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Apr 7, 2013

Nokia RM-877 with 768 x 1280 pixels HD Display Spotted, Possibly Coming to AT&T as Nokia EOS

Lots of new information about Nokia's roadmap for 2013 emerged in the last 24 hours. It appears that the Finnish company plans to unleash at least two new high-end smartphones this summer, Nokia Catwalk and Nokia EOS.

We reported earlier today on Nokia Catwalk's leaked specs sheet, and now it looks like there are new details on the other smartphone that is supposed to arrive on the market in the coming month, Nokia EOS. Alan Mendelevich of AdDuplex claims he found a new device called Nokia RM-877_nam_att_205, which features a HD (768 x 1280 pixels) display of unknown size.

The unannounced smartphone will be launched in the United States via AT&T, but it's unclear whether or not this device will be exclusive to the carrier. There's a possibility that this Nokia RM-877 is the rumored EOS, featuring a 41-megapixel camera. However, until more details emerge we can't say for sure the 41-megapixel monster will arrive at AT&T this summer.

Nokia Lumia 920
Image credits to Nokia

Google May Be Looking to Buy WhatsApp

The mobile space has shaken things up quite a bit. While giants like Google or Facebook aren't doing too bad in the space, considering how big they are, that's not much of an achievement. At the same time, several mobile first or mobile only services have grown quite big and powerful.

Instagram is one example, Facebook snatched it up for what seemed a huge price, but it was probably well worth it. Google has mostly relied on its own products on the mobile front, with a few exceptions. But it may be looking to make a big move and acquire the rather popular messaging app WhatsApp. Digital Trends says it has sources saying the two companies are negotiating an acquisition and that WhatsApp may be worth over $1 billion, €768 million.

It's no secret that there are plenty of companies interested in WhatsApp, Facebook was one of the at one point. So Google could at least be talking to WhatsApp. But that doesn't necessarily mean an acquisition is impending, especially since it's working on its own messaging app, Babble or Babel, to be unveiled next month.

Whatsapp logo
Image credits to Whatsapp

BlackBerry OS 10.1 Gets Fully Detailed Ahead of Its Official Release

Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry is expected to bring to the market an updated BlackBerry 10 operating system on its BlackBerry Q10, one that will supposedly hit devices as BlackBerry OS 10.1.

The company has already made the BlackBerry 10.1 SDK available for download through its developer website, so that applications could be built for it, but hasn’t delivered specific details on when the new platform release might actually hit devices, nor on what it will bring along. However, courtesy of a recent article on bbin, we can have a look at the full list of features and enhancements that BlackBerry Q10 users will be able to take advantage of in the new OS update. There will be Mnemonic phone dialing capabilities included in the platform, so that users could dial phone numbers by name or number, along with Out-of-Box-Experience software updates, with these tasks now being performed in the background, while people can still use the phone.

Furthermore, users will benefit from keyboard and application shortcuts on their devices, as can be seen in the first image below, as well as from Dark theme support in apps such as Calendar, Contacts, BlackBerry Remember, BBM, Text message conversations, Search, Adobe Reader and File Manager. BlackBerry Q10 users will also enjoy Word Prediction on their devices, set to work in a similar way as the virtual keyboard on the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone does, with three predicted words appearing at the bottom of the screen.  Additionally, there will be a Type N Go feature included in the new OS flavor, providing Q10 users with access to BlackBerry 10 functionality using the physical keyboard, it seems. It all starts with the pressing of the Space bar to initiate search, and it continues through typing the wanted commands.

Some of the supported Type N Go Commands include BBM a contact, BBM Videocall a contact, Email a contact, SMS/MMS a contact, Call a contact, Update Facebook status, Update Twitter status, Create a note, Set alarm/timer, Play music, and Map an address/place. BlackBerry OS 10.1 will also arrive on devices with BlackBerry Balance, as well as with Cross Domain Email Warnings, a Corporate Liable feature, and support for BlackBerry Smart Card Reader 2.0. Apparently, BlackBerry also warns that not all applications available in the BlackBerry World might recognize the OLED high resolution (720 x 720 pixels) display on the Q10, and that users might not receive the expected experience when installing such apps.
Blackberry Q10
Image credits to RIM

BlackBerry 10.1
Image credits to bbin

Nokia Catwalk Specs Leak: 4.5-Inch OCTA-OLED Display, 8.7MP Camera, Dual-Core CPU

There's been a lot of rumors surrounding the upcoming Nokia roadmap for 2013. According to the latest hearsay, the Finnish company plans to launch at least two high-end smartphones in the next few months.

The first smartphone rumored to be unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress 2013 is the Nokia Catwalk. Unfortunately, Nokia decided to delay this top-tier smartphone and bring two mid- to low-end Windows Phone 8 devices into the mix, the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720. Today, Italian mobile guru Flavio, the same person who predicted Nokia Catwalk and Nokia EOS, another high-end smartphone, will be announced at MWC2013, now claims he's the lucky owner of a Nokia Catwalk specs sheet. According to him, both Nokia Catwalk and Nokia EOS do exist, but they have been delayed due to unknown reasons.   Currently Nokia Catwalk and Nokia EOS are set to be officially unveiled on May 15 and will go on sale in June or early July.

Obviously, both smartphones are powered by Windows Phone 8, but the EOS will be the better featured as the device is said to boast a 41-megapixel rear-facing camera. On the other hand, Nokia Catwalk will pack an 8.7-megapixel photo snapper, featuring f2.0 OIS. It will be equipped with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM. It appears Nokia Catwalk is Lumia 920's successor but with different design. The former will be manufactured entirely from aluminum (i.e. HTC One, Asus Padfone Infinity), while the latter is made of polycarbonate. Because of this change, Nokia Catwalk will be around 50g lighter than Lumia 920 and about 2.3mm thinner. All in all, Catwalk measures 129 x 71 x 8.4mm and weighs only 132g (battery included).

Furthermore, Nokia Catwalk has a 4.5-inch octaOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports 768 x 1280 pixels resolution. According to Flavio: “OCTA is a development of Samsung Mobile Display. OCTA – On-Cell Touch Active-Matrix Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED).” Last but not least, the smartphone will be powered by a 2,000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery, which has yet to be rated by Nokia. There are no details on which carriers will offer the Nokia Catwalk, but the latest hearsay point to a possible release at T-Mobile USA. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Nokia Lumia 920
Image credits to Nokia

Intex Aqua Wonder 2 Quad-Core Smartphone Coming to India on April 15

Aqua Wonder 2 is the name of the next high-end smartphone that Indian company Intex plans to launch in the next few weeks.

According to NDTVGadgets, the smartphone is expected to hit shelves on April 15 and will be available for purchase at all major retailers across the country. Although Intex did not announce the phone’s official price tag, it stated that Aqua Wonder 2 wouldn’t cost more than Rs 10,000 outright, which is about $180 or €140. Intex Aqua Wonder 2 will ship with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box and will be packed with popular applications and services, including Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, WhatsApp Messenger, Nimbuzz and Facebook. Unfortunately, even though the hype around the upcoming Intex smartphone is pretty high, Aqua Wonder 2 is far from being impressive when it comes to hardware specs.  However, given the fact that the smartphone will cost less than Rs 10,000, we could say it is a good alternative to more expensive brands.

Intex Aqua Wonder 2 comes equipped with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6589 processor, 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card. The phone sports a more than decent 4.5-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display that supports 540 x 960 pixels resolution. On the back, Aqua Wonder 2 boasts an enhanced 8-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus, dual LED flash and video recording. It also packs a secondary 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and a 1800 mAh Li-Ion battery, which has yet to be rated by the manufacturer. Last but not least, Intex Aqua Wonder 2 offers dual-SIM capability, along with Wi-Fi and built-in GPS. In the same piece of news, Intex has confirmed that it will launch two more quad-core smartphones in India in the coming months, so stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Intex Aqua Wonder 2 ad
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