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.
We have just received very reliable information that Nokia Malaysia is currently very busy planning the brand’s biggest launch campaign to date this year and it’s happening in May. The launch will introduce three new smartphones to Malaysians, all of which are arguably the most anticipated Nokia devices after the Lumia 800.
At the moment, we have not been able to gather any info on pricing and other launch details but @anotherwx on Twitter says that the Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 will be launching on May 11 with roadshows planned at Sunway Pyramid, the Gardens Mall and Suria KLCC although right now we can’t verify the information provided by @anotherwx.
In any case, we’re pretty sure more information about this will pop up eventually and we’ll be ready to pounce on it so stay tuned.
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Nokia has announced its global roll out of the latest Symbian Belle update for Nokia X7, N8, C6-01, C7, E7, E6 and Nokia Oro. For Nokia 500 users, the update will be available much later in couple of weeks time. This is the 2nd Symbian^3 upgrade right after Anna rolled out about 6 months ago.
Symbian Belle aims to offer refreshed new experience on the same Symbian device. So what’s new? Belle now offers 6 customisable home screens, a new notifications bar with power toggle switches and an enhanced new Nokia Maps.
To upgrade to Belle, you would need to connect your Nokia device to the PC via Nokia Suite which is downloadable here. In terms of availability, Malaysian users should be able to update right now as indicated on their Belle availability page.
Head after the break for the step by step video.
It’s official, the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 are coming to Malaysia. We’re working on preliminary information at the moment but it looks like the devices are expected to hit store shelves before March.
Details on pricing and operator plans are scarce but we heard there is at least one operator that will be offering the Lumia twins at launch.
At that’s pretty much it, we’ll put our ears close to the ground to get the more info on this. As always, keep you browser locked on and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the Lumia? Hit us up in the comments below.
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When Nokia launched its Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 phones, they had a video commercial that featured a Teh Tarik man doing what he does best. Nokia has added a behind the scenes clip of it on Youtube.
The star is Syed Khaidir, a crowned Teh Tarik Champion in 2004 from Johor Bahru. Head after the break for another Teh Tarik act by Syed Khaidir.
We’ve also added another “Teh Tarik” telco ad from a couple of years back.
The record attempt entails getting the most number of people to play Angry Birds in one location, and although the event is organised by Nokia Malaysia, participants can bring any mobile device to be a part of the effort.
The record attempt is happening on June 11, all day from 11am at the Boulevard Strip, Plaza Low Yat, Kuala Lumpur. To take part head on over to Nokia Malaysia’s Facebook page.
On another note, we wonder what happened to DiGi’s attempt to make Malaysia the Facebook capital of the world.