Nokia may be prepping a supersized Windows Phone handset.
The Finnish phone maker is testing a Windows Phone device with a 6-inch display, according to the folks at The Verge. Citing "sources familiar with Nokia's plans," The Verge reported on Monday that Nokia is eyeing a launch date later this year, certainly by the end of the year.
The big phone, codenamed Bandit, will be powered by a Qualcom Snapdragon quad-core processor and offer a 1080p display. Bandit could be the first of many potential 1080p Windows Phone handsets from Nokia, according to The Verge's sources.… Read more
Nokia could take the wraps off a new Windows RT tablet in late September.
Citing "sources familiar with Nokia's plans," The Verge said on Friday that Nokia will reveal the tablet at a launch event in New York tentatively slated for September 26. A recent story from blog site Windows Phone Central said that Nokia will hold a two-day event in NYC on September 26 and 27.
Codenamed Vanquish, the tablet will be outfitted with Windows RT and powered by a Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. The device will support LTE and be carried by AT&… Read more
Nokia is expanding the reach of its Lumia 1020 smartphone to the large Chinese market.
The phone took center stage Thursday morning at a launch event held by Nokia China's general manager, Erik Bertman, and several partners, according to blog site Tech in Asia. Noted for its 41-megapixel camera, the Lumia 1020 will sell unlocked for 5,999 yuan ($973). That's around the same price in China as an unlocked version of the 32GB iPhone, Tech in Asia added.
The Lumia 1020 will initially be sold by China Unicom. To help budget-conscious consumers, the carrier will offer the … Read more
Verizon customers with an eye on Nokia's Lumia 928 can now pick up the phone for free.
Initially selling for $99, the phone's price was chopped to zero on Monday. Verizon naturally requires the usual two-year contract.
But before you get ready to sign a deal, Verizon's Web site currently says the phone is temporarily out of stock. CNET contacted the carrier to see when the phone might be available again online and if and where consumers can find it at Verizon retail stores.
South Korea may be the canary in the coal mine for traditional digicam makers Canon and Nikon.
The two Japanese camera giants face a tough market this year as smartphones become the de facto camera for many consumers, the Korea Times said Thursday.
South Korea has one of the world's highest penetration rates for smartphones -- which pack increasingly sophisticated cameras.
The Korea Times echoed news out of Japan last month that said consumers value the social networking aspect of smartphone cameras, which allow sharing of images immediately.
Market researcher IDC expects the "camera market to go into … Read more
Produced in six bright colors, the small, electric Nokia Asha 501 practically leaps off the shelf. Nokia is hoping to corner the entry-level smartphone market with its unlocked Asha line, which ranges from bare-bones QWERTY phones to the tiny touch-screen 501 model.
The Asha 501 fits the bill of compact and budget-friendly feature phone that does what it sets out to do, although the trade-off between cost and hardware quality shows, especially in the screen and camera departments.
Designed for emerging markets, the $99 Asha 501 will be easier to find in India, Latin America, and the Middle East. It … Read more
When Samsung launched the Android-based Galaxy Camera, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before it made a smartphone with a zoom lens. And it was.
Part smartphone, but mostly camera, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is aimed at those who really don't want to carry a second device, but really want a zoom lens (a 10x f3.1-6.3 24-240mm one, to be specific) and don't mind bulging pockets to get it.
But, does having a "real zoom lens" make it better than its fixed focal length lens competition? Well, to answer … Read more
Windows Phone saw the biggest leap in global shipments among all mobile platforms last quarter.
For the second quarter, Windows Phone handset shipments shot up by 77.6 percent from the prior year's quarter, according to a report out Wednesday from IDC. The number of shipments reached 8.7 million from 4.9 million.
The increase helped win Microsoft a 3.7 percent chunk of the worldwide smartphone market, solidifying its spot as the third largest mobile platform ahead of BlackBerry and behind Android and iOS. Microsoft's spot, however, is a very distant third.
Nokia provided most of … Read more
When they're all trying to get at you, you must be doing something right.
Or you're simply paranoid and inventing the whole thing.
Apple simply doesn't want to acknowledge the criticisms being tossed its way by pretenders.
Even though many of the more famous companies have released ads comparing their products to Apple, Cupertino just keeps marching down its path of righteousness like Ayn Rand or a randy vicar who's rediscovered his faith.
Its latest ad continues in the recent vain of making universal claims for the iPhone. This time, it's that "more people … Read more