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Nokia Lumia 925 now available in India

August 19, 2013 |

Nokia has started selling its latest flagship Lumia 925 smartphone for ₹34,169 through its official store at nokia.indiatimes.com – pricing it a little higher as compared to other online retailers where it is available for as low as ₹33,499.

Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB RAM, flaunting a full aluminum chassis, 16GB of internal storage the Nokia Lumia 925 packs a 4.5-inch AMOLED display with 1,280 x 768 pixel resolution which is protected by Gorilla Glass 2. Lumia 925 runs Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system – Windows Phone 8.0 and comes preloaded with lots of Nokia Lumia exclusive apps and services. The smartphone comes with 2000 mAh battery for talktime juice that lasts longer and supports wireless charging as well.

Using the 8.7-megapixel camera at the rear of the Lumia 925 which is based on PureView technology, you can capture some rather sharp and crispy photos. With Lumia 925, Nokia has done a little trick by adding a sixth glass lens on top of the regular five plastic lenses in the image sensor. Further the smartphone has improved optical image stabilization as well as better performance in low light conditions.


With a feature called Smart Camera mode you can capture up to ten images using the motion focus feature allowing you to employ changes to the capture image such as removing blur as well as alter images in the background.

Windows Phone 8 Deal: Nokia Lumia 820 selling for ₹20,269

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Back in September last year Nokia launched Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 of which the former was comparatively cheaper with a MRP of nearly ₹29,000. But, the handset has witnessed quite a substantial price cut – possibly because of price cuts from its competitors like HTC Windows Phone 8X and Samsung Ativ S.

The Lumia 820 is now available from eBay retailer supercamdeals4u for as low as ₹20,269 with free shipping. The phone is unlocked – meaning that it will work on any network out of the box. Powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the smartphone has 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage with expansion option via its microSD card slot, a 4.3-inch ClearBlack display with 800 x 480 resolution.

Some of the other features are an 8-megapixel camera, Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, Nokia City Lens and quite a few other apps.

Lumia 620 is also a descent handset and is available for as low as ₹14,000. It would be interesting to see whether customers consider the price difference between the Nokia Lumia 620 and the Lumia 820 to be reasonable enough to justify paying ₹6,000 extra for the latter.

We strongly advise you to read our Tech Deals disclaimers should you have a purchase intent. Tech Deals are not sponsored. Instead they are chosen based solely on how good of a bargain they are.

Weekend smartphone deals: Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Ace, Nokia Lumia 520

July 13, 2013 |

This weekend we are featuring smartphone deals including Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, Galaxy Ace, Nokia Lumia 520 and HTC Desire 600.

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Samsung launched its Galaxy Mega range of smartphones / phablets just a few weeks back and the prices have already started coming down. This week the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is available for as low as ₹29,090 from Amazon.in (which was over ₹31,000 last week). One of the biggest smartphones in the market, the Mega 6.3 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 8 or 16GB internal storage expandable to up to 64GB, 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front one, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC among other standard features.

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HTC launched Desire 600 smartphone at the beginning of July and the smartphone has already got a price cut of over ₹3,000 and is available for just ₹23,764 from eBay. Powered by the 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC, 1 GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable to up to 64GB, 4.5-inch super LCD 2 display with 540×960 pixels resolution, 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, and 1.6-megapixel front one, the smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has the latest Sense 5 UI. Some of the other features of the phone are HTC BlinkFeed and HTC BoomSound, capable of playing 720p videos at 30 frames per second (fps).

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Bagit Getit is selling the budget-friendly Samsung Galaxy Ace (also known as GTS5830) black smartphone for as low as ₹7,686 with free delivery. This gadget is one of those smartphones that will do the job its meant to do – act as a phone rather than being too overly inclined towards being a mobile computing device. The Galaxy Ace features a 3.5-inch screen with 320 x 480 resolution and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, 5-megapixel rear camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Qualcomm processor, 2GB free microSD card, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, microUSB among others.

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Lumia 520 is the smartphone that has been selling well for Nokia and has become even more lucrative with another price cut. The Black coloured Nokia Lumia 520 is selling for as low as ₹9,299 from latajionline.com through Amazon.in. This Windows Phone 8 smartphone is definitely good value for money considering the features it is loaded with. 5-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, 4-inch IPS display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1 GHz, 1430mAh battery, expandable storage and quite a few other features makes this smartphone a good buy.

We strongly advise you to read our Tech Deals disclaimers should you have a purchase intent.

Nokia officially unveils 41-megapixel equipped Lumia 1020

July 12, 2013 |

Nokia has officially unveiled its Lumia 920, 925 successor – the Lumia 1020 equipped with 41-megapixel camera at an event in New York.

The official event was a namesake only as the camera design, photos and specifications were leaked well ahead of the launch. This is not the first time Nokia has put in the 41-megapixel sensor into a smartphone – the same sensor has been used in its Nokia 808 PureView smartphones last year.

Some of the official specifications of the phone, other than the camera, are 1.5GHz dual-core snapdragon processor, 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA Gorilla Glass 3 display with 1280×768 resolution, 2000mAh battery and support for wireless charging, front facing 1.2-megapixel camera, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 7GB SkyDrive storage, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE support.

On its official blog Nokia notes, “The Lumia 1020 combines unmatched picture detail and quality with an effortless capture, edit and sharing features.” The Finnish company has also included a new Nokia Pro Camera app that allows users to take photos at one go and when time permits “reframe the photo afterwards to make it perfect.”

Nokia has also included a new feature dubbed the ‘Dual Capture’ that would allow users to “simultaneously takes a full resolution photo for endless reframing opportunities, and also presents you with a 5 megapixel image, which is easy to share on social networks like Facebook or on your Windows Phone 8 SkyDrive”. Nokia claims that its optical image stabilization (OIS) system keeps those unwanted wobbly effects away thereby ensuring that clicked images are not blurry even at night. The “next-gen” xenon flash is claimed to be capable of offering freezing action at the 1/16,000 of a second shutter speed.

Nokia has also worked in the Audio department of the phone and by including its new ‘Nokia Rich Recording’ standard the Lumia 1020 is said to be great for rock/pop concerts as it is “capable of handling sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones” in stereo.

Nokia Asha 501 review

July 12, 2013 |

Nokia recently added another budget-friendly handset to its Asha range of smartphones featuring a new single-swipe user interface thereby bringing monoblock touchscreen interface to users and developers alike.

The Asha 501 has a 3-inch TFT display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, 64MB RAM, dual-SIM support, 3.2-megapixel camera on the rear, FM radio, Wi-Fi, microUSB, Bluetooth 3.0. The Asha 501 is definitely not the best of handsets you can buy from Nokia, but being available for as low as ₹4,744 there is hardly anything to complain about. Here is what we think about the smartphone.

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Design

Right out of the box, Nokia Asha 501 is a phone that is made specifically for the young crowd – probably first time smartphone buyers – and the candy bar form factor with a monoblock design is definitely something that would appeal to the next-gen budget savvy crowd. Nokia has used stronger material to form the back panel of Asha 501 and is placed such that it doesn’t come off even if the phone accidentally slips from one’s hand.

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The phone has a glossy finish, is 12.1 mm thick and weighs less than 100 grams even though it looks heavier. The volume rocker is on the right side of the phone below which are located the power/sleep button. There is only one button below the display but, I was surprised to find out that it is a Back button rather than the Home button.

Users have the option of buying the phone in six different colours – Black, Bright Green, Bright Red, Cyan, White and Yellow – all of them having a glossy finish.

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Performance

Nokia hasn’t built the Asha 501 with high-performance in mind. It is for those users who want a handset that delivers mediocre performance and are not bothered about the need for a high-end quad-core processor. With just 64MB RAM one shouldn’t expect a rock solid performance from the handset.

Images are not so bad from the 3.2-megapixel camera and frankly speaking I wasn’t expecting much anyways. Nokia has however improved upon the camera app and the bundled editor that comes along with it. I tried to record videos but at 15 fps there isn’t a lot that the captured video will deliver. Audio quality wasn’t that great either.

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Asha 501 comes with multiple local language support specifically targeted towards Indian users and it was particularly easy to change to a different keyboard layout using a simple swipe gesture. Messaging interface has changed to a great extent and is rather minimalistic giving an unclogged appearance.

Battery

There is no company in the feature phone and budget-friendly smartphone segment that could beat Nokia when it comes to battery performance and Asha 501 uphelds Nokia’s dominance. I had a single micro-SIM with me to play around and the 1200mAh battery lasted two whole days with a single charge with average usage involving a few phone calls, about 100 odd text messages, a dozen or so emails and about 2 hours of web browsing. I tried listening to music only as and when I found time and the battery clocked out juice for nearly 2 days.

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Verdict

Probably one of the best phones one can for less than ₹5,000, the dual-SIM Asha 501 with headphones and charger is definitely value for money handset. There is no 3G support and that is one bit that would deter quite a few buyers. Having said that, Nokia is offering 4GB card and 50 preloaded apps to get you started and there is Wi-Fi connectivity option to make up for lost 3G mobility.

Nokia 301 launched, priced at ₹5,349

July 1, 2013 |

Nokia has launched another budget-friendly phone in India called Nokia 301 and is designed in a candy bar kind of form factor giving a look and feel of a feature phone.

Priced at a very reasonable ₹5,349, the Nokia 301 has 3.5G capabilities allowing users to experience faster mobile internet browsing. The phone has an 18-bit 2.4-inch display with 320×240 pixel resolution which is more or less enough for an enjoyable mobile web experience and offers a pixel density of 166 pixels per inch. There is this 3.2-megapixel camera at the rear which comes with smart camera app with panorama shot feature allowing users to shoot not only panoramic images but also sequential shots.

Some of the other features of the phone are multi-tap keypad with directional pad in the center and dedicated calling keys, streaming movies capabilities through exclusive UTV Movies app, dual-SIM capabilities among others. One thing that users may not like is that the phone is not yet officially listed in Whatsapp supported device list.

The handset will come in Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Black and White colours.

Nokia Asha 501 down to ₹4,744

June 26, 2013 |

Nokia Asha 501 just went on preorder yesterday and today we are already seeing prices drop by over ₹400 as online retailer ShopClues.com has got the Asha 501 for mere ₹4,744 (use coupon code SCNA44 during checkout). You will have to wait for about 10 days before it gets delivered to you though.

We reported earlier today that Asha 501 went on preorder directly from Nokia and quite a few other online retailers but, it seems that there are those who have got better sources of sourcing Asha 501 as compared to Nokia itself (pun intended).

The dual-SIM phone equipped with a 3-inch capacitive QVGA touchscreen, removable casing and weighs just 98 grams. During the official launch in May it was revealed that Asha 501 will be available in over 90 countries and through 60 operators.

The new member of the Asha range of feature phones that provides a smartphone like experience is equipped with a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi, FM radio, Bluetooth, expandable storage, multiple colour casing, etc.

We would like to thank our reader Nirav Bhagat for tipping us about the deal.

Preorder Nokia Asha 501 for just ₹5,199

June 26, 2013 |

Nokia Asha 501, equipped with a scratch resistant glass display, is finally available on preorder at ₹5,199 directly from the company’s online store.

Asha 501 is a dual-SIM phone equipped with a 3-inch capacitive QVGA touchscreen, removable casing and weighs just 98 grams. During the official launch in May it was revealed that Asha 501 will be available in over 90 countries and through 60 operators.

The new member of the Asha range of feature phones that provides a smartphone like experience is equipped with a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi, FM radio, Bluetooth, expandable storage, multiple colour casing, etc.

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In a bid to entice more customers, Nokia has partnered with Airtel and Facebook to offer data-free access to standalone Facebook app as well as the mobile site m.facebook.com.

Nokia has been struggling lately with its sales but, has managed to post tremendous increase in consumer demand for apps for its Asha smartphones following the huge success of the entire range of phones. Nokia is planning to sell somewhere around 100 million Asha smartphones over the coming years and Asha 501 is the first one of those phones.

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The Finnish handset giant had once ruled the Indian mobile handset space with over 80% market share but, lost its marketshare to companies like Samsung, Apple alongside other local vendors and budget-friendly Chinese smartphones to as low as 20%. Asha’s success has increased Nokia’s market share by about 2 percent points to 22%.

Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO, has also accepted lately that Nokia has been trailing behind Samsung and Apple and has a lot of catching up to do. “In absolute terms, we are at lower levels, and we are starting from zero in those price bands. We have to build that. Samsung and Apple have been building that for a number of years in the Indian market and we have to do that,” Elop said.

Samsung leapfrogs Nokia in mobile phone shipments in India

June 21, 2013 |

According to latest reports by IDC Samsung has outnumbered India’s most trusted brand Nokia in terms of overall mobile phone shipments during the first quarter of the calendar year.

Nokia managed to ship on 15% of the handsets in India during the first quarter of 2013 as compared to 16% handsets shipped by Samsung. The other companies that managed to register their places in the top 5 are Micromax, Karbonn and Lava. Apple hasn’t managed to garner enough shipment numbers as yet but, the fruity company is increasing its sales by leaps and bounds since last year.

Smartphone have managed to capture nearly half of the revenue share for 2013 Q1 even though this category of mobile phones only registered a 10% contribution on volume/units said IDC. The reason Samsung overtook Nokia was its significant presence in the smartphone segment as against the limited offering available from Nokia.

If we look at traditional feature phone shipments, Samsung stood second with 14% share as compared to Nokia’s market share of 16%. Analysts are of the opinion that Nokia may be on a turnaround track after its recent down-slide thanks to the new range of low-budget Asha smartphones coupled with mid-range and high-range Lumia range of Windows Phone smartphones it is launching in the market.

Looking at market share figures of smartphones only Nokia was nowhere near Samsung with its 6% share as compared to 33% share of the latter. The reason, according to IDC, is that Samsung and other companies have been busy launching 3-4 models a year and Nokia hasn’t been able to keep up.

Samsung has been registering decline when it comes to smartphone sales as local companies in the India are gaining a lot of foothold in the market with their low cost and budget friendly smartphones. Karbonn, Micromax and Lava have all registered growth in their shipment numbers. On the other hand Samsung registered an 8% point decline from 58% to 50% in smartphones shipments year on year.

Microsoft may takeover Nokia mobile phone business

June 20, 2013 |

Microsoft reportedly held acquisition talks with Nokia wherein both the companies discussed on a possible sale of Nokia’s mobile phone business to Microsoft, The Wall Street Journal claims through a report.

Following the reports Nokia Oyj registered a 4.1 per cent gain in Helsinki trading which saw stock prices reach as high as €2.97. According to reports both the companies made a significant progress in talks that could have led to a merger of Microsoft and Nokia’s phone business but, the talks have since faltered. Nokia’s plans of selling of its mobile phone business may be a part of its turnaround efforts which could see the Finnish company dispose off its assets.

According to analysts keeping a close on the matter the deal, if it goes through, will be beneficial to both the companies as Nokia will be able to revive its profitability and Microsoft would get a sound base on which it could bolster its wireless presence.

Mikko Ervasti, an analyst at Evli Bank Oyj said, “It does makes sense.”

“All options have to be on the table, but at the moment it’s of utmost importance that operations are not distracted. This summer is Nokia’s chance to show Lumia is here to stay”, Ervasti added.