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All posts tagged "nokia"

  • Nokia 3310, more smartphones at MWC 2017

    We've known for a while that Nokia and HMD Global were planning to reveal more Nokia-branded smartphones at MWC 2017. But what did the company reveal then? Let's be honest, you want to know whether the 3310 made an appearance -- it did indeed. For 49 euros, you're getting a feature phone with a basic camera as well as a 30 day standby time and 22 hours of talk time (not bad for a 200mAh battery). Other 3310 details include a new version of Snake being preinstalled, a 2.4-inch polarised display for outdoor visibility, 2MP camera with LED flash and 16MB...

  • Don’t get your hopes up for ‘Nokia’ smartphones

    News broke last week that the Nokia 3310 would be returning at Mobile World Congress this month, sending the internet into a frenzy. We've seen few details for this tribute device though, but the US$59 price tag suggests either an entry-level smartphone or a high-end feature phone. Either way, consumers are undoubtedly expecting a durable design and long battery life. But one thing bears repeating: this isn't quite the Nokia you know and love. Nokia, the parent company of Nokia Oyj (which was sold to Microsoft) reached a deal with HMD Global last year for the Nokia name to be used on smartphones...

  • The Nokia 3310 will be reborn and relaunched at MWC 2017

    Almost everyone I knew had one. It was as tough as nails, and reliable as a Swiss watch. It also cemented the Nokia name in the hearts of many. And now, it's returning. That's right, HMD Global -- the company that now owns the rights to the Nokia name -- will relaunch the Nokia 3310. Okay, so it won't be exactly how we remember it, but it will bear that iconic numerical moniker. At present, details are scant, but there are rumours suggesting the phone will debut around the US$60 mark. This puts it firmly in feature phone territory. As for HMD...

  • Nokia 6 announced: what to know about Android phone?

    The first Nokia-branded smartphone under a licensing deal between Nokia and HMD Global has been launched in China this weekend. The Nokia 6 looks like a decent device from an aesthetic perspective, but what else should you know about it? It's not quite a flagship, power-wise It features 4GB of RAM and a very welcome 64GB of expandable storage, but the Nokia 6 isn't quite cutting edge in the power department. This is due to the fact that it has a budget-minded Snapdragon 430 processor, delivering an octacore A53 chip. By comparison, many flagships sport the Snapdragon 820 (or the upcoming Snapdragon 835) processor,...

  • The cancelled 3D Touch-toting Lumia McLaren gets full review

    Microsoft and Nokia's cancelled Lumia McLaren handset is perhaps one of the most disappointing stories in the history of the Windows Phone platform. You know, aside from the platform's lack of success in general. Cancelled just a few months before its late 2014 release, the McLaren offered an innovative 3D Touch feature that was unlike anything we've ever seen on a mobile device since. While Apple's take on 3D Touch required users to press down on the screen, leaks and video footage showed that the McLaren's take required users to hover their finger over the display instead. Now, Windows Central has managed...

  • 8 examples of smartphone computational photography we take for granted

    We all know that dedicated cameras tend to blow away mobile cameras for pure picture quality, but smartphones have a major draw-card in the form of computational photography. Instead of relying on large sensors and mechanical apertures, computational photography sees smartphones using their processing oomph to generate some interesting effects. Don't believe me? Then check out some of these examples... Dynamic HDR/exposure/flash Seen on the last few Microsoft/Nokia flagship phones, the Rich Capture technique allows you to adjust the level of HDR, exposure or camera flash after taking a photo. Available as a general "Rich Capture" toggle in the camera app, dynamic HDR takes place during the...

  • 5 failed challengers to Nintendo’s mighty handheld throne

    Nintendo doesn't have the best of fortunes in the home console market, but when it comes to handhelds, the company is a beast of note. From the original Game Boy to the current 3DS, the Japanese firm has seen off quite a a variety of rivals. We all know about Sony's PSP and Vita, but what about lesser-known consoles that tried and failed to knock Nintendo off its handheld perch? Atari Lynx Image: Pete Slater via Flickr One of the earliest rivals to the Game Boy was 1989's Atari Lynx, bringing colour screens to portables at a time when it was virtually unheard of. While the Lynx also delivered network play and an...

  • Watch Microsoft’s cancelled take on 3D Touch in ‘leaked’ video

    A new video has emerged, purportedly showing some fancy "3D Hover Touch" functionality on Microsoft's cancelled McLaren smartphone. The handset, which was supposed to be released in Q4 2014, was cancelled earlier that year for unknown reasons. The cancellation meant that Microsoft was left without a high-end smartphone for almost two years, until the Lumia 950 and 950XL were released late last year. The phone was widely tipped to be packing some innovative display technology, allowing users to hover their fingers over the screen for certain features. Now, a video has emerged out of China, claiming to show this function on a prototype device. The video...

  • Nokia’s new Android phone is nothing more than a beautiful fan concept

    Who said Nokia is down for the count in the smartphone world? We've had a steady stream of rumours suggesting the legendary Finnish marque is returning to the world of small screens, and while the Nokia C1 might be a brilliant example of what it could do if it tried, it's not tangible in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, the C1 is only an imaginative render by Kim Wayne depicting the perfect, modern Nokia. For one, we're smitten. In short, it's a product we would love to, but probably won't see the company construct. Nevertheless, the handset, if it were...

  • Apple, Nokia and Samsung trump BlackBerry in South African user satisfaction stats

    The South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) has released its latest findings on mobile handsets in South Africa. According to the survey, handsets in South Africa received an average of 77.2 out of 100 satisfaction rate from polled users. The independent survey was conducted between the months of March and May this year. The survey's results show the scores for Apple (82.7), BlackBerry (70.6), Nokia (78.9), and Samsung (78.8), which are the most popular handset makers currently in South Africa. According to the survey, BlackBerry scored below par even though it improved on its score since last year. Founder of SAcsi and...