Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone gets official, looks cute

As expected, Nokia followed the “first real Windows Phone” with the unveiling of a cute second, the Lumia 710, which is a lower-end device compared to the higher-end Lumia 800. Powered by the same 1.4GHz CPU found in the Lumia 800, the Lumia 710 sports a 3.7 inch ClearBlack display and comes in “stealthy black” and “crisp white,” with replaceable back covers. It is priced at around €270 ($375) and is expected to hit France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November and Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the close of 2011. Any additional markets can forget about it till the first part of 2012.

Press Release

Signals new dawn with the launch of Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710, the first Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone

Introduces a range of stylish, smart mobile phones, superior Nokia Maps, partnership for co-branded accessories with Monster, and more

London, UK – At Nokia World, the company’s annual event for customers, partners and developers, Nokia demonstrated clear progress on its strategy by unveiling a bold portfolio of innovative phones, services and accessories, including the first smartphones in its Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia range. The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 brings content to life with head-turning design, Nokia’s best social and Internet experience, familiar Nokia elements, such as leading imaging capabilities and new signature experiences. The colorful and affordable Nokia Lumia 710 is a no-nonsense smartphone that brings the Lumia experience to more people around the world.

Nokia also launched four new mobile phones which feature stylish design, a rich social experience and location-aware technology. The Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 200 and Nokia Asha 201 blur the line between smartphones and feature phones, offering QWERTY and touch screen experiences, combined with fast and easy access to the Internet, integrated social networking, messaging and world-class applications from the Nokia Store.

“Eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action. We’re driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO. “From the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Asha 201, we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before. I’m incredibly proud of these new devices – and the people of Nokia who have made this happen.”

“Since Nokia’s major strategic shift only eight months ago, the company has found a new energy. It has provided substantial improvements to Symbian, managed to differentiate on Windows Phone and it continues to build on its strong portfolio in mobile phones,” says Pete Cunningham, Principal Analyst, Canalys. “Nokia is delivering on its pledges, and is clearly demonstrating its path to future success.”

The first Nokia Lumia smartphones
First two smartphones based on Windows Phone introduce a range of new experiences designed to make everyday moments more amazing.

Nokia Lumia 710
The purposely built, no-nonsense Nokia Lumia 710 can be personalized with exchangeable back covers and thousands of apps to bring the Lumia experience to more people around the world. The Nokia Lumia 710 is designed for instant social & image sharing, and the best browsing experience with IE9. It is available in black and white with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers. With the same 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor as the Nokia Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 710 delivers high performance at an affordable price. The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 710 will be approximately 270 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies.

Both smartphones include signature Nokia experiences optimized for Windows Phone, including Nokia Drive, which delivers a full-fledged personal navigation device (PND) with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface; and Nokia Music introducing MixRadio, a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music. In an update delivered later this year, Nokia Lumia users will also gain the ability to create personalized channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks. Also integrated in Nokia Music is Gigfinder, providing the ability to search for live local music for a complete end-to-end music experience, as well as the ability to share discoveries on social networks and buy concert tickets also coming in the Nokia Music software update delivered later this year.

Completing the ultimate mobile audio offering, Nokia also introduced the on-ear Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster and the in-ear Nokia Purity Stereo Headset by Monster, co-designed and co-developed by Monster, a recognized leader in high performance audio. Both products provide a fresh listening experience and are the first output of the exclusive long-term partnership between Nokia and Monster, intended to introduce a range of premium audio accessories to reflect the outstanding quality and bold style of the Lumia range.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is scheduled to be available first in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan toward the end of the year alongside the Nokia Lumia 800, before becoming available in further markets in early 2012.

Nokia also announced its plans to introduce a portfolio of products into the US in early 2012 and into mainland China in the first half of 2012. In addition to the existing products, which include coverage for WCDMA and HSPA, Nokia also plans LTE and CDMA products to address specific local market requirements.

For more info visit the product page at Nokia. For a hands-on video visit Engadget.

iPhone 4 vs iPhone 4S

We have iPhone 4 from last year, we have iPhone 4S from this year… how about a fight?
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4

Price (on contract) $199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB $99 8GB
Processor Dual-core Apple A5 Apple A4
Display 3.5-inch IPS 960 x 640 3.5-inch IPS 960 x 640
Primary camera 8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture 5 megapixel AF with flash
Secondary camera VGA at 30fps VGA
Video recording 1080p at 30fps, optional iMovie 720p at 30fps, optional iMovie
Cellular Hybrid GSM / CDMA “World Phone”, Bluetooth 4.0 Quadband GSM, pentaband HSPA
WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Orientation sensing Accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope
FaceTime video calling Yes Yes
SIM standard Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery life Up to 8 hours talk time on 3G

14 hours talk time on 2G

Up to 6 hours data on 3G

Up to 9 hours data on WiFi

Up to 40 hours audio

Up to 10 hours video

Up to 7 hours talk time on 3G, 14 hours on 2G

Up to 10 hours data on WiFi

Up to 40 hours audio

Up to 10 hours video

Weight 140 grams / 4.9 oz 137 grams / 4.8 oz.
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm

Via Engadget

Apple Announces New iPod Touch, available from October 12

Apart from the Nano, Apple has updated the Touch as well, giving users a host of new products today.

Prices

  • 8GB – $199
  • 32GB – $299
  • 64GB – $399

Please note there is no 16GB update

The new iPod Touch will be available from October 12.

Debate: Will the next iPhone come in a 64GB variation?

As Apple gears up to launch the next iPhone — iPhone 4S / iPhone 5 — in their October 4 event on Tuesday, many rumors are pointing to a 64GB iPhone’s release. Currently, the iPhone sells at 8GB, 16GB and 32GB variations. And if we’re to believe the rumors, the 8GB version will be scrapped in favor of the 64GB capacity iPhone. But will Apple really go for the 64GB variant of the iPhone?

Consider this: Apple has always said that the iPhone is still just a phone at the end of the day and to do more high-end operations on it, you need a different device altogether. This gave birth to the iPad which, as expected, came in 16-, 32- and 64-gig variants. Based on this theory, it doesn’t make sense that Apple would scrap the 8GB iPhone and go for a 64GB iPhone because then both the iPhone and iPad will come in similar capacities. Apple wants to distinguish between its products in more than just one way. The storage capacity is one of the criteria.

To conclude, there will be NO 64GB variant of the iPho.. uh oh! Wait a second. There’s another side to this story…

As far as the rumors are concerned, there will be not one, but two different iPhones that will be unveiled by Apple on Tuesday — both iPhone 4S and 5. According to the rumors, the 4S will be a low-end device, similar to the iPhone 4. Apple will come out with this low-key device to compete with the cheap Android phones available in the market. The iPhone 5, on the other hand, will be a complete redesign and will be faster, thinner and more better than the iPhone 4. This will be Apple’s high-end device and the next generation iPhone in the true sense.

Now, based on the above, doesn’t it make sense that the low-end 4S will come in an 8GB avatar whereas the high-end 5, in all probability, will avail in a 64GB variety to satisfy some core users? On account of this, it is safe to say that there will be a 64GB iPhone.

Conclusion

Every coin has two sides to it. While it may make sense that there will be no 64GB iPhone, it is totally illogical to rule out the possibility of having one. I guess we’ll have to wait till Tuesday for our questions to get answered.

What is your verdict on this: Do you think Apple will unveil a 64GB iPhone variant this Tuesday? And if it does, will you buy one?

Apple confirms October 4 event, says “Let’s talk iPhone”

We’ve known this all along but doesn’t it feel ever so nice when you get official backing to your claims? Apple has begun rolling out special invites for their October 4 event which, as rumored, will be held in their own Cupertino campus in California at 10am Pacific Time. The tagline for the event? A cheeky “Let’s talk iPhone.

The tagline suggests new iPhones are surely on the cards (duh!) but also suggests we’ll have something new in the voice department, maybe a new app or something, based on the Let’s talk part of the tagline. Whatever it is, iPhone 4S, 5, Siri integration, iOS 5, iCloud, etc.. we’ll be covering everything. So stay tuned to Firstain to make sure you don’t miss out on all the hoopla!

October 4, Tuesday — mark your calendar.

Source: Engadget

iPad 2 with iOS 5 vs Windows 8 slate (video)

Microsoft recently unveiled a few Windows 8 slates at BUILD, a developers conference, showcasing the power of the new Windows operating system, Windows 8. While it is still quite some time away from a final release and launch, it hopes to take on Apple’s iOS 5 and iPad 2, a device that is already established in the market and is already awaiting its successor. So, can Windows 8 slates take on iPad 2s running iOS 5? WinRumors helps us:

Would you be purchasing a Windows 8 slate when it launches next year?

HTC to hold special September 20 event, to unveil new phones?

HTC has sent an invite for a special event on September 20, carousing everyone to “Come celebrate in Style” what could possibly be a first official look at some (4?) new phones the handset manufacturer has been working on.

So, what’s on the agenda? The Bliss? The Holiday? The Vigor? The Amaze?

As always, we’ll try our best to unearth the newbies for you.