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T-Mobile makes its Lumia 710 official, coming January 11 for $50

December 23, 2011 Leave a comment

T-Mobile officially made its announcement that Nokia’s Lumia 710 Windows Phone will be offered, making it the first U.S. carrier to offer Nokia’s new line of smartphones.

Lumia 710 will be available on T-Mobile from January 11 onwards for just $49.99 on contract. In its press release, the firm said that the mobile targets at the 150 million Americans who have not yet shifted to smartphone bandwagon. The price will tempt quite a few customers. It’s basically a cheaper alternative to the Lumia 800, Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone. Both the mobile features the same 3.7 inch display and 1.4GHz CPU. But Lumia 710 packs in less storage, i.e. 8 gigabytes, a lower quality 5-mega pixel camera. The battery span is also a bit less with 6.9 hours of 3G talk time. The 710’s rear covers will also be swappable, allowing you to mix and match your color scheme.

Nokia reported before two weeks that it has begun shipping the Lumia 710 to international markets, so it’s nice to see the phone available on T-Mobile in short order.

Smartphone lovers are still waiting to see when the Lumia 800 will reach these shores though, especially since it’s a particularly important device for both Nokia and Microsoft.

Source: venturebeat

Samsung Announces Two Dual-SIM Galaxy Phones

December 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Samsung has made announcement for two new dual-SIM phones for its Galaxy line of smartphones.

Dual-SIM phones act most convenient for a frequent traveler and for people who do not like to be tied down to any one of the networks. Samsung has delivered two new Android mobiles for dual-SIM fans in the form of Galaxy Y Duos and Galaxy Y Pro Duos.

The both of the above mentioned mobiles run on Android 2.3, which is also frequently known as Gingerbread, and are harmonious with GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands. There are some notable differences between these two models. The significant difference is that the regular Galaxy Y Duos is a full touchscreen phone, while the Pro model possesses a full hardware QWERTY keyboard. This difference leads to smaller screen for the Pro than the regular Duos, measuring 2.6 inches while the touchscreen model packs a 3.14 inch display.

Excluding these input method and display size, there is no considerable difference between these phones when compared to each other. Both mobiles run on 832 MHz processor, and boast a HSDPA modem, 3-megapixel camera, microSD support (up to 32GB) and Samsung’s TouchWiz Android UI.

The price is not yet mentioned for either of the phones. The mobiles are expected to be released in January 2012. It will be launched in Russia first. Nothing is mentioned about its release in U.S. But Samsung has mentioned subsequent launches for both phones in Europe, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Middle East, Africa and China.

Source: tomsguide

Samsung sold more than 300M phones in 2011

December 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Samsung has sold out over 300 million phones in this  current year, a first for the company’s history, the company stated on Sunday.

Samsung has obtained a title of the top smartphone manufacturer in the world in late October. Earlier the Apple crowned the title for a single quarter in this year. Before that, it was Nokia to occupy the title. Samsung shipped 27.8 million smartphones in the third quarter alone, accounting for 23.8 percent of the smartphone market. The company has sold a great number of  “dumb” phones as well.  Shin Jong-Kyun, President of Samsung Mobile, reported,

We are incredibly proud of this record-breaking sales milestone and have exceeded the annual target announced early this year, which is testament to the enduring appeal of Samsung phones with consumers around the world.

The firm sold about 280 million phones last year. The launch of the much expected, popular Galaxy S II line would be the reason for crowning the title. By September, the Galaxy S II line had shipped more than 10 million units around the world.

Next up for Samsung in the U.S. is the launch of the hyped Galaxy Nexus, which has a 4.65-inch screen and blazing 4G data speeds but still has not been given a release date. The phone was supposedly delayed because Verizon wanted Google Wallet software removed before the launch. Google, Samsung and Verizon’s last official comment about the release date said the phone would launch before the end of the year.

Source: venturebeat

Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus Sees High Demand at Launch

December 19, 2011 Leave a comment

The Galaxy Nexus just started up its sale on Thursday and within this short period, there are reports that states that the phone is running out of stock at some Verizon stores. According to Android and Me founder Taylor Wimberly, his local Verizon branch ran out of stock just hours after the phone went on sale. BGR is also informing the high-demand for the mobile on the day of its launch, with people lining up outside the store in Washington D.C. It is to be noted that, it has been just one week after Samsung released a number of commercials poking fun at Apple fans that line up for the launch of a new iPhone.

If you do happen to get turned away because of stock issues, there are a number of places selling the Galaxy Nexus besides Verizon. Best Buy has  some (and is apparently eager to sell them), as well as Costco. You should also check out Amazon. Though you might have to wait a few days for the Etail giant to ship the phone to you, it’s currently selling the phone for $150 on a two year contract, half the price that Verizon is offering.

Source: tomsguide

Panasonic Announces Android Phone With 4.3-Inch OLED Screen For The European Market

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Panasonic has taken a gasp, it took them quite a while to re-enter. But as reported before, Panasonic has finally move into the global market for cell phones. After 2005, the Big P was selling mobile handsets especially in Japan. The company made an announcement on 9th of this month which reads that the firm is ready to spread its mobile business and in March 2012, it will start expanding the business to Europe. The company starts with a yet to named Android device.

Technical information meet a demand at this point. But it seems apparently that the highest selling point will be the phone’s 4.3-inch OLED screen that is enhanced with QHD resolution (960×540).

The company considers the European market to the right point for the first step of re-internationalizing its mobile business. It has planned a estimated sale of a total of nine million handsets in fiscal 2016 across Japan (Europe, Asia, the US, China, etc.), plus another 6 million in its home market.

Panasonic hasn’t stated yet when (or if) this handset will hit America, too.

Source: techcrunch

Nokia Starts Shipping Lumia 710 To Asia, Russia; Priced 270 Euros Without Taxes

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Nokia on 9th December announced that it has started shipping its stylish, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-powered smartphone Lumia 710 to customers in Taiwan (where it is sold alongside the Lumia 800).

Over next week, the mobile will be released across Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Russia. But still no other global roll-out information are announced for the time being. The retail price of the mobile is estimated as 270 euros. This excludes taxes and subsidies. Follows the original coverage when the Lumia phones were announced:

The 710 (formerly known as the Sabre) is the chunkier of the two, but that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch when it comes to hardware. It repackages the same 1.4GHz processor as seen in the Lumia 800, and pairs it with a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, and a 5-megapixel rear camera.

It’s meant to be Nokia and Microsoft’s effort to capture a more budget-conscious audience, and it’s heartening to see Nokia give it the same performance potential as their more premium offering.

Though the 710 only sports 8GB of internal storage, it beats out its brother by including a microSD card slot that can accept up to 16GB of additional flash storage. It also bears the distinction of being one of the few Windows Phone with physical navigation keys, which is sure to please fans of tactile feedback.

Expect to see it hit shelves in both stealth black and crisp white, with multiple colored backplates to please the chromatically indecisive.

On a sidenote: Nokia Lumia 800 has not received in good notes.

Source: techcrunch

Is December 15 Verizon’s New Galaxy Nexus Launch Date?

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

The Galaxy Nexus is superb excited about, but the release is delayed. This is turning out to be a real pain. Nobody is able to figure out when the Galaxy Nexus is supposed to be launched. At first it was heard that the launch will be around December 9th, and later the news was declined, and then so many different dates is heard. At present, however, Droid-Life is claiming to have found the needle in this incredibly annoying haystack. Obviously, a innumerable different sources have informed that Verizon is finally letting is employees in on the launch date: December 15. Yet this is the Galaxy Nexus people are discussing about, so one can never be sure about when he/she can grab a glance until some sort of official sentence is received. Even then, things are looking a little murky.

 

Source: techcrunch