- Screen: 5-inch AMOLED 1920 x 1080 Full HD
- Camera: ZEISS 20-MP PureView
- Chipset: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 @ 2.2 GHz
- Memory: 2 GB
- Storage: 32 GB (no expansion)
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
- Connectivity: LTE, HSPA+, GSM, WCDMA; NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
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Among the gasps at the announcement, there were also some murmurs along the lines of "that makes sense" - especially since the phone is aimed more at emerging markets that do not need the whole shebang of a fully functioning Windows experience.
I took a look at the new Nokia X and Nokia XL at MWC, and the first thing that I thought was that the phone felt very square. The edges aren't rounded, and although this is unusual, it isn't uncomfortable, and still fits nicely in your hand.
I've said before that I will always choose Apple products first, but Nokia devices always come in at a close second. And, even though the new 'Nokia X family' is aimed at entry-level markets as opposed to those wanting extreme gadgetry, I still found it a treat to test out.
Some of the use of the phone requires some knowledge of already having used a smartphone, such as swiping to left and right in order to dismiss or open an application, which I thought was inconvenient in a phone designed for those just entering the smartphone space.
Again, the bright colours available appeal to me, and the outside casing has a similar light feeling to the iPhone 5C, but the plastic is matte instead of shiny.
The Android interface is easy to use, and not that far off of the tiles used in the Windows 8 OS. As said by Stephen Elop in the release presentation, it offers new smartphone users an introduction to Microsoft without actually giving them a Windows Phone.
It has a lot of the Microsoft applications pre-loaded, such as Skype, as well as access to the Nokia app store instead of Google play.
The Nokia X fits perfectly in the hand, whereas the XL, as the name would suggest, is slightly bigger and is more in Lumia territory size-wise. It was therefore slightly too big to fit comfortably in the hand, but was still very stylish and offered the same user experience in terms of ease of use.
Although the X, XL and new Asha phones are always nice to see, there were no new Lumia models announced at MWC. Not to worry though, as you can read our review of the Lumia 1520 right here, and we hope to get the new devices in for a full review soon.
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It's been a busy month for Nokia. The firm has announced its latest 4G smartphone - the Lumia 625. The device was unveiled just a week after its new "camera phone" the Lumia 1020, and will aim to offer users superfast 4G at an affordable price.
Running Windows Phone 8 and featuring the new Nokia Lumia Amber update, the 625 is designed for users who want a simple smartphone experience, with the added bonus of a 4.7inch LCD screen. The screen will also feature Sunlight Readability Enhancement for those rare days of sunshine or to prevent glare from office lighting. As for the price, it was announced that the new addition to the Lumia family will be in the range of £200 before tax and other monetary additions, which definitely positions it as an "affordable" smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 625 will offer many of the features that the 1020 is set to have, including the Nokia Smart Camera app, which will allow you to take a picture at around 35 less megapixels than the 1020. This mid-range handset also has 4G, but has a great focus on speed and ease of use.
· Height: 133.25mm
· Width: 72.25 mm
· Depth: 9.15 mm
· Weight: 159 grams
· Display: 4.7 inch WVGA (800x480) resolution
· Camera: 5 megapixel camera with autofocus LED flash, and a VGA front facing camera
· Processor: 1.2GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4
· Memory: 8GB with ability to use 64GB SD card
With its 4.7-inch sharp display and fast internet access on Internet Explorer 10, this device might appeal to those wanting to spend their daily commute catching up on Game of Thrones or answering e-mails. The 625 will also boast the latest HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transit apps to direct lost travellers towards their destination. To top it all off, the use of Windows Phone 8 allows Lumia 625 users 7GB of SkyDrive storage for instant access to files from any location or device.
Those wanting to get their hands on this smartphone will have to wait for an official release date, but it is expected to be on sale in the UK later this year, and will be available in five different colours, complimented by the Windows Phone 8 'Live Tile' effect.
Upon release in the UK, the Nokia Lumia 625 will be available from Vodaphone, O2, EE, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U.
Nokia has divulged details about their new smartphone release, the Lumia 1020.
The future of the Finnish firm has been furiously debated, and it hasn't been looking good for the mobile giants, with shares falling after poor sales. But there may be hope on the horizon in the form of their new smartphone-turned-camera, which has been built with the social media generation in mind.
A handful of Microsofties have expressed their excitement about the 1020, and since it's a Windows Phone, that doesn't come as a surprise. The phone will boast the Windows Phone 8 operating system, and as well as coming equipped with MS Office will also feature Lumia extras such as Nokia Music, an app that gives you the ability to stream live music to your phone when out and about.
Nokia claims the camera allows you to take photos "like a pro".
The 41 megapixel camera allows you to take photos that can then be cropped and framed accordingly. You'll soon snap through 7GB of cloud memory, but the device also comes with 32GB of internal memory.
The camera is also said to feature funky sliders which allow you to adjust the focus, shutter speed and white balance of a picture before taking it, meaning no need for filters before sharing images with clients and friends.
This 158g Lumia also has HD video recording with distortion-free sound feature, so you can capture the seminar you attended, or that special moment you never want to forget. Alongside the camera with Xenon flash, the 1020 also has a 4.5-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display with now standard touch screen technology.
Throw in a dual core processor, 4G, NFC and wireless charging and Nokia's new flagship device may become a serious threat to market.
Nokia has decided to hedge its bets by developing a top of the range camera, but whether this will be enough to boost Nokia's declining sales still remains to be seen, but there's no doubt that this piece of kit will be a must-have for creative types who love to share their lives. With people's disappointment in the iPhone 5 maybe the new Lumia 1020 will provide a phone that people can really sink their teeth in to.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is available for pre-order in the UK through Clove and various mobile operators, although price has yet to be decided.
Huawei launched a few devices at CES in Las Vegas this week, while none of them were confirmed with regions, dates or prices, two smartphones, which are expected to ship to China and then worldwide, caught my eye.
The Ascend Mate - giant phablet with the "worlds largest screen"
Again, a growing trend at CES this week has been a huge leap in screen size, be that in tablets, phones, monitors or TVs. Huawei's Ascend Mate is a monster. Huuuuge, at 6.1-inches of HD 1280 x 720 LCD touchscreen compared the 5.5-inch screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note.
But tell me something, when tablets are generally growing to ridiculous sizes, but also shrinking to 7-inches, and smartphones are growing to 6.1-inches, where will the line eventually be in the phablet space? In six months time, what will be a phone and what will distinguish a tablet?
I found the Android device surprisingly light in the hand. The rows upon rows of Android apps sitting on the screen could get very messy or be a joy to organise for someone as OCD as me.
The Ascent W1 - Huwaei's first Windows 8 device
This entry-level Windows 8 device looks much simpler than a Nokia Lumia 920 or a HTC 8X. It still has the insanely bright colouring of the other Windows 8 devices, however it doesn't feel as superior as the other devices did when I first held them.
It's light enough, but still feels a bit chunky, like the Lumia. I found the back panel in the bright blue to look not very appealing in plastic, which made it look like a child's toy.
The device was fairly responsive, with easy scroll feature, but not as light to the touch as the Lumia and HTC models. It also comes with the standard additional features of Windows 8, such as kids corner and this model also features NFC.
As I said, no pricing or availability announced as yet.
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