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MWC (or Mobile World Congress to give it its full name) is one of the biggest events on the mobile calendar, the 2018’s Barcelona show brought us the LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ2, Nokia Sirocco and Huawei Media Pad 3 among dozens of other devices. We are going to review all the phones launched one by one. We started with the samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, we now bring you the Nokia 8 Sirocco, an upgraded variant that comes with some surprising design changes.

 

The Nokia 8 Sirocco

HMD Global, the Finnish company that licensed the rights to produce Nokia phones, first revealed a Nokia-branded Android flagship back in August. At Mobile World Congress yesterday, HMD launched the Nokia 8 Sirocco, an upgraded variant that comes with some surprising design changes. HMD has opted for glass on 95 percent of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, with a tiny stainless-steel chassis than runs along the sides.

The result looks rather impressive, and the fingerprint reader has been moved to the rear to reduce the bezels at the front. The entire phone is curved towards wedge-like points at the edges, with a design that hides the usual ugly antenna lines. It feels small, light, and thin as a result of these changes, although the chamfered edges might take some getting used to.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is powered by Qualcomm’s 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. At the center is a 5.5-inch pOLED display (2560 x 1440) that looked like it had good viewing angles and calibration during my brief look at the device. HMD is also using a dual-camera system at the rear with a 12-megapixel primary camera and ZEISS optics. The front-facing 5-megapixel camera also has a wide-angle (84-degree) lens for selfies, and of the software will support HMD’s “bothie” mode to take a photo using both the front and rear cameras simultaneously.

While the camera software on the Nokia 8 was rather underwhelming and basic, HMD is upgrading it for the Nokia 8 Sirocco. There’s a new Pro Camera mode, and it’s rather similar to what you might have found on the old Nokia Lumia devices. It provides manual control over the camera settings in a radial menu, with options to change white balance, focusing, ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. It’s useful if you like to get more control over what you’re shooting.

As HMD has switched to a glass device, there’s also wireless charging on the Nokia 8 Sirocco. While that’s a welcome addition, HMD has decided to kill the headphone jack on the Nokia 8 Sirocco. You’ll need to use USB-C or Bluetooth headphones, or make use of the USB-C to 3.5mm headset adapter in the box. The Nokia 8 Sirocco will be available in April priced at 749 euros ($920).

Alongside the Nokia 8 Sirocco, HMD is also launching two mid-range devices. The Nokia 7 Plus has the same camera system as the Nokia 8 Sirocco, but it swaps the glass exterior for a ceramic coating on an aluminum chassis. The Nokia 7 Plus includes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage.

The 6-inch LCD display (2160 x 1080) on the 7 Plus is 18:9 so it’s extra-tall, but the device still feels more like a 5.5-inch handset. The bezels look similar to Google’s Pixel 2 XL display, and HMD has placed the fingerprint reader at the rear to help with that. HMD plans to make the Nokia 7 Plus available in April for 399 euros ($490).

HMD is also introducing a refreshed Nokia 6. The new Nokia 6 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 processor, with 3GB of 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of storage. HMD has moved the fingerprint reader to the back of the 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080) device, and added a 16-megapixel camera at the rear with ZEISS optics. The updated Nokia 6 will be available in April priced at 279 euros ($343).

All of HMD’s latest Android-powered phones (with the exception of the Nokia 1) will join Google’s Android One initiative. It’s a program that’s designed to provide pure Android on handsets, and something that HMD had been doing before. This will mean Nokia-branded Android phones will get the latest monthly security updates, and stick to Google’s vision of Android design and UI.

 

From: Agencies

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Is Microsoft About To Start Charging A Monthly Fee For Windows 10?

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Windows 10 is one of the most popular operating systems in the world. Latest stats from NetMarketShare put Windows 10 as the second most used OS in the world.

Their figures show Windows 10 as having a 36.58 per cent chunk of the worldwide operating system market in July. This is not far behind Windows 7, which has a 41.23 per cent OS market share, which Windows 10 has closed the gap on in the past year.

As more users ditch ageing Microsoft operating systems and turn to Windows 10 some shock news has been revealed about the software. It has been claimed the Redmond-based tech giant are planning to start charging a monthly fee to help PC fans maintain the operating system.

ZDNet’s Microsoft specialist Mary Jo Foley reported that the ‘Microsoft Managed Desktop’ service is currently in the works. It will allegedly ensure PCs running Windows 10 are configured correctly and running smoothly as new updates are released.

However, users will reportedly be charged a monthly fee for this privilege. In her article Foley said: “I’m hearing this Microsoft Managed Desktop is, basically, the Microsoft version of ‘desktop as a service’.

“It will provide customers the ability to lease a Windows 10 device that’s automatically provisioned for them and have the operating system kept up-to-date and more for a single monthly fee, my contacts say.”

Foley also said that she believes the Microsoft Managed Desktop will be targeted at businesses.  She said: “Microsoft looks to be counting on companies being ready for greater predictability — in terms of spending, updating and support — in exchange for letting someone else do the driving.”

It remains to be seen whether the Microsoft Managed Desktop will also be open to consumer users.

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Your Gmail Account To Change As Google Confirms Major Update And New Features

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GMAIL users are set to see a major redesign as Google confirms it’s working on an upgrade which will bring a redesign and new features to the hugely popular email service.

Gmail users are about to see some big changes coming to their email accounts. The hugely popular service is set for a major revamp with new features and redesign expected to launch in the coming weeks.

The update looks likely to bring a cleaner and less cluttered look for Gmail on the web along with the arrival of things such as Smart Reply which instantly allows users to select from three automatic responses based on what’s in the original message.

There could also be the option to snooze conversations allowing users to temporarily delete emails from their inbox until a set time. There’s currently no word on a release date for this new Gmail refresh but Google has confirmed the upgrade is being tested.

In a statement to The Verge, Google revealed:“We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase). “We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet—archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send.”

Like most of Google’s services, Gmail has seen a meteoric rise to success with the email platform now thought to have over 1.2billion users worldwide. Last year the company announced it was finally upgrading the attachment function for its email service, which now allow users to receive messages with attachments up to 50MB.

The upgrade means you’ll be able to get more photos, files or other downloads with your email than ever before. However sadly the upgrade doesn’t extend to sending bigger attachments, with that limit still capped at 25MB for now.

This latest Gmail upgrade comes as Google is expected to announce more big news in the coming weeks. The search giant’s I/O conference takes place from May 8th to 10th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

I/O brings together developers from around the globe for talks, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at Google’s latest developer products. The California-based company could also showcase updates to Google Chrome, Google Photos, Android Wear, Google Home, and more. Last year, it focused on Google Assistant, Google Photos and standalone DayDream VR headsets.

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VIDEO: Huawei Releases First 5G Equipment: Breakthrough Device Sets The Stage For The Future Of Mobile Connectivity

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Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group, presents the new Huawei 5G CPE router before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Kampala, Uganda, February 27, 2018: Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) on 25th February at Mobile World Congress launched its HUAWEI 5G customer-premises equipment (CPE), the world’s first commercial terminal device supporting the globally recognized 3GPP telecommunication standard for 5G. This device marks a milestone as Huawei sets the stage for the next generation of wireless connectivity.

To ensure peak performance from its 5G CPE, Huawei uses its self-developed Balong 5G01 chipset – the world’s first commercial chipset supporting the 3GPP standard for 5G, with theoretical downlink speeds of up to 2.3Gbps. It supports 5G across all frequency bands including sub-6GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) to offer a complete 5G solution suitable for multiple use cases. The Balong 5G01 makes Huawei the first company offering an end-to-end 5G solution through its network, devices and chipset-level capabilities.

“5G technology will underpin the next leap forward for our intelligent world, where people, vehicles, homes and devices are fully connected, delivering new experiences, insights and capabilities,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Since 2009, Huawei has invested US$600 million in research and development into 5G technologies, where we have led the way with innovations around network architecture, spectrum usage, field verification and more. From connected vehicles and smart homes to AR/VR and hologram videos, we are committed to developing a mature 5G ecosystem so that consumers can benefit from a truly connected world that transforms the way we communicate and share.”

HUAWEI 5G Customer Premises Equipment (CPE)

The HUAWEI 5G CPE has two models, low frequency (sub6GHz) 5G CPE and high frequency (mmWave) 5G CPE respectively. The HUAWEI low frequency 5G CPE is small and lightweight, compatible with 4G and 5G networks, and has proven measured download speeds of up to 2Gbps – 20 times that of 100Mbps fiber. This provides an ultra-fast experience, allowing users to enjoy VR video and gaming experiences, or download a TV show within a second. The HUAWEI high frequency 5G CPE is available in indoor and outdoor units.

5G networks set new standards for high speed, wide bandwidth, low latency wireless connections, with a peak downlink rate of 20Gbps, support for one million devices per square kilometer and latency as low as 0.5ms. 5G promises an enhanced connection between people and the Internet of Things, raising the potential for the number of devices that can be connected and the amount and type of data that can be shared between them.

Huawei CBG has developed a 5G device strategy which utilizes the high-speed, low-latency, big-connectivity qualities of 5G to create richer, more varied connected experiences for users. This strategy includes smartphones, mobile Wi-Fi, industrial modules and other devices to connect people and objects in their homes, vehicles and beyond.

Huawei has partnered with over 30 global telecommunication carriers, including Vodafone, Softbank, T-Mobile, BT, Telefonica, China Mobile and China Telecom. In 2017, Huawei began testing 5G commercial networks with partners. Huawei completed interoperability testing and started offering the first round of 5G commercial networks in 2018.

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