Yes, the Nokia 3310 is back. It’s modern, it’s classic, it’s got Snake and a whole bunch of other features designed to take you on a trip down Nostalgia Alley. But I don’t like it and I doubt any self-respecting 3310 fan would either.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated events at the Mobile World Congress 2017 is Nokia’s. Yes, Nokia, the company that once ruled the mobile phone market. Well, they’re back and they brought with them a whole bunch of nostalgia.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is heading to Malaysia and now you can secure your unit by pre-ordering one for RM1,999. Online retailer StoreKini has started accepting pre-orders online and if you place yours from now until 6th July, they will be giving away free screen protector, power bank and casing as well. Early birds will get additional rebates as well.
To recap on the specs, the Lumia 930 is their new flagship device that boast premium build quality with the usage of aluminium frame and comes with a 5″ Full HD AMOLED display. Internally it runs on a 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM along with 32GB of on-board storage. For taking pictures, it comes with a familiar 20.7MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens while front shots are handled by a 1.2MP unit. For taking videos, it boast better audio pick up with 4 high performance microphones. Out of the box, it runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 and it supports 4G LTE including our local operator bands. More details in our earlier Lumia 930 post here.
Microsoft Devices have just sent invites for a media preview of the its most innovative Lumia with craftsmanship in mind. After launching its Nokia Lumia 630 in Malaysia, the next item on the list would be its Lumia 930 as pictured above which was announced during Microsoft Build Day. We’ll be checking the new device out and hopefully we can get a hands-on as well as availability details.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is basically the international version of its Lumia Icon that was released exclusively for Verizon. It gets a Full HD 5″ AMOLED display and runs on a 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage on board. If you’re eyeing for a Lumia 1520 but prefer something more compact, the Lumia 930 also comes with the same 20.7MP shooter for better photos. Like the Lumia 630, it will be running on the very latest Windows Phone 8.1.
Check out the official Nokia Lumia 930 official hands-on and promo video after the break.
Nokia/Microsoft will be launching its new Nokia Lumia 630 in Malaysia next week. Announced during last month’s Microsoft Build, the Lumia 630 is Microsoft’s most affordable new device that’s running on the latest Windows Phone 8.1.
Spec wise, it gets a 4.5″ IPS display that does 854×480 pixels resolution and runs on a modest 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM. On-board it gets 8GB of storage with a microSD expansion slot supporting up to 128GB cards. It also gets a 5MP back camera without flash and a decent 1,830mAh capacity battery.
Design wise, it looks like a Nokia X that’s running on a Windows Phone platform instead of Android. Listed at US$159, the Lumia 630 is expected to be priced below RM600 in Malaysia. The event is happening on the 20th May and we’ll find out more details on its pricing and availability of its Dual-SIM variant during the event. There’s also the Lumia 635 which is basically the same device but it supports 4G LTE. That device would be announced much later sometime in July.
You can check out its official pictures and promo videos in our earlier post.
Nokia’s first ever Android-powered smartphone, the Nokia X, is now available in Malaysia.
Created by Nokia to fill the gap between their Asha and Lumia range, the base model Nokia X is undeniably low-end with a 4-inch 800×480 display, dual-SIM support, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage that’s expandable with microSD. Photos and videos are handled by a basic 3MP camera with no HD video capability. Available in six colours – Bright Orange, Yellow, White, Green, Blue and Black — the Nokia X is now available in Malaysia for RM399 from Nokia stores and online retailers.
The Nokia X runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean but it has been heavily skinned to give a look and feel that of Windows Phone on Nokia’s Lumia devices. The Nokia X can run Android apps but you can’t download apps directly from Google Play. Instead you access a specific app store created by Nokia just for the Nokia X. Or you can access the many third party app stores or sideload apps into the device using APKs that are readily available online. The Nokia X also doesn’t support Google services like Gmail, Maps, Hangout and many others. For that you will have to use Nokia and Microsoft services like Here and Outlook.
The Nokia X left us unimpressed and if Nokia is looking to win market share in the low- to mid-tier market segment then it came to a gunfight with a knife. Chinese brands like Redmi have been upping their game bringing higher and higher specs to lower and lower price points read our hands-on and first impressions of the Nokia XL here to find out more.
Nokia today announced that their budget large-format smartphone, the Lumia 1320, will go on sale here in Malaysia on Friday, January 17. The device will retail for RM1,199.
The 1320 is Nokia’s vision of large format for the masses with a spec sheet that’s been cut down to meet a budget. The Lumia 1320 features a 6-inch 720p ClearBlack display(245ppi) with Gorilla Glass 3 and Qualcomm’s entry level Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor running at 1.7GHz with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of on board storage, 7GB free SkyDrive storage and microSD card support up to 64GB in capacity.
In the camera department, the 1320 gets only 5MP main unit with 1080p video capabilities. At the front you get a VGA (0.3 megapixel) shooter and not much else. You will also be missing the four-mic array that is build into the the 1320’s more expensive stablemate, the Lumia 1520. Instead, the 1320 gets just one mic. Also missing is the built-in wireless charging and NFC but it’s a good thing that the Lumia 1320 gets the same 3,400 mAh battery as the more expensive 1520, and there’s LTE support.
The Nokia Lumia 1320 will be available in a choice of yellow, black, or white. Sorry orange fans, the orange version will not be available at launch. And we can’t help thinking that there could be a number of Android options that offer more for the same amount of money.
For those eyeing for a Nokia Lumia 925 or its affordable and big screen Lumia 625, Nokia is throwing a special 16% discount in conjunction with Malaysia day. The Lumia 925 is going for just RM1,343.16 while the Lumia 625 can be yours for just RM788.76 outright.
To recap the specs, the Lumia 925 comes with a 4.5″ AMOLED display pushing 1280×768 pixels, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 2,000mAh battery and a 8.7MP shooter. Meanwhile the Lumia 625 is the most affordable 4G LTE Windows Phone with a 4.7″ screen and runs on a modest dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor with a 5MP shooter at the back. It is a rather low-mid spec device as the screen pushes a WVGA resolution of 800×480 pixels and comes with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage.
You can get the full list of participating outlets here but take note that it isn’t available at BSC & Pavilion. The 16% discount offer is only valid until Monday, 16th September.
We still don’t know these details but Nokia Malaysia have started displaying the device in its stores. This is an indication that the device is expected to be in the market really, really soon. How soon? We’re guessing somewhere in the middle of this month earliest and perhaps no later than the end of June. Any way you look at it, the device will be in stores soon.
What about the price? We estimate the device to be priced around RM1,600 maybe less. This is of course just our guess and we can be completely wrong.
How much would you pay for a phone the probably has the best camera ever in a mobile device but is running an operating system that’s not perceived as current by many? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Thanks @Steady2Twit for the tip!
The latest firmware update for the Nokia Lumia 800 is now available for Malaysian users via Zune. If you’ve registered your device with Nokia, you should be getting an email to inform you about this. You will need to install Zune on your PC to receive the update (someone should challenge the Smoke by Windows guy on this one – OTA firmware update).
Nokia says the update promises better battery performance and WiFi connectivity. If you’ve updated your Lumia 800, hit us up in the comments section and let us know if you noticed any improvements.
For details, check here.