Thursday, November 28, 2013

Nokia Asha 502 Dual SIM and Asha 503 go on sale

Nokia put two Asha 50x phones on sale – the 502 Dual SIM and the 503. The two are based on the Asha 501 design, but add a transparent outer layer on the back (while being every bit as colorful underneath).

The Nokia Asha 502 Dual SIM improves the phone's photography skills by bumping the camera to 5MP and adding an LED flash. The video recording is still at the abysmal QVGA@15fps, though.

As the name suggests, it comes only in dual-SIM. This model has only 2G connectivity, but Wi-Fi is available and so is WhatsApp. Note that the Asha 502 has a slightly smaller battery.

The Nokia Asha 503 comes in single- and dual-SIM versions. It also brings back the 3.5G connectivity from the 501, while keeping the improved camera. The battery is back to the original 1,200mAh capacity too.

Both the Asha 502 and the 503 have 3" QVGA screens (240 x 320) protected by Gorilla Glass 2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slots. They also feature social networking integration (Facebook, Twitter, Sina Weibo, LINE, WeChat) and Nokia's data compressing Xpress Browser.

The Nokia Asha 502 Dual SIM and Asha 503 are available right now in select IMEA (India, Middle East and Africa) and Asia Pacific regions.


Nokia Lumia 520 goes on sale for $50 off-contract

Just a day after the Nokia Lumia 525 became official, its predecessor the Lumia 520 gets an impressive price cut. AT&T and the official Windows Store will be selling the phone for $50 starting today.

The price is for an off-contract device. Starting today select AT&T stores across the USA as well as the online Windows Store will be offering the Lumia 520 for $50. You don't have much time to make up your mind whether you'll want it or not, because the promotion ends December 2.

The Nokia Lumia 520 is by far the greatest bestseller of the Finns and we liked it a lot when we reviewed it. Admittedly, Nokia has cut some corners here and there to make the Lumia 520 as affordable as it could possibly be, but at $50 buying it is a no-brainer.

Nokia is yet to put a price tag on the Lumia 525. Hopefully, the manufacturer won't go much higher than the Lumia 520.

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Nokia working on a dual-SIM Lumia smartphone

We already knew Nokia is working on a some sort of smartphone with the codename Moneypenny. Now a new info from popular leakster @evleaks says the company is also releasing a dual-SIM variant of the upcoming device.

Nokia's Moneypenny along with Goldfinger will be the first smartphones to feature the WP 8.1 Blue out of box. It appears that the new release will finally bring support for dual-SIM smartphones to the platform, allowing Nokia to compete more successfully in developing markets, where a second SIM slot is often seen as a mandatory feature.

If the earlier rumors are to be trusted, WP 8.1 Blue will also bring a notification center, better multi-tasking and a Siri-like Cortana voice assistant.

There is no word on the specifications and the launch date of Moneypenny, but since Microsoft is expected to announce the WP 8.1 OS in early 2014, we might see the device going official either at CES or at MWC.


AdDuplex: Nokia controls 90% of Windows Phone market

Nokia – or rather Microsoft – now owns 90% of the Windows Phone market. The numbers are from the latest AdDuplex report and reveal other interesting facts of the WP landscape.

That the Nokia Lumia 520 accounts for over a quarter of all Windows Phone devices should come as no surprise. That Windows Phone 7 devices account for another quarter, however, is surprising.

We keep careful track of outdated Android versions, but it's worth keeping in mind that WP7 devices will never see Windows Phone 8. Is WP7 the Gingerbread of Windows Phone?

Anyway, back to the Lumia 520. If you combine its share with that of the 521 – which is just a T-Mobile branded 520 – the market share jumps to nearly 30%. Also, this is the only phone with a double digit percentage when it comes to market share.

Second and third are the high-end Lumia 920 and the other low-end Lumia, the 620, both with under 9%. Other than the 920, there are virtually no high-end devices with an appreciable market share – neither the Lumia 1020 that has been out for a while, nor the 925 and 928 have managed to make a significant impact. The large-screened Nokia Lumia 625 has carved out a 2.9% share, though.

It's worth pointing out one more time that the above chart shows the worldwide marker share of all Windows Phone devices. There's just no HTC, Samsung or other maker that has a single phone with appreciable market share.

HTC does have 7% of the market, but Samsung and Huawei can't even break 2%.

In the US, the three major carriers have a WP dog in the game – Lumia 521 for T-Mobile is on top, followed by Verizon's Lumia 822 and the AT&T's Lumia 920 complete the Top 3.

In the UK, the 520 leads by a wide margin and oddly, it is followed by the old Lumia 800. HTC has third place with the 8S.

In India, the Nokia Lumia 520 has over 40% of the market followed by its low-end compatriots the Lumia 720 and 620. The 625 is at 7%, the affordable large-screen phone is meant to compete with cheap local brands.

From these numbers two things are clear – Microsoft practically owns its own market and it badly needs a high-end phone to achieve any sort of success.


Nokia Lumia 525 is a 1GB RAM WP8 smartphone on the cheap

The Nokia Lumia 520 is by far the best-selling WP8 smartphone, helping the platform to some remarkable growth over the past few months. This means it's only natural for Nokia to bring up a successor sooner rather than later. That would be the Lumia 525, which brings more RAM, which would expand the app compatibility of what was an already well working package. As you know some of the apps in the Windows Phone Store are incompatible with 512MB RAM smartphones.

The Nokia Lumia 525 packs double the RAM at 1 GB and comes with Windows Phone 8 with the Lumia Black update out of box. The rest of the specs are similar to the Lumia 520 - a 1,430 mAh battery, Nokia's Here Maps, Drive and Transit, 8 gigs of storage (expandable via microSD card), 5 MP camera (without a flash) and a dual-core 1 GHz Snapdragon S4.

Nokia Lumia 525

Nokia hasn't provided specifics on availability but we're guessing soon and in time for the holiday season. The price is also a mystery but we're guessing it won't be much higher than the Lumia 520 (currently just below the €130 mark).

Nokia Lumia 525

We also expect the Lumia 525 to be available in China, as per previous rumors. We'll update you when we hear more.

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Nokia Normandy leaks out alongside another Asha handset

A duo of unannounced members of the Nokia Asha family made the rounds on Twitter, courtesy of @evleaks. The first handset from the duo is codenamed Nokia Normandy, while the other one’s alias is yet to be revealed.

At a quick glance, the Nokia Normandy appears bound to take the Lumia design to the Asha range. There’s no info on the specs of the device, though it looks bound to take a spot at the top of the Nokia Asha family.

The unnamed Nokia Asha on the other hand, sports a rather unusual design. There’s no info on its specs at the moment.

The Nokia Normandy and its mysterious sidekick are yet to be announced. We’ll update you with more details as soon as we get them.


Nokia shareholders approve Microsoft deal

The Microsoft and Nokia deal has been put to vote by Nokia's shareholders today and 99.7% of them approved it. This means Microsoft is now allowed to proceed with the acquisition.

If everything goes as planned, Microsoft will acquire Nokia Devices and Services early next year for $7.2 billion and Stephen Elop will return back to Microsoft. He is also on the shortlist to succeed Steve Ballmer's as a CEO of the company.

The CEO candidates reportedly includes Stephen Elop, Ford's CEO Alan Mulally, former Skype president Tony Bates, and the executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group - Satya Nadella. Alan Mulally later stated he has no plans to leave the company though.

Nokia's Lumia and Asha brands will be owned by Microsoft once the deal is complete, while Nokia patents will be licensed to Microsoft for the next 10 years. Microsoft hasn't revealed any plans for the future of the division yet.

It will be very interesting to see who will be Microsoft's next CEO. If this is indeed Stephen Elop, we might see Microsoft selling its Xbox business and killing the Bing services. Steve Ballmer still has future plans for those, so it is uncertain if Elop will be able to do what he wants though.

Anyway, while the Nokia Devices and Services future is yet to be decided, one thing seems certain - the division is going to Microsoft next year.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Nokia Lumia 2520 hits AT&T on November 22

AT&T has announced today the availability of the Nokia Lumia 2520 slate. It will hit the carrier's online and walk-in stores on November 22.

The Lumia 2520 is going to cost $399 with a two-year contact with AT&T. You can also get it for $199 with a two-year agreement if you choose to bundle it with a Nokia Lumia 925, 1020 or 1520 (also on contract, of course). You will of course also have to pay the on-contract price of the smartphones themselves - $100 for the Lumia 925 and $200 for the other two.

In case you don't want a contract the Lumia 2520 you can get it straight from Nokia for $499. That's just $50 more than the Microsoft's Surface 2, which lacks 3G/LTE connectivity.

So, are you thinking of getting a Lumia 2520 or is Windows RT still failing to reel you in?


Monday, November 11, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 1520 makes its way to AT&T for $199 on contract

AT&T has begun accepting preorders for the Nokia Lumia 1520, asking $199 for it if you sign a contract. Without contract, the device will set you back $549.

The Lumia 1520 was announced last month at Nokia World 2013, marking the company's first venture into the realm of 6-inch smart devices, with an international price tag of €700 unsubsidized.

AT&T has exclusivity on the Lumia 1520 in the US, following similar exclusivity agreements regarding the Lumia 900, 920, and 1020. Preorders are scheduled to ship on November 15, with available color combinations including black, white, yellow, and red.

For more on the 6-inch Windows Phone-powered tablet from Nokia, check out our full hands-on.


Microsoft announces Nokia Lumia 1520 pre-orders

A couple of days ago AT&T detailed its Nokia Lumia 1520 launch plans and today it's Microsoft's turn. The Redmond company has officially detailed the Lumia 1520 availability and launched a pre-order campaign for the phablet.

Microsoft is going the extra mile with this particular pre-order. For everyone who pre-orders the phone, they'll throw in a $50 Microsoft Store app card as well as an $20 app gift card provided by Nokia. That's not all - there's also a free Lumia 1520 flip cover (valued at $39.99) included as well. And if that's not enough, there's a free download of Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows Phone to top things off.

Microsoft's offer will end on November 21, while the device starts shipping the next day. The Nokia Lumia 1520 sells for $199 and will initially be available in black, red and white, with yellow to come later this year.

However, if you fancy yourself an unlocked Lumia 1520, then retailer Unlocked Mobiles will be happy to oblige. The SIM-free Lumia 1520 will cost you a hefty £594.98, and is scheduled to start shipping on November 25.

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