Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nokia X will launch in Indonesia on March 27

Nokia's first Android smartphone, the Nokia X has already gone on sale in countries like India andMalaysia. The Finnish company is now expanding the availability of its affordable smartphone and the device will soon be available in Indonesia.



Nokia Indonesia has already sent out invites to the media that says "Prove the thrill of using the Nokia X that combines the best services of Nokia, Microsoft and access to Android applications". The event is scheduled for March 27 in Jakarta, the capital and the largest city of Indonesia.

Apart from Nokia X, the company is also expected to introduce the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL, but there is no official word at the moment.

Meanwhile, if you are located in the US, Canada, Korea and Japan then you will not be able to get your hands on Nokia X as the company has officially confirmed that the device will not be available in these regions.

You can check our hands-on report from the MWC floor to know more about the Nokia X series.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Save $100 with the Lumia 1520 and 50% on a flip cover

Thinking about picking up a Nokia Lumia 1520? Well the Microsoft Store has a deal for you.



You can get a $100 bill credit and 50% off the phone’s flip cover. There are some stipulations, however.

First off, you need to be a new AT&T customer. You’ll be getting $100 credit towards your bill payments and not off the phablet itself. The 1520 is $99 for a two-year contract agreement, so you will be getting the handset for free, essentially, if you decide to become a dedicated AT&T customer for 24 months.

The 4G LTE capable Lumia 1520 packs a 6” full HD screen, a 20MP pureview camera, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor.

If you’re looking to pick one of these up, are in the US, and don’t mind shacking up with AT&T, hit the source link below.

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Nokia challenges Sony to a #Cameraduel

Today Sony UK has tweeted its Xperia Z2 comes with “award-winning camera technology” and just an hour later Nokia UK has challenged itto a #Cameraduel.



Nokia’s picture includes the Finns’ best cameraphone to date – the Lumia 1020, of course.
Sony hasn’t responded to the tweet yet, and it’s unclear if it will do it at all. Once we get our hands on the retail unit of the Xperia Z2 though you bet we’ll do this camera duel anyway.

Earlier today Nokia mocked at Apple for its overpriced 8GB iPhone 5c launch and compared it to the five times cheaper and bestselling Lumia 520. It seems taking jabs on Twitter is a thing these days, but Nokia has been doing it the most for sure.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Nokia X did not have 1 million pre-orders in China

It looks like the news that the Nokia X achieved 1 million pre-orders in China is false.

RetailerJD.com set up a contest where participants could hit a “pre-order” button for a chance to win a Nokia X. The pre-orders didn't require you to register with the site or put any money down, which is not the norm for China.





This doesn't mean that the sales for the Nokia X will have difficulty reaching this number. The handset will be retailing for $100 unlocked, which is really cheap for a smartphone. Also given the fact that the X is Nokia's first Android smartphone, expect it to sell fairly well.

It doesn't change the fact that the numbers were fudged, or, at best, were misleading.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Nokia X scores 1 million pre-orders in China

Nokia's first Android smartphone, the Nokia X has been the talk of the town ever since its introduction at this year's Mobile World Congress. The Nokia X has already gone on sale in countries like India andMalaysia and the device was available for pre-ordering in China.





Nokia has taken to its Weibo account to reveal that the pre-orders for the Nokia X smartphone in China have already reached 1 million in just about 4 days. The Finnish company isn't making any predictions for the overall sales figure in China, but the firm is confident of capturing a fair share of Chinese market with its latest affordable offering.

Nokia X will begin to ship across the country on March 25, so there are still few weeks to go before we get to know the final pre-order figures.

If you are wondering what the Nokia X is all about, then do check our hands on impressions of the forked Android Nokia device to know more about it.

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Windows Phone 8 supports 128GB microSD cards

SanDisk has announced the availability of the world’s first 128GB microSD a few weeks ago at the MWC in Barcelona. It is the world’s highest capacity microSDXC card. But is your device even accepting 128GB memory cards?



Well, if you own a WP8-running Nokia Lumia 1520, then you can insert and use such card.

A user from the WP Central forum called NoRomBasic has tested SanDisk’s latest breakthrough – the128GB microSD card – and it was fully compatible with a Nokia Lumia 1520. This means Windows Phone 8 supports cards up to 128GB capacity.

Even though the OS may know how to use such a big microSD card, some smartphone-specific requirements still may apply, so if you have another WP handset make sure you double check before you fork out the cash.

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Android-powered Nokia X hits Malaysia for $120

The first Android device from Nokia, the Nokia X, landed with much fanfare at MWC last week. The company is wasting no time in getting it out to customers, as the device has been announced through Malaysian retailer Storekini.com for RM 399 (about $120).





While certainly on the cheap side, the device itself boasts rather meager specifications: a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4-inch WVGA display, 3MP fixed focus camera, 4GB of storage and just 512MB of RAM.

Our time with the device revealed a somewhat confusing mashup of Android 4.1, Windows Phone, and even elements from Nokia's Asha lineup. And although it's not able to run Google's Play Store, it does have the ability to sideload Android apps, 75% of which Nokia claims will be able to run without modification.

For our full impressions and hands-ons with the Nokia X, X+, and XL from MWC, go here. Otherwise, follow this link to get the Nokia X in Malaysia with free shipping.

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New Nokia Lumia 630 press pic surfaces

The Nokia Lumia 630 will give the entry-level segment of Nokia’s lineup a big boost. New rendered images give us the clearest look at the device to date and it could easily pass for one of the new Nokia Xdevices.

While similar, the Lumia 630 will offer better specs - a 4.3” WVGA screen, Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.7GHz processor and 1GB RAM.





The Lumia 635 version will feature LTE connectivity, putting it well ahead of other affordable phones. The base 630 model will be a dual-SIM phone, a first for Windows Phone, because dual-SIM support will only come with the WP8.1 update.

Note that the back of the phone lacks a flash for the camera (with rumored resolution of 8MP). The Lumia 620 did have a flash, while the 520/525 models do not. This is a strange thing to downgrade this aspect, considering all the other major bumps in specs, but as with all rumors nothing is certain.

Nokia reportedly has an event scheduled for April 19 where we expect to see the Lumia 930, the GSM version of the Lumia Icon (perhaps with a smaller screen), and the Lumia 630/635.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Korean manufacturers petitioning against Nokia-Microsoft deal

Ever since the announcement of the Microsoft-Nokia acquisition, many of us have been wondering what will happen to Nokia, and how will the 10 year licensing period on its patents work?





Korean manufacturers are more than a little worried, and have even gone as far as petitioning the FTC over what they feel could be an unfair advantage held by Microsoft after the deal goes through.
"The Korea Electronics Association (KEA) submitted a petition to the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) on March 7 with the Korea Software Industry Association, the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association, and the Korea Battery Industry Association, claiming that Microsoft is likely to keep Korean manufacturers in check by means of Nokia’s patents."

In the eyes of the KEA, Nokia could also pose a threat to foreign manufacturers by use of its own patents, which it will still have control over even after the deal goes through.
“As a mobile phone maker, Nokia rarely exercised its patent rights because of its cross-licensing with Samsung Electronics, Apple and the like, but now it can launch patent lawsuits or demand an increase in royalties without any limitation."

According to KEA lawyer Hwang Eun-jeong, Nokia can effectively become a patent troll with its own patents because it no longer has to cross-license them with other manufacturers after having effectively withdrawn from making smartphones.

We'll see if the FTC deems the complaints serious enough to prevent the eventual merger in due course. For more on the Nokia-Microsoft deal, check out our detailed report.

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Nokia Lumia 620 finally gets Lumia Black update

The youthful Nokia Lumia 620 is finally getting the Lumia Black treatment. The update has been rolling out on other WP8-running Lumias globally since the beginning of January. Lumia 720 was the most recent phone to join the Lumia Black bandwagon a month ago.



Various reports from Finland and the Netherlands suggest Lumia 620 is getting the WP8 GDR3 + Lumia Black combo update. It is the last phone to get it, but still users will be more than happy to install it.

Nokia Black builds on top of Windows Phone GDR3 and brings various improvements. From GDR3, it gets Bluetooth 4.0 LE support and the ability to close apps from the app switcher menu, there's a rotation lock too.

From the Nokia goodies, there's a new Drive mode, Nokia Storyteller and the new Nokia Camera app (if not installed already). There are two new colors for the night mode of the Glance screen. Glance notifications are available as well. Since the device only has 512MB RAM, it will miss out on Nokia Refocus and Nokia Beamer.

We guess update notifications will start popping up soon on every Lumia 620 smartphone out there.

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Nokia X available in India today, X+ and XL coming soon

Nokia just announced the availability of its first Android-powered product, the Nokia X, in India. India used to be a stronghold for Nokia but recently cheap Android-powered devices have been growing fast and eating into its share.





The dual-SIM Nokia X is available today at INR 8,600 ($140 / €100) from Nokia's official store. For comparison, a Nokia Lumia 520 – by far the most popular Windows Phone handset – costs INR 7,700.

The Lumia 520 is highly popular for a reason – Androids in its price range are nowhere near its specs. The Nokia X is no monster either but you get the same free offline navigation from HERE Maps.





Nokia X+ is also up on Nokia's India store but it's listed as "coming soon" and there's no price yet. The X+ and the 5" XL model should launch within a couple of months in the country.

Find our more about the Nokia X and its siblings from our MWC hands-on.

Friday, March 7, 2014

New Nokia Lumia 630 press pic surfaces

The Nokia Lumia 630 will give the entry-level segment of Nokia’s lineup a big boost. New rendered images give us the clearest look at the device to date and it could easily pass for one of the new Nokia Xdevices.

While similar, the Lumia 630 will offer better specs - a 4.3” WVGA screen, Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.7GHz processor and 1GB RAM.





The Lumia 635 version will feature LTE connectivity, putting it well ahead of other affordable phones. The base 630 model will be a dual-SIM phone, a first for Windows Phone, because dual-SIM support will only come with the WP8.1 update.

Note that the back of the phone lacks a flash for the camera (with rumored resolution of 8MP). The Lumia 620 did have a flash, while the 520/525 models do not. This is a strange thing to downgrade this aspect, considering all the other major bumps in specs, but as with all rumors nothing is certain.

Nokia reportedly has an event scheduled for April 19 where we expect to see the Lumia 930, the GSM version of the Lumia Icon (perhaps with a smaller screen), and the Lumia 630/635.

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