Yesterday Nokia has revealed its Windows Phone 7 line up with the Lumia 800 dubbed as the first real Windows Phone. Despite close collaboration with Microsoft, there isn’t any significant Nokia-exclusive features except for a couple of apps such as Nokia Drive and MixRadio.
So how does it compare spec by spec with HTC? We’ve compiled a comparison above against Nokia’s latest Lumias & N9 for reference. Earlier last month, they have announced the HTC Radar and Titan. The HTC Radar is currently available in Malaysia for RM1,399.
Tentatively it looks like Nokia is giving a pass on Malaysia for the latest Lumia devices which will make its Asian debut in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore at the end of this year. So if you’re planning to get one, you might have to wait until early 2012. The estimated pricing is about RM1117 for the Lumia 710 and RM1830 for the Lumia 800 before shipping and taxes.
If you are planning to get a Windows Phone 7 Mango smart phone, would you wait for Nokia?
Don’t forget to check out our previous Smart Phone comparison.
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The Sensation XE will retail for RM1,999 and the HTC Radar will be selling for RM1,399.
These are two ground breaking devices from HTC. The Sensation XE will be the first Beats Audio phone to hit the country and the Radar will be the first Mango phone in Malaysia.
Sensation XE brings with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 768MB RAM, 1,730mAh battery, a 4.3-inch Super LCD Gorilla Glass display pushing 540×960 pixel resolution and an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording. The Sensation XE will also be bundled with a set of iBeats headphones (which HTC are calling upbeats) in the box. The headphones are designed to make the most out of the Beats Audio technology integrated in the device — not bad considering the RM1,999 asking price.
The HTC Radar brings 3.8-inch 800×480 pixel Super LCD display. Featuring a a single piece metal construction, the Radar packs a 1GHz single core processor with 512MB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. You also get a 5MP rear camera with a fast F2.2 lens and a BSI Sensor for low light photography. The camera shoots 720p HD video. Powering the device is a 1520mAh Lithium Ion Battery. At RM1,399 is slightly expensive when compared to similar specced devices like the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray for example.
We expect Samsung to also release a deluge of device to counter what HTC is doing. Look out for the latest on SoyaCincau.com
What did we tell you about an exciting final quarter?
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After much anticipation, Microsoft has officially announced its roll out of Mango, the latest Windows Phone 7.5 which aims to bring WP7 up to the next level. It offers a variety of much needed improvement such as better social network integration, improved web browsing experience, group chat and much more. This will close up the gap with its rival Android and iOS platforms.
No exact dates are given but it is expected that majority of WP7 users worldwide will be having it by end of October. Microsoft has provided a check status page but Malaysia isn’t specifically mentioned. Our closest neighbour Singapore shows “delivering update”.
Another interesting info is that a range of mobile devices with Windows Phone 7.5 will be coming into Malaysia in the next couple of months. HTC Titan or Radar, anyone? Looks like 2011 will end with a blast.
HTC has revealed two new WP7 smart phones – HTC Titan and the HTC Radar. Both devices come with latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and existing HTC WP7 devices is said to be getting Mango update starting from mid this month.
While Windows Phone 7 has yet to gain traction even after Nokia’s commitment to the platform, HTC’s latest offering hopes to keep it on par with the likes of Android and iOS with newer hardware and design.
More details of the 2 new devices after the break.
If you’re looking for a larger screen smart phone on contract below RM1000, here’s another alternative if you missed out on Samsung Galaxy S II RM799 offer. The HTC HD7, a 4.3″ Windows Phone 7 device is now offered as low as RM799 over 24 months contract or RM999 over 12 months contract on a Maxis Value Plus postpaid plan with bolt on 1.5GB or 3GB data plan. This is a big reduction of RM500 from its previous price as it was previously offered at RM1399 for 24 months contract.
Strangely, the HD7 is the most affordable offering from Maxis despite being more expensive than the HTC 7 Mozart and Samsung Omnia 7. For additional savings, Maxis WP7 bundle plans give back RM10 rebate on your monthly data plans during the contract period.
This just appeared on Maxis’s what’s new page but the price reduction had taken effect for quite some time now. Some guys at Lowyat Forum had noticed the changes on the Maxis Windows Phone 7 page last month.
If Windows Phone 7 is your cup of tea, check our Maxis WP7 offers here.