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HTC HD2 boots Windows Phone 8!

The HTC HD2 is a great smartphone and was launched around 3 years ago running Windows Mobile 6.5. Of course Windows Mobile 6.5 devices weren’t upgraded to Windows Phone 7 which indeed changed the game for Microsoft and gave rise to an all new mobile operating system. HTC HD2 has been subject to various hacks and developers have managed to flash several version or flavors of Windows Phone 7 on it. The device comes with a 4.3” screen and is a great device as far as hacking into is concerned.

When Windows Phone 8 was announced, Microsoft also made it clear that the existing Windows Phone 7.5 devices won’t be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. That is of course a very disturbing news for owners of devices such as Lumia 900 because it’s not a good feeling to have a device that is less than a year old and yet is already obsolete. According to Microsoft, the reason for Window Phone 8 not being able to make it to existing Windows Phone 7.5 devices is that they lack the hardware capability to do so, but seems like developers have proved them wrong.

The developers at Dark Force Team have got Windows Phone 8 running on the HTC HD2. Though the functionality in its current trim is limited to a certain extent, but the point is made and it is that HTC HD2 can indeed run Windows Phone 8. The developer team posted few photos on Twitter as proof for the same and has been attached in this post above. The hack demonstrates that even relatively old hardware may be capable of handling Windows Phone 8. Just in case you need a refresher, the HTC HD2 has a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon S1 chip with Adreno 200 graphics and only 448MB of RAM.

It was previously understood that Windows Phone 8 comes with a built in security settings which is supposed to only enable WP8 devices run the software, but the case here is something different and we have a smartphone dating back to 2009 running the new OS, which is fantastic. Though limited in functionality, it also means that there is a possibility to have the existing wonderful Windows Phone 7.5 devices such as Lumia 900 booting Windows Phone 8 goodness unofficially.

For those who are extremely bored with Windows Phone 7.5, Microsoft will be releasing an official update and most of the existing devices will be upgraded to Windows Phone 7.8. The features included in Windows Phone 7.8 have already been leaked online and we have written several articles on the topic as well.

Previously, developers at XDA had managed to create a ROM for the HD2 and had it running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though the initial release was far from perfect. Since the DFT team has noted that their WP8 on HD2 hack was just a “proof-of-concept”, don’t expect a fully-working Windows Phone 8 ROM to be released for the HTC HD2 in the near future. What are your thoughts on this news?

via WPCentral

Samsung ATIV Odyssey now available on Verizon

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Samsung is great at making Android devices, and they stand at top of the list when it comes to sales of Android by volumes. Samsung also makes devices using other software platforms such as their own proprietary Bada OS and Windows Phone. They have made few good Windows Phone in the past, but for some reason they aren’t showing much interest in Windows Phone 8.

It should be noted that Samsung was the first manufacturer to announce a Windows Phone 8 device, and now Verizon Wireless has finally announced that they will be making the much awaited Samsung ATIV Odyssey available to its customers on 24 January. The device was previously anticipated to be shipped in December last year, but that didn’t happen due to some problems which the manufacturer faced. As far as the device goes, it’s a mid range device, so don’t expect anything special in here. ATIV Odyssey includes a 4-inch Super AMOLED display at 800 × 480 resolution, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8GB of internal storage, 5-megapixel rear-camera, 1.2 megapixel front camera, and LTE. Verizon currently has only two Windows Phone 8 devices, so the third one is definitely a welcome move, but people who have been waiting for this device to launch may have already moved on and bought something else. It should be noted that this is one of the few Windows Phone 8 devices that support memory expansion via microSD cards, so if you value that, this could be a great WP8 device. Other attraction should be the price tag itself, which is $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract.

The device is also available in UK via Phones 4U, but the device there comes with a slight difference in specs. It’s a bit light and large, and also offers a bigger battery pack. For those who are looking for a budget Windows Phone 8 handset on Verizon, they can either choose the ATIV Odyssey or Lumia 822, and both come at $50. Besides, the specs of Samsung’s offering isn’t all that bad for a $50 device, so to speak.

Since Valentine’s day is also fast approaching, Verizon will also be taking part in Valentine’s Day festivities by offering two new versions of existing smartphones. As previously rumored and also spotted at CES, the Nokia Lumia 822 will be made available in red and the Motorola DROID RAZR M will be sold in pink. Both the device are currently available in black and white, and the Lumia 822 can be bought in gray color as well. Verizon hasn’t said anything about pricing information for these two new colors, but the website lists $49.99 for the Lumia 822 and $99.99 for the DROID RAZR M.

We will be seeing a lot of offers on smartphones, thanks to Valentine’s day. Windows Phone 8 devices always have some offers on them. AT&T is offering buy one get one free on Lumia 920 device. Are you planning to buy Samsung ATIV Odyssey? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Nokia Lumia 920 On DailySteals, Get ‘Em While They Last

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If you’re someone who is looking to grab a SIM unlocked Nokia Lumia 920, you may just want to head on over to DailySteals.com, as they may have something you’re interested in. They’re offering the Nokia Lumia 920 for $699 with a free wireless charging pad. Albeit, not for much longer as the deal will be ending in an hour and fifty minutes from the time of this writing.

As usual for DailySteals and other similar websites (e.g. Woot), the deal lasts until midnight EST and will come with free shipping. The downside to this deal that many may not like is that the white model is the only model available in this deal. Regardless, those who are interested in grabbing the white model will be getting themselves a factory unlocked Lumia 920 alongside a one-year warranty on the device as well. Make sure to head on over to DailySteals.com to grab all of the details you need. And hurry! There’s only a little bit more time left before DailySteals throws up their deal for Sunday, December 16th!

Granted, you may not be interested in the whole Windows Phone 8 experience after Google announced that they wouldn’t be bringing their apps to the platform due to the lack of users.

Will any of you be grabbing a Nokia Lumia 920 from DailySteals? Do you already have one? How are you liking it thus far? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below!

source: DailySteals

Bing Translator now on Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 is an impressive operating system and better than Windows Phone 7 in many ways, and it should be because Windows Phone 8 is an evolutionary version of its predecessor. Microsoft has done a great job with the new operating system which has a totally redesigned base structure as compared to Windows Phone 7. One of the interesting apps which Windows Phone 7 has and Windows Phone 8 doesn’t is the Bing Translator.

Bing Translator is an official app from Microsoft and does all kinds of stuff you would expect an app with that kind of name to do. The app wasn’t available for Windows Phone 8 until now and Microsoft has finally decided to launch the app on the version of its Windows Phone operating system which is gaining more momentum every minute.

In case you just got your Windows Phone 8 device, this is a must have app if you’re travelling to foreign countries and aren’t an expert in the destination language. You can of course use this app in the library too, if you wish. Bing Translator can be described as a personal interpreter and has features which can be taken advantage of easily.

Microsoft has been working on voice recognition algorithm for quite some time and they have definitely improved it a lot. Bing Translator makes use of the same voice recognition algorithm to convert your speech into text, after which the text can be translated into language of your choice, provided it is supported by the service. Once translated, the text can be converted into speech, and apparently the interpretation can be “pronounced” by the application with the accent typical for the desired language.

Apart from voice recognition, which is exciting, Bing Translator also allows you to scan text using the device’s camera and display the translated text in augmented reality style, which means the translated text will overlap the base language text on the image. What’s more? The app comes free of charge, which is great. There are several more features, some of which are very basic. According to the user reviews on the app page, there are better apps than Bing Translator which does the same job in a better way, free of cost. According to a user named Vincent, a free app called “Voice Translator” by SeNSSoFT does way better job than what Bing Translator does.

“The voice on this app speaks too fast, and the volume is too low. SeNSSoFT’s “Voice Translator” has a natural, clearer, speaking voice that is defaulted to a MUCH louder volume, which can be adjusted even louder, if necessary. “

The app of course has some glitches, but then again, it is a machine, so you cannot expect it to be as accurate as a human being. What’s amusing is that the logo shows a Japanese hiragana character, but the app doesn’t support Japanese. A total of 7 languages are supported by the app, including Deutsch, English, English (United States), Español (España, alfabetización internacional), français, italiano and 中文(简体). Have you tried this app?

Download: Bing Translator for Windows Phone

Samsung Ativ S delayed yet again

Windows Phone 8 is by far the best mobile operating system Microsoft has ever created. Nokia and HTC were the first to launch Windows Phone 8 devices. Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 have been selling really well on AT&T.

If you have been tracking Windows Phone 8 from the beginning, Samsung was the first manufacturer to officially announce a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Samsung ATIV S became the first officially announced Windows 8 smartphone on August, 2012. The device has not been launched yet, but it is considered to be one of the best Windows Phone devices when launched. It’s like Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X are the poster children, and when ATIV S is launched, it will be the third one. The launch date of ATIV S has been delayed several times before, and according to information received by SamMobile, Samsung will ship the ATIV S from week 52 (last week of the year) which means the ATIV S is delayed again.

In case you have already ordered your Samsung Windows Phone 8 smartphone, seems like you have to wait for few extra weeks than expected. The ATIV S could be delayed to begin January for Europe. According to the sources, the ATIV S makes use of the same display that is incorporated in Samsung’s Android flagship phone for 2012, the Samsung Galaxy SIII. As you know, Galaxy S3 is still selling really well months after the launch, in fact it is still considered as a hot product, and Samsung may be experiencing some production issues as the two devices share parts. Samsung could have decided to move back the ATIV S for public release because of production switch in build and materials. They may either choose to use alternative materials or ramp up the parts production capacity in order to meet the demands.

Few retailers like Expansys for example have already listed the device as available and shipping within 5 days, and Clove claims that the Ativ S is coming December 10th, so there is a high probability that the news is being referred to the wide availability of the product.

When ATIV S is officially launched, it will be the first Windows Phone 8 device to have a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display. Apart from the 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, the Samsung ATIV S will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and a choice of either 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The 8 megapixel camera is capable of shooting 1080p videos @30fps whereas a 1.9 Mega pixels secondary camera will be used for video calling purposes. The Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset has an integrated Adreno 225 GPU for graphics support and gaming, so that should be quite a performer when coupled with 1 gig of RAM.

Apart from ATIV S, we have Samsung ATIV Odyssey, which is basically equivalent to ATIV S in terms of hardware, except that ATIV Odyssey is a CDMA model whereas ATIV S is a GSM smartphone. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: PhoneArena

Buy WP8 devices at discounted prices from Amazon

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Nokia and HTC launched Windows Phone 8 devices few weeks back. The new operating system is of course interesting and is very elegant, and perhaps is the perfect change that people are looking for. On November 9th, AT&T was the first to launch the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and HTC 8X. AT&T did surprise all of us by launching the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 at $99.99 and $49.99 (on a 2 year contract) respectively. The Lumia 920 was rumored to launch at $150 previously, so the launch price was great.

The carrier is offering big discount on the phone already, but you can still find a bargain elsewhere if you dig for it. Few days back, I wrote about a deal from CompUSA where they are giving out the Lumia 820 for FREE with a 2 year contract, but the catch of course is that you are expected to buy a Windows 8 computer from them. Then we had the Walmart deal where in which you can get your Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 for $49.99 and $0 respectively. Yes, that’s a $50 flat discount on the already subsidized price. Jumping the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon now is Amazon Wireless, and they have got some nice deals to offer.

If you haven’t purchased your Windows Phone 8 device yet, you can get your Lumia 920, Lumia 820 or HTC 8X from Amazon wireless at lowered prices. As mentioned above, AT&T is selling the flagship Nokia Lumia 920 for $99.99 on contract, but Amazon is offering a $50 discount and is selling the handset for just $49.99. According to the website, only white and black versions of the 920 are currently in stock at Amazon. The cyan, red and yellow ones are backordered, and the expected shipping time for these colors are between 1 and 2 weeks. The Nokia Lumia 820 is also being offered at a discounted price of $0.01 on a 2 year contract, which is $49.98 saving over AT&T’s asking price. It should be noted that Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are the exclusive models from AT&T, so you won’t be able to buy one of these from other carriers.

HTC 8X is also an awesome device. The device comes in two storage values, 8 gig which costs $99.99 on contract and 16 gig which costs $199.99 on contract. As of now, Amazon is only offering discount on the 8 gig version of HTC 8X, and you will be able to buy it for $39.99 on 2 year AT&T contract. The 16GB edition is still retailing at the same price of $199.99, so you will be better off buying the 8 gig version, and no, the 8X doesn’t include a microSD card slot, so you won’t be able to expand the memory capacity with an aftermarket microSD card.

Nokia Lumia 920 of course offers great value for money when compared to the HTC 8X. Which phone will you choose when it comes to Windows Phone 8? Let us know in the comment section below.

source: Amazon (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) via PhoneArena

Verizon to ship Lumia 822s and 8Xs tomorrow

Previously, on November 9th, Verizon Wireless had announced that Windows Phone 8X by HTC and the Nokia Lumia 822 will be available for pre-order.
• Windows Phone 8X by HTC – available by Thanksgiving in Blue, Red or Black color models for $199.99 with a new two year contract. The Red and Black color models are Verizon Wireless exclusives.
• Nokia Lumia 822 – Exclusive to Verizon Wireless and will be available by Thanksgiving in Black, White and Grey color models for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a new two year contract

As we all know AT&T has been shipping Lumia 820, Lumia 920 and HTC 8X for few days now, and Verizon Wireless is all set to join the Windows Phone 8 party tomorrow. If you have already pre-ordered a Nokia Lumia 822 from Verizon Wireless, it’s good news for you because according to the above screenshots, the device will start shipping out as early as tomorrow! The news holds true for HTC 8X as well, unless you ordered the red variant. If you have pre ordered the red color HTC 8X, you may have to wait for another week and the device is anticipated to ship on November 21st.

Verizon is offering both the phones in good assortment of colors. Both come in three colors. The Lumia 822 has black, grey and white variants whereas the 8X is made available in black, blue and red. Both the devices support 4G LTE and feature Data Sense software which Verizon would like to describe as “tracks how much data you’ve used, how much you have left, optimizes your web browser, and helps you find nearby Wi-Fi hotspots.” Nokia’s Lumia 822 will come with a price tag of $99 with a two-year contract from the big red whereas the HTC 8X, which is a flagship device, will cost $199 with a 2 year contract.

The device is very similar to Lumia 820 from AT&T and the Lumia 810 from T-Mobile. In terms of specs, the Lumia 822 features a 4.3-inch WVGA ClearBlack AMOLED display, an eight-megapixel autofocus Carl Zeiss camera, a 1.2MP front-facing shooter, a Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHzSnapdragon S4 processor, 1GB or RAM, 16GB of internal flash, microSD support for additional storage, and optional Qi-compatible wireless charging. Radios include CDMA and LTE for Verizon, GSM / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSPA+ for global roaming, WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS and NFC.

Talking of design, the body of Lumia 822 has more curves than the Lumia 820 which is available from AT&T. The battery cover doesn’t wrap around the sides. The whole device weights 142g (5 ounces), which is a bit on the heavier side, but according to several reviews available online, it feels very nice in hand. Verizon doesn’t really have many Nokia devices in its lineup, so the arrival of Lumia 822 is an exciting news. Yes, the 822 is definitely not the best Windows Phone out there, but you can always go for HTC 8X.

Source: Verizon, WPCentral

Samsung ATIV Odyssey leaked

Windows Phone 8 is an all new mobile operating system and the devices running it are in great demand right now. Microsoft seems to have created the right interface people were looking for. Recently, AT&T launched Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and HTC 8X. Microsoft and Nokia haven’t been doing really well in the smartphone market in the recent past, but this time around they look like they’re equipped with products which will bring them success. Lumia 920 and 820 have been selling really well, partly due to their very reasonable price tag of $99.99 and $49.99 on a 2 year contract from AT&T, and to make the deal sweeter, AT&T is giving out free wireless chargers too.

A point worth noting is that Lumia 920 and 820, both of which are appealing, are exclusive devices from AT&T, which means you cannot buy it from any other carrier. That’s pretty bad for those who don’t want to deal with AT&T and still want to have a Windows Phone 8 device. As of now, only AT&T is offering WP8 devices, but very soon several other carriers will start offering too, and you will have more devices to choose from. Verizon is one such carrier which is all set to expand its own Windows Phone 8 roster.

An alleged photo of the Samsung ATIV Odyssey handset for the carrier’s network appeared on a popular twitter account @evleaks. Evleaks has leaked many pictures in the past and nearly all of them were accurate, so we can vouch for its credibility. Looking at the image, the device doesn’t seem to be very different from the Samsung ATIV S and is not an award winning design by any chance, but the point is that it’s a Windows Phone 8 device and has Verizon logo on it.
Microsoft had previously revealed the device at its Windows Phone 8 launch event last month, however, they decided to keep the appearance a secret. We can see the signature tiled interface of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system, demonstrating the home screen with news apps and games apart from other basic apps. Samsung had exposed two devices, including Odyssey and Marco, as part of their trial against Apple. During the trial, Samsung revealed that the upcoming Windows Phone 8 handsets will feature Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8960 chipset and the Marco would be just a lower-end version of Odyssey, just like how Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are related.

The Odyssey will be equipped with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display. In July, the South Korean technology titan revealed that the touchscreen would feature HD resolution, an 8 mega-pixel rear camera and support for Near Field Communication (NFC), which means this device could be compatible Microsoft’s Wallet Hub and Tap + Send feature that is still in the pipeline. According to GSM Arena, the phone’s specs are comparable to Samsung’s Android flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Odyssey is understood to be labeled as I8370 and is anticipated to be priced between $615 and $738 SIM free. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: @evleaks

Windows Phone sales likely to be frail despite Windows Phone 8’s existence

Daily IT newspaper, DigiTimes released a new report claiming the manufacturers that are creating Windows Phone 8 devices, also known as the Apollo, thought that sales are going to be frail in the next quarter. Such prerogative is linked to the product transitions and the tough competition from iOS and Android gadgets nowadays.

Despite the ads and product buzzes that received plenty of media attention on the launch event, OEMs still doubt if Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system could beat the dominance of Android and iOS in the mobile market worldwide.

The Finland-based telecom company, Nokia, is reportedly anticipating lower than typical holiday sales despite the demand for Windows Phone 8 models, as users still need to learn to adjust with the new platform. In addition, more new devices running on rival platforms are also ramping up these days. Nokia is among the numerous manufacturers relying heavily on Windows Phone OS.

Aside from Nokia, HTC Corporation also thinks to obtain lower revenue in the fourth quarter, despite the forthcoming release of its latest HTC 8X and HTC 8S models. The Taiwanese smartphone and tablet manufacturer expects Q4 profits to drop from $2.3 billion USD to $2.1 billion USD.

In order to gauge how much demand there is for the Windows Phone 8, both companies (Nokia and HTC) are said to be utilizing the early demand for WP8 handsets across the United States.

Samsung will also be joining Nokia and HTC, in manufacturing Windows Phone 8 devices in the US. The initial lineup of the Korean-based firm’s manufactured WP8 devices is set to roll out by next month.

Nevertheless, the DigiTimes’ report is somehow grilled by the recent information that said the Nokia 920 and the Samsung ATIV S are launching in Europe this weekend. Due to its rising popularity, smartphone demand in Europe has been strong since last year. If the demand is still the same, then OEMs should be expecting sales growth from their soon-to-launch Windows Phone 8 devices, particularly in the European market.

Windows Phone 8 is the newest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, officially announced in San Francisco on October 29th. The new platform aimed at catching up with the ruling iOS and Android platforms.

Three manufacturers including Nokia, HTC and Samsung, have already announced their first Windows Phone 8 devices, namely the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820, HTC Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S, and lastly, the Samsung Galaxy ATIV S. The first handset to roll out of the WP8 lineups is the HTC 8X, which is scheduled to go on sale on November 2nd. The rest of the handsets will follow.

While Microsoft perceives to have a promising market sales growth from the launch of its newest Windows mobile platform, recent reports claimed that the very manufacturers producing WP8 handsets still expect to make lower sales out of these devices.

Source: PhoneArena

Huawei Ascend W1 specs and photos, leaked

A user in one of the forums based in China has leaked the purported photos of the rumored Huawei Ascend W1 on Sunday, October 14th. Though the photos looked legit, they came as no surprise as this is not the first time we’ve heard about it. The rumor about W1 actually started about a month ago and many are expecting to hear more information about it as Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system nears official release.

Fortunately, the photos that were posted on the forum came with useful information such as specs. In a sense, its design and specs have already been confirmed today, although it is not official. According to the user, the following are the real specs of Huawei Ascend W1:

Processor. Huawei Ascend W1 is said to be coming packed with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with integrated 400MHz graphics processor. While it hasn’t been confirmed by Huawei yet, Ascend W1 is likely to be showcasing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset.

Memory. The device is given 512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. With these we know it Huawei is targeting the entry-level market. It is unclear whether Ascend W1 will have a microSD slot but as far as its internal memory is concerned and based on other Huawei devices, it is safe to assume this one will have a supplementary external memory.

Display. Having a GPU clocked at 400MHz is almost an assurance the device will have good graphics quality. According to the user who posted the photos, W1 gets a 4-inch WVGA screen. Basically, it is one of the few Windows Phone 8 devices to come in smaller size.

Battery. Luckily, owners of this device won’t have to recharge it every 4 or 5 hours. With a battery having 2000mAh power, Ascend W1 could reach up to 10 hours of straight usage but everything totally depends on how stable this device would be.

For now, there is no information as to the pricing and availability of Huawei Ascend W1 but given the fact that it will showcase WP8, it should make its debut later this month or earlier in November. Huawei might officially announce it next week but it might not be marketed in the US.

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Pre-orders for WP8 devices may start on October 21 at AT&T

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Windows Phone 8 is just exciting and looks very promising. Few manufacturers have already showed off their version of Windows Phone 8 devices and according to the reports, the first Windows Phone 8 handsets will be available for pre-order on October 21.

The report comes from The Verge who got the news from credible sources within AT&T and Microsoft. According to the report, AT&T will start accepting pre-orders not only for the Nokia Lumia 920 for which it has carrier exclusivity, but also HTC’s 8X device.

Nokia and HTC, both have announced one high- and low-end device in the Windows Phone 8 category. In case of HTC, they have the 8X and 8S to offer while Nokia will be offering Lumia 920 and 820. It should be noted that Microsoft has issued guidelines to manufacturers who want to produce Windows Phone 8 devices, and according to the guidelines, the phone should meet the minimum hardware requirements, so some of the Windows Phone 8 devices such as Lumia 820 and HTC 8S which various publications call as low end don’t actually fall under that category.

Speaking of the flagship device from HTC, the HTC 8X is a great device. Featuring a 4.3” display (720 x 1280 pixels and 342 ppi pixel density) and being just 0.39” thick, it sports a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz. The hardware works in conjugation with 1 gig of RAM and 16 gig of ROM which should make the phone snappy. Though the specs may seem normal, what sets it apart from the crowd is the inclusion of an additional 2.55v amplifier which delivers strikingly loud output with no distortion.

Nokia’s flagship offering, the Lumia 920, also has equally attractive specs. It features a bigger 4.5” IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 332 ppi. Other hardware includes Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 chipset with Dual-core 1.5GHz processor. The device has 32 gig of memory on board and 1 gig of RAM should ensure smooth interface. Recently, 2 gig of RAM has become a norm for high end devices, in fact specs of a high end device from Samsung were leaked recently and it apparently had a whopping 3 gig of RAM. As an operating system, Windows Phone 8 manages all the available hardware power pretty nicely, unlike Android which tends to hang sometimes.

Both companies have concentrated on body design of all four devices and the result has turned out to be pretty great. The flagship devices from both the companies have something special that sets them apart from each other. In case of Nokia Lumia 920, it is equipped with an 8 megapixels camera and is powered by the iconic PureView technology. Also, there is something called glove mode which is a unique feature. In case of HTC, the 8X is having a built in audio amplifier which makes it a media device.
It has already been announced that the Lumia 920 will be sold exclusively by AT&T, however no such deals have been made for HTC 8X. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know using the comment form below.

Source: ArsTechnica

Nokia Lumia 920 up for pre-order in France at EUR 650

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Nokia Lumia 920 is an interesting phone. It is one of the Windows Phone 8 devices which appeal me a lot and I’m sure it will find many buyers and help Nokia get out of the financial nightmare that it is going through. We know everything about the Lumia 920, but what we don’t know is the exact pricing.

Pricing plays a major role in success of any device. Yes, the final price when bought on a contract through a carrier is relatively low, but according to the plan, the device will be available both on/off contract in the US.

Price tag of Lumia 920 has already been revealed in several European countries. Like most of the high end smartphone devices, price of Nokia Lumia 920 also falls in the range of EUR 600 to 650. Usually, most of the new smartphone devices are launched in that price range, and some of the devices which don’t follow that strategy include Apple’s iPhone which is priced at EUR 800 in Europe. Phonehouse.fr, a retailer in France has put the Lumia 920 on preorder for EUR 649.90 (converts roughly to $840). Yes, at that price you will be getting a SIM free device and according to the retailer, the devices will start shipping by end of October. What’s more? They are also bundling a Fatboy wireless charging pillow for free for the first 200 preorders.

In a wake to all the rumors, Nokia Italy has solved the mystery via a press release. According to the PR, the flagship Lumia 920 will be priced at EUR 599 (converts roughly to $882) at the time of launch whereas the Lumia 820 which is placed below the flagship will have a launch price of EUR 499 (converts roughly to $643).

There have been confirmations on the pricing part in many other countries too. In a PR by Nokia Germany, the devices will be made available by mid-November, but the SIM free Lumia 920 will be costing EUR 649, which is EUR 50 more than the SIM-free price of the Lumia 920 in Italy. Though the price of Lumia 920 sees a hike in Germany, price of Lumia 820 remains at EUR 499. The 920 is priced at 25,000 rubles (converts to about $800) in Russia.

It should be noted that the pricing strategy that manufacturers follow for their flagship devices is quite different from how it is done in US. In Europe, most of the SIM free flagship devices are sold in the range of EUR 600, just like how $600 is a norm in the US. Nokia obviously has many advantages over the competition. Features such as optical stabilization camera and gloves-on touchscreen come at no premium, which definitely gives Nokia an upper hand.

To give you an idea of how the market works in EU, the SIM-free 16GB Galaxy S III is currently being sold for EUR 529 at Expansys Italy whereas the recently released Apple iPhone 5 is being sold for more than EUR 800 for the 16GB version. In case of Lumia 920, it will be coming with a 32GB.

What are your thoughts on this?

Source: Phonehouse.fr

Samsung SGH-T899 may be T-Mobile’s first WP8 device

Windows Phone 7 is marvelous, and the successor, Windows Phone 8 is expected to be outstanding. The next gen mobile operating system from Microsoft is anticipated to be revolutionary because all previous version of Windows Phone operating systems had Windows CE based architecture at the core, but with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft will be moving on to Windows NT kernel and will have many of its components taken from Windows 8, thus allowing applications to be easily ported between the two platforms.

After Microsoft’s announcement about upgrade, under which it stated that current devices running Windows Phone 7.5 won’t be getting upgraded to Windows Phone 8, Nokia’s Lumia saw its sales chart crashing. Microsoft later stated that current devices will get upgraded to Windows Phone 7.8, in which some features and user interface elements will be borrowed and back ported to Windows Phone 7.8. Most of the Windows Phone fans are now waiting to grab a Windows Phone 8 device. Nokia had previously stated that they would be launching two new Lumia phones, the Nokia Lumia 910 and 920 both running Windows Phone 8 as their operating system, but seems like Nokia isn’t alone after all.

Recently, as part of the ongoing legal dispute between Apple and Samsung, it was revealed that Samsung will be coming up with not one, but two Windows Phone 8 devices – the Samsung Odyssey and Marco (read more on this over here). If you’re a Windows Phone fan and waiting for a device running it, the folks at TmoNews have managed to get their hands on a screenshot that reveals the user agent string of a certain Samsung Windows Phone 8 device. The device, apparently model SGH-T899, will supposedly arrive on T-Mobile’s network and is also expected to run on its upcoming LTE network.

The specs have also been revealed and the device will be featuring a 4.65” 1280×720 display. Now, going back to the court documents and taking a close look at it, it’s clear that the device in question is Samsung Odyssey. The Odyssey will be featuring a Super AMOLED 4.65” display, a Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, along with an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. Back in July, it wasn’t clear which carrier the device would make it to, but going by the specs, SGH-T899 got to be the Odyssey, and it seems that T-Mobile subscribers can have this mobile on the network when launched.

The second device, the Samsung Marco will be placed lower than the Odyssey, but will carry equally good specs, including a 4″ Super AMOLED screen with 480×800 pixels, 5MP camera, no NFC, but uses the same 1.5GHz dual-core S4 and LTE connectivity that is used in its bigger brother. It’s not known yet as to which network will it arrive on.

To have a closer look at how the chipset will perform, above is an image comparing benchmark of MSM8960 with other devices. Taking a look at the benchmark, it is evident that the device will be a quite a performer. What do you think about Samsung Odyssey? Let us know using the comment form below.

Samsung planning Odyssey and Marco WP8 devices

Nokia has been keen on pushing Windows Phone to its users, and since it has stopped its development effort on Maemo platform, and it’s also not going to use Android in near future, the only operating system they are left with for their smartphones is Windows Phone, and it is very good too.

Nokia had previously said that they would be releasing two Windows Phone 8 handsets in September, but seems like Nokia isn’t all alone. There are various manufacturers out there who make Windows Phone devices, of which Samsung plays a reasonable role. Samsung is always involved in some kind of legal battle with Apple, and these court filings always give away some important news. This time, the filings have revealed Samsung’s WP8 roadmap, and the handsets there sound pretty convincing.

According to the evidences found via court filings, Samsung will be coming up with not one, but two Windows Phone 8 devices – the Samsung Odyssey and Marco. The Odyssey sounds like a flagship device for Sammy’s Windows Phone business. Odyssey carries rather impressive hardware specs, including 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED display, 8MP camera, NFC and LTE connectivity, made available by Qualcomm’s MSM8960 SoC – this is a 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor. If you have been following Windows Phone 8 closely, you would heard that Microsoft’s Windows Phone engineering team has been testing the new operating system on Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset for quite some time now, and apparently even Odyssey uses the same.

Samsung Marco on the other hand will be placed lower than Odyssey, but will carry equally good specs, including a 4″ Super AMOLED screen with 480×800 pixels, 5MP camera, no NFC, but uses the same 1.5GHz dual-core S4 and LTE connectivity that is used in its bigger brother. It’s worth noting that Qualcomm MSM8960 also supports 21Mbps HSPA+ connectivity.

To have a closer look at how the chipset will perform, above is an image comparing benchmark of MSM8960 with other devices. Sprint has shown keen interest in Windows Phone 8 device running MSM8960, and to keep a track, Sprint isn’t selling any Windows Phone 7.5 devices as of now and the only device that they sold was HTC Arrive in March. These Sammy devices may make to Sprint when launched.

Launch of Windows Phone 8 will revolutionize the smartphone business. Windows Phone 8 is essentially a new generation of the operating system that is just round the corner. All previous version of Windows Phone operating systems had Windows CE based architecture at the core, but with Windows Phone 8, Microsoft will be moving on to Windows NT kernel and will have many of its components taken from Windows 8, thus allowing applications to be easily ported between the two platforms. The current Windows Phone 7.5 has many basic features unavailable and Windows Phone 8 is expected to have all those missing features, apart from many additional features.

Also, we will see much powerful phones running Windows Phone 8 in future. As far as Windows Phone 8’s hardware support capability is questioned, the operating system supports processors with as many as 64 cores and a 720p high resolution displays, thanks to its Windows NT kernel.

Microsoft currently accounts for just 3% of the total smartphone market whereas Apple rules 34% with its iPhone. This is all set to change with the launch of Windows Phone 8. Both the Samsung Windows Phone 8 devices are listed for Q4 availability, and we hope these phones to retail in October/November. Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 flagship device will be as fascinating as its Android flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S III, but it is rumored that at least one of the Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 device will be featuring Nokia’s Pure View technology, which is basically a pixel oversampling technique that reduces an image shot at full resolution to a lower resolution image while acquiring higher definition and light sensitivity in the process, and also enabling lossless zoom. Currently, Nokia 808 PureView is the only device to feature this technology and it uses a 41 megapixel camera. Samsung will have a tough time dealing with Nokia when it comes to imaging technology.

It’s worth noting that Samsung is one of the few companies who recorded profit in the last quarter, where the South Korean company showed a figure of $5.9 billion, while most other companies including LG, HTC and Apple have experienced losses. Will Samsung continue to thrive in this financial bad luck? What are your thoughts on these WP8 devices from Samsung? Let us know using the comment forms below.