at random.

"We understand that some people have expressed concerns about battery life on the Nokia Lumia 800," Nokia has admitted in a statement to customers. "Early investigations show that the majority of people are enjoying the full Nokia Lumia experience without any problems."

The company gives lie to this statement, however, by admitting that there's a flaw to be fixed. "A software update in early December will include improvements to power efficiency, while a second update in early January introduces further enhancements to battery life and battery charging," the company continues. "Both are planned updates and will be made available via Zune. We recommend that anyone who still has concerns contact local Nokia care representatives at their earliest convenience."

With Nokia pinning its hopes on the Lumia family - its first Windows Phone handsets since reaching a licensing agreement with Microsoft - it will be hoping to keep a lid on this problem as much as possible.

Initial indications are that Nokia's strategy is working, however: reports claim that many retailers have sold out of the flagship Lumia 800 handset, and Vodafone has released figures suggesting it's selling more of the Lumia 800 than any other handset bar the black version of Apple's iPhone 4S.