We can’t say this is the most exciting use of NFC technology we’ve seen in recent history, but at least the team behind Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise is trying to breathe new life into the lab’s aging fowl. Last week at the MeeGo conference, Rovio was on hand showing off a new game called Angry Birds Magic. While details are slim for the time being, the firm did show off a nifty new feature — by simply tapping two Nokia C7 smartphones together while running the new Angry Birds game, five new levels are instantly unlocked. The implementation is neat but the concept isn’t overly exciting, so we hope Rovio can fan things out a bit and add some more novel NFC functionality before launching the game. Hit the break for a video of Angry Birds Magic’s NFC capabilities in action. More →
We just met up with Nokia and T-Mobile to check out the Astound, also known as the C7, which is the first Symbian^3 device to launch in the United States (even though Symbian^3 is now just Symbian). The Astound sports a 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, and the colors really popped off the screen during our time with the device — we watched a music video from Shakira, in case you were wondering. It’s also packed with some high-end specs, including an 8-megapixel camera that’s capable of recording 720p HD video, Bluetooth 3.0, and support for Wi-Fi b/g/n networks. Hit the jump to read on.
Nokia may flood T-Mobile shelves with four Symbian-powered smartphones this year, starting with the $79.99 Astound — known globally as the C7 — on April 6th. Nokia officially let the wraps off of the C7 back in September, and it rocks a 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, an 8 megapixel camera with flash and 720p video recording, and an FM radio. If the Astound launches, it will be the first Symbian^3 powered device to be sold by a U.S. carrier. Sources speaking to TmoNews also suggested that Nokia may not launch a Windows Phone 7 device until next year. We’ll be at CTIA in Orlando next week, where T-Mobile is expected to announce the Nokia Astound, so stay tuned for more.
In a brief blog post, internet communication company Skype announced an updated client for newer Symbian smartphones (formerly known as Symbian^3). The updated app will run on Nokia’s N8, C7, and E5 handsets, bringing free Skype-to-Skype calls, Skype Out, and text-chats to the Finnish handset maker’s latest and greatest. The post highlights the Skype’s SILK codec, which will “make sure calls are crystal clear, even when on a low-bandwidth connections.” If you’re a Symbian user and are interested in picking up the new goodies, you can direct your phone’s browser to skype.com/m. More →
At Nokia World this morning, the Finnish handset maker officially unveiled the C7 and C6-01 handsets to the Symbian-loving masses. Both handsets are due out in Q4 of this year and both pack: a peta-band WCDMA radio, quad-band GSM radio, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 8 megapixel camera with flash and 720p video recording, FM radio, and micro-SD card slot. The C7 is a full-touchscreen device that packs a 3.5-inch AMOLED capacitive display and boasts a 640 x 360 resolution. The C6-01 is also a full-touchscreen device and sports a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive, polarized display with a 640 x 360 resolution. Aside from polarization, the C6-01 also adds an FM transmitter and front-facing camera; both handsets will run the Symbian^3 operating system. The C7 will retail for €335 and the C6-01 will retail for €260. We’ve got the full data sheets for both handsets ready for you after the break. Let us know what you think. More →
The gang over at Mobile Review have gotten there grubby little mitts on another unreleased Nokia handset. Back in April, MR gave us the first preview of the Nokia N8, and now, the blog has managed to acquire a phone they are calling the Nokia C7-00. The C7-00 is being described as the “Nokia N8 in a different body with a lower price” by the reviewer. The device has 8 GB of internal memory, 256 MB of RAM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5-inch 640 x 360 AMOLED display, 8 megapixel autofocus camera, 1200 mAh battery, and will be running Symbian^3. The report predicts that the device will be announced in the first quarter of 2011 and will have a price point of €350. We’ve got the C7 and N8 comparison chart ready for you after the break. Looks like a pretty tight little phone, no? More →
Yesterday, we saw some high-roller images of the Nokia C7 surface on a Chinese blog, and now today we get to see the C7 on video with some images of the N9 slider phone as an added bonus. The C7 video is in Mandarin, but you get a pretty good glimpse at the handsets size and physical layout. We’ve got the three minute clip ready for your scrutiny after the break. Next on deck is the Nokia N9. The device is seen running an unidentifiable operating system (it could be MeeGo though!), and has that Macbook unibody look and feel thanks to its black-over-silver keyboard. For whatever reason, the device’s software was not detailed, but Chinese website tieba.baidu.com did do the honors of dismantling the handset. Hit the jump, have a look, and let us know what you think. More →
Although Nokia hasn’t officially announced the C7 handset, we know it exists. We know it is going to run Symbian^3 and we know it is a full touch-screen device. Now, thanks to Chinese blog zol.com.cn we have some high-quality pictures of the device that reveal a few extra details. The images, which include a nip of Chivas Regal and a Las Vegas keychain, depict the GSM Nokia C7 with a 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 1200 mAh battery, front-facing camera, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and micro-SD card slot. Hit the read link to check out the full gallery.
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