Barclays says Nokia’s Windows Phones can compete with the iPhone

By on October 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM.

Barclays says Nokia’s Windows Phones can compete with the iPhone

Nokia’s new Windows Phone handsets are priced to sell, and some analysts are impressed with what they’ve seen so far. A team from Barclays Capital on Thursday said Nokia’s first round of Windows Phones aren’t quite as differentiated as they would have liked, but they are priced competitively. “We believe [Nokia's] devices will be competitive in the marketplace from both hardware and pricing standpoints,” the Barclays team wrote in a note to investors. “Nokia in fact highlighted that pricing tariffs for the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 will be one notch cheaper than the iPhone 4S across all launch markets.” Read on for more. More →

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HTC Titan review

By on October 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

HTC Titan review

Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform is in a peculiar place right now. Those who use the year-old mobile operating system typically offer glowing accounts of their experiences, but adoption has been anything but brisk. Carriers aren’t pushing Windows Phones with any effort worth noting — in fact, retail staffers at U.S. carrier shops have been known to steer customers away from the platform according to various reports — and in the second quarter of 2011, Microsoft’s share of the mobile market may have hit an all-time low. Microsoft’s deal with Nokia finally bore fruit this week however, and the second wave of Windows Phones has begun trickling out into the market. Among the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” devices that have been announced to date, one in particular stands taller than the rest, both literally and figuratively. In this review, we take a look at the AT&T-bound HTC Titan to see if this phone is worthy of its titanic moniker.

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Nokia Lumia 800 hands-on

By on October 26, 2011 at 11:15 AM.

Nokia Lumia 800 hands-on

Nokia announced a pair of Windows Phones on Wednesday and while the Lumia 710 is a fantastic value, the Lumia 800 was clearly the star of the show. Code-named Sea Ray, Nokia’s Lumia 800 features the same sleek unibody case as the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, but the similarities end there. The Lumia 800 packs a powerful 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor by Qualcomm, and it was impossible to trip this handset up while navigating Microsoft’s slick Windows Phone UI. The 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display is gorgeous, as it is on the N9, and colors are amazing in apps and during video playback. Hit the jump for more and be sure to check out our hands-on photo gallery below.

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Nokia Lumia 710 hands-on

By on October 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM.

Nokia Lumia 710 hands-on

Nokia on Tuesday unveiled its first two Windows Phones, a sleek high-end smartphone dubbed Lumia 800 and an affordable model called the Lumia 710. The latter is a mid-level handset that will retail for €270 abroad before taxes and subsidies. While it doesn’t have the sleek unibody architecture of the 800, it certainly packs a fair amount of bang for the buck. Starting things off, the Lumia 710 features a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor that makes navigating the UI a fantastic experience. That’s right, a €270 smartphone with a 1.4GHz Snapdragon. Read on for more and be sure to check out our hands-on gallery below.

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Nokia’s second and less expensive Windows Phone is the Nokia Lumia 710 [video]

By on October 26, 2011 at 9:02 AM.

Nokia’s second and less expensive Windows Phone is the Nokia Lumia 710 [video]

During Nokia World in London on Wednesday, Nokia unveiled two of the company’s Windows Phone smartphones, including the Nokia Lumia 800 and the slightly less powerful Nokia Lumia 710. The Lumia 710, originally codenamed “Sabre,” is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, a 3.7-inch ClearBlack display with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 1,300mAh battery. Nokia said that a “portfolio of products” would eventually be available in the United States next year but that the Lumia 710 will first launch in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan by the end of the year for €270 unsubsidized. We’ll be bringing you a hands-on with the Lumia 710 as well as the Lumia 800 later in the day.

UPDATE: our hands-on is now live. More →

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Nokia to unveil Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Phones tomorrow, report claims

By on October 25, 2011 at 3:25 PM.

Nokia to unveil Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Phones tomorrow, report claims

Nokia will announce the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 during its Nokia World event in London on Wednesday, WinRumors reported on Tuesday. The Lumia 800 was originally leaked as the “SeaRay” and earlier rumors suggested the phone will pack an 8-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch display. The Lumia 710 first appeared as the “Sabre” and it allegedly offers a 3.5-inch display, a 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and 1GB of RAM. These two Windows Phone 7.5 devices could hit the market as soon as November, in-line with Nokia’s promise to launch a Windows Phone product this year. Thankfully we have less than 24 hours until Nokia CEO Stephen Elop takes the stage and clears up all of the fog. Hit the break for two additional images. More →

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T-Mobile to launch HTC Radar 4G Windows Phone on November 2nd for $100

By on October 24, 2011 at 7:40 PM.

T-Mobile to launch HTC Radar 4G Windows Phone on November 2nd for $100

T-Mobile USA confirmed via Facebook on Monday that it will launch the HTC Radar, a Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) device, on November 2nd for $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a new two-year contract. BGR had a chance to see the HTC Radar 4G up close in September, and we found it to be an attractive mid-level handset at its price point. The Radar 4G is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and is equipped with a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM and support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. More →

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Nokia Sabre Windows Phone image leaked

By on October 20, 2011 at 11:45 PM.

Nokia Sabre Windows Phone image leaked

Nokia may be poised to unveil at least two new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) devices during its Nokia World conference next week. Pocketnow spilled an image of the Nokia “Sabre” on Thursday, which reportedly packs a 1.4GHz processor, a 3.5-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera and 1GB of storage. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said we can expect to see “a bunch” of Windows Phone handsets from Nokia during Nokia World, which kicks off on October 26th. We have already published plenty of purported details on the Nokia 800, also known as the Sea Ray, but perhaps Nokia still has a few surprises up its sleeve. The good news is we have just under a week until Nokia makes it all official.  More →

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AT&T’s Focus S and Focus Flash finally pictured alongside Titan

By on October 20, 2011 at 7:25 AM.

AT&T’s Focus S and Focus Flash finally pictured alongside Titan

AT&T’s first three Windows Phone 7.5 Mango devices were announced last month, but the pair of Samsung devices included in that announcement stayed behind the curtain while HTC’s Titan took center stage. Wednesday night at the AllThingsD Asia conference, Samsung’s Focus S and Focus Flash finally made their debut, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone team posted images of the phones on one a company blogs. Specs for these devices were already revealed in September; the higher-end Focus S features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4GHz processor, HSPA+, an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera while the Focus S includes a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 1.4GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a forward-facing camera. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced. Photos of the individual devices follow below. More →

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Nokia 800 Windows Phone press shots leaked

By on October 19, 2011 at 8:45 PM.

Nokia 800 Windows Phone press shots leaked

Press renders depicting one of Nokia’s first Windows Phone devices, the Nokia 800, were leaked by Pocketnow on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the renders don’t provide a ton of detail, but it appears the Nokia 800 has a fairly conservative rectangular form factor, sharp 90-degree corners and metal buttons. The images seem to confirm that this device is likely the Sea Ray phone spotted in a video earlier this year. Like the N9, with which the Nokia 800appears to share a case, the phone will be available in black, blue and pink. Little else is known about the device so far, but it could pack an 8-megapixel camera and a 3.7-inch display according to earlier reports. We’re certain to hear more about the Nokia 800, and hopefully other new devices, during Nokia World on October 26th. Hit the jump for two additional images of the Nokia 800. More →

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Microsoft smartphone share said to hit new low in Q2

By on October 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM.

Microsoft smartphone share said to hit new low in Q2

One year following the launch of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, a new analysis has determined that the Redmond, Washington-based company’s share of the global smartphone market recently hit a new low. According to analyst Horace Dediu, Microsoft’s partners sold 1.4 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2011. The figure, if accurate, would represent roughly 1.3% of smartphones sold in the quarter — Microsoft’s lowest recorded share to date. Gartner estimates that Microsoft partners sold 1.7 million Windows Phones during the same period for a 1.6% share of the market. Read on for more. More →

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Hands on with the HTC Titan

By on October 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM.

Hands on with the HTC Titan

We already ran a quick hands-on when HTC unveiled the Titan back in September, but now we’ve spent some time with a review unit and it’s time to revisit this beastly Windows Phone. If ever there was a handset that deserved its given name, it is this phone — the HTC Titan is nothing short of titanic. It’s large, it’s powerful and it’s about as solid as they come. The build materials include metal, hardened plastic that is anything but cheap-feeling, and of course a huge sheet of glass that covers the face of the phone. Windows Phone Mango is a smooth operator on first-generation Windows Phones, so you can imagine how quick it is with the Titan’s 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset running the show. The massive 4.7-inch display spreads the Titan’s 480 x 800-pixel resolution a bit wide, but the screen is nice and bright just like the HTC Arrive. Is this the Windows Phone we’ve been hoping for? You’ll have to wait for our full review to find out but in the meantime, be sure to check out our photo gallery below.

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Windows Phone-powered Nokia 800 ads leaked

By on October 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

Windows Phone-powered Nokia 800 ads leaked

Two leaked advertisements for one of Nokia’s first Windows Phones have been published by Pocketnow. The ads refer to the device as the “Nokia 800,” which could be the “Sea Ray” that has surfaced several times. One of the images also suggests the Nokia 800 is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, although other specifications are still unknown. There is a blue Nokia 800 in the second image, which implies the phone will be, in typical Nokia fashion, available in several different colors. Hopefully Nokia decides to carry over its aluminum unibody design from the N8, too, although the build materials are also still unclear. We will no doubt hear more about the 800 and maybe even additional Windows Phone handsets during Nokia World, which kicks off on October 26th in London. Read on for a second image. More →

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