X series: Nokia’s first ever android smartphones

The Finnish-tech giant Nokia has announced its first-ever android based smartphones series– Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, which are powered by Microsoft and Nokia services.

On the specification front, all three handsets are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor and are dual SIM. Popular messaging apps like BBM, Viber, Vine and Twitter come pre-installed.

Nokia X and X+ come with 4-inch 480×800 displays. Both have identical 4GB internal storage, with expandable support up to 32GB via microSD card, and are powered by a 1500mAh battery

While the Nokia X comes with 512MB RAM, the Nokia X+ comes with 768MB RAM. Both phones have a 3-megapixel rear camera, but no front shooter. Both the Nokia X and Nokia X+ will be available in bright green, bright red, cyan, and yellow, black and white.

On the other hand, Nokia XL comes with 5-inch 480×800 display. It sports a 5-megapixel camera, a 720p front camera, 768MB RAM and is packed with 2000mAh battery, while sharing other specifications with its siblings. The handset will be available in bright green, orange, and cyan, yellow, black and white. Colour availability may vary across regions.

All three phones come with 3G support and take Micro-SIMs instead of regular ones.

The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, starting at approximately Rs. 7,500.  Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are expected to roll out early in the second quarter, priced at approximately Rs. 8,400 and Rs 9,300 respectively.

Source: http://www.abplive.in/incoming/2014/02/24/article268162.ece/X-series-%C2%A0Nokia%E2%80%99s-first-ever-android-smartphones#.UwsmJeOSz5N

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Nokia X Android launch: pictures leak

What appears to be an advert for Nokia’s upcoming Android smartphone has been published online.

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The Nokia X launch date is expected to be unveiled on Monday when the firm holds is Mobile World Congress keynote.

The advert was tweeted by @evleaks on Monday. It shows the Nokia X name that has emerged as the likely moniker of Nokia’s Android phone line. It shows a line of green Lumia-style smartphones heading towards the viewer.

The tweet doesn’t reveal anything further about the phone. @evleaks has established a reputation for being right almost all of the time.

Nokia’s Normandy

Details of Nokia’s first Android smartphone have slowly leaked onto the internet over the last couple of month.

However, the last couple of weeks have seen a raft of speculation and leaks.

They include what the smartphone will look like, most of its specifications and even the version of Android it runs on.

According to those reports, the phone will reportedly run on a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB RAM and come with a 4-inch screen and 4GB of storage. It is also said to feature a microSD card slot and five megapixel camera.

A Vietnamese website suggested that the phone may sell for as little as £66 when it launches.

The Android smartphone is expected to debut at Mobile World Congress next week.

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/latest-nokia-x-image-leaks

Leaked! Sony smartphone with 20MP camera

Sony has been launching smartphones at a fast clip recently, with eight handsets being launched in the past six months. The latest upcoming Sony smartphone on the radar is one that rivals cameraphones like Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom.

The upcoming phone, being developed under the code name Xpeia i1 Honami, will have a 20MP Exmor RS camera on the back, according to a report in ePrice.com. This camera will have a ½.3″ sensor, Sony G-lens and Bionz image processor. The screen of the upcoming smartphone will measure 5-inch and the operating system would be Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

The report claims that the upcoming Xperia i1 Honami will have 16GB internal storage and microSD card support. It is said to run on a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, backed by 2GB RAM. The phone will have a 3,000mAh battery, 8.3mm thickness and 2MP secondary camera. Sony’s upcoming handset is expected to be IP57 certified, making it resistant to water and dust.

Sony has sent out press invites for a launch on September 4, the first day of IFA 2013. The report claims that Honami will be unveiled at the event.

Nokia last week launched the Lumia 1020 with a 41MP camera, while Samsung launched its Galaxy S4 zoom with 16MP unit in June.

Sourcehttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/hardware/Leaked-Sony-smartphone-with-20MP-camera/articleshow/21105044.cms

Nokia pins recovery hopes on advanced camera smartphone

Nokia on Thursday introduced a new smartphone, the Lumia 1020, with a powerful 41-megapixel camera in its latest bid to catch up with rivals Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc.

Tech bloggers responded enthusiastically, saying the camera quality was the highest in the market. But analysts questioned whether it was enough to help Nokia, suffering a fall in cash reserves after years of poor sales, survive.

“The hardware’s a beauty on this thing,” said tech website Engadget after CEO Stephen Elop demonstrated features including “floating lens” technology that adjusts for camera shake and six lenses that help produce sharper images.

The Finnish mobile phone maker is pinning its hopes for a comeback in smartphones on Microsoft Corp‘s Windows Phone – an operating system that is struggling to compete with Google’s popular Android system.

While regular mobile phones still account for the bulk of its shipments, smartphones are viewed as crucial for its long-term survival because of their higher margins and increasing demand for web access from mobile phones.

Jo Harlow, Nokia’s executive vice president in charge of smart devices, said the growing popularity of photo and video sharing meant more consumers will want better cameras.

“Taking pictures is in the top three things people do with a smartphone. It’s a relevant feature to be focused on,” she told Reuters. “To stand out you have to differentiate.”

The new Lumia’s 41-megapixel count far exceeds those of the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, at 8 and 16 megapixels respectively. It is also higher than some compact cameras, although higher megapixels do not necessarily mean better photos as factors such as lens quality also affect the end result.

“The imaging capabilities here are extraordinary,” said Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart.

But he added: “It’s still a Windows Phone … if somebody is looking for applications they’re still going to look at iPhone.”

Sourcehttp://news.yahoo.com/nokia-unveils-lumia-smartphone-41-megapixel-camera-152002963.html

Nokia Unveils $68 Mobile Phones for Speedy Internet Access

Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), the second-biggest maker of mobile phones, unveiled cheaper handsets today to meet consumer demand for fast connections to the Internet.

The Nokia 207 and 208 are candybar-shaped phones that let users connect to speedier third-generation networks, the company said in a statement. They come with Nokia’s Xpress Browser that compresses data and will include social applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Both handsets will cost $68 and are expected to start shipping this quarter. The third model is a dual SIM version of the Nokia 208.

The company said the new models are its “most affordable 3G devices yet.” As Nokia strives to catch up with Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. in smartphones priced at more than $500, the Espoo, Finland-based company is also trying to boost sales of more basic handsets that sell for a fraction of the price, a category that accounts for most of its device business.

Nokia’s first-quarter sales slumped 20 percent as competition from Asian manufacturers of phones that run Google Inc.’s Android software hurt demand for the company’s cheaper models. Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop said the decline in its mobile-phone business was primarily caused by competition and Nokia was preparing “aggressive moves” to respond. It unveiled new software to power its Asha mobile phones in May.

Cash Sources

Nokia’s shares fell 0.5 percent to 2.97 euros at 1:22 p.m. in Helsinki, paring the advance to 1.4 percent this year and valuing the company at 11.1 billion euros ($14.4 billion).

Of the 336 million handsets Nokia sold last year, only about 10 percent were smartphones. Basic models accounted for 31 percent of Nokia’s revenue, versus 18 percent for smartphones. Network equipment made up most of the balance.

Nokia reported April 18 that it sold about 11 million fewer mobile phones in the first quarter than analysts had projected, with basic phones plunging 21 percent to 55.8 million units. A failure to revive the low-end business would leave Nokia without an important source of cash to develop devices to challenge competitors.

The phonemaker this week said it plans to buy Siemens AG (SIE)’s share in the six-year Nokia Siemens Networks joint venture for 1.7 billion euros, giving it full access to the phone-equipment maker’s cashflow.

Nokia Siemens today won a contract worth at least $200 million to build a fourth-generation wireless system for Russia’s biggest mobile-phone company OAO Mobile TeleSystems.

Sourcehttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-03/nokia-unveils-mobile-phone-models-for-fast-internet-access.html

Mozilla’s Firefox OS debuts on first smartphone

The Mozilla Firefox OS has set foot into the smartphone industry, launching on its first handset today and offering a challenge to the budget sector currently dominated by Android.

The ZTE Open has a mere 3.5 inch screen, a 1GHz single-core processor and 256MB of RAM with the entirely reasonable price of €39 (£33).

Mozilla claims it isn’t trying to take over the top-end of the market but instead wants to go after the still-expanding market of customers looking for their first smartphone.

As a package customers will in fact pay €69 as the phone comes bundled with €30 pay-as-you-go credit and 4GB storage card. One alternative is to pick the phone up on a 24 month contract with Telefónica for a piddling €2.38 per month

Additional features include a 3.2-megapixel camera and support for Wi-Fi and A-GPS. But the ZTE Open is most noteworthy for using Mozilla’s HTML-based Firefox OS. It supports the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Nokia’s Here maps but still has a long way to go to make any kind of impact against Android, iOS or Windows Phone.

Firefox may have made a smart move in opting for the emerging market to start with, but it will need to get apps on board sharpish in order to win over users.

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/mozillas-firefox-os-debuts-on-first-smartphone