Twitter user @Football4PDA has leaked several devices in the past, such as the HTC One X+, and he’s proven to be a reliable source of information. His latest tweet says HTC is going to announce a new phone called DLX. It’s highlight feature will be a 5 inch 1080p display. Under the hood there’s supposed to be a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, and on the back of the device there should be a 12 megapixel camera. Continue reading “Rumor: The HTC DLX will be the first 1080p smartphone on the market”
Windows Phone 8 is set to officially launch on October 29th. Every Windows Phone that’s currently on the market will sadly not be able to upgrade to the new version of the OS, but Microsoft doesn’t want to alienate those people, so they’re going to launch Windows Phone 7.8. Don’t be fooled though, it’s basically Windows Phone 7.5, but with the new ability to have small, medium, and large tiles. In other words, it’s the old version of the OS, but with a slightly new theme. Continue reading “Leak: Alcatel’s first Windows Phone handset, allegedly runs WP 7.8”
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system is due to launch on the 29th of October in San Francisco. Devices will start shipping soon after, which means the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are still several weeks away. Now when it comes to pricing, different markets have different business models. In many parts of Europe and Asia, people buy their phones unsubsidized, meaning they pay the full price of the device. That makes buying something like the iPhone 5, which sells for about 680 EUR, a very painful proposition. In America however, consumers sign two year contracts in exchange for a substantial discount. Continue reading “Leak: Nokia Atlas for Verizon Wireless (warning: it’s hideous)”
Nokia is headquartered in Espoo, Finland, a city that takes less than 15 minutes to get to via bus from the center of Helsinki. The building they occupy is a stunning architectural achievement made out of steel, glass, and ample quantities of wood. According to Reuters, Nokia is so desperate for cash right now that they’re considering selling the building. It’s estimated that the property is worth between 200 million Euros and 300 million Euros. Does this mean Nokia is planning to leave Finland? No. In fact, Nokia probably isn’t even going to leave the building at all. They’ll likely sell it to someone who will then rent it out to them. This sort of arrangement means Nokia can spend less time worrying about real estate, which is a good thing, but it also means that Nokia can decide to leave the building whenever they want. Continue reading “Nokia might sell their main office in Finland to get some much needed money”
Credit Suisse, one of the largest financial services companies in the world, recently told investors that they’ve lost confidence in Nokia. They say the stock is likely going to hit 1.60 EUR ($2.07), and that Windows Phone 8 isn’t going to fix the Finnish handset maker’s problems. Their most bold suggestion, by far, is that Nokia should split itself up:
“Apple may be interested in Nokia’s IP (intellectual property). Ericsson, Huawai, ZTE may be interested in parts of Nokia Seimens Networks. No company would likely be interested in the entire company with its 114,000 employees.”
So what do we make of all this? Let’s look at the facts. Nokia sold 4 million Windows Phones during the second quarter of 2012. They’re going to announce how many Windows Phones they sold during Q3 in roughly three weeks. In July, Microsoft held an event where they showed off parts of Windows Phone 8, but more importantly they finally confirmed to the world that today’s Windows Phone aren’t going to get updated to the latest version of the OS.
In early September, Nokia held an event to show off two new Windows Phone 8 devices, but they forgot to mention how much they were going to cost and when they’re going to come out. Which brings to last week, when week Nokia finally issued some press releases that said we’re not going to see any of their Windows Phone 8 handsets until mid November. The high end device, the Lumia 920, will cost 650 EUR, which is what’s expected of a flagship phone. The Lumia 820 on the other hand, the “budget” model, is priced at 500 EUR, and that’s simply too much.
Microsoft gives Nokia $250 million every quarter to stay alive, but Nokia is burning through that at a rate that isn’t sustainable. If these new Lumia phones don’t break sales records, we honestly don’t know if the company can stick it out until the end of 2013.
Samsung was the first handset maker to announce a Windows Phone 8 device, the ATIV S. They showed it off in Berlin in late August. Nokia was next in line a week later in New York with the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. Then there was HTC with the 8X and 8S, again in New York. Now it’s Huawei’s turn. According to ITProPortal, the Chinese handset maker is going to hold an event on the 25th of this month, probably in China, though that hasn’t been confirmed yet, to announce the W1 and the W2. The latter is set to be the higher end device that will allegedly rival the Nokia Lumia 920, whereas the former is a “midrange” device. Continue reading “Huawei to unveil two Windows Phone 8 devices on September 25th”
What you’re looking at above and below are photos of what is alleged to be the Nokia Lumia 510. It’s supposed to have a 4 inch screen, an 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227A processor, 256 MB of RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera. It’s also supposed to run Windows Phone 7.8. We have no idea how much it’s going to cost, but let’s put it this way: Nokia’s cheapest Windows Phone, the Lumia 610, can currently be had for roughly $225 depending on where you go. If this thing is one whole product tier under, we’re assuming that based on the model name, then it may very well be Nokia’s first sub $200 Windows Phone. Continue reading “Leak: Nokia Lumia 510 found in China, runs Windows Phone 7.8”
Samsung has just announced a brand new device for the Indian market called the Champ Neo Duos. It doesn’t run Android, sadly, or any other smartphone operating system, which means it’s a feature phone. Before you run away though, let’s see what makes this device special. First, the screen. It’s 2.4 inches diagonal, which makes it impossibly tiny. Some people have a thing for small devices, so that’s a plus. Now because the phone is so miniscule, Samsung knows you’re probably going to rip your hair out trying to use it, so they were nice enough to throw in a stylus. That’s right, a feature phone with a stylus! When was the last time you saw that? And finally there’s the best feature of all: It takes two SIM cards. Perfect for saving money. Continue reading “Samsung Champ Neo Duos: Dual SIM, 2.4 inch touch screen, just $60”
On Wednesday, the 19th of September, Apple released iOS 6. According to research done by Chitika, an online advertising company, they say that 15% of iOS devices in the United States and Canada updated to the new version within the first 24 hours. That’s frankly astonishing when you think about it. To put that number into some perspective, Chitika says that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, despite being a couple of months old now, is only responsible for 1.5% of web traffic in the same two countries. Say what you will about Apple and how expensive the iPhone is, but the company sure seems to know how to make sure that their customers are using the most up to date software. Continue reading “iOS 6 is already on 15% of iOS devices, shows Android users how it’s done”
HTC recently announced two new Windows Phone 8 devices, the flagship 8X, and the “mid range” 8S. The company said they would both ship in November, but they failed to say how much they were going to cost. Thanks to the UK online retailed Clove, we now have some pricing data. They’re selling preorders for the 8X for roughly $650, while the 8S goes for a more reasonable $385. Both of those prices include tax by the way. To put those numbers into some perspective, Clove also sells Samsung’s 2012 flagship device, the Galaxy S III, for $750. Apple’s iPhone 5, which launches in the UK tomorrow, starts at $850! Continue reading “HTC’s new Windows Phone 8 devices get priced in the UK”
Mozilla, makers of the once loved Firefox web browser, are trying to become relevant again. Their strategy is to create a mobile operating system that leverages their HTML rendering engine so that developers can write their applications using the same languages they’re used to using when creating websites. In other words, they want “web apps” to get the same sort of respect that “native apps” get. Today ZTE is announcing that they’re going to unveil a phone either by the end of this year or early next year running Mozilla’s OS. David Dai Shu, ZTE’s spokesperson, told Retuers that: “We are trying to increase our efforts in coming up with our own operating system, while introducing products based on Android.” Continue reading “ZTE and Mozilla partner up, plan on selling a Firefox phone in Q1 2013”
Nokia’s current CEO, Stephen Elop, became head of the Finnish handset maker on September 21, 2010. That means that this coming Friday, the day of the iPhone 5 launch in the United States, he’s going to “celebrate” being in charge for two straight years. According to analysts interviewed by Reuters, Elop has until the end of the first quarter to prove that what he’s doing is actually helping the company or sending them straight to the grave. Juha Varis, a Nokia shareholder, says: “The Christmas season is a lost cause. For Nokia, if there is any chance, it will be Spring.” The lost cause he is referring to is of course the recently announced Lumia 920. That device would have been more impressive had Nokia A) Said when it would launch, B) Said how much it’s going to cost, and C) Show off what’s new and interesting about Windows Phone 8. Continue reading “Analysts say Stephen Elop has until the end of Q1 2013 to prove he can lead Nokia”
Motorola has just unveiled the RAZR i this morning in the UK. It’s essentially the RAZR M that was announced earlier this month, but with an Intel chip instead of a Qualcomm chip. What you’re looking at above is a phone with a 4.3 inch qHD display, what we assume to be 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom with hyper-threading enabled that should be capable of delivering up to 2 GHz of performance, an 8 megapixel camera that’s supposedly very fast, and it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’ll get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but we don’t exactly know when that’s going to happen. Continue reading “Motorola RAZR i: It’s the RAZR we all know and love, but with Intel inside”
Weeks before Samsung’s 5.5 inch Galaxy Note II was announced, many of the rumor sites said it was supposed to ship with a 12 megapixel. That obviously didn’t happen, but it does bring up an important question: When will Samsung release devices with 12 megapixel cameras? We know megapixels aren’t everything, and that there are multiple factors, such as optics and ISPs, that contribute to image quality, but the geeks in us just want to know. Continue reading “Rumor: Samsung’s 12 megapixel camera sensor is now being mass produced”
Apple’s newest iPhone, the iPhone 5, is going to go on sale this Friday in America and in several major European and Asian countries. It has numerous new features, but what’s arguably most important is the screen. For the first time since the iPhone launched in 2007, the display is finally bigger than 3.5 inches diagonal. Now yes, 4 inches isn’t that much larger than 3.5 inches, but it’s still significant in today’s market when you consider that Samsung’s flagship device has a 4.8 inch display and Nokia’s upcoming Lumia 920 has a 4.5 inch display. Continue reading “Apple’s iPhone 5 allegedly costs $35 more to make than the iPhone 4S”