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Nokia’s iconic feature phones make a comeback

Meet the Nokia 8210 4G, Nokia 2660 Flip, and the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio

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HMD Global, home of Nokia phones, presses forward in the mobile market. The company has just announced three new feature phones, most of which are hailed from iconic phones from the 90s. The feature phones also work as an alternative for those seeking to escape technology fatigue.

Nokia 8210 4G

The Nokia 8210 4G joins the ‘Originals’ family, celebrating the iconic Nokia 8210 which was launched in 1999 at Paris Fashion Week.

Its rehashed version carries its unique design and signature durability, while also bringing 4G, VoLTE capability, a large 2.8-inch display, and an intuitive user interface.

Moreover, it comes with weeks of standby battery, just like the good ol’ days. In a way, the Nokia 8210 4G revives a classic look, delivering nostalgia while maintaining quality and performance.

The Nokia 8210 4G will be available in Blue and Red colorways.

Nokia 2660 Flip

Galaxy Flip? Huawei P50 Pocket? Motorola razr? Move aside!

Nokia 2660 Flip is a homage to the flip feature phone from 2007, right before the Global Financial Crisis of the 21st century. The 2022 version revives its flip functionality and thoughtful design but also packed it with modern support like 4G and VoLTE capability.

Accessibility features are still one of its highlights. For instance, call handling is simpler since the mic and earpiece are closer to the user. The phone’s also got a big display, as well as hearing aid compatibility, stellar battery life, and big buttons which are perfect for those who need it the most.

There’s also a dedicated emergency button that allows quick contact with loved ones. When something unexpected happens, five contacts can be immediately notified.

The Nokia 2660 Flip will be available in Black.

Nokia 5710 XpressAudio

Ah, the crowd favorite is back! The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio meets 21st-century innovation, taking what fans loved about the Nokia 5310 and padding it with game-changing audio and better features.

It now has a bigger battery, dedicated audio control keys, and built-in wireless earbuds that ramp up the audio experience. When not in use, the earbuds are housed beneath a sleek slider on the back of the phone. Think of it like a charging case.

On top of that, the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio sports loud dual speakers, delivering rich bass, clear highs, and natural vocals for any music played.

The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio comes in its iconic Black/Red combination.


There are no price and availability details yet. This story will be updated when new information comes in.

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Samsung, Intel are making a slidable PC

Prototype right now

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When Samsung heralded the coming of the foldable phone, all eyes were unfortunately fixed on the ghastly crease stretching from end to end. Years since that moment, the crease never really disappeared. Smartphone brands did their best to reduce their impact, but it still remains a problem. Samsung, perhaps doubling back to fix the long-standing problem, has introduced a new form factor for the future: the slidable PC.

During Intel’s Innovation event, Samsung Display and Intel unveiled a prototype device showcasing a unique (but not altogether new) concept. Instead of a foldable hinge, the 13-inch display “slides” into a 17-inch display. Both companies effectively created a tablet that can turn into a laptop.

Since the prototype already works as a display, it’s easy to see how an eventual device might work. Starting off as a large tablet, the device expands and connects to an external keyboard (or another accessory).

The prototype should look familiar, too. Although Intel uses “slidable” as a term, other brands — like LG — have created similar form factors but labeled as “rollable.” Unfortunately, LG exited the smartphone business before creating a workable product for everyone.

Without other brands, it looks like Samsung and Intel are both on the hunt to bring the device to reality. At the moment, it is still a prototype. There is no timeline for a product yet. However, Intel seems resolute that foldable isn’t the future of PCs.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases that sliding, rolling displays are coming

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Steam announces when next sales are

Autumn, Winter, Spring

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Christmas is right around the corner. If you want to get a head start on buying something for yourself, it’s important to know when the biggest sales are. Now, gamers have a date on when they can bust out their wallets. Valve has officially announced when the autumn, winter, and spring Steam sales are happening.

The next sale — the traditional Autumn Sale — will happen between November 22 through 29. It’s quite a big gap for a head start, but it should give gamers a healthy library to play when the Christmas vacation starts.

On the other hand, if rush shopping is more you, the Winter Sale will happen between December 22 through January 5. It’s a Christmas treat.

If you’re familiar with Steam’s usual calendar of sales, you might not have heard of a Spring Sale before. Traditionally, the platform holds the Lunar New Year Sale in lieu of a seasonal theme. This time, Steam is keeping things consistent. The newly dubbed Spring Sale will happen between March 16 through 23. It’s also a later date than the previous Lunar New Year Sale.

Steam sales are usually a treat for gamers who play on a PC. Though the platform frowns on gigantic 95 percent off discounts now, platform-wide sales events can still house delectable bargains. Now, whether or not you’ll have time to play all of them is another story altogether.

SEE ALSO: Steam: No more 95% off sales

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WIKO 10 smartphone introduced to the Philippines

French brand joins entry-level segment

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WIKO 10

French brand WIKO is entering the Philippine market and challenging competitors, introducing the WIKO 10 smartphone in the country.

Operating on Android 12, the entry-level WIKO 10 will have identical specs and features like most counterpart devices in its segment.

First off, it is powered by a Helio G37 chipset and a 5,000mAH battery that support for 22.5W WIKO SuperCharge and wireless reverse charging which powers smaller devices like a smart band or wireless headsets.

With 4GB of memory and 128GB storage, the phone may also be used for gaming, given that it has a multi-stage overheating current control mechanism incorporated.

The display is a 6.74-inch (1600 x 720) large full-screen LCD with an aspect ratio of 20:9. 

When it comes to the camera setup, the smartphone has a triple camera setup at the back bannered by a 50MP main shooter (F1.8) that has a Smart HDR feature. In front is an 8MP selfie camera.

Other features include:

  • Dual SIM
  • microSD slot
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Fingerprint scanner

WIKO Buds 10 also released

Alongside the phone’s launch, WIKO has also announced the WIKO Buds 10, a pair of wireless earbuds with Bluetooth 5.2 technology that offers up to 30 hours of usage with its charging case.

The earbuds have a 12mm dynamic driver to deliver high-quality audio with deep bass. It also has environmental noise cancellation. What sets this pair apart from the others is its built-in dual mics for voice capturing.

Pricing, availability

The WIKO 10 will be available in three colors: Klein Blue, Silver, and Black. It will retail for PhP 8,990 on Shopee, Lazada, and authorized WIKO stores and kiosks.

The WIKO Buds 10, meanwhile, will be sold for PhP 1,499.

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