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Nokia C7-00 gets pre-announce preview: “more balanced” than N8

Nokia C7-00 gets pre-announce preview: “more balanced” than N8

It seems even the threat of legal action can't keep Mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin from spilling the beans on unannounced Nokia handsets, with the latest on his test bench to be the upcoming Nokia C7-00.  Spotted in the wild back in early June, the Symbian^3 handset has a 3.5-inch AMOLED 640 x 360 display and, Murtazin reckons, is basically the N8 with a mere 8-megapixel camera and no HDMI output.

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LCD Androids best AMOLED in browser battery testing

LCD Androids best AMOLED in browser battery testing

AMOLED was billed as the double-punch to traditional LCD panels on smartphones: better image quality and lower power consumption, adding up to a handset that lasted longer and was nicer to use.  According to Laptop's testing, however, the reality isn't quite so clear cut.  They put eight Android smartphones - including the DROID X, Epic 4G and EVO 4G - through their paces running a custom battery testing app, and found that Motorola's LCD panels actually came to the top of the pile.

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Nokia’s Featurephone Problem

Nokia’s Featurephone Problem

Nokia’s struggles in smartphones are well documented, and I’m not going to rehash them here. However, if you live in the U.S. it is easy to overlook just how huge and successful Nokia is. Even in smartphones, Nokia is the global volume leader, and when it comes to featurephones, Nokia literally sells about six dozen of them in the time it takes to read this sentence – every minute of every day. Most of those are basic voice phones sold in emerging markets like India and Africa, but Nokia is also the market leader in multimedia featurephones. Nokia’s latest entry in that category is the X3 Touch and Type (not to be confused with the X3, launched last year), which is a Series 40 phone with a touchscreen on top and a physical numeric keypad below. I find the X3 Touch and Type deeply disturbing.

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Wireless Xbox 360 to Windows Phone 7 gaming in “near future” confirms Microsoft [Video]

Wireless Xbox 360 to Windows Phone 7 gaming in “near future” confirms Microsoft [Video]

Microsoft's plans to integrate Windows Phone 7 devices with Xbox 360 consoles via their Xbox Live service have been well discussed, and the company has already confirmed that the smartphones will be able to play Xbox Live arcade games.  Now, according to Microsoft Canada Mobility Solutions Manager Greg Milligan, we know phone-to-console wireless gaming is also on the cards; he told RGBFilter that the functionality would arrive in the "near future".

Video interview after the cut

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HTC T8788 Breaks Cover, Sporting Windows Phone 7 and Heading to AT&T

HTC T8788 Breaks Cover, Sporting Windows Phone 7 and Heading to AT&T

We already knew that AT&T was going to be the premiere partner for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 launch later this year, but this is almost getting ridiculous. Coming off a wave of devices last week, now we're getting to see what else HTC is working on. The model number is T8788, and it's a landscape slider that holds a little surprise under that expansive display. There's no word on what the device will be called when it hits the market in the near future, though.

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LG C900 WP7 phone gets September 28th launch tip from Bluetooth SIG

LG C900 WP7 phone gets September 28th launch tip from Bluetooth SIG

The AT&T branded LG C900 Window Phone 7 handset looks to have acquired a tentative release date, with the Bluetooth SIG listing the QWERTY slider as due for launch on September 28th.  In fact, three versions of the C900 are suggested: the C900N, C900k and C900B, presumably catering to the various UMTS/HSPA bands in the Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America regions the Bluetooth SIG says the LG handset will eventually arrive in.

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HTC exec “100% convinced” in Windows Phone 7, scorns Nokia for not ditching Symbian

HTC exec “100% convinced” in Windows Phone 7, scorns Nokia for not ditching Symbian

HTC are generally pretty upbeat and uncontroversial about their rivals, but obviously their Australia/New Zealand sales & marketing director, Anthony Petts, didn't get that particular memo.  He's been talking up Windows Phone 7 with Smarthouse, and as well as insisting that he's "100-percent convinced that the new Windows Mobile will be highly successful," he also saved a few barbs for poor old Nokia.  "Symbian is an old operating system" Petts says, "and it's proving much harder for Nokia to re position the brand in the current market."

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Nokia and Intel open Joint Innovation Center: 3D UIs and mobile holograms ahoy!

Nokia and Intel open Joint Innovation Center: 3D UIs and mobile holograms ahoy!

We already knew Nokia and Intel were deeply in love, thanks to their collaboration on MeeGo, but now the pairing has decided to hook up with the University of Oulu in Finland and open a joint research center.  Part of the Intel Labs Europe scheme, the new Joint Innovation Center will focus on "new and compelling mobile user experiences," taking advantage of mobile device processing grunt to offer 3D graphics and even holograms.

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