You had us worried Nokia. We almost thought we’d never see an Android Nokia device (the Nokia X really doesn’t count) and the fact Microsoft is ditching the Nokia name for its Lumia devices going forward didn’t have us feeling particularly confident. Perhaps it’s the scrapping of its brand, or the fact most of its employees were dumped by Microsoft not long after its acquisition, but Nokia has gone out on a limb and announced a new tablet, the Nokia N1, and guess what operating system it’s running – you guessed it, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
While many of Nokia’s final devices under its brand name were plastic and brightly coloured, the N1 is nothing short of sexy and sleek – the exterior of the device is one piece of anodized aluminium that is somehow 6.9mm thick and houses a 7.9-inch display. Inside the device is a 64-bit quadcore Intel Atom 2.4GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 5,300mAh battery. The software running on the N1 looks to be almost stock Android, but will run a thinly themed Z Launcher (remember that? It all makes sense now). I’m actually genuinely psyched to see Nokia release this tablet, but there is a bit of bad news, unless you live in China, Russia or select parts of Europe – the N1 will only be available in those regions starting in February in China, with no plans to launch anywhere else. We can only hope that Nokia eventually changes their mind.
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What will be the first major Nokia device look like following Microsoft’s acquisition of its smartphone arm? We’ll find out tomorrow, according to a cryptic tweet featuring a mysterious black box from the company. That’s when Nokia’s head of product business, Sebastian Nystrom, will host a session entirely focused on “what’s next” for Nokia at the Slush conference in Finland. A shiny new flagship phone is likely out of the question, which leaves us wondering what else Nokia could have up its sleeves.
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Nokia may have sold its smartphone line to Microsoft, but it held on to one of the crown jewels: its brand. The Finnish company has the world’s 98th most valuable name at around $3.2 billion and plans to profit by licensing it to other companies, along with its technology and patent portfolios. In a presentation (PDF) Nokia Technologies President Ramzi Haidamus said that the company is free to lend its name to any non-phone products, as long as “the brand is relevant.” There was no mention of the companies it may work with, but Haidamus said that the product would need to look like it was made by Nokia.
Because of its deal with Microsoft, Nokia is restricted from using its name on feature phones for another ten years, but is free to brand smartphones after 2016. Meanwhile, Microsoft stopped using the Nokia brand in favor of Lumia starting with the new Lumia 535. However, Nokia said that it has no plans to enter that market directly. Instead, it would license its brand to third-party smartphone companies and work with them to make the best use of it. Nokia also wants to market its technological expertise along with its extensive patent portfolio — for instance, it added 914 new patents in 2014 alone.
Haidamus was quick to point out that while the Nokia name is valuable, he’s keen to capitalize on it soon, as its lustre will diminish rapidly. If he’s right, we may soon see that Microsoft left the most valuable part of the company on the table — the Nokia name itself.
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We were well aware it was coming, but today Microsoft finally says goodbye to Nokia branding for its Windows Phones. The first handset to omit the Nokia name is the new Microsoft Lumia 535, an entry-level device with two standout features: A 5-inch display and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Microsoft says it’s been designed as an alternative to the smaller Lumia 530, and will be targeted primarily at markets like Russia, India, China and other parts of Asia. It will also see a launch in Europe (including the UK) sometime in the future, but currently, we’re told there are no plans to release the phone stateside.
Although Microsoft ranges a bunch of Lumia devices with sizable displays, most of these are aimed at the top end of the market. The Lumia 535 is intended to fill something of a hole in its current line-up, being a more affordable smartphone that still has a decent-sized screen to poke at. The 5-inch AMOLED display is hardly worth bragging about, though, as it offers a miserly resolution of 960 x 540. Microsoft claims to have paid special attention to outdoor readability, and while our initial impression of the panel’s color temperature is favorable, the low pixel count is pretty hard to ignore.
The front-facing 5-megapixel camera includes a wide-angle lens with a 24mm focal length, just like the Lumia 730/735. It sounds like could be the perfect phone for selfie addicts on a budget, but the couple of shots I took during my brief time with the device seemed pretty average. Images appeared to come out dull, even in a well-lit room, but I was viewing them on the handset’s low-resolution display, so perhaps that had something to do with it. Microsoft was showing off prototypes with pre-final software, too, so it’s possible image processing will be improved.
The Lumia 535 runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, with 1GB of RAM and a 1,905mAh battery. There’s 8GB of onboard storage, coupled with a microSD card slot for up to 128GB of extra capacity. The device is also 3G-only, which is understandable given it’s aimed at people who are unlikely to have a 4G data plan. The main camera is also a 5-megapixel affair, but with an LED flash, and like all Lumias, there will be several color options: Green, cyan, orange, black and white. These back plates are interchangeable and Microsoft will be offering flip covers in matching shades for those that like to give their handset a little extra protection.
The handset’s design doesn’t stray far from the typical Lumia formula, boasting a matte or gloss plastic back, rounded sides and softened corners. It sits comfortably in the hand and the button placement on the right-hand side — volume rocker up top and power button underneath — should suit right-handers’ thumbs perfectly. As for the Microsoft branding? It’s… fine. The logos are small and unobtrusive, especially on the front. It feels strange to pick up a Lumia without Nokia’s logo, but it’s a sensation I suspect everyone will get used to pretty quickly.
Microsoft says the Lumia 535 will launch later this month in Asia-Pacific territories, with Russia, India and China at the top of the list, ahead of Africa and Europe. The handset will sell for roughly €110 excluding taxes (around $135), although the price will vary between countries.
Like the kid who got picked on in school, Nokia’s Lumia 920 took some time out, got a chemical peel and returned a few months later as the Lumia 925. In fact, by ditching the bright colors and bulky frame, the 925 presented itself as a mature, refined device that separated itself from previous Lumias. When we reviewed it, we found that the better looks weren’t necessarily a perfect trade off against the 920’s bigger storage and wireless charging. Still, we’re sure that plenty of you leapt into the Windows Phone ocean with this device, so why not share with us how you found it? Head on over to the forum and spill your
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Thus far the modular smartphone market has yet to manifest itself with actual products that consumers can buy. Google is getting very close with Project Ara and appears to be on track for a 2015 release. Google may get some competition from a new entrant to the yet to be established market. A new company called Vsenn has launched a web site indicating they are working on a modular smartphone.
The web site that surfaced for Vsenn claims the company was co-founded by a former program manager from the Nokia Android X project. Equally lacking in detail are specs for the device that is being worked on. Vsenn does indicate three modules will be swappable – the camera, battery, and processor/RAM combo. Along with the internal hardware, the company says they will offer a variety of back covers to customize the looks of the device.
Two other key concepts have been released by Vsenn. For security purposes, they will use triple layer protection to protect data on the device. A free VPN service will also be available for device owners as well as a secure cloud service. Vsenn also says they will install a vanilla version of Android on the device and they are committing to keeping it up to date for at least four years.
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Thanks to Chinese regulators, we’ve already got a pretty good idea of what Microsoft’s first Lumia will look like, but now the company is ready to start showing it off. Microsoft says it will reveal the low-budget handset on November 11th, likely confirming the 5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and 3G-only connectivity we’ve seen approved in Asia. While the handset retains Nokia’s familiar design, it will be the first to sport Microsoft’s logo, which’ll be located beneath the earpiece on the front and in a vertical stripe running down the back.
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Windows Phone fans on Verizon haven’t had many cost-conscious options; you’ve usually had to spring for premium devices like the Lumia Icon or One M8 for Windows. Thankfully, that high-priced status quo might not last much longer. A variant of Microsoft’s budget-minded Lumia 735 has passed through the FCC’s regulatory gauntlet carrying Verizon-friendly cellular frequencies (including LTE data), supporting some earlier rumors. There don’t appear to be any special tricks in store, although the smartphone would pack GSM and HSPA+ for your international trips. Don’t hold your breath waiting to get a 735, though. While the filing potentially lets Verizon ship the handset before the end of the year, Windows Central claims that it isn’t on the slate for 2014. You may not see this lower-end Lumia for a few months, if it arrives at all.
When it rains, it pours — on top of its Galaxy Note Edge announcement, AT&T has unveiled launch plans for no less than six smart devices that should reach stores by November 7th. It’ll be a particularly big day for HTC fans, who’ll get the Desire Eye ($150 on contract, $550 off), One (M8) for Windows ($200/$670) and RE camera ($199 contract-free). And that’s just the start. The previously promised Lumia 830 will arrive at the same time, costing $100 on contract and $450 up front; you’ll get a free Fitbit Flex activity tracker with the Windows Phone if you act quickly. Meanwhile, smartwatch lovers will like that both LG’s G Watch R and Motorola’s Moto 360 will go on sale for respective prices of $299 and $249. That’s a lot of release info to digest, but it’s hard to complain too much about getting so many gadgets in one day.