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Feature phones are still alive thanks to Nokia 216

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It feels so nostalgic to witness the release of a brand new Nokia phone, yet still strange to see it done by Microsoft. This is the situation we’re in now, but we can’t complain. It’s a Nokia, after all.

The Nokia 216 is a feature phone we’re not sure we want. It comes in three not-so-exciting colors (mint green, white, and black), a low-resolution 2.4-inch LCD screen (320 x 240 pixels), and an LED flash for each of the front and rear cameras (both 0.3 megapixels). That last bit is actually fascinating, since few smartphones offer a front-facing flash, but that’s as far as the excitement goes.

We really have to applaud Microsoft for selling the features of this non-smartphone so well. Watching the entire introduction video from start to finish, seeing marketing phrases like “Colour matched keys” and “3.5mm headphone jack” certainly amuses us. Don’t get us wrong; there’s certainly a market for this, and we’d buy one as a backup phone in case hackers go all Mr. Robot on us and take over every single Android and iPhone in the world.

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The phone’s specifications page is also surprisingly rich in information. Aside from what we mentioned earlier, it’s nice to know that the Nokia 216 can connect to the internet, albeit through a lowly 236.8kbps data connection. Without Wi-Fi on board, you’ll have to deal with speeds akin to a dial-up connection. There’s a microSD card slot and Bluetooth, though, so you can play your music collection using wireless headphones in case the headphone jack is too analog for you.

Reports say that this is the last Nokia phone Microsoft is going to produce, since Foxconn is expected to purchase the legendary phone brand by the end of the year. Possible collector’s item? No way. But it’ll cost only INR 2,495 ($37) once it’s available on October 24.

We’ll update this page as soon as we find out if Snake or Space Impact is built in to this handset.

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Source: Microsoft

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Price and availability in the Philippines

The most expensive OnePlus phone, yet

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Shortly after its international debut, the most expensive OnePlus phone is (surprisingly) already on its way to the Philippines.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is now available for pre-order online through Argomall. It’s priced at PhP 39,990, which is slightly higher than its US$ 699 retail price in the US.

Compared to the regular OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of memory, 256GB of storage, and the latest Warp Charge technology that can fill up half of the phone’s battery in just 20 minutes.

Also, the special edition phone features a carbon fiber pattern, orange accents, and the McLaren logo on the back.

There’s no exact shipping date for the phone, but it’s already listed on Argomall’s website.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition introduces Warp Charge, 10GB RAM

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Philippine telcos are now required to unlock phones after lock-in period

Finally, a pro-consumer measure

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The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and telcos for the mandatory unlocking of phones and devices after the subscriber’s lock-in period.

The policy is based on the Memorandum Order 004, Series of 2018 issued by DICT on December 14.

According to the memo, subscribers who have completed their contract and have no outstanding obligations can demand telcos to unlock their phones or devices. The process must also be done conveniently and should be shouldered by the service providers.

The NTC is now tasked to draft the Memorandum Circular for the memo’s appropriate rules and regulations and conduct consultations and hearings with affected parties.

There’s no exact date of implementation, but with order already announced to the public, Filipinos will soon have freedom for their network-locked phones given that they have already fulfilled their contract.

Source: DICT

SEE ALSO: Mislatel confirmed as Philippines’ new telco

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Huawei Nova 4 press renders leak before official announcement

It’s the era of holed phones

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Samsung already announced their new midrange phone that has a hole in the screen. This is the newest display trend after the notch, and Huawei is next in line to present their own. The launch of the Nova 4 is scheduled for next week, but official-looking renders have already leaked online.

The renders further confirm some of the early reports about the Nova 4. The most obvious one is the position of the hole in the display for the front camera, which is expected to be a 25-megapixel sensor. This approach is supposedly less intrusive than having a notch. The Nova 4 will also have a triple-camera setup on the rear that’s strikingly similar to the P20 Pro’s; however, the sensors will not be same.

Rumors suggest that Huawei will have two Nova 4 variants. Both will have the Kirin 970 processor (same on the Nova 3), 8GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. They will also feature the same 16-megapixel monochrome and 2-megapixel depth sensors.

The difference between the two variants is in the main camera. The more expensive one will have a 48-megapixel Sony sensor, while the cheaper variant is stuck with a 20-megapixel sensor. Aside from that, the two variants will be practically identical.

Huawei will announce the Nova 4 on December 17 in China. Based on the leaked renders, it’ll come in a basic black color with red, blue, and white-pink gradient options.

Source: DroidShout

SEE ALSO: Huawei P30 will have a notch and curved display

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