Posts Tagged ‘Nokia’

Microsoft impresses with glowing new Qi wireless charger

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Nokia (and by extension Microsoft) have been one of the biggest proponents of Qi wireless charging technology, with the phone makers including Qi in most of their flagship phones. They’ve also supported the wireless charging standard with a number of charging pads and other accessories. Their latest effort is the Nokia DT-903, a rather boring name for what’s actually a pretty sweet charger.

The DT-903′s big party trick is its LED lighting. Thanks to a string of LEDs embedded in the charger’s frame and cable, you’ll get a ring of light surrounding your phone and illuminating your surroundings. This lighting is quite strong initially, but you can adjust it to one of three levels using a Windows Phone app. You can even extinguish the light completely if it’s distracting, and there’s a Night Mode that automatically does so when you’re trying to get some shut-eye.

Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 - GreenNokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 - White

Otherwise, the DT-903 works as a standard Qi charging pad. It receives power over USB (either from a computer or a wall adapter) and provides a little over 1A of charging power for rapid battery replenishment.

It works with all devices that support Qi charging, but the app that controls its lighting is only available for Windows Phone.

Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 - Orange

The DT-903 is available in three colours: green, orange and white. We’re expecting stock in mid February; to see live availability data or place your pre-order please visit the product pages below:

The Verge were impressed with the DT-903, but what do you think of Nokia’s new charger? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!

Microsoft unveil the Nokia 215, their cheapest internet-ready handset

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

SIM Free Nokia 215 - Black

Six months after acquiring Nokia’s handset division, Microsoft is looking to continue Nokia’s tradition of making durable, affordable handsets for millions around the world. The Nokia 215 is their first attempt, and it’s one of the most exciting products that the company has released in years.

SIM Free Nokia 215 - Black    SIM Free Nokia 215 - Black

The Nokia 215 is a classic dumbphone in the Nokia style, with a tall candy bar form factor that combines a full numeric keypad with a 2.4-inch 240p colour display. The phone has all of the features you’d hope for in a great low-end handset, including 2G internet connectivity, Bluetooth, a nominal camera, a torch, a micro SD card slot and even FM radio. The Nokia 215 also boasts epic battery life, lasting a full 29 days on standby.

SIM Free Nokia 215 - Black    SIM Free Nokia 215 - Black

The Nokia 215 looks the part too, with a design that marries design elements from the Lumia brand of Windows Phones and Nokia’s traditional plastic designs. The slim ovaloid buttons and colourful icons go along way to differentiate the 215 from past Nokia models.

SIM Free Nokia 215 - Black    SIM Free Nokia 215 - Black

The Nokia 215 is also Microsoft’s cheapest internet-ready phone. The 215 will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM models, and the phone costs just $29 before tax. It’s not yet clear what the phone will cost in the UK, but we will be stocking it sim-free. To place a pre-order (or be notified of stock availability once we have it), please visit the product page linked below:

We’ll also have a range of Nokia 215 accessories to further support the phone.

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Nokia N1 Android tablet announced, looks like an upgraded iPad Mini 3

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Nokia has just unveiled their first device after splitting from Microsoft: the Nokia N1. This Android tablet looks the spitting image of the iPad Mini 3, but there’s more here than meets the eye. Take a look.

Like an iPad Mini 3, but better

The design of the N1 is similar to the iPad Mini 3, but Nokia appear to have made some worthy improvements. They’ve started with an identical 2048×1536 resolution and 7.9-inch screen size, matching the Mini 3′s 4:3 Retina display. There are some differences though; Nokia’s N1 display is ‘fully laminated’, allowing the N1 to be thinner and lighter than the Mini 3 at 6.9mm and 318 grams, respectively.

Nokia have used a single piece of anodised aluminium for the frame, in grey or silver. The camera, buttons, ports and speakers are in the same places too, although Nokia have traded Apple’s Lightning port for a reversible USB Type C connector (you can get a Type C reversible cable here). This is one of the first implementations of the Type C port, and the shape of the port makes it look near-identical to Apple’s connector.

Reasonable tablet specifications

Internally, the Nokia N1 is respectable if not industry-leading. The tablet comes with an Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, backed with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Interestingly, the CPU is paired with the same PowerVR G6430 GPU as the iPad Mini 3. A 5300mAh non-removable battery sits inside, which is a bit smaller than what Apple use with the iPad Mini 3.

When it comes to connectivity, we’re looking at the latest 802.11ac WiFi, but no cellular connection. Bluetooth 4.0 and an infrared port are also included. For imaging, we have a 5-megapixel selfie cam up front, and an 8-megapixel shooter on the rear.

A platform for Nokia’s Z Launcher

The Nokia N1 will launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest release of the operating system. This will be a near-stock installation, but will come with Nokia’s Z Launcher replacement as standard. The Z Launcher was apparently the catalyst of the whole project, as Nokia wanted a good platform to show off the launcher. The idea behind the Z Launcher is a ‘Z’ gesture that shows a context-aware list of apps and contacts when drawn. You can also write letters in the middle of the homescreen to perform Google searches of the internet or your phone.

Coming in spring 2015

The Nokia N1 will be produced by Foxconn, where Nokia is targeting a Chinese launch date of February 19th (Chinese New Year). The Chinese launch will be followed by a European release, starting in Russia and a few other selected countries. The price of the N1 will be $249 before taxes for the Chinese release, putting this tablet on the lower end of the price spectrum; $150 cheaper than the iPad Mini 3.

We’ll be stocking a wide range of Nokia N1 accessories in the weeks and months ahead, although who knows – maybe iPad Mini 3 cases will already fit!

What do you think of the Nokia N1? iPad Mini 3 knock-off, or a genuine improvement to the 8-inch tablet? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun.

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Microsoft announce HD-10 screen sharing device for Lumia phones (and Android!)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Microsoft unveiled quite a cool accessory last week: a screen-sharing device for Lumia phones called the HD-10. The device works by wirelessly transmitting your Lumia handset’s screen to a receiver plugged into your TV’s HDMI port. You can quickly establish the connection by tapping your NFC-enabled Windows phone onto the NFC disc provided. It’s a pretty sensible solution, and finally gives Lumia owners an ability that has existed for Android and Apple for some time.

Once a connection is established, everything on your screen will be shown on your TV in glorious 1080p with up to 5.1 surround sound. That means you can play games, watch videos or play music on the biggest screen in the room. The HD-10 works with projectors and monitors too, making it an ideal choice for giving presentations. The device weighs just 115 grams, so it’s no problem to stick it in your bag or pocket for use on the road.

Microsoft are also allowing the HD-10 to work with Android and other devices through using the Miracast standard - something we covered in our ‘how to connect your Android device to a TV’ guide. It’s a nice move from Microsoft, and means that friends and roommates with Android devices will still be able to benefit from this cool functionality.

The HD-10 looks like a pretty useful gadget to have around. Microsoft’s screen-sharing device is currently on pre-order, and is expected to retail for around £60 later this month. For more photos and information, including live price and availability data, please visit the product page listed below:

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Nokia announce Lumia 830 affordable flagship, Lumia 730 selfie-phone

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

#MORELUMIA. That was the promise from Nokia ahead of their IFA press conference, and that’s exactly what they delivered. The Microsoft-owned company unveiled two new Windows Phones, the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730. The Lumia 830 is the company’s thinnest and lightest Lumia ever, with a 10-megapixel PureView camera and mid-range specifications. The Lumia 730 is a self-described “selfie phone”, with a wide-angle front-facing camera, a special Lumia Selfie app and more pedestrian internals.

Nokia Lumia 830

The Lumia 830 is a mid-range phone with features that have previously only appeared on flagship Lumia models. The leading feature is the inclusion of a PureView camera – albeit with a reduced 10-megapixel sensor - with optical image stabilisation and ZEISS optics. That should set a new photographic standard for what is otherwise a mid-range phone.

The Lumia 830 may be thin, but it does have a reasonably large 720p screen at 5 inches. The 830′s diminutive dimensions are stuffed with a reasonable amount of horsepower. There’s a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and a microSD slot. On the outside, the Lumia 830 is clad in the same aluminium frame and polycarbonate rear cover that Nokia have found favour with in the past, in bright colours: orange, green, white and black.

In terms of software, you can expect Windows Phone with the Lumia Denim update that was announced today. That update includes Cortana in the UK, folders, SMS merging and forwarding, customisable snooze times, VPN support and improvements to IE.

The Lumia 830 comes with support for wireless charging, and is compatible with a new DT-903 wireless charging plate that’ll also show you notifications. We’ll have the full range of Nokia Lumia 830 accessories available soon.

The Lumia 830 should debut for around €330 (before taxes and subsidies) from September.

Nokia Lumia 730 + 735

The second model announced by Nokia is their self-described “selfie phone”, available as the Nokia Lumia 730 (dual-SIM) or Lumia 735 (LTE) models. The models are identical apart from this difference in network connectivity, so we’ll refer to both here.

The Lumia 730′s selfie capabilities come care of a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, with a 24mm focal length. That translates into a wider angle view, letting you take group selfies or capture your surroundings more easily. The phone comes with a special Lumia Selfie app for maximising your ‘selfibilities’. Nokia also highlight the camera’s suitability for video calling on Skype (which, of course, is also owned by Microsoft).

The Lumia 730 comes with similar internals to the 830: the same quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM, but only 8GB of internal storage instead of 16GB on the 830. The rear camera is also weaker on the 730, as it comes without that PureView branding and with a weaker 6.7-megapixel sensor. The phone also has the same resolution screen – 720p – at a slightly smaller 4.7-inch span.

The Lumia 730 and 735 will begin shipping in September; the LTE (735) version will cost €220 before taxes and subsidies, while the dual-sim model (730) will cost €200 before taxes and subsidies. As usual, we’ll have a full range of Lumia 730 accessories and Lumia 735 accessories available as the phones are released.

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Thanks for checking out Nokia’s announcements. We’ll have much more information on these phones and their accessories in the days and weeks ahead, so stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages for these announcements as they come!