Mobile Phone News

Nokia to revive the legendary 3310 mobile

Although it has been more than a decade and a half since the Nokia 3310 first hit the market, it remains one of the most iconic and commercially successful mobile handsets in history. This week the Finnish manufacturer announced that it will be reviving it for the modern era, according to the Guardian.

In terms of pricing, the reissued 3310 will go on sale for around £60, which suggests that it could well feature fairly basic hardware. But the extent to which it will mirror the features of its predecessor or strike out on its own remains to be seen.

Nokia will presumably need to update the internals to cope with the new types of networking that have emerged in the years since the 3310 was discontinued. However, fans of the device will no doubt be hopeful that the retro user interface remains intact.

While much of the response to this news has been positive, there are also plenty of sceptical voices adding to the conversation on social media. Some believe that while this quirky move could gain some momentum for Nokia in the short term, the realities of the smartphone-centric world will be too much for the 3310 in the long term.

Price increase expected for flagship iPhone

Apple iPhone 7This year marks a decade since the first iPhone was introduced, meaning that expectations for Apple’s upcoming anniversary handset are sky high. Now sources quoted by Fast Company suggest that the price for the iPhone 8 might be similarly steep, pushing north of £800.

There are already versions of the iPhone 7 on sale which exceed this price point, although this is only for the higher end models with more storage space onboard. If the base model breaches this figure, then it could be a much more costly device than any of its predecessors.

There are various reasons for the projected price increase, including the rumours that Apple is finally opting to use an AMOLED display on the iPhone range this year. Wireless charging is also expected to appear on every new model that arrives, with up to three fresh devices set to join this family of phones in 2017.

An enhanced camera, more memory and a faster processor are also on the cards, so the iPhone 8 should be a worthy technological successor to the current generation. Some believe that it will even be called the iPhone X, in recognition of the 10 years that have passed since Apple entered the mobile market.

High speed smartphone camera developed by Sony

Sony Xperia XRSony has long been known for making smartphones with class-leading photography capabilities, so it is no surprise to see it announce another innovation in this area.

The Japanese firm revealed it has created a sensor designed for mobile devices which is capable of recording footage at 1000 frames per second, making it possible to shoot full HD video for slow motion playback with unrivalled quality and clarity.

The addition of extra RAM to the sensor’s makeup means that it can operate far quicker than equivalent units already on the market. So footage should look better no matter the number of frames that are being captured.

By comparison, the maximum 240fps capture capabilities of Apple’s iPhone range looks a little long in the tooth, especially considering that users are restricted to recording at 720p resolutions when they use this setting.

Whether or not this technology will end up on Sony’s flagship mobiles this year is unclear, although with MWC 2017 just a few weeks away it will not be long before more information is made available and the next generation of smartphone cameras is unleashed on a wider audience of photography and video fans.

Windows Phone loses iPlayer app

Windows 10The BBC has announced this week that it will be discontinuing its support of the Windows Phone platform, meaning many users will be unable to use the current app to catch up on TV shows and movies while out and about, according to Tech Radar.

While the deadline for this effective excommunication of Microsoft’s mobile OS has yet to be set in stone, the broadcaster is urging users to make the leap to Windows 10 Mobile so that they can enjoy content in their web browser, rather than having to rely on an app at all.

This is yet another sign that Windows Phone and the ecosystem surrounding it is waning after years on the fringes of the marketplace, with app developers shying away from it because of a lack of user numbers.

On the plus side, the fact that iPlayer is now accessible in mobile browsers is a step in the right direction and could point to a future in which individual apps are rendered redundant in favour of a browser-focused users’ experience. This would help to break down boundaries of compatibility and prevent people from being excluded from a service because of the mobile device they have chosen to buy.

Info on new Motorola handsets emerges

Motorola RazrLenovo-owned mobile maker, Motorola, is set to have a big 2017 if rumours of its upcoming handset launches prove to be accurate.

Two new models known as the G5 and G5 Plus are in the pipeline, with a launch event likely to take place during MWC 2017 later this month, according to Tech Radar.

Leaked details suggest the standard G5 will feature a five inch display, a Snapdragon 625 chipset and 4GB of RAM to keep it competitive with similar Android devices. The larger G5 Plus will up the screen size to 5.5 inches but should feature similar hardware to its more compact sibling, with a bigger battery being the main difference.

In terms of pricing, the G5 should cost under £300 while the G5 Plus is pegged at around £380. Each model will make use of a native 1080p resolution, meaning there is no chance of QHD display tech being on offer.

Motorola has impressed in recent years thanks to the build quality, customisation options and cost-effectiveness of its flagship smartphones. It seems that this trend is unlikely to be altered in 2017, with even more models on the way later in the year.