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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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ZTE Nubia W5 with Windows Phone 8.1 revealed
May15

ZTE Nubia W5 with Windows Phone 8.1 revealed

Like we told you last year, ZTE is getting ready to re-enter the Windows Phone world in 2014. Following a few less than successful offerings in 2012, the Chinese company will release at least one Windows Phone this year. And that may be called Nubia W5. Yes, it looks like ZTE will use its Nubia premium brand for its first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone. So far, we’ve only seen Android-powered Nubia-branded wares, but that’s set to change. The W5 will keep the Nubia line’s design, and it’s rumored to come with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, 4G LTE support, and a huge 4,500 mAh battery. To fit that one in, we’re wondering just how big the Nubia W5’s screen will have to be. Anyway, with such a battery capacity this can only be a phablet. The current top of the line Lumia 930 from Nokia pales in comparison to the Nubia W5 when it comes to the chipset used, as well as the amount of RAM and internal storage. Nokia still has a higher-res camera, but with OIS the ZTE’s snapper won’t be bad either. So it looks like this ZTE Nubia W5 may not just be that company’s highest-end Windows Phone ever, but a true flagship for Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system. That is, if this information pans out. Which brings us to the image you can see above – it may depict the actual looks of the Nubia W5, or it could be a mere concept. It’s impossible to tell at this point. Via IT...

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LG Uni8 Windows Phone and blue HTC One M8 shown in leaked press renders
May13

LG Uni8 Windows Phone and blue HTC One M8 shown in leaked press renders

LG has been missing from the Windows Phone world for four years, believe it or not. The company’s first and only efforts in the Windows Phone space were the Optimus 7 and the Quantum for AT&T, both released in 2010. Since then, nothing. LG has focused exclusively on Android for its mobile wares. But all of that may be set to change this year. Below you can see what purportedly is a leaked press render of the upcoming LG Uni8. This device will run the latest version of Windows Phone 8, and it features a nice modern design with minimal bezels and what may be on-screen navigation buttons. Unfortunately absolutely no other details have been leaked alongside this image, so we can’t tell you anything about the Uni8’s specs, pricing, or release time frame. But if this is real we’re sure to find out more about it pretty soon. It’s a rather odd decision on LG’s part to return to the Windows Phone camp especially now that Microsoft has completed its acquisition of Nokia, but perhaps the software giant is throwing money in LG’s direction to make this happen. The Uni8 isn’t the only star in the newest set of press renders, it being joined by the blue version of the HTC One M8. This, as you may know, is HTC’s current flagship Android smartphone, and it’s going to get a lot more colorful in due course. We’ve already seen the pink variation leak, and apparently there will be a red model...

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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...

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Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8.1 handset will be the Ativ Core
Apr04

Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8.1 handset will be the Ativ Core

A couple of days ago Microsoft officially introduced Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system. At the same event, Nokia unveiled its first smartphones running that variation of the OS, namely the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 630/635. Today, Verizon has started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Ativ SE, though that handset still runs Windows Phone 8, because the newest software wasn’t available in time for its release next week. Yet Samsung is apparently working on another Windows Phone, this one being the Korean company’s first to run Windows Phone 8.1 from day one. It will be called Samsung Ativ Core, and some of its specs have been leaked. The Ativ Core should sport a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, an 8 or 13 MP rear camera, 1 GB of RAM, and a 2,100 mAh battery. So this will obviously be a midrange offering, one to nicely complement the Ativ SE in Samsung’s portfolio. It’s interesting to see Samsung releasing two Windows Phones in such a short time frame, after a long time during which it seemed to have forgotten about Microsoft’s mobile OS. It’s unclear exactly when we should expect the Ativ Core to be in stores. The Lumia 630 is right now the earliest confirmed arrival with WP 8.1, and it will start rolling out in May. So the Ativ Core probably won’t be out before that, though it might come later. Stay tuned. Via...

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Samsung Ativ SE quietly gets official, Verizon starts pre-orders
Apr04

Samsung Ativ SE quietly gets official, Verizon starts pre-orders

The much-leaked Samsung Ativ SE has finally become official today. Sure, we might not have gotten a press release or anything like that, but Verizon has already started taking pre-orders for the Windows Phone-powered device. The Ativ SE is Samsung’s first Windows Phone in a very long while. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It runs Windows Phone 8, and not the newly revealed Windows Phone 8.1. But that’s understandable, considering that Verizon lists the Ativ SE’s shipping date as April 12, and the first handsets running WP 8.1 will only be out in May. Obviously, the Ativ SE should get updated to the latest version of the OS at some point in the future, but probably not before summer. And this being Verizon, it might even happen in the fall. As you may have gathered, the Samsung Ativ SE is a Verizon exclusive. It can be yours for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement, or $599.99 outright. However, the carrier is currently running a BOGO (buy one, get one free) promo, which means you can get a second Ativ SE for free – essentially slashing the price of one in half. Furthermore, the second handset, the one you get for free, can also be a Samsung Galaxy S5 or an HTC One M8. However, you have to keep in mind that if you do take advantage of the BOGO deal, you’ll need to sign a new two-year contract for each device you get. If you’re interested in pre-ordering a Samsung Ativ SE from Verizon, this is where you need to...

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