Nokia roadmap for 2014 and 2015 gets leaked
Jun06

Nokia roadmap for 2014 and 2015 gets leaked

Several of Nokia’s plans regarding phone releases for the next few months have been leaked today. The company, now owned by Microsoft, will obviously continue to focus on Windows Phone devices. First off, it seems like the Lumia 930, announced in April, will not be making it to the US. It is in fact already sold by Verizon under a different name (Lumia Icon, that is), but it won’t be coming to other carriers. So Big Red apparently had quite the exclusive on this one. The midrange Lumia 635 (unveiled alongside the Lumia 930) is another story, though. It’s due to be sold by T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, as well as AT&T’s Cricket prepaid brand. This will happen in June or July, with the exception of Sprint, which may only release it later with updated firmware. The Nokia Lumia 530 should be made official pretty soon, because it’s going to arrive at T-Mobile “in the middle of the summer”, and at Cricket later on, probably in October. This will run Windows Phone 8.1 from day one, just like the 930 and 635. That said, Microsoft is planning to push out a new update to its mobile operating system before the end of the year. This will be next in line after Windows Phone 8.1, and it’s tentatively being called Windows Phone Blue GDR1. The first devices running it are said to land starting in the third quarter – Tesla for AT&T and Superman for Verizon. Both of those are code names, of course, as are the next ones we’ll be discussing. The ‘fall flagship’ will be the McLaren, and this one will be picked up by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. It will ship in time for the holiday season. Then in spring of 2015 we can expect a pair of new handsets for AT&T, known as Makepeace and Dempsey. Finally, in late summer of next year (or maybe early fall) we should see a phablet code named Cityman and a flagship offering currently going by Talkman. All of this information reportedly comes from “a well-placed source”. Keep in mind however that plans change, and even if all of this is true now, you may not see some of these handsets actually hitting the streets. Via...

Read More
Nokia Lumia 530 possibly pictured for the first time
May29

Nokia Lumia 530 possibly pictured for the first time

Right now the Lumia 630 is Nokia’s lowest-end smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1, but that’s set to change pretty soon. The Finnish company now owned by Microsoft is apparently working on a successor to the best selling Lumia 520 from last year. This will unsurprisingly be called Lumia 530, and what you see below may actually be the first ever picture showing it, however pixelated. Like the Lumia 630, it appears to come with on-screen software-rendered buttons, and, also like the Lumia 630, it won’t have a front-facing camera. The Lumia 530 may come with a 4.3-inch touchscreen. This is based on the fact that its display is a little bit smaller than the Lumia 635’s in the image above (and that sports a 4.5-inch panel). This would be a small improvement compared to the Lumia 520, which only featured a 4-inch display. The new Nokia Lumia 530 is due to be released by T-Mobile at some point, and that carrier’s variant is codenamed Rise (and who knows, that may end up being its actual commercial name too). That, unfortunately, is all we know about the Lumia 530 at the moment. Stay tuned for more though. Via Geek on...

Read More
Nokia X2 has its specs leaked
May22

Nokia X2 has its specs leaked

The Nokia X and its brethren may not have taken the mobile world by storm, but the Finnish company now owned by Microsoft seems intent on releasing a successor for its first ever Android device. Or at least someone at Nokia is busy testing prototypes for the X2. That’s because the Nokia X2 ran the AnTuTu benchmark recently, which means that we now get a look at its most important specs. A word of warning, though – don’t expect this to be a high-end monster, especially considering how low-end the original X is. The Nokia X2 has a 4.3-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of built-in storage. This prototype ran Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but that doesn’t mean anything – after all, Nokia is using a forked version of Google’s mobile operating system for the X line, one that is devoid of any services from the search giant. Its model number is RM-1013, and the X2 upgrades the X’s hardware in a few key respects. The screen is bigger (up from 4″), the rear camera has a higher resolution (up from 3 MP), there’s a front camera that the original didn’t have, the processor is clocked 200 MHz higher, and the amount of RAM has been doubled. All in all, this looks like a neat update to the Nokia X. That said, it’s obviously still very much low-end. An interesting fact is that its specs are basically identical to those of the recently unveiled Moto E, save for two differences – the E’s higher-res display, and the X2’s front camera (which Motorola’s effort lacks). So maybe the Nokia X2 will be a direct competitor to the Moto E in price too, who...

Read More
UK: Nokia Lumia 630 officially out on May 29 for £89.95, though you can already grab one for £149.98
May20

UK: Nokia Lumia 630 officially out on May 29 for £89.95, though you can already grab one for £149.98

Today Microsoft has officially announced the Nokia Lumia 630 for the UK. This handset was first unveiled last month alongside the high-end Lumia 930, and last week we’ve seen it go up for pre-order in the UK. Now though, we get launch details straight from the new owner of the Nokia mobile business. The Lumia 630 is expected to officially become available on May 29, and it will be priced at a very affordable £89.95. However, if you’re willing to pay more one retailer boasts that it already has the Lumia 630 in stock, ready to be shipped to you. In this case you’d be dealing with online retailer Unlocked Mobiles, and it will send you a SIM-free and unlocked unit for £149.98 of your hard earned cash. On the other hand, whether the official launch price of £89.95 is for SIM-free handsets or ones sold on Pay as you go is not clear, thanks to the wording in Microsoft’s press release. So there is a chance that the Lumia 630 is only £89.95 on PAYG, and it will be a bit more SIM-free. Official distributors, which will start selling it on May 29, include Carphone Warehouse, EE, O2, Tesco, and Amazon. The Nokia Lumia 630 has a 4.5-inch 854×480 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera (no front-facing snapper), a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 21 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,830 mAh battery. It runs Windows Phone...

Read More
Nokia Lumia 636 surfaces in China with TD-LTE support
May19

Nokia Lumia 636 surfaces in China with TD-LTE support

Last month Nokia made the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 official. Those two devices share all specs except for each one’s mobile network support. The Lumia 630 is 3G-only, while the Lumia 635 also comes with support for 4G LTE. But not, apparently, TD-LTE, which is the variation of the high-speed standard that China Mobile uses for its 4G network. China Mobile, as you may know, is the world’s biggest carrier when counting number of subscribers. There is however a Lumia 63x coming with TD-LTE on board, and it’s been revealed to have the model number RM-1010 by TENAA, the Chinese authority that certifies smartphones for sale in the country. It doesn’t yet have an official name that we know of, but given the fact that China Mobile’s Lumia 525 is called Lumia 526, we assume that this will be launched as the Lumia 636. It could also be called Lumia 638, since there’s a phone with that name coming soon too, but that’s less likely. The Nokia Lumia 636 should basically be identical to the Lumia 635 on the inside, with that one main difference – TD-LTE support. And it’s been branded by China Mobile on the outside, as you’d expect from a handset that will be exclusive to that particular...

Read More
Nokia Lumia 630 pre-orders start in the UK for £149.98, shipping on May 20
May16

Nokia Lumia 630 pre-orders start in the UK for £149.98, shipping on May 20

If you’re looking to get an affordable Windows Phone that comes with the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, then the Nokia Lumia 630 should be a great fit for your needs. The smartphone was unveiled back in April alongside the top of the line Lumia 930, and after more than a month of waiting it’s now up for pre-order in the UK. So if you live over there, you’re in luck, as you can make sure you’ll be among the first to get the new Lumia 630 when it arrives in stock. The pre-orders are being offered by online retailer Unlocked Mobiles. The Nokia Lumia 630 is priced at £149.98, VAT included and obviously in SIM-free and unlocked form. The first batch of stock is expected to arrive at the retailer on May 20, which is also when the pre-ordered units will be shipped out. However, it looks like this first batch will be quite limited, containing only a few devices, so do pre-order as soon as possible to make sure you’ll be getting one of them. The Nokia Lumia 630 has a 4.5-inch 854×480 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera (no front-facing snapper), a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 21 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,830 mAh battery. It runs Windows Phone...

Read More
Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and Nokia Lumia Icon all now $99.99 with contract
May02

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and Nokia Lumia Icon all now $99.99 with contract

From the moment the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 launched, Verizon made them both available with a BOGO (Buy One, Get One for free) deal. Essentially you paid for one device ($199.99 with a new two-year contract), and actually got two smartphones. So if you needed a couple of handsets, and not just one, you were in fact paying half the price for each. That was certainly a good deal, especially because we don’t usually see such things from carriers from the moment a new flagship smartphone launches. That said, the BOGO deal is now over. Before you weep, though, know that Verizon has done something even more unexpected – namely, it has seemingly cut the prices of the aforementioned devices for good. So now both the Galaxy S5 and the One M8 are priced at $99.99 with contract, regardless of how many units you get. The only caveat (aside from the long-term commitment that’s required) is that there’s a $50 mail-in rebate involved in the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Otherwise, though, you’re choosing between the best two options from the Android world for the price of a forgettable midranger. In case you’ve forgotten, let’s recap the specs you’re getting. The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K UHD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, an IR remote, fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The HTC One M8 has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, an UltraPixel HTC Duo Camera with dual LED flash on the back, a 5 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, IR blaster, BoomSound dual front speakers with built-in amplifiers, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat too. But wait, there’s more! If your mobile OS of choice is Windows Phone, Big Red has you covered too. That’s because the Nokia Lumia Icon has had its price cut to $99.99 as well. And, like with the HTC One M8, there’s no rebate card involved here either. The Lumia Icon was announced in February as a Verizon exclusive, and it sports a 5-inch 1080p Full HD ClearBlack touchscreen that can be used with gloves, a 20 MP PureView rear camera, a...

Read More
4.7″ Nokia ‘Superman’ coming this year with 5 MP front camera
Apr28

4.7″ Nokia ‘Superman’ coming this year with 5 MP front camera

Microsoft has completed its acquisition of Nokia’s mobile device arm last week. Yet the new Microsoft Mobile will continue to churn out Windows Phones as you’d expect. Certain details about such a handset have been leaked to The Verge today. It’s codenamed “Superman”, it’s currently in development, and the goal is to have it on the market before the end of the year. This smartphone will be the first from Nokia to come with a 5 MP front-facing camera, definitely a very important aspect in today’s selfie-obsessed world. For the past couple of years Chinese smartphone makers have been putting higher and higher resolution front cameras in their wares, and with the prevalence of the selfie thing nowadays the big brands seem to have noticed the trend too. Hence, HTC used a 5 MP front camera in its current flagship device, the One M8. And now Nokia will follow suit, with a 5 MP front snapper on this Superman phone. That’s still a far cry from the ZTE Nubia X6 with its 13 MP front camera, but it’s a step in the right direction we guess. The Nokia Superman will have a 4.7-inch touchscreen (resolution unknown for now) and it will be a midrange offering, not a high-end flagship. We’ll let you know when we find out more about...

Read More
Nokia Lumia 930, Lumia 630, and Lumia 635 announced with Windows Phone 8.1
Apr03

Nokia Lumia 930, Lumia 630, and Lumia 635 announced with Windows Phone 8.1

Today during Microsoft’s Build conference, Nokia announced three new Windows Phones. And yes, among those are both the much-leaked Lumia 630 as well as the Lumia 930, a handset that at one point was said not to be outed on this occasion. Alas, it was. All three devices run Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS, which just got introduced today. The Nokia Lumia 930 is, as was rumored, basically an international version of the Lumia Icon for Verizon. At least in terms of specs. The design is incredibly similar, but the 930 is a lot more colorful – as you can see in the images below. The Lumia 930 has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD ClearBlack OLED touchscreen, a 20 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of non-expandable internal storage, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,420 mAh battery. It is priced at $599 before taxes and subsidies, and will be out in June – at least two months after the announcement. The rollout will start in Europe, Asia, India, the Middle East, and Latin America. The Lumia 930 won’t be offered in the US because of Nokia’s exclusivity deal with Verizon on the Lumia Icon. The Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 are basically the same device, save for the fact that the latter has 4G LTE connectivity, and the former doesn’t. The Lumia 630 does, however, have a dual-SIM version as well, though that’s 3G-only too. All of the 63x handsets come with a 4.5-inch 854×480 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,830 mAh battery. The Lumia 630 and Lumia 630 Dual-SIM have 21 Mbps HSPA connectivity, while the Lumia 635 sports 100 Mbps 4G LTE and 42 Mbps HSPA. The Lumia 630 will become available in Asia, Russia, China, India, and Europe in May. It will be priced at $159 before taxes and subsidies for the single-SIM version, and $169 for the dual-SIM variant. The Lumia 635 will be out “broadly”, including in the US, starting in July. It will cost $189, once again before taxes and subsidies are accounted for. Speaking of the US of A, AT&T, T-Mobile, and MetroPCS have all announced plans to sell the Lumia...

Read More
Nokia Lumia 930 may not get unveiled on April 2. First Windows Phone 8.1 devices out on April 23
Mar31

Nokia Lumia 930 may not get unveiled on April 2. First Windows Phone 8.1 devices out on April 23

A while back we heard that Nokia would announce two new Windows Phones during Microsoft’s Build conference, which takes place between April 2 and April 4. These were to be the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 930. In the meantime, Nokia itself teased an announcement at Build on April 2. Now though a conflicting report says only the Lumia 630 will be outed at that point, whereas the Lumia 930 will remain a mystery for a while longer. This comes to contradict past mumblings, so take it with a grain of salt if you must. On the other hand, we have to consider that the Lumia 630 (seen below) was leaked much more than the Lumia 930, which has only been rumored to be some sort of international version of Verizon’s Lumia Icon (though it may be something else entirely). So from this point of view the Lumia 630 getting official is almost a given, while the Lumia 930 may or may not make its appearance this Wednesday. At Build, Microsoft should finally present Windows Phone 8.1 to the world, and a separate leak slash rumor says the first handsets to run this new version of the operating system will be in stores on April 23. Unfortunately, the tidbit doesn’t say which devices those are, yet we can assume the aforementioned Nokia Lumia 630 may be one of them, perhaps joined by the Samsung Ativ SE. Via NPU and Windows Phone Central, image via @evleaks...

Read More