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Footages from Smoked by Windows Phone Malaysia

Last week, the Smoked by Windows Phone campaign has hit Malaysia during PC Fair. So how did it fare? Watch the video above where a HTC One X and Galaxy Nexus was smoked. Whether this is a fair comparison is debatable as the challenges are performed by a person that’s well versed with specific scenarios.

With a total of 98 challenges, the Windows Phone had 92 wins and 6 losses. Head after the break for another footage shot at Metropolitan College.

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Nokia’s version of Smoked by Windows Phone

Microsoft has been promoting its mobile platform with its Smoked by Windows Phone campaign. If you’re heading to PC Fair this weekend, you can catch them and see if your device is faster than a Windows Phone. RM100 vouchers will be given out if your phone is faster.

Over at Nokia, they are running their own version that’s called “Blown away by Lumia” in India. Samsung obviously wasn’t too happy about this and called the campaign unethical. Nevertheless, Nokia claims that there’s nothing wrong as it is a voluntary exercise.

Head after the break for several clips from the “Blown away by Lumia” challenge that’s happening in India.

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Get smoked by Windows Phone in Malaysia

You probably have heard about the “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge that has been going on in the US. Now the challenge is happening right here in Malaysia this weekend (14th & 15th April) at PC Fair.

Microsoft is betting a RM100 voucher that their Windows Phone 7 is faster than yours. After all, Nokia claims that the “Smart Phone beta test” is finally over. So calling all iOS, Symbian, Bada, BlackBerry, Android & Meego users. If you’re up for the challenge, head over to PC Fair which is happening at KL Convention Centre.

For more information on the challenge, head over to Windows Phone Malaysia Facebook page.

Watch the teaser video after the break.

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Nokia announces Lumia 610 NFC

Nokia has announced a its NFC enabled version of the Nokia Lumia 610 at Monaco today. This is Nokia’s 8th NFC device and their first Windows Phone with NFC built-in.

The Lumia 610 NFC is certified for contactless transactions with Mastercard Paypass & Visa payWave and it will be available on Monaco’s Orange network soon. Just like other NFC enabled Nokia devices, the Lumia 610 NFC can also be paired with their NFC accessories as well.

Windows Phone 7 doesn’t support NFC natively in the OS. To make NFC possible on the Lumia 610 NFC, they had to add a NFC software stack on top of the platform and additional NFC hardware.

For more information, head over to Nokia’s Conversation Blog.


Nokia says the Smart Phone beta test is over

To kick off the Nokia Lumia 900 fever in the US, Nokia has launched a new campaign site called Smartphone Beta Test. The new campaign claims that if you’ve been using a smart phone in the last 5 years (indirectly hinting at iPhone introduction in 2007), you’re part of a secret experiment which helped Nokia create the Nokia Lumia 900.

Over the top marketing strategy or just simply brilliant? Head after the break to watch the ads.

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VIDEO: Nokia Lumia 800 design story

Nokia has released a video documentary on the Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 which was just launched last month.

The video talks about how Nokia forms a strong collaboration with Microsoft and the story behind their design. At one point, it highlights Nokia’s priority in having the best antenna reception by using materials that are RF transparent, which in this case a single polycarbonate body.

Some may argue, what is there to design since it looks exactly the same as the Nokia N9. While it is easy to point out that Nokia had slapped a WP7 Mango OS inside a N9 body, it is possible that the Lumia 800 came first. Its CEO Stephen Elop had shown a fully functional Lumia 800 internally about the same time when the N9 was announced.

So is Nokia Lumia 800 the best designed WP7 around? Tell us in the comments below.

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By the numbers: HTC and Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices compared

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.

Nokia reveals Lumia 800 & 710, running on WP7 Mango

Fresh from Nokia World 2011, Nokia has revealed 2 new Windows Phone 7 devices – Nokia Lumia 800 (earlier known as Sea Ray) and Nokia Lumia 710 (known as the Sabre).

The Nokia Lumia 800 is what Nokia claims to be the first “real” Windows Phone that resembles closely with its Nokia N9 in terms of exterior design. Simply put, a WP7 Mango running in Nokia N9 body. It comes with a 3.7″ WVGA AMOLED with ClearBlack display and powered with a single core 1.4GHz MSM8255 processor. It comes with 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and its juiced up with a 1450mAh capcity battery. Over at the back, it has a 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics. The Lumia 800 weighs 142g and has a thickness of 12.1mm. It comes in a choice 3 colours – Black, Cyan and Magenta.

In terms of availability, the Nokia Lumia 800 will be available in November in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and UK. Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan will be getting it before the year ends while the rest of the world will follow sometime early 2012. Pricing is said to be €420 which is about RM1830.

The next device is the Nokia Lumia 710 which is a slightly scaled down WP7 offering with more fashionable looks. It also comes with a 3.7″ WVGA TFT with ClearBlack display and runs on the latest Windows Phone 7 Mango OS. Internally it is also powered by the same 1.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM but has a smaller 8GB of internal storage. At the back, it has a 5MP camera with LED flash assist which is capable of shooting 720p HD videos.

The Lumia 710 is powered with a smaller 1300mAh capacity battery, has a thickness of and weighs 125.5g. It also comes with either white or black front colours with multiple back colour options of black, white, cyan, fuschia and yellow. In terms of availability, it will debut first in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan by end of this year before reaching out to other markets. It is priced at €270 which is about RM1177.

More information on Nokia Lumia devices at their microsite.

Head after the break for official pics, video and spec sheet.

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Nokia 800 teased in extra short commercials

The upcoming Nokia 800 running Windows Phone 7 was teased on UK TV recently. A series of 4 “single second” ads appeared separately during their X-Factor commercial breaks.

If you want to see the whole thing, check the official product pics that were leaked earlier.

This isn’t the first time Nokia has done quick ads. For the Nokia N9, they made a series of 9 seconds ad showcasing its “swipe” gestures.

Updated with video from MyNokiaBlog without lengthy intro. The video above was recorded by TheNextWeb and their intro video occupies almost 80% of the entire clip. Don’t blink after 0:12.


Nokia Sabre running on Mango leaked

After seeing the Nokia 800 (Sea Ray), another device has surfaced with leaked photos and pricing details. The device above is the Nokia Sabre which is expected to be revealed at the Nokia World event in London.

The Sabre is said to be running on the latest Windows Phone 7 Mango and is powered by a 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The rest of the specs are a notch down compared with the Nokia 800 with a smaller 3.5″ LCD display and a 5MP camera. According to the source, it will be going around €300- €350 which is about RM1200-RM1500.


First official pictures: Nokia 800 Windows Phone

Here are the first official pictures of the Nokia 800 (aka Sea Ray), one of the first Nokia Windows Phone devices soon to be launched.

The 800 adopts an identical design language to the Nokia N9 with a tough polycarbonate body, curve glass screen and a 3.7-inch AMOLED Clear Black Display. Being a Windows Phone device, the Nokia 800 brings with it the obligatory trio of capacitive navigation buttons as opposed to the button-less design on the N9.

Specs include a 1.4GHz processor, 16GB of storage, an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a 1,540 mAh battery

The 800 is expected to be unveiled at Nokia World 2011 happening next week in London. We’ll keep you posted on any developments till then.

We don’t know about you, but with the Motorola RAZR, Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S now in the market, the upcoming Nokia 800 is looking somewhat dated.

One more picture after the jump.

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