Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 rumored to be announced in early April
Mar21

Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 rumored to be announced in early April

Nokia could be planning to announce its next two Windows Phones at Microsoft’s Build conference, which takes place between April 2 and April 4 in San Francisco. This is according to MyNokiaBlog, reportedly hearing “whispers” about what to expect at Build aside from the formal introduction of Windows Phone 8.1 (which will apparently happen there too). The story goes that Nokia will be there presenting two new devices, the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 630. As their names imply, one is going to be high-end, and the other a lower-midrange offering. The Lumia 930, codenamed Martini, hasn’t leaked yet, believe it or not. Though it could just be a Lumia Icon destined for international markets (as that’s a Verizon exclusive). The Lumia 630 (seen in the leaked press renders above and codenamed Moneypenny) has so far been rumored to come with a 4.5-inch 854×480 touchscreen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and 1 GB of RAM. Based on its name, the Lumia 630 should be the successor to the Lumia 620 from 2012, which came with a 3.8-inch 800×480 touchscreen and 512 MB of RAM. We’re assuming the Lumia 630 will fit in the same price bracket as its predecessor. As this is just an unconfirmed rumor at this point, make sure you don’t take it too seriously. But don’t discard it as impossible either. Image via...

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Nokia X gets a million pre-orders in China in just a few days
Mar14

Nokia X gets a million pre-orders in China in just a few days

A couple of days ago we were surprised to see HTC’s Desire 816 doing extremely well in China, where it got 450,000 pre-orders in just three days. A rate of 150,000 of those per day is nothing to be ashamed of, but HTC has been outdone. And you’ll never guess by which company. Nokia has proudly announced that it’s gotten more than one million pre-orders for the Nokia X in China in just a few days. Because of the different time zones, and depending on how you count, the milestone was achieved in either four or five days. Either way, it’s impressive. In the worst case scenario, that’s 200,000 pre-orders per day, leaving HTC’s Desire 816 in the dust (and let’s not even mention that if you go with the four day figure, that means 250,000 pre-orders per day). Obviously though, the Nokia X will be a much cheaper handset than the HTC Desire 816. Regardless though, it’s interesting to see such high levels of anticipation for the Finnish company’s first Android phone. It does however make sense that this would happen in China, since people over there are used to not using Google services anyway, so to speak. That’s because most Google services are blocked in China, and the ones that aren’t have pretty important local competitors. The Nokia X, as you may know, runs a ‘forked’ version of Android and replaces all traces of Google with Microsoft services. This difference between it and a ‘normal’ Android device won’t be felt too much in China where most handsets running Android have their own set of services to replace Google’s. And did we mention the X is cheap? The Chinese love cheap phones, and have plenty to choose from, so this success of the Nokia X before it’s even available may also have something to do with it being a curiosity – after years of only focusing on Windows Phone, the company releases an Android handset just as it’s about to be bought by Microsoft. This feels like a historic device, and perhaps some people want to be a part of that. Or maybe Nokia still has a lot of brand recognition in China. Anyway, the X will be officially out over there on March 25, and until then there’s plenty of time for it to get even more pre-orders. The Nokia X has a 4-inch 480×800 IPS touchscreen, a 3 MP fixed focus rear camera, a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8225), 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, dual-SIM functionality, 3G, and a 1,500 mAh battery. Via cnBeta and...

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T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 can be had for just $59.99 sans contract until March 19
Mar14

T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 can be had for just $59.99 sans contract until March 19

T-Mobile’s Nokia Lumia 521 was the cheapest Windows Phone to ever land in the US when it launched last May, but now it’s gotten crazy cheap. The handset, that is basically a version of the internationally selling Lumia 520 customized for the magenta carrier, was released with a price of $149.99 – which was a good deal. If you act fast, though, you can now get it for the absolutely insane price of $59.99. This is without any contracts with T-Mobile, mind you. The offer is made possible by Newegg, and it’s only valid until March 19. To get the Lumia 521 for this price, you need to go to Newegg’s product listing here, add one to your cart, and then enter the promo code EMCPGWG83 at checkout. That will take the price down from the $89.99 on the product page to $59.99. There’s an order limit of two pieces per customer, though. And another caveat – the phone will be locked to T-Mobile. But if you wanted a cheap Windows Phone and don’t mind the ‘uncarrier’ providing your minutes and bytes, then this is a very good offer. The Lumia 521 obviously isn’t a high-end handset, but it comes with reasonably decent specs, such as a 4-inch 480×800 IPS touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,430 mAh battery. It runs Windows Phone...

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Nokia X series won’t be available in the US, Canada, Korea, or Japan
Feb26

Nokia X series won’t be available in the US, Canada, Korea, or Japan

A couple of days ago, before Samsung underwhelmed everybody with the Galaxy S5, Nokia shocked the mobile world by announcing a trio of Android-powered handsets – the X, X+, and XL. These are all low-end offerings, and neither supports any Google services (the Play Store included), so you’ll have to make do with Microsoft services and a Nokia application store. Still, they will be pretty cheap, with pricing before taxes and subsidies expected to be €89 for the Nokia X, €99 for the Nokia X+, and €109 for the Nokia XL. But where will they be available? It turns out that you should expect to see these three pretty much across the globe, with the notable exceptions of the US, Canada, South Korea, and Japan. The word comes straight from Jussi Nevanlinna, Nokia’s VP for Mobile Phone marketing, so it doesn’t get any more official than this. Hence, if you’re in the US of A and wanted to grab one of these, you’re out of luck. But while they won’t be making it to the official channels, you may still be catered to by some third party retailers offering imports from other countries. Then again, why would you buy an Android phone that strips away everything that defines Android, no matter how cheap? Via...

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Extremely cheap Nokia 220 and Nokia Asha 230 also announced
Feb24

Extremely cheap Nokia 220 and Nokia Asha 230 also announced

It turns out that the trio of Android-powered handsets that it just unveiled weren’t the only things Nokia had in store for us this MWC. The Finnish company has also taken the wraps off of two extremely affordable phones, the 220 and the Asha 230. The Nokia 220 is a classic non-touch candybar design, with a T9 keyboard below the screen. It’s Nokia’s most affordable Internet-connected phone yet, as it will be sold for just $39 or €29 before taxes and subsidies. It has a 2.4-inch 240×320 screen, a 2 MP camera, microSD card support, an FM radio, MP3 player, video player, an integrated flashlight, and not even 3G. It’s touted as having 29-day standby, 13-hour talk time, and 51-hour media playback. Six games from Gameloft come preinstalled. It’s supposedly going to be out immediately in “select markets”, and it will be offered in red, black, white, yellow, and cyan. It will have a dual-SIM model too. The Asha 230 is the company’s most affordable touchscreen phone ever, coming with the price tag of $59 or €45 before taxes and subsidies. It has a 2.8-inch 240×320 touchscreen, microSD card support, quad-band GSM (no 3G here either), Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.3 MP camera, and a 1,020 mAh battery. This will also start shipping immediately, and you’ll see it in bright red, yellow, bright green, white, cyan, and black. It too will get a dual-SIM...

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Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL all get official running Android
Feb24

Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL all get official running Android

In a shocking move, Nokia announced three Android-powered smartphones today. Shocking it would have been, had details about at least one of these not leaked extensively over the past few weeks. Still, the Nokia X could have been just an internal test, something that would never see the light of day – especially in light of Microsoft’s pending acquisition of the Finnish company. But no, the Nokia X is real. And so are the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL, and they’ve all been made official by Stephen Elop himself. These do run Android, mind you, but Google services are nowhere to be seen. Instead, Nokia’s transplanted a few Microsoft offerings to fill the gaps. The three devices also ship with a heavily customized Nokia-specific launcher, that looks like a cross between the live tile heavy Windows Phone 8 home screen and the ‘Swipe’ navigation paradigm introduced a while back in the company’s Asha line of low-end phones. The X line is meant to sit in Nokia’s portfolio in between the Ashas and the Lumias, the latter still being the flagship offerings. Whether it will have a future or not after Microsoft closes the Nokia buy remains to be seen – there’s a good chance these three will be the only Nokia-made Android handsets ever released. The Nokia X is the entry-level offering, so to speak, coming with a 4-inch 480×800 IPS touchscreen, a 3 MP fixed focus rear camera, a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8225), 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, dual-SIM functionality, 3G and a 1,500 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 115.5x63x10.4 mm, and it weighs 128.66 grams. The Nokia X+ is essentially the same device, but with RAM bumped up to 768 MB, and a 4 GB microSD card included in the box. The Nokia XL has a 5-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP front camera, and in all other respects is identical to the X+. Its dimensions are 141.3×77.7×10.8 mm, and it weighs a whopping 190 grams. Fun fact: this makes the XL almost as wide as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (which comes with a 5.7-inch touchscreen), and a lot heavier than that. Recommended retail pricing, before taxes and subsidies, is as follows: €89 for the Nokia X, €99 for the Nokia X+, and €109 for the Nokia XL. The X will be out “immediately” in Asia Pacific, Europe, india, Latin America, the Middle-East, and Africa – in green, black, white, yellow, cyan, and red. The X+ and XL will become available sometime during the second quarter of this year (so...

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Nokia Lumia Icon now available at Verizon and in Microsoft Stores, yours for $199.99
Feb20

Nokia Lumia Icon now available at Verizon and in Microsoft Stores, yours for $199.99

It’s February 20, so, just as we expected, Verizon and Microsoft have started selling the Nokia Lumia Icon. The flagship smartphone was announced a few days ago after undergoing many months of leaks, and now it’s yours to order. You can do that either on Verizon’s website, in Verizon stores, on the Microsoft Store website, or in brick and mortar Microsoft Stores across the country. Whichever avenue you choose for sourcing your new Lumia Icon, the price will be the same: $199.99 with a new two-year contract signed with the carrier nicknamed Big Red. However, if you buy yours from Microsoft Stores before March 16, you’ll receive a free wireless charging accessory. For the cash, you’ll get what is basically a shrunken down version of the Lumia 1520 phablet that was unveiled last year. The Nokia Lumia Icon is the first Windows Phone device by the Finnish smartphone maker to drop the numbered naming scheme, which was probably done for it to stand out some more. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD ClearBlack touchscreen that can be used with gloves, a 20 MP PureView rear camera, a 1.2 MP wide-angle front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Qi wireless charging, and a 2,420 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 137x71x9.8 mm, and it weighs 167 grams. It runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8....

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Nokia Lumia 1320 arrives in the UK on February 24, free on £21 per month contract
Feb14

Nokia Lumia 1320 arrives in the UK on February 24, free on £21 per month contract

The Lumia 1320 is Nokia’s affordable phablet that was announced alongside the Lumia 1520, its high-end offering. The Lumia 1320 has been out in certain parts of the world for a few months now, but for some reason the Finnish company hasn’t brought it to the UK yet. That’s all set to change starting on February 24, which is when the Nokia Lumia 1320 will officially go on sale in the UK. That’s in exactly ten days from today, by the way. Nokia hasn’t announced pricing details, but the Lumia 1320 is already up for pre-order over at Carphone Warehouse, which gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect. The phablet can be yours for free if you go with a 24-month contract that costs at least £21 per month. That particular option requires an agreement with Vodafone, and in exchange for your cash you’ll get 300 minutes, unlimited texts, and 250 MB of data each month. For just £4 more each month, though, you can choose a plan that nets you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and 1 GB of data. This is also at Vodafone, and seems like a much better deal than the cheaper one. Carphone Warehouse says it will ship pre-ordered devices on February 27, so a bit later than you might expect. Obviously you can pre-order right now, or you could wait for other retailers to list the Lumia 1320 – and pre-order from them if they’ll deliver earlier. Finally, you can just wait until February 24 and pop into a high street shop and get it from there. It’s all your choice,...

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Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon finally gets official, out on February 20 for $199.99
Feb12

Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon finally gets official, out on February 20 for $199.99

After an amazingly large number of leaks, the Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon has finally been officially announced today. The smartphone is a high-end offering that is meant to compete with the flagships of the competition, and its specs are incredibly similar to those of the Lumia 1520 phablet that was unveiled back in October. However, the Lumia Icon packs all of that oomph into a much more pocketable package. The Nokia Lumia Icon has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD ClearBlack touchscreen that can be used with gloves, a 20 MP PureView rear camera, a 1.2 MP wide-angle front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Qi wireless charging, and a 2,420 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 137x71x9.8 mm, and it weighs 167 grams. It runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8. The Lumia Icon will be out in Verizon stores and online on February 20, just like the most recent leak about it suggested. It will cost $199.99 with a new two-year contract. Pre-orders start today, but it looks like they are only available in Microsoft Stores. If you do pre-order a Lumia Icon there before February 16 (that’s this Sunday, by the way), you’ll get a free Nokia wireless...

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Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon may arrive on February 20, with pre-orders starting on February 12
Feb10

Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon may arrive on February 20, with pre-orders starting on February 12

Verizon’s Nokia Lumia Icon (previously known as the Lumia 929) has been a very long time coming. So long, in fact, that we’re frankly amazed that it’s still not available. It’s had many rumored release dates, and now we get another one. Yet because it’s enjoyed so many missed estimates, we’re a bit wary about this one. Then again, it’s high time the Lumia Icon went on sale, so maybe the handset will finally get the occasion to do just that in a few days. According to a leaked document that is purported to be a Verizon inventory listing, the Lumia Icon should be available to purchase on February 20. That’s in exactly ten days from today, and it’s next Thursday. Pre-orders for the device should start on February 12, which is this Wednesday. You’ll be able to drop a $50 deposit in Microsoft Stores to reserve one of the first Lumia Icons in the US, the story goes. Let’s hope that this time’s the charm. The Lumia Icon is basically the Lumia 1520 in a smaller and more pocketable form factor. It has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD AMOLED touchscreen, a 20 MP PureView rear camera with double LED flash, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Qi wireless charging, all the usual connectivity options (including 4G LTE), and a 2,510 mAh battery. It runs Windows Phone 8 Update 3 with Lumia Black. Via Windows Phone...

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