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Nokia to halve its 2019 emissions by the decade's end
by Paul Hill
Nokia has today announced that it will reduce its emissions by 50% from its operations and products in use by the end of the decade compared to 2019. The Finnish firm has called its ambitions Science Based Targets (SBTs) and says they’re in line to meet a 1.5°C global warming scenario.
The firm said that it created SBTs back in 2017 which would bring it in line with a 2.0°C global warming scenario but managed to reach 90% of its targets within its operations 11 years ahead of time so now it’s going for a more ambitious goal. The new targets will apply to almost 100% of the firm’s current portfolio and include emissions from logistics and assembly factories in its supply chain as well as from its own operations.
Commenting on the news, Nokia’s President and CEO Pekka Lundmark said:
Nokia is not alone in its efforts to drive down its emissions. Other tech firms including IBM, Amazon, Microsoft and Uber are part of The Climate Pledge which calls on signatories to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 ahead of the Paris Agreement deadline. Under the Paris Agreement, nations and the private sector have to bring down their emissions so much than global warming can be limited to 1.5°C by 2100.
HMD introduces the Nokia 1.4 with a larger display and a fingerprint sensor
by João Carrasqueira
HMD Global, the Finnish company responsible for Nokia-branded phones, has announced the latest of its entry-level series of phones, the Nokia 1.4. The new device brings some notable improvements to the Nokia 1 series, while keeping a very similar price tag.
The Nokia 1.4 has a 6.51-inch HD+ "edge-to-edge" display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, which is much larger than previous members of the family. Despite having relatively small bezels on the sides and top, it still houses the Nokia logo at the bottom.
The display has a cutout for the front-facing camera, which is a 5MP unit. Over on the back, the camera setup is the first to feature dual cameras in the Nokia 1 series. It has a primary 8MP camera along with a 2MP macro lens, and the camera experience is powered by Camera Go, Google's app for Android Go devices, and it supports features like night mode, in addition to having an LED flash.
Below the camera setup is a fingerprint sensor, another first in the Nokia 1 series, so you can unlock the phone without typing in a PIN every time. The back itself appears to be textured to give it a better grip.
As to what's inside the phone, the Nokia 1.4 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 just like its predecessor, meaning it has four Cortex-A53 cores at 1.3GHz. It also has up to 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage but this will vary by market. The battery is 4,000mAh and promises to last two days on a charge, like most Nokia phones. The phone runs Android 10 (Go edition) out of the box, but Nokia says it's Android 11-ready, so the update shouldn't take too long to roll out.
The Nokia 1.4 is available from today and there are three configurations available - 1GB of RAM with 16GB of storage or 32GB of storage, or 3GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. The phone comes in three colors: Fjord (blue), Charcoal, and Dusk (purple). It starts at €99.
Nokia finally begins Android 11 rollout with the Nokia 8.3 5G
by João Carrasqueira
It's been some time coming, but Nokia has begun rolling out the Android 11 update to its phones, starting with the Nokia 8.3 5G. The Finnish company seems to be significantly behind its schedule, as the original roadmap stated that the update would begin rolling out in the fourth quarter of 2020, and we're almost halfway into the first quarter of 2021.
Android 11 is naturally a significant update, like most Android version updates. Since Nokia phones run fairly vanilla builds of Android, the news in this update boils down to the same updates announced by Google. The update brings a new Conversations section in the notification dropdown, app bubbles (similar to Facebook Messenger's "chat heads" but for more apps), a built-in screen recorder, smart home controls in the power menu, and more.
As for who can get the update, it's a typical Nokia affair. The rollout is being done in waves starting with a few select markets, which are the following:
Bahrain Belgium Denmark Egypt Finland
France Hong Kong Iceland Iran Iraq Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Libya Lithuania Macau Morocco Norway Oman Pakistan Qatar Saudi Arabia Sweden Tunisia UAE USA Vietnam Even in these markets, the rollout is being done gradually. 10% of users in these markets should see the update today, and that should increase to 50% of users by Friday, February 5. It will be available to everyone in these markets on February 7.
With the Android 11 rollout now underway, Nokia has some catching up to do. At least eight other phones were initially planned to get the update in the first quarter of the year, which might be a challenge at this point.
Nokia and Vodafone trial 100 gigabit broadband speeds
by João Carrasqueira
Nokia and Vodafone have announced that they've become the first companies to trial 100Gbps broadband internet on a fiber passive optical network (PON). The speeds were possible on a single PON wavelength, and they're about 10 times faster than "the most advanced networks" available right now.
The trial was conducted by Nokia and Vodafone in the latter company's lab in Eschorn, Germany. The 100Gbps was achieved using existing 25Gbps optics combined with special digital signal processing (DSP), which seems to be the focus of the trial. Nokia says that once this DSP technology is adopted, it should be relatively simple to scale up to 50Gbps or 100Gbps, and those speeds could be commercially available in the second half of this decade.
The prototype tested in this trial is also the first application of flexible rate transmission in a passive optical network. This technology groups fiber modems with similar network characteristics, such as loss or dispersion, to improve latency on the network and reduce power consumption in half. This kind of technology could eventually help create more scalable networks to combat congestion during peak times.
Gavin Young, head of Fixed Access Centre of Excellence at Vodafone, commented on the potential for this technology:
As mentioned above, it will take some time for these speeds to potentially be available for the general public, but these trials do indicate that we're slightly closer than we were before. We'll have to wait for the technology to see further testing and widespread implementation in the coming months and years.
By Jay Bonggolto
Nokia 8.3 5G is going for a $120 discount on Amazon
by Jay Bonggolto
Amazon is offering the Nokia 8.3 5G with a $120 discount right now. The phone is going for $579, down from its original retail price of $699.
For that price, you'll get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device comes in Polar Night and it is unlocked for all carriers.
Announced in March of last year alongside the Nokia 5.3 and Nokia 1.3, the Nokia 8.3 5G was the first device to use Qualcomm's 5G RF Front end module. It's powered by a Snapdragon 765 SoC and sports a 6.81-inch FullHD+ PureDisplay.
On its back, it has a PureView quad-camera setup with a 64MP main sensor and ZEISS branding. The camera module is housed in a circular bump with Nokia's logo to its south. It's backed up by a 4,500mAh battery.
The device was launched in the U.S. in the fall of 2020 a few months after its debut in Europe, where it is available with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage in addition to the higher memory configuration. If you want to snap up the phone today, the Nokia 8.3 5G is available to purchase for $579 via Amazon.
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