QWERTY-packing Nokia Asha 210 goes official

Today Nokia unveiled the latest addition to its Asha lineup. The QWERTY-packing Nokia Asha 210 featurephone comes in both single SIM and dual-SIM flavors and brings entry level functionality at an extremely attractive price point.

Nokia Asha 210 single SIM version

Combining a 2.4″ LCD screen of QVGA resolution (320 x 240 pixels) with a four-row full QWERTY keyboard, the Nokia Asha 210 is targeted at younger users that do lots of texting and have a limited budget.

Nokia Asha 210 is the first handset to feature a dedicated WhatsApp button, which gives you quick access to the instant messing app that comes preinstalled.

The Asha 210 comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a dedicated Wi-Fi on/off hardware toggle. Sadly the feature phone lacks any fast cellular network support like 3G or LTE, settling for dual-band GPRS/EDGE. Local connectivity is covered by microUSB and Bluetooth.

The Nokia Asha 210 offers a 2 megapixel camera at the back, but there’s no front-facing snapper. The handset has a 3.5mm audio jack and while its internal memory is limited to just 64MB, there’s a microSD card slot for expanding it by up to 32GB.

Nokia Asha 210 dual SIM version

The dual-SIM version will also come with support for Easy Swap, meaning you can exchange the secondary SIM without powering off the handset.

The Nokia Asha 210 is going to be available in yellow, cyan, black, magenta, and white when it goes on sale (sometime in this quarter). The estimated retail price for the Nokia Asha 210 is around $72.

The Facebook phone might come with different color options, new HTC First leak shows

The Facebook phone might come with different color options, new HTC First leak shows

Earlier today the Facebook phone we are all expecting to be unveiled tomorrow, got leaked under the moniker HTC First, but the color option of the render was only one.
The leak has gotten expanded on the Chinese Sina Weibo microblogging network to include three renders of the same HTC device, but in more colors, hinting that there might be a flashy handset for everyone who is not satisfied with the Facebook experience their own smartphones are now offering, and want a dedicated Facebook phone endorsed by Zuckerberg himself.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is officially unveiled: 5inch Screen, 13mp Camera, 4G LTE, rolls out this April!

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Ladies and gents, the waiting is over – Samsung has just officially unveiled the Galaxy S 4. An iterative device, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 looks almost identical to its predecessor the S III, but adds on a slightly larger, sharper 5-inch 1080p display, a snappier processor and an updated, 13-megapixel camera.
Gallery ImageDesignwise, the S 4 is an almost identical twin to the S III: a slightly thinner 7.9mm one (the S III was 8.6mm thick), with a narrower bezel taking up more of the front leaving little space for everything else. The screen is a Super AMOLED one, a sharp 441ppi display with deep blacks and great viewing angles. Buttons are the same as on the S III: the single big physical home key on the front surrounded by a capacitive back and settings buttons. On the left side is the volume rocker and on the right a lock key hiding an IR blaster underneath.

And yes, the Galaxy S 4 is made out of plastic and you are not the only one disappointed by that.

Samsung seems to have adopted Apple’s approach to devices – a two year cycle, a tick year when a new design is unveiled and a tock year focusing on software. This is obviously a tock year for the Samsung Galaxy S series, and the S 4 comes with a plethora of new software features: Air View with its hover based actions borrowed from the Note series and Air Gestures for a Kinect-like interface that allow you to make a swiping gesture in front of the display to scroll up or down. Then you have the Smart Scroll and Pause where the device tracks your eyes.

Those are just a few of the novelties that come with the updated Nature TouchWiz UX, Samsung’s refreshed skin running on top of the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Skinny on the inside, the Galaxy S 4 is a beast on the inside running on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip with a quad-core 1.9GHz Krait 300 processor. Now that’s what the U.S. version will have and it of course comes equipped with a 4G LTE connectivity. The international version is featuring Samsung’s home-grown Exynos 5 Octa chip running at 1.6GHz. Internal memory starts at 16GB, and you also have a 32GB and 64GB versions, all expandable via microSD cards of up to 64 gigs.

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Samsung is also bundling a serious 2,600mAh battery that should easily get you through a day of use, and the device features NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.The 13-megapixel main camera with a single LED flash bulges slightly on the back, promising to capture a stunning amount of details. And here is another area where Samsung brings its software magic. Again, we have a bunch of new little camera features. Dual shot for once allows you to simultaneously record footage on your rear and front cameras, while Cinema Photo basically makes a GIF for you and Story Album stitches all footage and stills into an album.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-onOne thing we are excited about is the huge number of sensors that Samsung included in the S 4. Along the traditional accelerometer and gyro, there are a temperature and humidity as well as a gesture sensor for the Kinect-like Air Gestures functionality.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will go on sale on a whopping 327 operators in 155 countries at the end of April. There are no price details yet but we’d guess prices will start from $200 on a two-year contract.
IMG 1061 730x486 Samsung Galaxy S4 announced: 5 441 ppi screen, 13 mp camera, 16GB HD, 4G LTE, rolls out this April

At the official Galaxy S4 announcement in New York on Thursday, Samsung Mobile chief JK Shin mentioned the phone will hit store shelves at the end of April, but didn’t say anything about the pricing.

Well, the beans have been sort of unintentionally spilled by the company’s website in the terms and conditions of an ongoing giveaway.

There, each of the 48 Galaxy S4 phones that are up for grabs has been listed with an “approximate retail value” of $579.

However, the price is most probably before taxes, which are added at the point of sale. Still, the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 would be cheaper than the Apple iPhone 5, which currently retails for $649 SIM-free.

The official pricing of the S4 hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung yet so don’t take it for granted, but $579 isn’t too far off what the Galaxy S3 cost last year when it was officially launched so.

More Samsung Galaxy S4 images leak!

Not the final product, but close enough.
(Credit: it168.com)

With just a few hours to go before the Samsung Unpacked event kicks off in New York, clearer images of the much-anticipated flagship smartphone have emerged on the Web.

This time, Chinese tech Web site, it168.com, claims that it has gotten an engineering prototype of the Galaxy S4. Engineering prototypes are pretty close to the final product, so it’s highly likely that this won’t deviate much from what will eventually be unveiled.

Specs-wise, the Web site’s details are pretty spot on–a 4.99-inch full-HD screen, 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. Under the hood, it will pack Samsung’s 8-core Exynos Octa 5 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

It also tips the scales at 138g and is a svelte 7.7mm thin.
(Credit: it168.com)

Interestingly, the it168.com prototype is able to support dual-SIM and dual-standby (GSM and WCDMA) mode, so we reckon that this will be a China-only version. Although this would probably also be welcome in many other parts of Asia if made available.

As it turns out, the S4 does have that much-rumored eye-tracking feature, albeit with a twist. According to it168.com’s photo captions, as long as the handset detects your gaze on a Web page, it can scroll up and down the text if you tilt the device accordingly. The site claims that the feature didn’t work too well and pinned it down to the non-final software version.

The white circle indicates that the phone detects your gaze on the screen, and if you tilt the device, you can scroll up and down the Web page accordingly.
(Credit: it168.com)

Also, according to our translations, the S4 will have Smart Pause, which is the ability to pause a video when the user looks away–a feature LG also announced for the Optimus G Pro today. Coincidence?

The Note 2’s Air View feature–where hovering over supported apps (both native and third-party) and menus with the S Pen pulls up a preview–will also be present in the S4, except that it works without a stylus but your finger instead.

Stay Tuned on ECB for Tonight’s Announcement !