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Mar 5, 2014

Nexus 6 Will Reportedly Come from LG Too, Based on LG G3

South Korean mobile phone maker LG Electronics has brought the last two Nexus smartphones to the market, and it seems that the company might launch the upcoming Nexus 6 handset as well.

The info comes from Gizmodo.de, which claims that a source has unveiled that last week during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Moreover, the news site claims that the upcoming Google phone will be launched as a lightweight flavor of LG G3, supposedly the next flagship smartphone from the South Korean vendor. Considering the fact that LG launched the Nexus 4 in 2012 and Nexus 5 last year, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Google might have chosen to continue its collaboration with the vendor for the next phone in the Nexus series as well. However, this would be the first time that the Mountain View-based Internet giant actually did such a move; its previous partners, namely HTC and Samsung, launched only two Nexus phones each. According to the aforementioned report, LG will launch its next flagship smartphone in June, something that falls in line with the previous reports on the matter.

However, it’s yet uncertain whether this will affect the release of Nexus 6 in any way. As BGR points out, both Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 were launched at the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and the new device in the series should have a similar fate. In fact, Google has already confirmed that we won’t see a Nexus 6 smartphone released in the first half of the year, which suggests that the company is sticking with the previous release timeframe with the new phone as well. Provided that Nexus 6 will indeed be designed based on the LG G3, it remains to be seen what features and hardware capabilities the phone will actually pack inside. For those out of the loop, we should note that LG’s next flagship has already been rumored to land with 3GB of RAM inside, the latest generation Snapdragon processor out there, and a 13-megapixel camera capable of recording videos in 4K resolution.

Historically, Nexus devices have included top-of-the-line hardware inside, though none of them was a very high-end smartphone, as Google was actually looking to keep their prices down, and the same is expected to happen with Nexus 6 as well. One way or the other, specific info on this will be unveiled only several months from now, so don’t hold your breath until that happens, even if Nexus 6 has been previously rumored to be the last device in the popular series of Google phones.

LG Nexus 5
Image credits to Google

Nokia X Officially Introduced in Malaysia for $120 (€90), on Sale from Next Week

Unveiled early last week, Nokia’s first family of Android smartphones, Nokia X is already available for purchase in several European countries.

Nokia’s series of Android devices comprises three smartphones for the moment, but not all have been released on the market. The Nokia X can now be ordered through several major European retailers for a slightly higher price than recommended by the Finnish company. On the other hand, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL have been confirmed to arrive in early Q2, so pre-orders might kick off in several weeks from now. Basically, the Nokia X is the only Android smartphone launched by the Finnish handset maker that can now be pre-ordered or purchased in various countries. According to Nokia, the X will be available globally with a few exceptions like North America (Canada and the United States), Korea and Japan.

The reasons behind Nokia’s decision to skip these countries from the launch of its Android smartphones are unknown for the moment, but the company confirmed it would try and focus with the Nokia X family on emerging markets. Nevertheless, this does not explain the upcoming availability of the Nokia X in some well-developed markets, such as Finland and the UK. Malaysia is one of the emerging markets where Nokia plans to regain its former glory and the X family of smartphones is one of the many weapons the Finnish company hopes to use to achieve its goals. UnleashThePhones reports Nokia X has been officially introduced in Malaysia, but it will only go on sale next week and only in the Klang Valley. The rest of the country will get the Nokia X in about two weeks from now.

Potential customers in Malaysia can now pre-order the Nokia X in white, black, bright green and bright red for only $120 (€90) outright, which is exactly the retail price recommended by the Finnish handset maker. Unfortunately, there are no details on whether or not this price is for the single SIM or dual-SIM version of the Nokia X. We expect more info to emerge closer to launch, so stay tuned for more on this. Those interested in acquiring the affordable smartphone should know the Nokia X ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box. The handset is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM. It also packs 4GB of internal memory, microSD card slot (up to 32GB) and 4-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display.

Meet the new Nokia X family of affordable smartphones. The Nokia X, X+ and XL give you access to the world of AndroidTM apps: http://nokia.com/nokiaXrange 
Access apps including Plants vs. Zombies 2, Viber, Asphalt 8, Jetpack Joyride, Fruit Ninja, BBM and many more popular apps from Nokia Store or a range of third party stores.  Nokia X also gives you access to exclusive Nokia apps like MixRadio and HERE Maps, and Microsoft services including Skype, OneDrive and Outlook.com. 
All of your favourite content is waiting for you on Fastlane.  Fastlane is a smoother and faster way to switch between your favourite apps, games and latest social activities. 
Stand out from the crowd with the bold, colourful Nokia X smartphones that are fun and easy to use.  And, because it's a Nokia, you can be sure it's tough, durable and reliable too.
Go! with the new Nokia X family of affordable smartphones. 
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Video credits to Nokia

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