Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM with Windows Phone 8.1 Available in Malaysia

Nokia Lumia 630 dual sim with windows phone 8.1
Nokia Lumia 630 dual sim with windows phone 8.1
Nokia Lumia 630 dual sim with windows phone 8.1

Windows Phone fans who are waiting for a budget smartphone with Dual SIM capacity would be happy to buy the new Lumia 630 Dual SIM.

Lumia 630 is the first Lumia smartphone with Dual SIM capacity. The display is 4.5-inch ClearBlack screen (854 x 480), and it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It is also the first phone comes with latest Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 features

Windows Phone 8.1 includes a bunch of new features, such as:

  • Cortana, the virtual assistant like Google Now and Siri
  • Internet Explorer 11 as default web browser. Support WebGL, InPrivate mode, Reading more, gestures.
  • Automatic apps updates.
  • Redesigned Windows Phone Store
  • New apps; Battery Saver, Storage Sense, WiFi Sense
  • Phone call can automatically switch to Skype video call from within the phone call interface.
  • Swipe down to close apps in multitasking view.
  • Live tiles with background image
  • New notification center — “Action Center”
  • “Word Flow” keyboard allows you to swipe through letters to type.
Nokia Lumia 630 front back
Nokia Lumia 630 (front & back)

Lumia 630 has 512MB RAM and 8GB phone storage, expandable to 128GB using a MicroSD card. You will also receive 7GB free OneDrive cloud storage. It has a 5MP auto focus primary camera without flash, no front camera (read: no selfie).

Overall, Lumia 630 specs is better than previous Lumia 525. But Lumia 630 has only half the RAM (512MB vs. 1GB) and missing two-stage capture key (camera key).

Lumia 630 Dual SIM is available in Malaysia in bright yellow, white, and black. The recommended retail price is RM549. The changeable shells available in bright orange, bright green, bright yellow, matte black, and matte white.

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Why Nokia Normandy will NOT Worth Buying?

Normandy Nokia Android Smartphone
Normandy Nokia Android Smartphone
Normandy Nokia Android Smartphone (image by @evleaks)

I told you about Normandy – rumoured Nokia Android smartphone – in December 2013. This is an update about what we know about the mystery device and why it is not worth buying.

In the blog post, I said: “If the rumour is true, Nokia needs to release Normandy smartphone before Microsoft completes the billions dollar acquisition of Nokia in early 2014.”

I was almost correct.

Nokia Normandy Confirmed by WSJ

On Feb 10, 2014, Wall Street Journal reported that Nokia plan to release Android phone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) – February 24–27, 2014 – in Barcelona.

Nokia Normandy will be named “Nokia X” once shipping, say The Verge.

Before you are exciting about Nokia Android phone, please note that it will be a entry-level low-cost smartphone running a fork of Android operating system.

Not another Android phone

A good example of forked Android is Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet. It runs Android but it has own user interface (UI), own app store, and does not have Google services.

Since Microsoft will own Nokia soon, we expect Nokia Normandy to integrate Microsoft services too.

Nokia Normandy UI will not look like an Android phone. It will be heavily modified to look like an Windows Phone, according to previous leaks.

Nokia Normandy screenshots
Nokia Normandy screenshots

Nokia already have low-cost Windows Phone 8 like Nokia Lumia 520 with 8GB storage and 512MB RAM. Normandy is expected to have similar hardware specs.

Buy Nokia Normandy?

This might be the last interesting project of Nokia before Microsoft take over the phone department.

Nokia Normandy is not worth buying if it ever becomes official.

Firstly, there are already many low-cost Android phones in the market. You do not want a forked Android phone with limited apps (might need to port by Nokia/Microsoft) in its own app store.

Also, if you want an affordable Windows Phone, Nokia already have a few Nokia Lumia models.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet is successful because the tablet is high spec but low price and backed by Amazon.com with “over 20 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books”.

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Secondly, will Microsoft support Nokia low-cost Android phone, which compete with its low-cost Windows Phone? Will you get Android phone updates from Microsoft?

You probably will not get Nokia Normandy phone updates and support after Microsoft take over Nokia phones.

Of course, those are rumours… If Nokia really release an Android phone, it needs to have attractive selling points.

What would be the selling points? We will know soon later in February 2014.

Maxis Launch Two 4G LTE Smartphones – Nokia Lumia 920 & HTC One XL

Maxis launch two 4G LTE smartphones: Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL
Maxis launch two 4G LTE smartphones: Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL
Maxis launch two 4G LTE smartphones: Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL

After launching the first 4G LTE service in Malaysia on 1st January 2013, Maxis now offer two 4G LTE smartphones with contract, Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL, in Malaysia.

The two 4G LTE smartphones are available at Maxis Centres in KLCC and Taman Tun Dr Ismail. With Maxis SurfMore 75 24-month contract (RM75/month), you can buy Nokia Lumia 920 at RM1099 (RRP: RM1999) and HTC One XL at RM1199 (RRP: RM2099).

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Confirmed: Maxis will Support iPhone 5 4G LTE 1800Mhz in 2013

List of 4G smartphones supported by Maxis

[box type=”info”]Update (April 9, 2013): Apple lists Maxis as supported 4G LTE network![/box]

Malaysia Maxis telco confirmed that it will support 4G LTE 1800MHz spectrum in first 6 months in 2013, and revealed a list of supported 4G smartphones, including iPhone 5.

Maxis launched Malaysia’s first 4G LTE service on January 1st, 2013. However, due to the MCMC license, it is only available at 2600Mhz spectrum. It does not support LTE smartphones that support 1800Mhz spectrum, such as Apple iPhone 5. It disappointed new iPhone 5 owners because 4G LTE support is one of the iPhone 5 features.

In the recent Maxis Get-Together Session, Mark Dioguardi, Maxis Joint Chief Operating Officer, revealed that Maxis will support LTE 1800Mhz in the next 6 months. Meaning, your iPhone 5 can use Maxis 4G network in 2013.

Maxis will support LTE 1800Mhz in the first 6 months in 2013. 

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Nokia Lumia 900 in Malaysia [Hands-on]

Nokia Lumia 900 front
Nokia Lumia 900 front
Nokia Lumia 900 front

Nokia Malaysia invited a group of Malaysian tech bloggers for a Nokia Lumia 900 preview session to get hands-on the awards winning Windows Phone smartphone.

I like the Nokia Lumia 900’s size in my palm. The 4.3-inch display is big, bright, and clear. While the design looks almost identical, you will immediately notice the body size different between Lumia 900 vs Lumia 800. Nokia Lumia 900 is significantly bigger than Lumia 800. The display glass is flat, not curved display like Lumia 800’s.

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