In an effort to encourage more of the 4,700 Nokia employees it’s laying off to accept the company’s volunteer resignation package, Microsoft is offering to throw in a free Nokia Lumia 630 handsets for the first 300 employees who apply each day, and if you’re wondering, the phone is worth less than RM550.
On July 17th, Microsoft announced it would cut 18,000 jobs most of which would be from the Nokia devices and services unit it acquired three months earlier on April 25th for USD7.2 billion (RM23 billion). In China, where Nokia has an R&D center and two manufacturing plants, the number of employees is being reduced from 5,000 to just 300.
The drastic cut—94%, if you’re doing the math—sparked protests by employees who claim that Microsoft had promised not to cut jobs for a year after acquiring Nokia. The Inquirer reports that hundreds of Microsoft employees gathered at the gate of the Nokia R&D facility in Beijing’s Yizhuang industrial park for five hours waving banners that read “Protesting hostile acquisition and forcible layoffs by Microsoft” and “We want jobs” and shouting chants against the treatment they were receiving from Microsoft.
The severance package Microsoft is offering to Nokia staff being laid-off in mainland China compensates employees with two months’ salary plus an additional month’s salary for every year of service the employee had put in at Nokia. The protesters were also claiming that Microsoft was treating them unfairly alleging that Nokia staff being laid-off in Taiwan were being offered a further two months’ salary.
Microsoft said it is aware of the disagreements regarding the severance plans and that it was in negotiations with the labour union to settle the disputes.
Microsoft today has just launched the Lumia 530 Dual-SIM in Malaysia. It is priced at RM355, offering the latest Windows Phone 8.1 experience at an affordable price range. This is the most affordable Lumia smart phone yet and it brings the latest features including Action Centre and WordFlow Keyboard. It is available starting 16th August with a choice of bright green, bright orange, white and dark grey colours.
To recap on the specs, the Lumia 530 has a 4″ FWVGA (854×480) LCD screen and is powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor with 512MB of RAM. While the on-board storage gets just 4GB, the Lumia 530 is supporting large size microSD cards up to 128GB.
Apart from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Sony Xperia Z3, Microsoft will be announcing a couple of devices at the upcoming IFA 2014 in Berlin. There’s little question on what could be announced in 3 weeks time as the invite shows a PureView camera element which is likely to be the new Lumia 830. Expected also is their new Selfie smart phone that’s likely to be the Lumia 730.
Based on early speculation, the Lumia 830 is a new mid-tier device with a 4.5″ HD 720p display and comes with a large 20.1MP PureView camera. Meanwhile the Lumia 730, which is seen as a replacement for its Lumia 720 would have a slightly larger 4.7″ HD 720p display and it comes with a 5MP front facing camera, which is the largest for the Lumia series. Internally the Lumia 730 is said to be running on a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM.
The Microsoft/Nokia event is happening on 4th September and both devices will be running on the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1.
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Microsoft/Nokia has been aggressive in attacking the mobile segment at all fronts. After introducing its low cost Lumia 530, they have set their sights at the mid-tier segment where Microsoft will be introducing 2 new models. With selfies being a trend, one of the device which is codenamed Superman is likely to be the Nokia Lumia 730 and WPCentral has managed to obtain its picture as shown above.
It is seen as the successor of the Lumia 720 which came with a weird-numbered 6.7MP camera at the back. Being a Selfie-centric device, the new Lumia 730 is said to be sporting a 5MP front camera, the biggest yet for the Lumia series. The front display is said to be 4.7″ and it is likely to be powered by a Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 4G LTE support.
According to the source, the Lumia 730 along with its other mid-tier Lumia 830 is said to be running on a newer version of Windows Phone 8.1. It is likely that these 2 will be launched with the newer Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 or Update 2 out of the box.
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If you own the epic photography centric Nokia Lumia 1020, the latest Lumia Cyan Update is rolling out now which brings it up to speed with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. The updates should be pushing to your device via OTA (Over the Air) and if you haven’t got it yet, you can check under Settings > Phone update.
Looking at the roll out speed, it shouldn’t take too long for the rest (Lumia 520, Lumia 525, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Lumia 820 & Lumia 920) to receive the update. Before the Lumia 1020, the Cyan Update has been rolled out to the Lumia 1520, Lumia 1320, Lumia 925 and Lumia 625.
Thanks @raytmc for the tip!
The affordable Nokia Lumia 530 is heading to Malaysia with its launch happening next Tuesday, 12th of August. Announced a couple of weeks ago, the Lumia 530 is Microsoft’s most affordable Windows Phone at a bargain basement price below RM500.
To recap on the specs, it features a 4″ FWGA display that does 854 x 480 and it runs on a entry-level 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor that’s mated to 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Despite its low-cost offering, the Lumia 530 supports microSD cards up to 128GB which is rare among entry level smart phones at this price. For imaging, it settles for a flash-less 5MP camera with fixed focus and there’s no camera at the front. With a 1,430mAh removable battery, it is 11.7mm thick and weighs 129 grams.
Can the Lumia 530 succeed where the Nokia X has failed? With the latest Windows Phone 8.1, this gives budget concious buyers assurance that they are having the latest from the platform and what they need is to price this right to seal the deal. Like the earlier Lumia 630, we expect Microsoft/Nokia to release the dual-SIM version which is getting popular among the low cost segment. You can get to know more about the Lumia 530 in our earlier announcement post.
HTC used to be in the business of making Windows Phones. When Windows Phone 7 was released 4 years ago, HTC had introduced 5 different models. 2 years later, they had released their polycarbonate based Windows Phone 8X and 8S which were considered Microsoft’s signature Windows Phone 8 devices at that time.
While Nokia has been dominating the Windows Phone segment, HTC is not throwing the towel just yet as they are set to introduce a new Windows Phone device next month on August 19. They have sent out media invites and word has it that it will be heavily based on their current HTC One M8 flagship device. In terms of naming, it could be called as the HTC One W8. When it comes to premium smart phone design, the HTC One M8 has been holding on to its title rather well. Like the saying “if ain’t broken, don’t fix it”, HTC is just reusing the same device but with a different operating system running on board.
So it is safe to expect 3 metallic colour options (Gold, Silver, Gunmetal Grey), 5″ Full HD display, Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM and storage options of either 16GB or 32GB capacity. So far there’s no word on its camera and it will be interesting to see whether they would opt for its 4MP Duo Camera set up or a mainstream 13MP shooter. Out of the box, the new device would be running on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 and apparently it will also have support for its proprietary Dot View Case.
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Following the Nokia Lumia 1320, its higher-spec brother the Lumia 1520 too is receiving its Lumia Cyan update. Microsoft has also just updated their availability list with a total of 4 Lumia models currently up to date with the latest Windows Phone 8.1.
If you haven’t received any notification yet on your Lumia 1520, you can check manually under Settings > Phone update.
Thanks @Steady2Twit for the alert!
Looks like Microsoft is going big with its cameras. At an internal meeting this week, Stephen Elop was reported to have teased 2 new Windows Phone 8.1 devices, one with a large front camera for Selfies and another model which claims to be an affordable PureView device.
The Selfie-centric device, codenamed Superman has the biggest front facing camera on a Windows Phone at 5MP, surpassing its usual 1.2MP/1.3MP shooters. The device is expected to come with a compact 4.7″ display and it is likely to be powered by a popular Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM an has support for 4G LTE. This could be going directly against Sony’s Selfie-centric camera, the Xperia C3.
Next is a device that’s called Tesla or rumoured to be the Lumia 830. Stephon Elop apparently has labeled this device as an affordable high-end phone with a PureView camera. From the purported leaked images, the Lumia 830 is having a large black colour camera housing like the Lumia 1020 and comes with a standard assisted LED illumination instead of Xenon flash. You can check out the shots of the rumoured 830 after the break.
The new Lumia Cyan update is now being rolled out to Lumia 1320 units in Malaysia, bringing its operating system to the latest Windows Phone 8.1. This follows after its initial roll out on the Lumia 625 and Lumia 925 about 2 weeks ago.
If you haven’t receive the update, you may check for it manually at Settings > Phone Update. There are 8 more models pending for update which includes Lumia 520, Lumia 525, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Lumia 820, Lumia 920, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. You can check on the current update status over at Nokia’s Windows update availability list.
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