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By Jay Bonggolto
HMD Global announces the Nokia 2 V Tella for $168
by Jay Bonggolto
HMD Global announced today its latest entry-level smartphone that costs less than $200. The Nokia 2 V Tella is available to purchase now in Walmart stores and through Walmart.com from $89, with availability on select Verizon stores scheduled later this month for $168.
The device sports a 5.45-inch HD+ display and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. At the back of the phone, there's a dual camera comprising an 8MP auto focus sensor that uses artificial intelligence to provide "greater depth and brighter image results even in challenging lighting situations". It is complemented by a 2MP depth sensor.
While most of its key specs are nothing to write home about, its battery life offers a better experience for its price range. Its 3000mAh battery features an AI-powered Adaptive Battery system to prioritize resources for your most frequently used apps, keeping your phone up for as long as two days.
The Nokia 2 V Tella has a dedicated Google Assistant button and AI Face Unlock. Other features include support for dark theme, Focus Mode, Family Link, and many more. The phone runs Android 10 and comes in blue color.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
Nokia to build the first cellular network on the Moon
by Usman Khan Lodhi
When NASA makes a return to the Moon by 2024, it wants its astronauts to have an efficient and reliable way to communicate with one another. To make that happen, the space agency is turning to Nokia for help and providing the Finnish company a $14.1 million funding to roll out 4G on the Moon.
Nokia has today announced further details about the project, which will pave the way towards a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. The firm noted that deploying the first LTE/4G communications system in space will be extremely vital for NASA's Artemis program, which seeks to establish a sustainable human presence on the moon by 2030. The announcement read:
Nokia said that its solution will be "ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE," and will be deployed on the Moon in late 2022. The firm plans to integrate its wireless communications system on the lunar surface in partnership with Intuitive Machines, a Texas-based private spacecraft design firm.
Once the delivery is made, the network will automatically configure itself and establish the first LTE communications system on the Moon, Nokia noted.
By Rich Woods
Apple's iPhone 12 series costs $30 more if you're on T-Mobile, for the same device
by Rich Woods
After a bit of a delay for the event that usually happens in September, Apple today announced its latest round of iPhones. There are four this year, the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. When the iPhone 12 and 12 mini were announced, the Cupertino firm proudly exclaimed that they start at $799 and $699, respectively.
That should have come with an asterisk. As it turns out, those prices are exclusive to AT&T and Verizon. For T-Mobile customers or those that just want a SIM-free variant, you'll be paying $30 more. That's not just for the base model either; that's for all storage tiers.
At this point, you're surely wondering why there's a premium on the T-Mobile model. Surely there must be some extra value for this particular variant.
There isn't. On Apple's cellular band page, it's pretty clear that there's only one model of the iPhone 12 and only one model of the iPhone 12 mini, at least for customers in the United States.
It's more likely that Apple struck a deal with AT&T and Verizon, hence all of the Verizon fluff during the event, where the company repeatedly hyped up Verizon's 5G.
HMD Global completes Android 10 rollout with the Nokia 5.1, re-reveals Android 11 roadmap
by João Carrasqueira
HMD Global is finally crossing the finish line with its rollout of the Android 10 update to the lineup of supported Nokia phones. The company began rolling out the update to the Nokia 3.1 yesterday, and CPO Juho Sarvikas promised the Nokia 5.1 would get it today. True to its word, the company is now rolling out Android 10 to the mid-range smartphone introduced in mid-2018.
Like all of HMD Global's update rollout processes before, Android 10 on the Nokia 5.1 is only available in a few select markets for now, and the list is fairly short. The update is rolling out in these countries:
Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Georgia India Kazakhstan Mongolia Ukraine Uzbekistan It's also not surprising that the update is rolling out in waves in these markets. 10% of users will get the update today, and 50% will have it by October 11. The rollout will be finalized in these markets by October 13.
With the Android 10 rollout finished, HMD Global (through the Nokia Mobile Twitter account), has formally revealed the update roadmap for Android 11. The company had briefly shared the image last week before taking down the tweet, but now it appears to be here to stay. However, nothing has really changed from the initial image posted. The roadmap includes all the company's smartphones released in the past couple of years, going back to the Nokia 8.1 from late 2018. However, smartphones with letters in the names, such as the Nokia C5 and C2, are not included in the roadmap, possibly due to carrier exclusivity.
Android 10 is now rolling out to the Nokia 3.1
by João Carrasqueira
A few days ago, HMD Global revealed its plans to roll out Android 11 to a range of supported smartphones going back to the Nokia 8.1 released in late 2018. As we noted at the time, though, the company has yet to finish its rollout of Android 10, with a couple of smartphones listed in its roadmap still not having the update at all. Today, the company is getting a little closer to that goal, though, as Android 10 is now rolling out to the low-end Nokia 3.1.
First revealed in the summer of 2018, the Nokia 3.1 is one of the oldest smartphones to get the update, and this is the second generational Android update it's getting, since it released with Android Oreo (version 8).
As usual, the rollout is happening in waves, and only a few markets are getting the update for now. Those markets are:
Armenia Azerbaijan Bangladesh
Belarus Georgia India Kazakhstan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Morocco Nepal
Philippines Singapore Sri Lanka Thailand Tunisia Ukraine Uzbekistan Vietnam In line with the usual practice for Nokia phones, only 10% of users in these markets are getting the update today. By October 10, it will roll out to 50% of users, and by October 12, everyone in these markets should have it. Other markets should receive it later on.
With the Nokia 3.1 out of the way, the only phone on HMD Global's roadmap that has yet to get the update is the Nokia 5.1, announced alongside the 3.1. Hopefully, it won't take much longer now.