HTC Launches Two New Smartphones Using Windows 8 Phone

Smartphone maker HTC launched two new smartphone models on Wednesday—Windows Phone 8X and the Windows Phone 8S. These smartphones will use the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 software and they will be available in the market by November. Set to be available through multiple wireless service providers globally, this launch pitches HTC against key Microsoft partner Nokia. Like Nokia’s recent Lumia launch, HTC has also launched colorful Windows phone models.

Since the popularity of Samsung and Apple phones has picked up, HTC has been under fire to generate stronger sales. While HTC has been using Android-based phones in the past, it will now be able to benefit from marketing the phones are Windows based. HTC global head of sales Jason Mackenzie has said that they will be marketing the smartphones as ‘signature’ Windows Phone 8 smartphones. He said this at the company’s New York launch event, where Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer was also present.

“Consumers are going to love these phones, and we’re committed to reaching them in a manner that’s clear and direct,” Ballmer said. HTC shares rose 2 percent in early trading in Taipei. HTC says its two new phones would go on sale at 150 operators in 50 countries around the world.

However, as the market share for Microsoft’s OS is tiny, it will be interesting to see is HTC will be able to generate stronger sales in the fourth quarter. Independent analysts say that HTC’s performance will be average this year because the phones lag behind Samsung. This will also be an important race for Microsoft, with Apple and Google picking up the smartphone software market.

Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg said HTC and Nokia were smart to distinguish the appearance of their devices from iPhone with bright colors as it could make them stand out to customers who want an iPhone alternative.… Read the rest

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Nokia Lumia 920 VS iPhone4S: Windows 8 Phone Wins Hands Down

iPhone 5 is just a few hours away. While each of us await with baited breath for the veil to go up and put all our anxiety to rest, it would be a good idea to reminisce iPhone 4S and see where it stands against Nokia’s flagship Smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 920.

Screen Size: Not much difference here, both the Smartphone sport the same screen size with a just a difference of an inch. The IPS- based screen lends both the phones finer and sharper display capabilities but in terms of pixel resolution Lumia wins hands down with 4.5-inch 1280 x 768 panel (where as iPhone 4S has a 3.5-inch 960 x 640 panel).

Touch Capability: Both the screens have similar pixel density at 330ppi but what comes as a surprise is that Nokia’s panel has an ability to detect touch inputs even through gloved hands, which is not something we have seen happening with iPhone 4S.

Which is swifter to use? Again Lumia wins here. Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, which features a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU paired with an Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB RAM makes for a pleasurable  experience where as iPhone’s dual-core A5 chipset is clocked at 1GHz combined with a high-performance PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics.

The OS:  Apple always had an edge when it comes to the operating system. iOS is still a breeze to use and choices in the App Store makes iOS more drool worthy. On the other hand Windows 8 Phone looks innovative and bright but its biggest loophole is its limited third-party application network, at least compared to iOS and Android.

The Camera War: Nokia Lumia with 920’s 8.7-megapixel camera with PureView technology dethrones the iPhone4s (8-megapixel sensor on its camera is paired with a LED flash and features like autofocus, geo-tagging, face detection and 1080p video recording with image stabilization)- the Camera king. Nokia Lumia comes with Carl Zeiss optics and a wider aperture, which gives great pictures even in the low-light conditions.

We have done this face-off to see in what all areas Apple needs to work on before it gives iPhone 5 in consumer’s hands. There is no doubt that Lumia 920 is one hell of phone but what remains to see how iPhone 5 would beat it.… Read the rest

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Nokia Launches Windows 8 Phone: Investors Stay Unimpressed!

Shares of Nokia saw a plunge of 16 percent on Wednesday, following the company’s announcement of its new and latest Windows 8 smartphone. Made with new Windows software, Nokia Lumia was the latest initiative by the firm to recover from loses, but it looks like, Lumia failed to impress the company’s investors.

Nokia and Microsoft partnered to step into the market of smartphones. But the faint remarks about the latest innovation seem to have cast a shadow over the joint venture of both the firms.

A failure to break into the market via Lumia can have serious repercussions for Nokia. The Finnish company, who was once a dominant leader in the smartphone market, is now lagging far behind its rivals.

Nokia and Microsoft came together on 2011 for Windows 8 smartphones. Hoping for Nokia to pick up after the downfall is expecting a little too much as there is lot of competition.

Stocks of Nokia closed at $2.38 per share.

Nokia introduced the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 Wednesday at a press event in New York. The smartphone has features such as wireless charging and a camera that minimizes photo blur.

As Apple, Motorola, and HTC are also coming up with their latest smartphones this month, Nokia might not get time to get a place in consumers’ heart.

Microsoft also has a lot at stake, with venturing into Windows operating system that would work on computers, laptops and tablets. Microsoft also launched a new Surface tablet this year.

Showing how much of Lumia’s success depends upon Microsoft and Nokia, Steve Ballmer, chief executive, Microsoft showed up at the unveiling of the Lumia phones, where he talked of how Nokia phones embodies the best attributes of the Windows Phone software.

With latest Lumia, Nokia has entered the competitive market with Apple, Google’s Android software smartphones along with other device makers for Windows software.

Now Nokia can just hope it plunges into consumer’s heart with plethora of smartphones coming up soon.… Read the rest

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Samsung Hits Yet Again, Unveils Stylish ATIV S, World’s First Windows 8 Phone

Samsung made its another big announcement in Berlin at the IFA 2012 by unveiling the world’s very first Windows 8 phone device, following the pronouncement of Galaxy Note II.

For those speculating about what the first dual-core Windows phone would look like, the wait has come to an end.

The Korean manufacturer took a leap ahead of its competitors and took covers off the ATIV S, a smartphone running Windows 8 Phone.

Sleek, smart, and stylish, the ATIV S, announced Samsung will sport a 4.8-inch screen and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. This super slim smartphone is just one-third of an inch in thickness.

In addition, the device also boasts of NFC and Bluetooth support and 1GB of onboard RAM. It is also packed with an 8 MP camera at the back and 1.9 MP camera at the front that would let you capture great moments easily. There is also a choice for 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage. The device also has a slot for an SD card.

In head-to-head competition with Nokia and Microsoft’s Windows 8 Phone, Samsung has made this phone for both business as well as entertainment as it comes loaded with Microsoft Office applications. We have heard that the phone will come packed with hoard of Samsung apps including the Media Hub and the Music Hub for the US market.

In Windows Phone website, Ben Rudolph, Windows Phone marketing director, Microsoft wrote that the phone is designed to be thin and offers a comfortable hold with its oblong hemisphere design.

A headturner and powerful device in one, the ATIV S has an actual Windows button instead of a capacitive one.

A massive backup of 2300mAh battery will keep this phone rocking the entire day.

A true beauty, Samsung has not yet announced the availability or pricing of the ATIV S.

But yes, it did specify the color, saying that the device will be available in Marble White or Titanium Gray.

Samsung did steal the show this year at the IFA in Berlin, making announcements of a couple of new products, including three ATIV Windows tablets- two 11.6-inch tablets and a 10.1-inch tablet, both of which will run Windows operating systems. The larger tablets, the ATIV Smart PC and the Smart PC Pro are made with styluses and detachable keyboards and will run Windows 8. The ATIV Tab runs Windows RT.

The company also announced the launch of a new version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II and has also unveiled Galaxy Player 5.8!

Despite the legal battles, Samsung has proved its worth. It’s clear that the Korean smartphone giant won’t stop by any barriers that may come its way and will continue to delight its users by making innovative and outstanding products always.… Read the rest

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