Just before the launch, the complete spec sheet of the Lumia 1020 gets leaked

Nokia is trying pretty hard to gain a strong foothold in the smartphone arena but Windows Phone as the choice of operating system for doing so seems to be a move which is something questionable. But the company wants to go ahead with it and wants to launch a smartphone with something it is best at. The big camera sensor. Nokia is all set to launch the Lumia 1020 with a 41MP camera sensor and right before the launch, the spec sheet of the device alongwith some press renders seem to have skipped on to the interweb.

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The smartphone will have a 4.5 inch display like the Lumia 925 . It will come with a 6 element smartphone lens and HAAC mics for that crystal clea recording. The display unit will be a 2,5D sculpted gorilla glass unit and will feature the Super Sensitive mode for glove and nail usage like majority of its siblings. Under the hood will be the same 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragonn processor that powers the Lumia 820,920 and 925. It will be joined in by a 2GB RAM which will be the first time ever that a Windows Phone will get a 2GB RAM.

At the back will be a mammoth 41-megapixel camera sensor which will have a 3x zoom. It is expected to weigh 158 grams which is slightly heavy. The thickness will be 10.4mm minus the camera bulge. It will also get a Camera grip as a part of the accessory package. The camera is the only talking point about the device and the camera unit will come with a BSI sensor, Optical Image Stabilization, 6 lens optics, Xenon Flash for pictures and an LED for video recording. The front camera unit will be a 1.2MP HD camera with a wide angle lens.

Connectivity will be taken care of by LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS with Glonass. A 2,000 mAh battery unit will be giving it the juice and it will come with a wireless charging cover as well. The device has been subject to a lot of leaks recently and the spec sheet getting leaked completes all the aspects of the device. And now we await the official announcement.

New HTC One mini photos leak, Desire 200 live shots surface too

HTC One mini has been around for quite some time even though it’s not officially announced yet. The smaller sibling of the One flagship features a 4.3″ 720p display and a dual-core Snapdragon chipset.

We already saw live pictures of the HTC One mini twice. We also got an official render and a few confirmations of its existence from different organizations.

Today we got another portion of live photos. They reveal no additional details to those we already knew.

HTC One mini is expected to pack 2GB of RAM, a 4MP UltraPixel camera, 16GB internal storage and Beats Audio enhancement. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5.0 UI should tick inside.

The recently announced HTC Desire 200 also got the hands-on treatment. It looks like a miniature version of the One flagship but is far less capable. It runs on a single-core 1GHz processor and has 512MB of RAM. Because of the dated hardware the Desire 200 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich skinned with the older HTC Sense UI 4.0. You should not expect Jelly Bean for the Desire 200.

HTC Desire 200 also comes with a 5MP snapper on its back. Here are some camera samples you can check out.

HTC Desire 200 will hit the market this quarter with a yet to be confirmed (but certainly affordable) price tag, while the One mini should be announced in the following weeks.

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Nokia officially announces the 207, 208 and 208 dual SIM

Nokia has just officially took the covers off three new best affordable handsets for the public- Nokia 207, Nokia 208 and 208 dual-SIM

The trio of candybars is done in Nokia’s bold colors that we’re used to seeing and are almost identical to one another. Built around a 2.4″ QVGA display and phone keypad, the only difference between the 207 and 208 is the 1.3MP camera at the back.

The 207 and 208 measure 114.2 x 50.9 x 12.8mm and weigh 89.6 grams and 90.5 grams, respectively (the extra gram is due to the camera). They all share a 1020mAh battery which doesn’t sound much, but Nokia boasts the phones can go more than a month on stand-by without needing a recharge, while the talk time is estimated to be up to 12 hours on 2G.

Quad-band 2G and tri-band 3G mean that the 207 and 208 will work on most places. Connectivity is covered with Bluetooth 3.0, which supports Slam sharing, 3.5mm AV port and microUSB port for PC sync and charging. The both models support Nokia’s data-compressing Xpress Browser, YouTube video streaming as well as popular social networks and services like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp (will be available for the 208 initially). Mail for Exchange is supported for calendar and contacts sync, while the lack of a camera on 207 means that it can be used in workplaces which forbid cameras on sight, according to Nokia. There’s a microSD card slot too, for storage up to 32GB.

Nokia says the phones are splash proof thanks to the lack of gaps between the keys. They’re tough as well, due to the ‘cup’-style design, reminiscent to Asha 501 and Lumia 620. This also means you can change the back shell with another and completely change the look of the phone.

Expect to phones to start shipping some time in Q3 this year with all three phones available in red, cyan, white and black. The Nokia 207, 208 and 208 dual SIM will cost around $68 / €52 each before local taxes and operator subsidies.

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Android 4.2.2 OTA update is available for the HTC One in Taiwan

It arrived a bit later than initially promised, but the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the internationalHTC One has finally been launched over-the-air travel to happy owners in Taiwan.

The update is quite beefy, at 465 MB, and updates the software to version 2.24.709.1, as well as bumps the API level to that of Android 4.2.2.

HTC has been quite busy with this update as it includes several UI changes and a load of new features. There’s a new lock screen style widget as well as some launcher bar and Home button enhancements. The latter includes the option to make the navigation bar removable, in order to provide more homescreen estate.

Moreover, the update information screen that pops up before downloading the update shows that HTC has made “launcher bar enhancements”, but no further details have been disclosed. The widget panel has been rearranged, while the battery level is now displayed in the status bar. The black bar on the bottom that provides a menu button has also hit the road for good, but we don’t yet know what alternative HTC has provided.

Lastly, the quick settings panel can now display 12 settings by default. As far as the camera app is concerned, the auto exposure and focus can now be locked on the viewfinder screen.

HTC hasn’t yet announced the exact time frame the update will hit HTC One smartphones outside Taiwan. We guess it’ll be sooner rather than later.

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Nokia should look to Android Phones to stay good in market

We have always seen Nokia running on Windows Platform. Now, one analyst argues that if Nokia has any hope of righting the ship, it must begin manufacturing Android smartphones.

Nokia has recently launched S-40 powered Nokia Asha 501but and Nokia is Microsoft’s Partner in Windows Phone manufacturing, but it is not what the Nokia Costumers are expecting and because of it Nokia’s total shipments have dropped by 30% year-over-year.

It’s unclear what would it cost for Nokia to dip its toe into the Android pool, though. On one hand Microsoft has given licenses to Samsung, HTC and Huawei to make WP-powered devices of their own despite all of those also having Android smartphones. On the other ever since day one and Microsoft Nokia made it clear that their partnership is different to that between Microsoft and the other WP OEMs.

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