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.More →
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.
We know, we know — how can we possibly get excited about an upcoming Symbian smartphone from Nokia when the OS is currently sitting on death row awaiting execution? The answer, unfortunately, is that we can’t. Typical consumers likely won’t share the same sentiment, however — especially those looking for entry-level smartphones on the cheap. For the budget-conscious crowd that isn’t at all OS-conscious, we offer up your first look at the Nokia C5-04. Little is known about the upcoming c5-04, but the listing on the Bluetooth SIG site notes that it is headed to the North American market. Add to that the unmistakable presence of a T-Mobile logo on the face of the phone and it’s pretty safe to say it’s destined for T-Mobile USA. Specs are expected to be in line with the C5-03, which is anything but impressive but very affordable. More →
Canalys today becomes the first major firm to report a changing of the guard we all knew was coming. According to the industry watcher’s fourth-quarter 2010 data, Google’s Android platform outsold Nokia’s Symbian OS to become the best-selling smartphone platform in the world. Canalys’ figures show 32.9 million Android-powered smartphones having been shipped last quarter, while Symbian device shipments slid in at 31 million units. In terms of market share, Android reeled in 32.9% of the market in the fourth quarter while Symbian owned 30.6% of the market. This marks the first time in 10 years that another smartphone operating system has outsold Symbian — and as fast as Android is growing, it most definitely will not be the last. Other notable takeaways from the report: Apple shipped 16.2 million smartphones to take 16% of the market, down 0.1% from the same quarter in 2009, and RIM’s global market share slid from 20% in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 14.4% last quarter. Despite losing ground in market share, Apple and RIM both saw year-over-year growth in terms of device shipments — up 85.9% and 36%, respectively. Hit the break for Canalys’ full press release. 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 →
This Thanksgiving weekend, Nokia fans are thankful for a first glimpse at an unannounced Nokia smartphone that appears poised to attack multimedia head on. The Nokia X7-00 has been captured on film showing off a sleek body and a set of not two, but four speakers. In light of Nokia’s new allegiance with Dolby, we assume this puppy also sports some pretty sweet surround sound capabilities. The device runs Symbian, albeit a bit slowly when cycling through home screens (calm down, it’s definitely not running a release build of the OS), and reportedly features specs in line with the Nokia N8. Nokia’s relatively new Xseries focuses on music, and it looks like the X7-00 will be the Finnish giant’s most intense music phone yet. Expect more soon, and hit the jump for a video of the X7-00 in action.
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Nokia and the Symbian Foundation announced Monday some major changes surrounding the open source Symbian OS. First and foremost, the Symbian Foundation will no longer be responsible for OS development as of March 2011. Instead, Nokia will take on the task, leaving the Foundation responsible for licensing the software to manufacturers and other partners. Nokia says the move will allow it to issue updates more efficiently. As other manufacturers continue to look elsewhere, Nokia says it is still committed to the Symbian OS, which is currently the most popular smartphone operating system in the world by a wide margin. Hit the break for the full press release. More →
Here it is ladies and gentlemen, Nokia’s latest and greatest Symbian handset, the N8. The N8 got a bit of a late start in life, with production and shipping delays a plenty, but the handset is now starting to propagate itself the world over. Available in five different colors, the full-touchscreen device — which is powered by the Symbian^3 operating system — is a sleek, compact handset that packs plenty of hardware features. Capacitive AMOLED display? Check. 12-megapixel camera? Check. HDMI interface? Check. Now the only question becomes: how does this hardware synergize with the device’s software and, ultimately, your work flow? Hit the jump to read our full review.
You can go ahead and pity / envy UK mobile subscribers. If it wasn’t hard enough already, Vodafone has just thrown two more premium handsets into the fray to choose from. If you hit up Vodafone’s official UK website, you can now start placing orders for the gargantuan HTC Desire HD or the solidly-built Nokia N8. The HTC Desire HD is the European equivalent of the Sprint HTC EVO 4G (minus the 4G) found state-side. The phone sports a 4.3-inch WVGA display, runs Froyo out of the box and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. If this handset tickles your fancy, you can pick it up at most Vodafone retail outlets, or optionally online. According to Tech Radar, Vodafone have confirmed the following pricing and plan details:
The HTC Desire HD is available free on £35, 24 month price plans and customers buying the device online will get 900 minutes (compared to 600 offline) unlimited texts and 750MB (500MB offline) of mobile data,” the company added. Buying online will also give you 5MB of European roaming data in your bundle
If HTC is not your cup of tea, the Nokia N8, might be of interest. The N8 is the first Symbian^3 handset to hit the market. The phone has garnered mixed reviews (ours is coming soon), but has gone down well with the Nokia purists. The phone is free when signing up for a £30-a-month two year service agreement. The Nokia N8 is available in lime green exclusively to Vodafone subscribers; we’re still not sure if that’s a good thing. More →
Symbian Foundation head Lee Williams has stepped down from his role effective Tuesday, the company said in an official statement. Williams, whose title was Executive Director, has been replaced by former Chief Financial Officer Tim Holbrow. Symbian is majority-owned by Nokia, a company that is no stranger to shakeups at the top — the Finnish manufacturer recently named a new CEO and shuffled several executive roles. Nokia also lost its head of mobile solutions last month when Anssi Vanjoki resigned. Despite all this turmoil and a constant stream of criticism from media, blogs and even users, Nokia’s Symbian OS remains the most popular smartphone operating system in the world by a significant margin. Hit the jump for the Symbian Foundation’s full statement. 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.