Whenever the nostalgic folk of the early 2000’s fondly remember their first tryst with mobile phones, the name "Nokia" prominently features on their lips. People still view the-then immensely popular mobile phone company through a romantic lens and sing paeans over its seemingly-inexhaustible battery life and robustness. In fact, there’s still a joke around where a guy asks a Nokia-dealer- "If I were to drop this phone (Nokia 3310) on a granite floor, will it break? The dealer replies- "Of course. No floor’s hard enough.”
If you are one of them, your heart might skip with joy on hearing that come 2016, you could get a chance to cup a Nokia in your palms once again. As a matter of fact, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri has recently stated that said that once the Finnish company’s agreement with Microsoft that restricts them from using the Nokia name on smartphones expires, they will return to designing and licensing handsets- starting with Nokia C1, the first Nokia mobile to run on the Android platform (Marshmallow).
On being asked if this will conflict with their agreement with Microsoft, Suri said that they will simply design the mobiles and use the brand name "Nokia" on them, which is completely different to what Microsoft as a mobile-manufacturer is doing. The fact that Nokia wants to win over its biggest customer base- the middle-class- is apparent from its decision to grace the mobile with conventional features like the Intel Atom processor, 5-inch size and 1080p resolution. Nothing too flashy that can bump the price beyond the average person’s reach.
If Nokia does realize this dream of designing a fully-run Android smartphone, it would be the first one it designs after being completely free from any of the creative and production controls that Microsoft exercised on them during the production of their first venture- Nokia X.
According to a recent leak by @upleaks, Motorola about to introduce a shatterproof smartphone dubbed “Moto X Force.” According to Phone Arena, the device is to come with a robust exterior and Motorola could very well throw in the IP X7 rating, as seen in the Moto G 2015, which enables users to submerge the device in up to 3.2 feet of water till 30 minutes.
Internally referred to as “Moto Bounce”, Motorola Moto X Force is believed to come with a 5.4-inch display, and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. It will apparently come in both 32 GB and 64 GB internal storage capacity versions, and micro SD card support for further memory expansion. In addition to that, it will reportedly have a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera unit with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The star of the show, however, could be the gigantic 3,760 mAh battery unit that can give serious competition to the other mobile companies.
For the moment, Sony seems to have stolen the show by introducing the world’s first 4K display in a production smartphone, the Xperia Z5 Premium. Although there’s a fierce debate going on regarding the feasibility of viewing something with such incredibly high 806ppi density, that too from a screen that remains quite close to the eyes, the actual fears are that some are even claiming that the smartphone doesn’t even have an actual 4K panel and has a 1080p one instead.
The most obvious way to check the panel’s resolution, i.e., taking a screenshot and checking the details yields 1,080 x 1,920 pixel images on this phone, hence the rumors. There has been some clarification provided that the 4K resolution powers on only while either making or viewing videos.
The Xperia Z5 Ultra will rock a 6.44-inch display with a resolution of 2160×3840 pixels. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset, and 4GB of RAM. It will sport a handset a 23-megapixel rear camera and a large 4000mAh battery.
The US-based smartphone manufacturer BLU recently announced the Vivo Air LTE smartphone, which with a 5.1mm body and 97 grams of weight, is being touted as the slimmest 4G LTE device ever to be launched in America. This mobile is the upgraded version of the BLU Vivo Air with the changes being the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 solution, coupled with 2GB of RAM.
The rest of the handset’s specs include 4.8” 720p Super AMOLED display, 16GB of built-in memory, 8MP main camera, 5MP front-facing unit, and 2,050mAh battery. BLU Vivo Air LTE boots Android Lollipop. It will be hitting shelves on September 22 and will come unlocked (not bundled with any telecom network) however the LTE bands are reportedly compatible with AT&T and T-mobile.
Alcatel, which had announced the OneTouch Flash last year, plans to launch its upgraded version- the Flash 2 on September 22. Without sharing much details, the company’s teaser just states that the smartphone will ‘redefine photography with leading edge camera technology’.
A teaser campaign called, ‘The Power of Green’ has been kicked off from September 8, with Alcatel Flash renewing its color to ‘Green’ relating to a ‘Green’ key iconic feature of the new model. The Alcatel Flash was introduced in India last year and sports a 5-inch IPS HD display with 720 X 1080 pixels of resolution. It comes powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core processor, coupled with 1GB RAM. The 8GB onboard storage is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card slot. Some other features include a 13MP rear camera with auto-focus, a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies, HD recording and LED flash.
However, the downside is it runs on a rather old Android 4.4 KitKat.
Xiaomi has launched a slightly upgraded version of the Xiaomi Redmi 2A which will be going on sale in China. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed the news and has declared the price at approximately Rs. 5,700 for the smartphone. The new Redmi 2A comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage.
In other features, it’s identical to the Xiaomi Redmi 2 with a 4.7-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) IPS display with a 312ppi; expandable storage support via microSD card (up to 32GB); 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 lens, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2200mAh battery with fast-charging.
The highlight of this incredibly affordable smartphone could be the fact that it supports 4G LTE.