Nokia as a company is officially no more and the next Lumia device will drop the iconic Finnish brand for good. Microsoft Devices will be announcing a new Lumia device on 11th November and this will be the first Lumia smart phone to carry the Microsoft brand.
This is likely to be a new entry-level device that’s being speculated as the Lumia 535. Similar to the affordable Lumia 530, the upcoming Lumia 535 is going to be an affordable Windows Phone device with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor on-board but it gets a larger 5″ qHD (960×540) display and is mated to double the RAM at 1GB. The back camera gets a 5MP shoot but this time it gets assisted flash. For video calls, it finally gets a basic front facing camera. The battery is said to be bigger too at 1,900mAh, which is 470mAh more than the current lumia 530.
Check out the alleged leaked photos of the incoming Lumia 535 after the break.
When Microsoft Devices introduced its latest Nokia Lumia 830 and Lumia 730/735, they had also announced its latest Lumia Denim software update that’s based on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. Apart from the 3 new models, the Denim Update will be rolled out to existing Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices within this year in Q4.
Some of the major changes the update would bring include Live Folders, App Corner to segregate your application between work and play, SMS Merging, improved VPN and native Internet Explorer browser.
On top of that, they are also introducing Lumia Camera which will replace Nokia Camera with better camera experiences. To capture epic moments faster, you can take photos quickly from your pocket in just a matter of split seconds. It also brings new 4K video recording at 24fps and a new Rich Capture mode that lets you adjust the dynamic range after the picture is taken. On certain models such as the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, you can trigger Cortana by voice even when the phone is in sleep mode.
They have yet to release a full roll out schedule but based on the past Lumia Cyan Update, the update delivery should be quick across their Windows Phone 8 devices.
It is now official. After Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia which is now known as Microsoft Devices, they have now transitioned its Lumia smart phone brand under Microsoft. What used to be Nokia Lumia is now known as Microsoft Lumia and this will take effect with its future models.
Existing Lumia devices including the recently announced Nokia Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 will remain unchanged and the same applies with existing Lumia devices that’s still in the market. Microsoft assures that the same Lumia experience will continue with the upcoming Microsoft branded Lumia models and existing users can still count on them for continuous support.
As mentioned during their acquisition announcement, the Nokia brand continues to live on with entry-level feature phones including the Nokia 130.
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Nokia says thousands of people are violently being cut out from group selfie shots everyday. While other smart phone makers are starting to shout groufie features, Microsoft Devices is banging on allfie so that nobody is being left out when a selfie is taken.
In a bid to promote its new selfie-centric Lumia 735, they have released a commercial depicting people being cut-off in real life. The new Lumia 735 which was launched locally at RM999, boasts a wide angle 5MP front camera so that you can take selfies uncropped.
Check out the video after the break.
The latest Lumia 830 and Lumia 735 are officially launched in Malaysia today. Announced during IFA 2014, the Lumia 830 is their affordable flagship that’s priced at RM1399. Meanwhile its Lumia 735 is their answer for the current selfie trend and it is priced at RM999. As an early bird promo, they are giving out Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium for the first 500 Lumia 830 buyers.
Both devices are available starting 3rd October and they run on the latest Lumia Denim Update (Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1). Also launched today is GSC’s official Windows Phone app which will be available next month.
The folks at Microsoft Devices have just sent invites out for an event which is jointly organised with GSC Cinemas on this coming Thursday, 25th September. Fresh off from IFA 2014, the Lumia 830 is expected to be launched in Malaysia and it offers a flagship Windows Phone experience at an affordable price.
It could be possible that its selfie-centric Lumia 730 could be making an appearance locally as well. As for GSC, details of their collaboration isn’t known yet and they might be launching a special promo for Windows Phone users.
To recap on the specs, the Lumia 830 is a 5″ smart phone with a HD 720p display and it runs on a Quad-Core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM. Despite having mid-spec hardware, the Lumia 830 is a serious shooter with its 10MP camera enhanced by Optical Image Stabilisation and ZEISS Optics. Meanwhile, the Lumia 730 which comes with Dual-SIM support is their Selfie centric smart phone that’s equipped with a 5MP front camera. It gets the same processor and RAM as the Lumia 830 but features a smaller 4.7″ display with HD 720p resolution. In Europe, the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730 are priced at 330 Euros (about RM1,378) and 199 Euros (about RM832) respectively. In addition, these models are the first Nokia devices to run on the latest Lumia Denim Update with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1.
Microsoft is going to flood the market with more affordable Windows Phone devices. After opening up its licensing for free to OEM manufacturers, we are starting to see more non-Nokia smart phones that are running on Windows Phone OS.
Hitting at the entry level segment is the Nokia Lumia 530 that’s currently priced at RM355. If you think that’s cheap, wait until you check out Cherry Mobile, a smart phone brand from the Philippines which now offers a much cheaper alternative.
Its Cherry Mobile Alpha Style that’s priced at only P2,999, which is about RM218 is probably the most affordable Windows Phone 8.1 right now. Similar hardware to the Lumia 530, it gets a 4″ screen that uses IPS panel and it runs on a Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor that’s mated to 512MB of RAM. It also gets 4GB of on-board storage and it comes equipped with a 5MP main shooter while selfies are handled with a basic VGA camera.
If you want something a little better, there’s the Alpha Luxe that’s priced at P4,999 (about RM363). It gets a larger 5″ HD IPS display that’s toughen with Dragontrail glass. Underneath, it is powered by the same Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor but comes with 1GB of RAM for better multi-tasking. The camera gets an upgrade too with the use of 8MP for main and 2MP for the front.
This is just some of the new Windows Phone alternatives that’s coming up. Like what we’ve seen with cheap Android phones from China, the same trend would be happening as well for the Windows Platform. A few months back, one of the Chinese electrical brands Hisense had introduced their own Dual-SIM enabled smart phone that comes with 4G LTE connectivity. The Windows Phone platform is seen to be gaining momentum and they are cementing their #3 platform position for mobile.
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Microsoft Devices is doing a special purchase with purchase promo where you can pick up a new Lumia 530 for only RM57. All you’ll need to do is purchase either a Lumia 930 (RM1,999), Lumia 1520 (RM1,799), Lumia 630 (RM499) or even a Lumia 530 (RM355).
The Lumia 530 is their most affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device that’s priced at RM355. It offers dual-SIM connectivity with a 4″ display and runs on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 processor. You can find out more about this device in our Lumia 530 hands-on post.
The Malaysia Day sale offer is applicable for 5 days from now until 16th September 2014. It is valid only at selected Nokia outlets that’s listed after the break.
The HTC Windows Phone 8X which was hailed to be a signature Windows Phone 8 device is finally getting a fresh breath of life. According to HTC, they will be rolling out the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update to the HTC Windows Phone 8X by late October, at least for Verizon sets in the US.
Nokia on the other hand had already completed its rolled out of Windows Phone 8.1 update through its Lumia Cyan update covering a total of 11 models. The new Windows Phone 8.1 brings a couple of new features including Action Centre, wordflow keyboard, transparent tiles and WiFi Sense.
Like the saying goes, it is better late than never.
The latest Nokia duo – the Lumia 730 Dual-SIM and the Lumia 830 are on its way to Malaysian shores. Both devices which carries the model number RM-1035 and RM-984 have been spotted in our own SIRIM Malaysia database.
The Lumia 730 Dual Sim claims to be the “perfect phone for selfies and skype calls” with it’s Full-HD 5 Megapixel wide angle front facing camera along with a 6.7 Megapixel rear camera. It will come in 4 colours – Orange, Green, Blue and White and will run on the latest Lumia Denim (Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1).
This 4.7 inch device takes on a form factor of monoblock touch, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM with a display resolution of 1280×720 with 316 ppi density. Standard Connectivity options include Dual Standby SIMs with 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, NFC. As of memory, it comes equipped with 8 GB of internal storage capacity and microSD card support for expansion up to 128 GB.
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