Nokia 3310 Reboot, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 Art Black Launched at MWC 2017: Highlights

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri took the stage at the Nokia MWC 2017 event to welcome HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela on stage, who spoke about the Nokia brand, and its future with Android powering it. Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global said the company will obsess about real-life experience, and will go beyond specifications. He said the Nokia Android phones will be defined by premium build quality, great cameras, and amazing design, and added that premium design should not be limited to high-end smartphones.

Ending its China exclusivity, Nokia 6 finally became globally available, along with the new Nokia 6 Art Black special edition model. The new Nokia 6 and Nokia 6 Art Black Android smartphones have been priced at EUR 229 (approximately Rs. 16,000) and EUR 299 (about Rs.21,000).

The star of the evening, however, was the Nokia 3310 reboot, which now has talk time of 22 hours, standby time of 1 month, and comes with the classic Nokia ringtone that everyone remembers. Also, it comes preloaded with the game Snake, which will also be available as a Facebook Messenger game.

HMD Global in a statement said that Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 3310 (2017), and Nokia 6 will be launched in India, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Europe in Q2 2017.

ZTE Gigabit Phone Launched at MWC 2017, World’s First 5G-Ready Smartphone

Chinese telecoms giant ZTE unveiled Sunday what it said is the world’s first smartphone compatible with the lightening-fast 5G mobile Internet service that networks expect to have up and running by 2020.

ZTE Gigabit Phone Launched at MWC 2017, World's First 5G-Ready Smartphone

The company said the Gigabit Phone is the first smartphone capable of download speeds reaching up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) – up to 10 times faster than the first generation of 4G services widely in use today.

The device, unveiled in Barcelona in northeastern Spain on the eve of the start on Monday of the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile fair, will allow for 360-degree panoramic Virtual Reality video and fast downloads of ultra Hi-Fi music and videos.

“With the new device, the way people stay connected will be changed forever. Focusing on 5G technologies will be one of the key priorities of ZTE’s global development,” a ZTE spokesman said.

Tech firms are racing to develop products that will be compatible with 5G, shorthand for the fifth generation of networks, which promise blazing fast connectivity for a generation used to streaming movies and TV directly to phones.

Forrester analyst Thomas Husson said ZTE was using the phone to “showcase innovation” and “offer a glimpse into the future when people will be able to download full movies in seconds” but it was not likely to be a big seller.

“The sad reality is that this smartphone will not end up in consumers’ pockets because both 5G and Virtual Reality are still years away to be a mass-market consumer reality,” he added.

Founded in 1985, ZTE offers telecom equipment and services and has customers in more than 160 countries, according to the company.

It is the only Chinese smartphone vendor with a meaningful presence in the United States, where its 10 percent market share makes it the fourth-largest vendor.

Chinese phones or Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC?

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Times are changing and in the smartphone market they change quickly. If you wanted to buy an Android device three years ago you had the choice between manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC. Chinese smartphones were usually out of the question. The devices were considered cheap replicas of famous brands with poor hardware on board. In addition to this, the importation fees were high.

But that has changed. With reasonable prices and better equipped devices, Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei are becoming real alternatives to Samsung and LG products. The Chinese manufacturer Huawei already sells smartphones in the US with top hardware and reasonable prices. Xiaomi phones are available through import dealers.

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Xiaomi was founded in 2010 as a startup and already presented its flagship Mi 5 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this year. In our tests with the device we were impressed with the hardware and the price vs its competition. The smallest model with 32 GB internal memory and 3 GB RAM costs around $480. In comparison, the LG G5 costs around $780.

My colleague, Eric Herrmann, recently wrote that the Lenovo ZUK Z1 had a big battery and top-notch software. The Chinese manufacturer has developed a powerful smartphone that costs only $330. More Chinese manufacturers with top smartphones are Oppo and Meizu.

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More examples of Chinese manufacturers with top smartphones can be found in our best Chinese smartphones list.

Now we want to know what you think about this shift to Chinese brands. Take part in our survey and write your opinion in the comments. We will publish the full results of the poll next week.

Lenovo likely to kill off Moto X series in ‘Moto Z’ rebranding

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The leak arrives via Evan Blass, who also recently speculated that the devices would feature a modular design. The decision to rebrand the Moto X, and not the fourth-generation Moto G range, suggests that the Moto X series may not be as successful as Lenovo would like.

Lenovo’s adoption of the Moto Z moniker could also affect Verizon-branded Moto devices. Blass wrote that successors to the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2 may instead have “Droid Edition” naming, such as the Moto Z Play Droid Edition and Moto Z Style Droid Edition.

On the same day Blass made this claim, it turns out that Motorola filed a trademark application for “MOTO Z”. While companies trademark names aplenty, with many never being used on products, the evidence for a Moto X rebranding is beginning to mount. 

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Following the acquisition of Motorola from Google in 2014, Lenovo set out to restructure its business with two core brands: Lenovo Moto and Lenovo Vibe. Back in February, Lenovo announced that it had “achieved its stated goals of achieving breakeven in its mobile business four-to-six quarters after the close of the Motorola deal”.

Project Ara denies everyone the modules they want

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Google’s Project Ara, to many, represented a way to defy in-built obsolescence. Instead of having a battery die after a couple of years and take the whole device down with it, or your CPU eventually becoming too old to run the most demanding apps and games, Project Ara promised a modular device that would allow you to easily swap key parts of the phone in and out, essentially providing a skeletal smartphone which enabled easy upgrades and replaceable parts.

Project Ara debuted at Google I/O 2014. Since then, there have been periods of eerie silence following failed tests, leading many to harbor significant doubts about the project.

Now, though, Google has dropped the A-Bomb and Project Ara will see a Developer Edition arrive in the fall. Great news, right? Google pulls it out of the bag.

Well, not quite.

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The modular device that Google has now presented is a normal smartphone – that is a device with a processor, GPU, battery and screen – with the addition of six slots for interchangeable modules. In Google’s words, this decision to house the essential components of the device permanently within the Ara frame frees “up more room for hardware in each module.” Sure. But it also denies people the modules for which they would actually want a Project Ara smartphone, the same modules Google was gunning for not so long ago.

Instead of being a device that you can upgrade the battery on, or slip a better processor into, or easily replace a broken screen on, it’s a glorified way to accessorize a slowly dying phone with flashy components.

Where Google had shown ambition, perhaps beyond reach, with the prototyping for Project Ara, what we’re now left with is a glorified LG G5, whose modular Magic Slot allows for the attachment of peripheral devices.

Project Ara has become a normal smartphone with a range of colorful (and as-yet-theoretical) accessories. It’s no longer the geek’s dream smartphone with core hardware you can upgrade and customize. It has sacrificed a key component of the project’s original vision, and you can count me out.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active release date, price, specs, features

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active release date and price

A new leak gives us an idea of when the Galaxy S7 Active will be unveiled. We have two new renders of what is being reported as the S7 Active, which can be viewed below, and both have the date and time of 12:45 June 10. This could mean that the unveiling is at that time but it’s not yet known. This rumor came from the reliable serial leakster Evan Blass.

The price of the Galaxy S7 Active is unknown but we do know from previous Active releases that they fall near the prices of other flagship devices when they were released. Given the specs and features leaks, we could expect a price lower than $700. We will let you know when we have more information on the price so stay tuned.

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You can clearly see the date and time on the home screen, which may correspond to the unveiling time. / © Venture Beat

The release of the Galaxy S7 Active would be in line with previous releases of the Galaxy S-line. Last year’s release of the Samsung S6 series included the S6, S6 Edge and S6 Active. In fact, the model numbers of the S6 Active and S7 Active seem to be in succession.

A Zuaba (Indian site for export/import data) listing carrying the model number of SM-G891A was spotted and it could be assumed that this is the Galaxy S7 Active model number because the Galaxy S6 Active had the model number of SM-G890A.

This was reported by serial leakster Evan Blass who tweeted that AT&T is testing this device.

More recently, the name Galaxy S7 Active was spotted on a change-log of Samsung’s Level app by SAM Mobile. The log can be viewed below and clearly shows The Galaxy S7 Active after the S7 and before the S7 Edge.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active specs

The specs leaks for the Galaxy S7 Active look promising and we’re hoping they prove to be true when Samsung and AT&T release this new rugged device. The newest rumor shows the S7 Active with a bigger battery than the S7 Edge. According to leakster Evan Blass, the S7 Active could come with a 4,000 mAh battery. That’s 400 mAh bigger than the S7 Edge.

The 5.1-inch display could be a 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED, the same screen as the Galaxy S7 and the S6 Active – the predecessor to the S7 Active. Samsung made a good move with keeping the display of the previous generation. The device doesn’t need a better display; the S6 Active was already optimal for its active owners.

The biggest changes rumored in the S7 Active are in the hardware. The device could be powered by the Snapdragon 820 backed with 4 GB RAM – that’s 1 GB bigger than the previous generation. We could also see 32 GB of internal memory standard for the device. Although the upgraded chipset is necessary, the extra 1 GB RAM looks like specs sticker shock. 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active features

We expect the Galaxy S7 Active to have better weatherproofing than the rest of its S7 family but beyond that we can only make speculations based of its predecessor. The S6 Active was an AT&T exclusive (which is why AT&T was reportedly testing the S7 Active) and had the same weatherproofing as the S7 and S7 Edge do now, the IP68. It would then stand to reason that the new version will improve upon this and we could see an even better water and dust proof device.

The camera system on the S7 Active could include a 12 MP camera rear camera, which is 4 MP smaller than its predecessor. But this is not something we need to be worried about. Samsung did this with the S6 to S7 and made up for the fewer number of pixels with dual-pixel technology. We can expect the smartphone giant to do the same with the S7 Active.

OnePlus 3 price, release date, specs and rumors

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OnePlus 3 price and release date

CNET en Espanol got an exclusive interview with OnePlus Co-founder Carl Pei. While he didn’t disclose any details about the design of the OnePlus 3, Mr Pei did disclose an estimated launch date; the end of the second quarter of 2016.

A leak in early May suggested the OnePlus 3 base model to sell for $310, while a premium version, with more memory, was said to come in at $384, which fits with OnePlus’ low pricing for high-end specs appeal.

On May 23, OnePlus announced via its forum that its is offering up 30,000 new Loop VR heasets for free (except for shipping). All you have to do is mosey over to the OnePlus store, ensure you select your country at the bottom right of the page, and head to the checkout.

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The move is a promotion for a promotion. That is, the headset can be used to to place an order, in VR, for the OnePlus 3 before anyone else, in what OnePlus is describing as “the first global VR shopping experience.”

There’s still no word on when exactly customers will be able to place their preorders, but the headsets won’t be shipping until June 6.

OnePlus 3 design

A clear render of what could be the OnePlus 3 was leaked by reliable serial leakster Evan Blass in a tweet today. The image shows the front and the back of the device with the caption ‘Never Settle’ on the front and the official logo on the back.

From the render, we can see that the back will be curved and it looks quite ergonomic. It has a brushed silver finish and it would be great if this means it’s not as slippery as other OnePlus devices, like the OnePlus X. The camera protrudes from the back a bit too much. You will also notice the LED flash underneath the camera.

The screen appears bezel-less and takes up most of the front of the device. The display looks crisp but we’ll have to see it in person before we can really pass judgement. We hope to see a QHD AMOLED display, which would be a significant improvement on the OnePlus 2 HD screen.

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Recent photos from the Chinese social media site Weibo might have revealed the final design of the OnePlus 3, and it looks like the lovechild of the OnePlus 2 and HTC One M9.

From the front, the handset seems to be a slightly less square version of the OnePlus 2, (the corners are a little softer) however the rear bears a striking resemblance to the One M9 design. We don’t know how credible the photos are, but if they’re fake, they’re very impressive fakes. See for yourself below.

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Earlier, in December, a concept video leaked showing the possible design of the OnePlus 3. It gives us a glimpse of slick, curvy device with extremely thin bezels. The video further hints that the OnePlus 3 might go with a brushed metal back, and we can also see a dual-tone LED flash and USB Type-C charging.

OnePlus 3 specs

A screenshot has surfaced that gives us our first solid look at specs for the OnePlus 3. The AnTuTu Benchmark screenshot shows some heft but not unsurprising hardware choices from manufacturer OnePlus. The OnePlus 3 (model number A3000) could pack a 1080p HD display, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. Unsurprisingly, this should all be powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset coupled with an Adreno 530 GPU.

Another leak in early May confirmed the above information but also provided further details on a premium model, which is said to house 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.

Evan Blass, a reliable leakster, supplied a tasty specs array on May 24, confirming a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, the Snapdragon 820, along with 64 GB of internal memory and a 16 MP rear camera.

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He also claimed that the device will feature NFC, which the OnePlus 2 did not feature. Welcome back, old friend.

Curiously, the screen shot Evan Blass provided shows the device running OxygenOS 3.1.0 with Android N. Curious.

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The cameras were said to be 16 MP on the rear and 8 MP on the front, and a 3,500-mAh battery was also suggested.

Previous models in the series used the cursed Snapdragon 810, despite its overheating problems, but the new generation chip should solve this issue and allow for better performance.

We’d also expect the new phone to employ a USB type C port, as its predecessor did.