In an earlier post I talked about how Microsoft had no plans to include Nokia when it came to their tablet operating system but it seems that while they may not be interested in tablets, perhaps Microsoft might be interested in Nokia’s phone unit then?
This is apparently according to industry insider Eldar Murtazin, who has a proven track record of being able to to accurately disseminate intel, Nokia is set to begin discussing the possibility selling its cell phone business to Microsoft. If all of this is true, it seems that negotiations will be taking place next week, although the results of the negotiation will not be made public so soon.
Some have even managed to come up with the far-fetched idea that perhaps this was the reason why Stephen Elop was brought on to be Nokia’s new CEO, to help facilitate the sales of Nokia’s phone unit to Microsoft. Now if this information is accurate it would mean that this has probably been in talks for quite a while already, which could also mean that Microsoft and Nokia working together to produce Windows Phone 7 devices could actually be a way for the Finnish phone manufacturer to transition Nokia’s phone unit into Microsoft’s control. Once again with all things rumored it’s best to be taken with a grain of salt.
*Update* It seems that this is indeed a rumor after all. Upon hearing and seeing the number of blogs and website that is currently spreading this rumor, Mark Squires, Communications Director for Nokia tweeted that this is indeed an inaccurate rumor.
LG Works On Nuclun 2 Chipset
LG has been rather quiet about developing its very own mobile chipset design for some time already, where the first Nuclun SoC will soon be followed up by – surprise, surprise, the Nuclun 2. This is not the first time that the Nuclun 2 name was brought up, and up till now, there has been no devices that were released with Nuclun 2 at its heart, although that might change with the upcoming V10 successor if rumors prove to be correct.
In other words, the LG V10’s successor will most probably be released some time in the second half of the coming year, which means it will be some time before it ends up as a shipping product. It also remains to be seen whether the Nuclun 3 will hit the streets in the near future, but as with most other cases, patience is definitely called for.
Samsung Galaxy A9 Gains FCC Nod Of Approval
So, there is a new Samsung smartphone that is about to be released – big surprise, that, and I say this with full a sarcasm. Still, those who want something that looks to hang out on the high end side of things in terms of design and form factor, and yet having a mid-range performer within, can always settle for the Samsung Galaxy A9.
The handset has already appeared on the FCC database, which means it has been approved, and listed as the Samsung Galaxy A9. With the green light given, it is but a matter of time before it hits the market. While very little detail has been released so far, it should not be too long now before an official announcement is made. All that one can do now is to sit tight and wait. [FCC Page]
Alleged HTC One X9 Gets A Photo Session
What is the world’s best kept secret? I suppose that would be a subjective question, with a myriad of answers for your picking if you were to take into consideration the different industries and niches, but where smartphones are concerned, especially with the HTC banner involved, then it would be the HTC One X9 being the next handset from the company. A set of photos of the alleged device has surfaced, and in these photos, it has more or less confirmed the overall design of the device – including its SIM card slot, power and volume button locations.
Other rumored hardware specifications include a 5.5” Full HD display, a MediaTek MT6795 SoC, either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 3,000mAh battery, a 13MP shooter at the back with OIS, and an UltraPixel front camera. All that we have to do now is to sit tight and wait for an official announcement concerning the hardware, and it is good to go.