For HTC’s upcoming One M8 with Windows, they didn’t struggle to think of a new name. It’s simply called as the HTC One M8 for Windows and essentially its the same metal-clad flagship device except for its operating system. In terms of availability, it is released exclusively for Verizon in the US.
To recap on the specs, it gets the same 5″ Super Clear LCD 3 display that does Full HD resolution and underneath it gets a 2.3GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor (same as the One M8 for the US) with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage on-board. There’s also an expandable microSD slot that accepts 128GB cards and the battery is the same 2,600mAh capacity unit.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is finally receiving the latest Lumia Cyan Update. This brings last year’s entry level device up to speed with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 that comes with Action Centre and WordFlow keyboard. It is being pushed through OTA update (Over the Air) and you can check for it manually under Settings > Phone update.
Things are looking brighter for the Windows Phone platform. Not only they are closing in with the app gap with over 300,000 apps to date, but they appear to be consistent when it comes to software update. So far the Nokia Lumia 625, Lumia 925, Lumia 1020, Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 has gotten the update and it shouldn’t take too long for the Lumia 525, 620, 720, 820 and 920 to receive theirs.
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This time the fresh images reveal its duo-tone appearance with a metallic fame that surrounds a colourful back cover. The black camera module stands out and it isn’t clear what’s the pixel count for its main shooter. Over at the front, the display is said to be a 4.5 incher which is likely to offer a HD 720p resolution.
The Lumia 830 will be joined by a Selfie focused Lumia 730 smart phone which offers a large 5MP camera at the front. Despite having a smaller model number, the Lumia 730 is expected to carry a larger 4.7″ display and runs on a mid-spec Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.
Head after the break for more shots of the Lumia 830.
It looks like there’s a race between manufacturers to make the cheapest smart phone that’s still decent enough to use. The Nokia Lumia 530 is Microsoft’s entry with an incredible low price of RM355 and it runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1. That’s quite impressive considering it is priced lower than its recently axed Nokia X which we are not impressed with.
Now back to the Lumia 530, it is cheap but Microsoft didn’t sacrifice too much on the hardware for the sake of price. The exterior is undoubtedly a Lumia with its bright polycarbonate shells and the screen is a decent 4″ LCD with a 854×480 pixels resolution which is still acceptable in this price range. The biggest boasting points is its Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 range with 512MB of RAM and it gets a microSD slot which accepts the largest 128GB capacity.
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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.
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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.