Nokia Already Begins Work On First Windows Phone 7 Device

Last month, Nokia shocked everyone by announcing its strategic partnership with Microsoft. Nokia went ahead and confirmed that, Windows Phone 7 would be their primary software platform, instead of the burning “Symbian” platform. Earlier, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop said that the company will launch its first Windows Phone 7 powered device in the Q1 of 2012, but recently in an interview, Stephen Elop told Reuters that, the company have already begun to work on its first Windows Phone 7 device and it might be unveiled before the end of this year, instead of early 2012.

“We’re right now, today, having people work on the first Windows Phone devices from Nokia. That work is already under way. If this was an acquisition scenario, that wouldn’t be possible,” Elop said. “So there’s a team in place. It’s now a new team of my new leadership, newly minted in terms of their new roles. Now they have to perform.”

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The agreement between Microsoft and Nokia has not been finalized yet. According to Elop, the agreement is expected to be finalized in the next few months. Moreover, Microsoft will also pay one billion US dollars to Nokia, as a part of their strategic partnership. Stephen Elop further confirmed that, Microsoft is not trying to buy Nokia and he sees no reason for Microsoft to buy Nokia.

“I’m not aware of a strategic interest that Microsoft would have in the rest of the business,” Elop said. “To the extent that a partnership has been formed around what they’re really interested in, then what would an acquisition bring other than a good year of anti-trust investigation, huge turmoil, delays?”

Before the Nokia-Microsoft deal, the company has also considered partnering with Google, to use their Android operating system on Nokia smartphones, but they later decided that, it would be too difficult to differentiate its smartphones from other Android smartphones manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung and LG. Are you planning to buy the Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 powered device? Will it be a hi-end device or a budget phone? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

HTC Flyer Up For Pre-Order In UK For £600

Last month, HTC announced the much-awaited HTC Flyer tablet at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Flyer is the company’s first tablet device. It currently runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, but it will be soon updated to the Android 2.4 OS. This device comes with a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen, 1.5GHz Processor, 5 megapixel camera, 32 GB of storage and so on. Clove, a popular online retailer is currently taking pre-order of this amazing tablet. Check out the complete specs below.

HTC Flyer

HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.4 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivty, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, Micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0), up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

Clove is currently taking pre-orders of this device for £600. If you are living in the UK, then you can grab this device next month. HTC originally said that the HTC Flyer tablet will be available from Q2 of 2011 and Clove finally confirmed that the device will be shipped from mid-April. If you are planning to buy this device, then just head over to this page and pre-order the HTC Flyer tablet from Clove.

Samsung Launches Galaxy Pop CDMA In India For Rs.9,750

Earlier this month, Samsung launched the Galaxy Pop in India. With few days of its launch, Samsung announced the CDMA version of the Galaxy Pop in India. This handset is powered by the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it works with any CDMA operator (Reliance, Tata Indicom and MTS) in India. It features a 3.14 inch touchscreen display, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G connectivity and more. This handset will be available for purchase from March 25 in India. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

samsung galaxy pop cdma

Samsung Galaxy Pop CDMA features a 3.14 inch QVGA display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 600MHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3 megapixel camera with digital zoom and video recording, audio and video player, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5 mm audio jack, Android Browser, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, DLNA, A-GPS, up to 300 mins talktime, up to 320 hours stand-by time and a 1200 mAh battery.

The CDMA variant of Samsung Galaxy Pop is little costlier compared to the GSM variant. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.9,750 and it will be available from March 25th in India.

MTS Launches The HTC Pulse In India For Free On Contract

Most of the smartphones sold in the US and the UK comes with a 24 months service agreement. Sadly, in India, the customer has to pay the full amount before purchasing a smartphone. Because of this problem, most of the Indians are not able to purchase hi-end smartphones. To solve this problem, MTS recently launched the HTC Pulse smartphone in India. HTC Pulse is already available in the US on the airwaves of Verizon Wireless. This handset is originally called as “HTC Droid Eris”. It runs on the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system. Customers in India can get this handset for free on contract. Check out the complete specs after the break.

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According to Leonid Musatov, Chief Marketing Officer, Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd., We are excited to unveil the new MTS brand, in line with MTS’ global strategy. MTS has recently been ranked as the 72nd most powerful brand in the world by Millward Brown. In keeping with our endeavor to delight our customers, we have adopted a disruptive approach to marketing that would redefine the way Smartphones are sold in India. The latest in our range of Smartphones is MTS Pulse from HTC. Powered by Android 2.1, it is a great combination of style and technology bundled with free calls, data usage and SMSs

HTC Pulse comes with a 3.2 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7600TM processor, Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, 5 megapixel with auto focus, 512 MB flash ROM, 288 MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP, Internal GPS antenna, 32 GB expandable memory, 8GB MicroSD card included, up to 373 hours stand-by time, up to 214 minutes of talktime and a 1300 mAh battery. This handset measures 11.3 x 5.55 x 1.3 cm and weighs 120 grams.

You can easily get the HTC Pulse smartphone for free with a 12 months service agreement. You will need to pay Rs.1500 every month, for the next 12 months. You will also get 1500 mins talktime (Local + National), 1500 SMS (Local + National) and 1500 MB data usage every month. If you are not willing to pay the amount every month, then you can directly purchase this handset for Rs.16,000 and choose the MTS plans, that suits your needs. We hope more operators will join the bandwagon soon and offer hi-end smartphones and tablets in India on contract.

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Acer Liquid Metal Launched In India For Rs.20,500

Acer Liquid Metal was announced by the company, back in October. This handset has been finally launched in India. Acer Liquid Metal runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it comes with a 3.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera and so on. This device have also won the Japan’s Good Design Award for its well designed product feature.

Announcing the launch, Mr.S.Rajendran, Chief Marketing officer, Acer India, said, We have always enhanced our product portfolio keeping consumer needs in mind. Powered by a new breed of processors, the Android platform and wireless connectivity, Acer Liquid Metal enables fast and efficient web browsing while providing a host of other unique features that makes it an ideal Smartphone. We will be launching more smartphones in the near future to meet with the growing demands of our consumers.

Acer Liquid Metal

Acer Liquid Metal features a 3.6 inch curved touchscreen display with 800 × 480 pixels resolution, 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, Breeze UI, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Dolby Surround technology, EQ profiles, Dynamic Bass Boost, Push Mail, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 8GB MicroSD card included, GPS with A-GPS and a 1500 mAh battery.

Acer Liquid Metal is available in three different colors – Silver, Brown and Tiffany Blue. The phone also supports DLNA and Mobile AP. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.20,500.

Sprint To Launch Kyocera Echo On April 17 For $199.99

Last month, Sprint announced the Android powered Kyocera Echo smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system. Kyocera Echo is the world’s first dual-touchscreen Android smartphone and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. This handset allows you to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market. Kyocera Echo features two high-resolution 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen displays connected by the pivot hingefeature, that enables the two displays to operate independently. Check out the complete specs, after the break.

Continuing to set the bar high in Android innovation, Sprint is thrilled to bring this industry-first device to the market,said Fared Adib, vice president Product, Sprint. Kyocera Echo’s unique dual-screen, Simul-tasking capabilities allow customers to do things they have never before done on a wireless handset. We believe customers will really appreciate and leverage the dual-screen capabilities and are excited to partner with Kyocera to bring this innovation to Sprint customers.”

kyocera echo

Kyocera Echo Specifications:

  • 3.5 inch LCD WVGA display
  • 800 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 4.7 inches diagonal display
  • Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash and 2x digital zoom
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • GPS
  • 1GB memory
  • 8GB microSD card included
  • 32GB expandable memory
  • Wi-Fi hotspot capability
  • Digital compass
  • accelerometer
  • proximity sensor
  • light sensor
  • 1370 mAh battery

Kyocera Echo comes with a full HTML web browser optimized for dual-screen experience. It also features the VueQue app, which allows you to watch a YouTube video in one display, while browsing, queuing and buffering additional YouTube videos on the other. Kyocera Echo will be available for purchase from April 17th in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web and Telesales. This handset comes with a price tag of $199.99 with a 2 years service agreement. Are you planning to buy this unique smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below.

HTC Desire Z Officially Launched In India For Rs.25,590

Back in September, HTC announced the Desire Z smartphone. This handset currently runs on the old Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, but it will be upgraded to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS during Q2 of 2011. Flipkart, a popular online retailer is already selling this handset in India from January, but HTC today officially launched this handset in India.

It is HTC’s endeavor to push mobile phone experience to newer levels, and the HTC Desire Z stands testimony to it. For a new empowered India which is constantly on the move, the dedicated features of the HTC Desire Z will make it the tool of choice in seamless connectivity and convenience. This, combined with the HTC Sense experience will take the user beyond the phone to a whole new level with a series of connected HTC services we call, said Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India. We are upbeat about the prospects of the Desire Z and believe that Indian mobile phone users will enjoy HTC’s innovations in the new HTC Desire Z.


HTC Desire Z

HTC Desire Z comes with a 4.3 inch S-LCD display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 800 MHz Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, Slideout QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectiivty, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1.5 GB internal memory, 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 3.5 mm audio jack, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, HTC Widgets, FM Radio, DLNA, up to 590 mins talktime, up to 430 hours stand-by time and a 1300 mAh battery.

HTC Desire Z comes with the new HTC Sense, which offers a variety of enhancements that improve how people capture, create, share and access multimedia content. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs.25,590. You can purchase this handset from any authorized HTC resellers across the country.

Buy Unlocked Nokia N8 For $329.99 At Dell

Last year, Nokia launched the much-awaited Nokia N8 smartphone. This handset runs on the Symbian S^3 operating system. Nokia N8 is the company’s first smartphone to feature an amazing 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash. This handset was originally priced at $549, but Dell is currently selling this handset for $499.99 at their online store. If you are still not convinced with the price, then we will share an exclusive coupon code, which will help you to get this device for just $329.99. You heard it right, that’s a $170 discount!

nokia n8 deal dell

Amazon is selling this handset for $399.99, which means that, the price is even $70 less compared to the Amazon price. You should note that, this coupon code is applicable only for Green Nokia N8. If you are planning to buy this handset with Orange, Black or Blue color, then you will have to pay the complete price. This offer is available only for 4 days, i.e. until March 14th in the US. Check out the complete specs after the break.

Nokia N8 features a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution, 680 MHz processor, Symbian^3 OS, 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, HD (720p) Video recording, 256 MB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with UPnP, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 wi, th USB On-the-Go supportHDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound, FM radio with RDS, 3.5 mm headset jack, Ovi Maps, Ovi Store and a 1200 mAh Li-ion battery.

Dell is selling this device for $499.99, but you will get a discount of $170 just by using the F05TKKH7X4S53Vcoupon code. This coupon is applicable only for Green Nokia N8. This offer is currently available only in the US. If you are planning to buy this device, head over to this page, add the Green Nokia N8 smartphone to your cart and apply the coupon code given above.

Nokia C3-01 And X3-01 Officially Launched In India

Nokia recently launched the entry-level C3-01 and Nokia X3-01 in India. Both the handsets comes with a touchscreen display as well as a physical keypad. These ‘Touch and Type’ devices are specially targeted at youngsters, who wants to stay connected with their virtual as well as real friends on the go. Nokia C3-01 and X3-01 comes with a 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, 32GB expandable memory and more. Check out the complete specs after the break.

nokia c3 x3

As a responsible leader, Nokia strives to enhance customer value with each innovation. With this debut in the Touch and Type design we offer consumers the best of both worlds and bring the world on their finger tips. Both the new devices, Nokia X3 02 and Nokia C3 01 have the ideal design for SMS and social networking where fast and frequent input is required, along with touch capability, which is ideal for functions such as smooth browsing and controlling applications like music and games,said, Viral Oza, Head, Activation, Media and Online Marketing Nokia India.

Nokia C3-01 comes with a 2.4 inch touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel camera, 3.5mm audio jack, 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM, 30 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, USB v2.0, GPS, up to 440 hours stand-by time, up to 3 hours 20 min talk-time and a 1050 mAh battery.

Nokia X3-01 features a 2.4 inch touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, Dedicated music key, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, USB v2.0 microUSB, 5 megapixel camera, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Audio and video player, 3.5 mm audio jack, 50 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, up to 28 hours music playback, up to 408 hours battery stand-by time, up to 5 hours 20 mins talktime and a 860 mAh battery.

Nokia C3-01 is available in 3 colors – Silver, Warm grey and Golden khaki, while the Nokia X3-01 is available in 5 vibrant colors – White Silver, Dark Metal, Petrol Blue, Pink, Lilac. Nokia C3-01 and x3-01 comes with a price tag of Rs.9,389 and Rs.8,839 respectively.

Samsung Teases The Ultra-Slim Galaxy Tab 8.9

Last month, Samsung announced the successor of its popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with more features as compared to the original iPad. But, after the launch of iPad 2, Samsung was shaken since the new iPad 2 comes with some amazing features, ultra-slim design and no changes in the price tag. To stay ahead in the competition, Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 on March 22nd.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Samsung recently teased the upcoming Galaxy Tab 8.9, on their official Facebook page. The image clearly shows that the Samsung’s 8.9 inch tablet comes with an extremely slim design and it could be the company’s thinnest tablet to-date. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will come with a 8.9 inch touchscreen display and it will compete with the iPad 2 and LG Optimus Pad.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to come with the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system and it might run on the dual core Tegra 2 processor or the Samsung’s very own Exynos processor. The price of this device is said to be much lower than the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The complete specs of this device will be unveiled on March 22nd. Do you think, Galaxy Tab 8.9 will offer more features and attractive price tag compared to the iPad 2? Let us know your views in the comments below.