When Nokia went to Windows Phone in search of profits and dumped MeeGo as their operating system for a certain Nokia N9 prototype/smartphone, the engineers responsible were on their own. Fast forward some time, and they have their own smartphone with an OS based off of MeeGo, called SailFish OS.
The device itself is called the Jolla, has a 4.5-inch display, dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, 4G LTE, 16GB of onboard storage, and a microSD slot, and the unique physical feature is the contrasting removable back cover: the Jolla recognizes which cover is attached and changes its colored theme to match, which creates an interesting contrast, as seen above.
Actually, what’s really intriguing about the Jolla is its “compliance” with Android app. There isn’t any real info on how compatible or how many Android apps it can actually run, but will be sold in European countries to start with, at around $500.
For quite a few months now, a certain Motorola device, dubbed the “X Phone”, has been making rounds around the rumor mill. From being Google’s new flagship device, to just another device in the Motorola portfolio, to debuting a completely new version of Android, the X Phone has been very mysterious, but images have leaked in the past.
And now, all of a sudden, an FCC filing. That’s very promising. In fact, now it’s also pretty certain that the model number is “XT1058″. Besides that, the earlier leaks of it using AT&T 4G LTE bands also proves true, along with Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac WiFi and NFC radios. Aesthetically, the design may actually change, since this definitely look like the typical camouflage casing given to unreleased smartphones.
Should be interesting to know what Google will say about this in the coming weeks or months.
According to co-CEO of Samsung’s mobile division, JK Shin, the recently launched Galaxy S 4 will reach 10 million units sold, less than a month after its debut in the United States on only three of the four major carriers (Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile). That beats the Galaxy S III’s time to that milestone by nearly three weeks, making it far and away the company’s quickest selling device, ever. In fact, the numbers will only rise from there, considering that the Verizon Wireless release will occur at the very end of May, with an Android 4.2.2 stock Jelly Bean release by Google on the Play Store in late June.
Via: Korea Times, Android Beat
This could be the biggest move by Google to close the fragmentation version gap — the Galaxy S 4, with an unlocked boatloader, plus stock Android Jelly Bean. It’s unlocked to work on T-Mobile and AT&T with 4G LTE, along with 16GB of onboard storage. The best part seems to be that prompt system updates, unlike the scenario that will play out with the other Galaxy S 4 devices that have Samsing’s Touchwiz interface loaded. There’s only one catch to this whole honeymoon: the stock Galaxy S 4 will cost $649 starting June 26th on Google Play.
So, besides the Lumia 928 revision that has been going about the rounds recently, the Nokia Lumia 925 is where some actual innovation is breathing life into Windows Phone. Off the bat, not much has changed: a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB RAM and 8.7-megapixel OIS camera (with Pureview), the Lumia 925 weighs 50 grams (1.8 ounces) less than the Lumia 920. Thankfully, it maintains its 2,000 mAh battery along with the 4.5-inch AMOLED screen, with the HD resolution of 1,280 x 768, while still being coated by Gorilla Glass 2 for toughness, and ClearBlack technology for better presentations of that color. Software-wise, nothing has changed except the inclusion of a Smart Camera app that is more efficient in photo-taking (at least on Windows Phone 8) and can be bonded to the camera button.
Details for a U.S. release are scarce, with no release date or price, but a promised partner on T-Mobile and a release in June for Europe and Asia.
Nokia made a small update to their flagship smartphone — the Lumia 928. Like the previous model, the Lumia 920, it has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space, dual cameras (with a 8.7MP Pureview on the back), and in this special case, Verizon Wireless as a service provider, with 4G LTE. The screen is where the real change is: it’s the same resolution, but is AMOLED-based instead of being a basic LCD, which is an excellent way of getting better battery life. It releases May 16 for $150 with a two-year contract — with $50 mail-in rebate — in a white or black aluminum body.
Nokia is pulling off a “worst-kept secret” campaign with the upcoming Lumia 928 Windows Phone. Besides what appears to be an aluminum body, as stated yesterday, a new video has appeared, pitting the new Lumia’s camera against that of the Galaxy S III’s and the iPhone 5′s. Most likely it also has the same screen size, but not the same half-a-pound bulk of the previous device. Also, an 8.7 megapixel Pureview camera rounds off the specs currently known.
Video after the break.
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In a little bit of promo marketing, Nokia has confirmed the existence of a Lumia 928 smartphone running Windows Phone 8.x as the operating system, with what seems like an edgier design than previous Lumias due to the aluminum casing. There’s also the typical Carl Zeiss camera lenses with Pureview technology. Other than all that, Nokia wants us “to stay tuned”, because there’s nothing else to tell us, for now.
Despite all the excitement being nullified before the press event here in NYC, LG has still managed to make its Optimus Pro event exciting for those attending, catering to their needs with food, drink, and of course the technology itself. As noted earlier, the Optimus G Pro is coming out exclusively to AT&T on the 10th of May, for $199 on a 2-year contract.
While I’ve been strolling back and forth through the fro, it only made sense to get hands-on of the Optimus G Pro, which can seen in images below.
Initial impressions are pretty much what I expected: a high-end Android smartphone, quad-core, a 400 pixel-per-inch, 5.5″ 1080p HD screen and all, but very much heavily customised by LG, for better or for worse. What you cannot disagree with is the stellar image quality of the cameras and 4G LTE connection provided by AT&T.
LG Optimus G Pro Hands-On (AT&T)
There isn’t much to learn from LG in their upcoming LG press event in NYC. Besides the LG Optimus G Pro that is already available overseas, the local variant won’t be much different, sans a few tweaks here and there. In fact, LG kept the same 5.5-inch form factor, 3,140mAh battery, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor paired with 2GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable via microSDXC to 64GB), 2.1-megapixel front-facing / 13-megapixel rear cameras, NFC and WiFi a/b/g/n. A specific change that the AT&T version has is a Full HD IPS display instead of a True HD-IPS+ screen.
Otherwise, 4G LTE, HSPA+, and regular GSM (all usual bands) are part of the Optimus G Pro’s repertoire on AT&T. The formal unveiling next week will be more revealing, we’re sure of it.
Via: @evleak s(Image credit)