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At a time when drool-worthy superphones are hitting the market, there’s also a trend toward very affordable handsets, as well. Nokia has most definitely been working in the former space, but it hasn’t forgotten the latter. The Nokia 108, which is also available with dual-SIM, is designed for people getting their first camera phone and costs just $29. The phone features Nokia’s Slam technology for fast and easy content sharing via Bluetooth, up to 32GB of external memory, an integrated MP3 player, FM radio, alarms, a flashlight, and a 0.3MP camera (640x480) that shoots photos and video. The display is just 1.8 inches, but there’s a physical number keyboard. Nokia says that... Read more...
On Labor Day, Microsoft and Nokia issued a press release confirming that Nokia's devices division was being wholly acquired by Microsoft. It was a fairly short release, and just like that, it was done. But here's the thing: while it was easy to announce, it took a ton of work to get where we are today. The New York Times has a report outlining the timeline of events that led to this historic move -- a move that will remove Nokia's branding from future smartphones, and a move that proves Microsoft is serious about getting into the vertically integrated hardware arena. The story tells a wild tale, where Microsoft weighed options of buying BlackBerry or HTC in order to grab yet another hardware... Read more...
If you've made the decision to swim in Windows Phone waters, you may have been eyeballing Nokia's Lumia 1020 and been turned on by its 41-megapixel rear-facing camera. That's pretty beastly, but a glance at the $299 price tag may have turned you off just as quickly. Would you be interested again if it was $100 cheaper? Whether or not you would be, the new price is $199 with a two-year service agreement with AT&T. That's more in line with competing high-end smartphones like the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, both Android devices. The Lumia 1020 is a strong contender in the Windows Phone space (see our full review). It has a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of... Read more...
Under Steve Jobs, Apple could seemingly do no wrong, at least towards his latter years. There was the introduction of the iPhone, the iPod touch, and the iPad, each of which were must-have devices for a period of time (some would argue they still are, though Samsung would certainly dispute that). When Jobs passed away, Tim Cook inherited a company that had created a rabid consumer culture the world has never seen, but as time goes on, there's growing concern that Apple isn't doing enough to innovate. Of course, Apple is raking in billions of dollars in profits each and every quarter, but even so, the company isn't immune to a fickle fan base that could turn their back on a dime. Take it from... Read more...
More leaks are emerging regarding the rumored Nokia Lumia 1520, codenamed “Bandit”, this time in the form of what purports to be the device’s home screen. Among the clues that this is a shot of the 1520 is the time in the upper right corner, which Nokia typically uses to indicate the model number. The image is from evleaks, which has scored some credibility in the past, and it’s worth noting that the original size is nearly 1920x1080. Specifically, it’s 1820x1023 (note that the bottom of the image is lopped off a bit), and that would corroborate the purported 1080p HD display and thus also indicate that GDR3, or Windows Phone 8.1, will ship on the device. (Source:... Read more...
One has to wonder why Microsoft has been doing everything it can to bury big news over the past couple of weeks. Ballmer's retirement plan was unveiled in a hush-hush fashion, and a few days ago, Microsoft decided to give a board seat to an activist investor for the first time in the company's history. As if that weren't enough change for two weeks, there's this: on a U.S. holiday, Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring Nokia's Devices & Services business, while also licensing Nokia's patents and mapping services. To be clear, this is Microsoft buying Nokia's mobile phone business for around $7.2 billion. Even the release puts it this way: "The boards of directors for both companies... Read more...
Nokia must really be in deep with Microsoft, because the company may be working on a Windows RT tablet that’s due to be announced in September. The device is rumored to bear the “Vanquish” moniker, and it will likely run a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. If a leaked photo is to be believed, the Nokia Windows RT tablet will be roughly 10 inches and run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. This all jibes with reports last year that Nokia was working on such a tablet and also that Windows RT tablets in general would be rocking the Qualcomm chip. Rumored Nokia Windows RT tablet (Image credit: Digi-Wo via The Verge) Nokia has bet big on Microsoft already, and this venture... Read more...
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