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Nokia debuts a 6-inch Windows Phone with 20MP camera, along with its first Windows RT tablet

This morning at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the Finnish manufacturer has taken the wraps off some of its biggest Windows and Windows Phone devices yet. At the high end there's the Lumia 1520, a 6-inch Windows Phone 8 device with a 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 CPU and a 20-megapixel PureView camera. There's also the mid-range Lumia 1320, which aims to provide a big-screen experience at a more affordable $350 price point. And finally Nokia's Lumia 2520 is the company's first Windows RT tablet, with a 10.1-inch 1080p display inside a thin, colorful chassis.

The Windows Phone Central team are live on the ground in Abu Dhabi, and they've got extensive hands-on coverage of all Nokia's new toys. So hit up the links below to learn more about all the latest devices. And we're far from done with major mobile tech announcements for the day — multi-platform readers will want to check our sibling site iMore later today for full coverage of Apple's iPad announcements from San Francisco. 

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Nokia World and Apple iPad Events: Should We Care? Spoiler Alert: Not Really

Say, all ye die-hard Android fans, do you by any chance know what’s set to go down come October 22, i.e. in 24 hours give or take?

Probably not Google’s Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat grandiose unveilings, to the sheer desperation of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts and amateur detectives trying to make heads or tails of incredibly cryptic (and random) teasers and hints.

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Instead, in the space of just a few hours, Nokia will try to convince the world it’s still alive and kicking and its products matter in the grand scheme of tech things, whereas Apple will do what it knows best: roll out “more of the same” and, courtesy of bitching marketing, convince everybody it has reinvented the wheel… again.

That’s all fine and dandy if you’re into retro (read fugly) designs and useless tiles on the one hand and overly simplistic software and overpriced hardware on the other. But why should Android enthusiasts give a damn about the latest installment in Nokia’s “World” press event series and however the hell Apple is nicknaming its tedious product announcements nowadays?

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Well, you know what they say. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Besides, unlike you know who, we Android aficionados always like to keep an open mind and give everyone a fair chance to impress us. So go ahead, Nokia, Apple, show us what you got and why we should care.

Nokia World – what it’s all about

Though rumor has it Nokia will have a bag full of new gizmos to announce in Abu Dhabi (of all places), I think it’s obvious for everyone meager Asha products don’t really count in the grand scheme of things. Which leaves the Finns with three or four aces up their sleeves.

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Number one, the Lumia 1520. The first Windows Phone with Full HD and quad-core power (oh, welcome to the club) is said to leave all compromises behind and blend generous screen real estate (6 inches or so) with breezy multitasking (2 gigs of RAM), incredible raw speed and top-notch camera technology (20.6 MP PureView snapper).

Then there’s the 2520, Nokia’s first ever tablet, rumored to be quite impressive in the hardware department, but only run Windows RT on the software side of things. Number three, there’s a Lumia 929 for Verizon, which in a nutshell will be a 1520 in a more compact, 5-inch body. And then there’s a 1320 “Batman”, which some sources say will be the international flavor of the 929, while others a low-end, large screener.

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Finally, Nokia will bring forth the Lumia 525, an incremental upgrade for the 520, currently the best-selling Lumia in the world.

Why we should care

  • The 5-inch Lumia 929, if it comes with Full HD, 2 GB RAM, 20 MP camera and Snapdragon 800, sounds pretty darn impressive. A little late to the party, but impressive nevertheless.

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Why we shouldn’t care

  • Windows RT. Enough said
  • If real estate is all about location, location, location, mobile tech is all about timing, timing, timing. And the 929 and 1520, as impressive as they may be, are, or better yet, will be late. Just think about it. They won’t launch until mid-November, at best. And they’ll cost $250 with contracts, at best. Meanwhile, you have the GNote 3 out and about, Sony’s Xperia Z1, LG’s G2, HTC’s One max… Shall I carry on?
  • 4-inch Lumia 525? Possible 4.7-inch Lumia 1320 with dual-core CPU and 480 x 800 pix res panel? Puh-lease!

Apple iPad event – what it’s all about

Guess I don’t have to tell you Cupertino is not really a fan of the “putting as many eggs in as many baskets” strategy. As such, don’t expect an avalanche of new products from them. Just two. A “full-sized”, fifth-generation, 9.7-inch iPad and a second-gen 7.9-inch iPad Mini.

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Just like Nokia, Tim Cook and the gang have been incapable of keeping a tight lid on their unreleased products, so they’re as transparent as glass already, following a bundle of rumors and leaks.

Thus, if something stunning doesn’t happen in the eleventh hour, the iPad 5 is to resemble the new (and old) iPad mini on the outside, with a thinner than before profile, slimmer bezels and decreased weight. Yet the design philosophy will remain virtually the same.

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On the hardware front, both the new iPad and iPad Mini will be pushing the envelope Apple-style, meaning they’ll be ever so slightly zippier than their predecessors… in real life. But here’s the kicker. There’s a good shot the Mini won’t rock a Retina display this year either, while Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology may not find its way on either of the two tabs.

On the “bright” side, rumor has it the iPad 5 will feature an upgraded 8 MP rear-facing camera. Because hey, who doesn’t like to take bitching photos with a 10-inch slab?

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Why we should care

  • When all is said and done and as much as it pains me to admit it, the iOS tablet “ecosystem” remains superior to Google’s. Probably not for long, but right now, that’s just how things are, with far too few Android apps conceived specifically for slates.

Why we should absolutely not care

  • 1,024 x 768 pixels resolution for a late 2014 7.9-inch tablet? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
  • Preposterous pricing is what will ultimately bring Apple’s demise and, if the non-Retina iPad Mini 2 starts at $300 or more, the end is one step closer. Not that the iPad 5 is set to be very budget-friendly, at $500 or so.

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  • Cupertino has stopped innovating a looong time ago, but nowadays it seems like Cook’s employees, save maybe for the marketing team, are not even trying anymore. Seriously now, can anyone tell the difference between the iPhone 5 and 5s purely aesthetically? That’s exactly what will go down with the iPad Mini 2.
  • Let’s assume you’re in the market for a 10-incher right now. And aren’t willing to overlook Android’s crystal clear ecosystem shortcomings. No one will blame you for choosing the large-screen iPad. But why go for the “new”, overpriced one when last year’s is almost just as good and, in a month or two, probably much cheaper? Now that’s a puzzle.

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The Engadget Interview: Design Head Peter Skillman on Nokia Here

The Engadget Interview Design Head Peter Skillman on Nokia Here

We just had the opportunity to sit down with Design Head Peter Skillman here in San Francisco and get the lowdown on all things Nokia Here. A lot has changed since we interviewed him at Nokia World last year, including the launch of Windows Phone 8 and new Lumia devices. We talked about what Nokia Here brings to the table including the cross platform aspect — Android and iOS support — and how this affects Nokia’s Windows Phone strategy (if at all). Join us for the full interview above.

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Engadget Live: Join us at 4AM ET for an ‘ask me anything’ Q&A with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop!

Engadget Live Join us at 4AM ET for an 'ask me anything' Q&A with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop!

You may have since forgotten, but today was the original kick-off day for Nokia World 2012. With the big show canceled and the devices already launched, we instead opted to drop by the smartphone maker’s headquarters just outside Helsinki. We’re spending three days here in Finland, meeting with executives to get an inside look at the company’s next-generation smartphone lineup. Our first face-to-face is with Nokia’s chief executive himself, Stephen Elop, who has generously offered up 30 minutes to answer your questions. Because of the time constraints, we won’t be able to accommodate every request, but we’ll certainly do our best.

There are two ways to submit your questions: leave a comment below, or you can send us a tweet @EngadgetLive — once the session begins, we’ll only be able to accept messages through Twitter, and you’re welcome to ask questions before we start and as a follow-up to Stephen’s responses, as well. In order to accommodate the largest possible audience, we’ll be using our liveblog tool to post both questions and answers, so bookmark this page and hop on over there at 4AM Eastern tomorrow. As always, you’ll also find the local time just below. Now about those questions…

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Nokia Music free streaming service comes to US, available exclusively for Lumia handsets

Nokia Lumia owners on the other side of the pond have been rockin’ out to the company’s streaming service ever since Music launched during last year’s Nokia World, but users in the US of A are about to get access as well. The Windows Phone handset maker just announced that Nokia Music will be available for US-based Lumia devices beginning today, with a US-based team of “musicologists” running the show. Users will have access to more than 150 playlists that span all major genres as part of an all-you-can-eat pro bono offering. There’s also an option to create custom playlists with a Pandora-like feature that pulls in songs based on a selected artist and plays them back in random order, without advertisements popping in every few minutes. Playlists can be downloaded for offline listening as well. Officially, the app supports Lumia 900 and 710 handsets, and it can be downloaded from Marketplace today. Full details are in the PR after the break.

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Nokia and Microsoft announce September 5th Windows Phone event

Nokia and Microsoft announce September 5th Windows Phone event

We just received an invite from Nokia and Microsoft to attend a Windows Phone-centric event on September 5th. This is the same day as Nokia World’s opener, and we have a feeling this isn’t a coincidence. Rumors have been rampant that the Finnish company would choose this particular week to announce its lineup of Windows Phone 8 devices, and we’re hoping this is indeed the case. Granted, the invite comes with a large reference to Nokia Maps, so it’s certainly possible the navigation service could be a primary focus of the event, but we’re hedging our bets on new handsets. Either way, we’ll be there to share the excitement with you.

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High performance flexible battery invented

Nokia had previously shown “kinetic device”, a prototype with a flexible display the company showed at Nokia World 2011 in London. Many such concept devices have been seen till now, in fact Apple was awarded a patent today for an iPad cover encompassing a flexible touch-screen display. There are certain limitations on components such as flexible motherboard and batteries which are preventing such devices from becoming a reality. Flexible motherboards are one area on which scientists are still working hard, but in the case of batteries, they’ve found an answer. It may be soon possible for you to own a mobile phone which can be folded into half or rolled up in your pocket, as scientists have now invented a flexible battery technology.

Scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have invented a new flexible battery which can be twisted or bent, and this technology can enable future phones to be twisted or bent.

Battery technology is still in its infancy as of now. The capacity hasn’t increased much, but newer devices are consuming more energy. Current battery technology allows manufacture of highly inflexible batteries, and almost all phones use the same basic rectangular shape for battery packs.

Professor Keon Jae Lee’s team has developed something called ‘high-performance flexible all-solid-state battery’ which can retain its energy level even when folded, spindled, and or mildly mutilated. The trick is to print lithium ion batteries on a thin film, which explains its flexible nature. It’s good to see battery technology advancing.

“The technological advance of thin and light flexible display has encouraged the development of flexible batteries with a high power density and thermal stability,” the KAIST team said.
“Although rechargeable lithium-ion batteries have been regarded as a strong candidate for a high-performance flexible energy source, compliant electrodes for bendable LIBs are restricted to only a few materials, such as organic materials or micro-structured inorganic materials mixed with polymer binders,” the researchers were quoted as saying by the paper.

These batteries are claimed to be stable enough to power our phones while still remaining stable. Applying battery material to rollable displays has always been a big problem for manufacturers, but this technological breakthrough in battery technology can change the way we think about screens, surfaces and case materials. We may see phones and other devices such as tablets or e-book readers which can be folded in half.

Professor Lee said, “The advent of a high performance flexible thin film battery will accelerate the development of next-generation fully flexible electronic systems in combination with existing flexible components such as display, memory, and LED.”

Above is a video demonstrating thin film battery which is being bent over and over again without reducing voltage output. In the video, you can see the battery powering a blue LED, which never flickers even when the battery is twisted again and again. Professor Lee expects this technology to be part of “next-generation fully flexible electronic systems” but possibility of mass production was not discussed.

The technology seems encouraging, but again, it is in its infancy and powers only a LED, nevertheless more research will lead to it powering a smartphone someday. We have had flexing AMOLED and LCD screens for pretty long time now, and I can only imagine how cool would a flexible ebook reader be. Would you like to buy a tablet or phone which can fold up? What other usage of this technology can you think of? Let us know your thoughts using the comment form below.

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Bloomberg: Nokia will announce Windows Phone 8 handsets at Nokia World next month

Bloomberg Nokia will announce Windows Phone 8 handsets at Nokia World

Bloomberg is reporting that, perhaps unsurprisingly, Nokia will bust out its Windows Phone 8 handsets at Nokia World 2012. The shows, which kick off September 5th, will tour various locations to drum up trade for the new kit. The news agency is also reporting that any revamped Lumia phones will be ready to purchase for the Holiday buying season — hopefully dropping close to the October 26th release date for Redmond’s newest OS. Unfortunately, Nokia isn’t giving anything away, saying that it “never comments on rumor or speculation,” but at least we don’t have long to wait.

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Nokia 7 Sept Surprise?

There is much speculation and excitement this week following a sign spotted on the Nokia flagship store in Helsinki, indicating that something is up their sleeve following Nokia World in early September.

This flagship store is currently closed, but photos taken this week show the sign proclaiming that “something amazing” will happen on September 7. Whilst it’s thought that the store itself will reopen for business on or around that date, the message itself seems to imply Nokia are about to unveil something much bigger than just the re-opening of a store.

A visit of the blogging site MyNokiaBlog, show other images telling customers to “prepare to be amazed at all the new things in your Nokia store.” This is tantalizing as it suggests new products or innovations. Whilst unavailable at the moment, Nokia are inviting people to visit the website NokiaGraffiti.me next week to find out more.

Nokia World, an annual event held by Nokia to promote their latest and greatest devices was originally scheduled for 25 & 26 September but brought forward to its current scheduled date of 5 & 6 September. Therefore the timing of this “amazing” event is somewhat interesting, coming as it does immediately after Nokia World.

So, what are those in the know speculating that Nokia are up to?

According to MyNokiaBlog, new renovations have been expected for the flagship store followed by the announcement of new products and devices once the store is reopened. Nokia launched the new Asha phones earlier this year and it is suggested this may be the ideal time to unveil the device in store.

Perhaps more in line with what we the public might consider something “amazing”, the blog goes on to say it may herald the debut of the new Windows Phone devices.

The blog, NextWeb also considers that new handsets are the most likely announcement, with suggestions being this may be the Lumia lineup being updated to support Windows Phone 8.

Whatever the announcement is, if it involves the launch of new products or devices, the reopening of the flagship store provides an ideal opportunity to attract users and for the users to check out and compare devices in person.

Perhaps surprisingly and disappointingly however, when asked for comment, a Nokia spokesman is quoted as saying this may be “much ado about nothing,” only confirming that the flagship store is undergoing some maintenance and will reopen on September 7.

However, this comment does not detract from the fact that Nokia are very much progressing with Windows Phone 8 and Asha. CEO is quoted as saying “we believe the Windows Phone 8 launch will be an important catalyst for Lumia. During the quarter, we demonstrated stability in our feature phone business and enhanced our competitiveness with the introduction of our first full touch Asha devices”.

So, clearly at this point, we are still left wondering what the something “amazing” is and whether it does turn out to be just the re-opening of the Helsinki store. However, certainly Nokia need an injection of something at this point, as they continue to suffer from weak financial performance as a result of heavy competition.

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Nokia Lumia 610 review

DNP Nokia Lumia 610 review

Lumia, Lumia, Lumia. Who would have thought, way back at Nokia World 2011, that the name would come to ring as affectionately as it does today? The first three releases in the family, the 800, 710 and, most recently, the 900, all provided such a fluid, well-rounded experience that we found it easy to overlook certain weaknesses in their spec sheets. Low-res 480 x 800 displays and single-core processors were largely forgotten in the face of a fresh aesthetic and matching OS that stood out from the smartphone crowd.

Which brings us to Lumia number four: the 610. As a budget phone currently going for free on a £15-per-month contract in the UK, it’s been built on Nokia’s belief that Windows Phone will run on almost anything: the merest of Snapdragon S1 processors (clocked at just 800MHz) coupled with a few crumbs of RAM (256MB). Overall, those specs make previous Lumias — with their S2 chips, 512MB and 1.4GHz clock speeds — look almost futuristic. The question is, can WP really come this cheap and survive intact? Read on and you’ll find out.

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Nokia Asha Series 40 lineup expands with 202, 203 and 302

The Nokia Asha Series 40 phones were introduced at Nokia World last fall and today it expands by a few models, with the 202, 203 and 302. The 202 model is designed for “easy swap” SIM changes without powering off the phone, while the 203 is a single SIM model. Both expand the lower end line with access to 40 free games ( including Bejeweled, Need for Speed, Tetris, Sims Medieval) and Nokia Life services. The 302 (pictured above) will be the first to bring Microsoft Exchange support on Series 40, a feature that will also be added to the older 303. It does not have a touchscreen, but does bring a 1GHz CPU and 14.4Mbps data speeds for 95 euros, shipping now. The 202 and 203 do have 2.4-inch touchscreens, and are shipping in the next few weeks for 60 euros. Follow along with our liveblog of Nokia’s MWC 2012 press conference for more details, or check out the press release after the break.

Gallery: Nokia Asha 302

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White Nokia N9 hands-on: behold the last unicorn (video)

White Nokia N9 hands-on: behold the last unicorn (video)

Let’s keep this short and sweet. This is the rare snow-white Nokia N9 and it’s absolutely stunning. We first captured a glimpse of it at Nokia World and now we’ve obtained a specimen. The only difference between this piano-lacquer white handset and its more pedestrian sibling is the (likely less durable) shiny clearcoat finish covering its machined polycarbonate body and the leather pouch replacing the silicone case normally supplied in the box. Everything else is exactly the same as the matte black phone we reviewed last year. We’ve attempted to document the exquisite beauty of this mythical beast — sadly the last of its kind — in our hands-on gallery below. Go ahead and take a look, then hit the break to watch our unboxing video. Just be warned that there’s a strong chance you’ll drool profusely whilst ogling these pictures. At least the white Lumia 800 and 900 are just around the corner, right?

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Nokia Car Mode for Symbian Belle now ready for download

Nokia loves motorists and is showering them with gifts over at the Nokia Store to prove it. Well, one gift at least: the free-of-charge Car Mode app, which helps to transform your Symbian Belle smartphone into a turn-by-turn sat nav, with all the power of Drive, traffic updates, Music and voice calling presented in a more dash-friendly manner. (Did we just say ‘Symbian’? We didn’t mean to.) The other offering is Car Mode with MirrorLink, priced at £17.99 (roughly $28), which we took for a bump-free ride back at Nokia World, and which repeats the smartphone’s screen on compatible systems such as Toyota’s Touch Life. Head to the source link to claim your prize.

Nokia Car Mode for Symbian Belle now ready for download originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 08:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia Lumia 710 official on T-Mobile: HSPA+ 14.4, 3.7-inch ClearBlack display, available January 11th for $49 on contract

Go ahead and take that holiday and even some time to celebrate because Espoo’s ushering in the new year with the stateside bow of its Lumia 710. This lower-hanging Mango phone, which we first met at Nokia World, has already begun rolling out to markets worldwide in recent weeks and, now, is poised to enter the U.S. brandishing a Magenta banner and $49 on two-year contract price. That’s right, T-Mobile has snatched up exclusive rights to the 3.7-incher, which is mostly unchanged from its initial unbranded incarnation, with the same 800 x 480 ClearBlack LCD display, 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB of storage, 5 megapixel rear camera with single LED flash, WiFi and Bluetooth on board. Naturally, both parties have loaded the device up with a fair share of pre-installed apps like Drive, MS Office, ESPN, T-Mobile TV and Netflix, but you don’t have to let that clutter up your clean live-tiled look — it’s all uninstallable. The mid-range handset also runs along the operator’s HSPA+ 14.4Mbps network, so you’re in store for some heady “4G” speeds should you decide to take the plunge this January 11th when it hits stores. Head on past the break for the official presser.

Gallery: Nokia Lumia 710

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Nokia’s Humanform concept phone, not shaped like us (video)

We barely recovered from Nokia’s futuristic concept buffet at Nokia World, but a new video has unearthed the deceptively named Humanform. Fortunately not shaped like a dolly, this teardrop device cooked up Nokia’s in-house labs supposedly uses some as-yet unexplained nanotechnology, with a bendable transparent display and a fully touch sensitive casing. The segmented design also channels some Wiimote-esque gesture features and twist controls seen on the phone behemoth’s Kinetic Device. An inert Humanform shell was also on show alongside it last month, although it didn’t do much aside from bending. See if you agree with Nokia’s vision of the mobile future after the break.

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Mobile Nations Monday Brief: October 31, 2011

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Engadget Mobile Podcast 110 – 10.29.2011

Didn’t get enough of Myriam on the Classic podcast this week? Yeah, neither did we. Get spooky and join us as we geek out extra-hard with fellow Nokia fanboy Steve Litchfield, won’t you?

Host: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen
Guest: Steve Litchfield
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: Daestro – Light Powered (Ghostly International)

00:03:00 – Nokia Lumia 800 unboxed: we shed some light on what’s inside
00:07:25 – Nokia Asha 200, Asha 300 and Asha 303 hands-on (video)
00:09:25 – Mythical snow-white N9 spotted at Nokia World
00:13:50 – Nokia N9 review
00:25:30 – Samsung Galaxy Note review
00:44:20 – Motorola Atrix 2 review
00:59:25 – Sprint’s LTE getting Advanced in 2013, WiMAX’s inferiority complex intensifies
01:00:40 – Sony to buy out Ericsson’s stake in joint venture, call it quits after ten years
01:01:20 – Windows Phone Apollo coming ‘middle of next year,’ says Nokia VP
01:06:44 – Motorola Droid 4 exposed to our wandering eyes, comes with LTE in tow?
01:15:10 – Steve Litchfield

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Nokia World 2011 wrap-up

Nokia had something to prove at its annual event, and an eight-month turnaround of its smartphone arm is certainly nothing to be sniffed at. While Nokia’s first Windows Phone devices were undoubtably the stars of the two-day expo, there was plenty more to investigate — Nokia’s legion of development labs certainly didn’t let us down. Check out a veritable world of coverage neatly arranged below the break for everything Nokia World had to show us, and few more tidbits we found for ourselves.

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Xbox Companion app for WP7 shown off at Nokia World, leaks Vudu integration (video)

Even if you’re not planning on picking up one of Espoo’s latest handsets, Microsoft is also on the scene at Nokia World 2011 giving live demos of the upcoming Xbox Companion remote app for Windows Phone 7. It allows for simple remote control of video playback on one’s console, plus content browsing / search with Bing and other metadata display, as seen in two demo videos from the show floor embedded after the break. Also seen in both of the demo videos? An orange tile suspiciously labeled Vudu Movies, despite the lack of any official announcement that the (currently PS3 exclusive) Wal-mart owned service is coming to Xbox Live. A third demo shows off gaming integration with Kinectimals that lets animals jump back and forth from console to phone. Now that the Xbox 360 will integrate search and playback from more video services than ever after the fall update, we’ll see if the remote app draws Xbox fans to Microsoft’s phone platform.

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The Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 5PM ET!

Nokia, Nokia. Who’s there? Lumia. Lumia who? Stay tuned this afternoon to learn the answer, even though we’re not promising the funniest punchline in the world. What we can promise you, however, is in-depth coverage of Nokia World 2011 and everything else that happened in the wireless industry over the past week. Each week seems to be as crazy as the last, which always makes for an entertainment podcast. Special guest Steve Litchfield and Host Myriam Joire are delivering the rants in a British accent, and co-host Brad Molen may toss out a beef or two in his own native western US dialect. Sadly, it’s the same dialect he uses every week. Regardless, reconvene here at 5PM ET (2PM PT, 10PM UK)!

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Nokia’s N9 gets its tap-to-pair on with the Play 360 Bluetooth speaker (video)

Oh, Meego, we barely knew ye. Yet, the Finnish OS that could continues to shower us with glimpses of what might’ve been… more widespread, that is. At least we have the consolation prize of seeing your host hardware, the N9, effortlessly display its untapped powers of NFC. Shown off here in a demo taken at the just wrapped Nokia World, that tap-to-pair functionality we’d previously seen in HP’s webOS devices and, more recently as ICS’ Android Beam, bridges the blue polycarbonate slab to a Play 360 speaker by a mere gentle swipe. That’s all it takes to send tracks from Nokia’s Music app direct to the Bluetooth peripheral’s curvature continuous form. Like what you see? Then hopefully these tricked out features will make their way to identical twin Lumia’s Mango-fied line. Full video awaits you just after the break.

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Future Nokia phones repellent, says water (video)

Nokia’s latest “super” hydrophobic coating doesn’t take half-measures. This new technology binds a layer of nanotech magic to the surface of its devices that literally bounces liquids away. Although we’ve been told the nanotubes at work here are most effective with water, other liquids (and smudgy fingerprints) should also find the treated surface difficult to latch onto. Due to the thinness of this waterproofing solution, a spokesperson told us here at Nokia World that even the inner workings of a phone could be treated in the same way. No more incidents in the bathroom? Count us in. Check the video after the break for some slo-mo water slippage.

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Future Nokia phones repellent, says water (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia Drive with MirrorLink on Toyota Touch Life hands-on (video)

Just a few meters from the entrance to Nokia World at London’s sprawling ExCel Exhibition Centre, we found a Toyota iQ compact with Nokia branding on the door. And in the dash was Toyota’s new Touch Life smartphone integration system, complete with Nokia Drive compatibility and display mirroring via MirrorLink. In addition to mirroring your Symbian Belle (or MeeGo) display on the 7-inch touchscreen, Touch Life also provides a driver-friendly interface, including enormous icons to control music playback, or to place calls to contacts by tapping their name and photo, or by using the jumbo telephone keypad. It also integrates with the Nokia Drive app, with a very simple (and also oversized) navigation interface. The concept is simple: access basic smartphone functions as you drive while limiting distractions. While you’re parked, you’ll have unrestricted access to your phone’s interface, but non-critical features are disabled as you drive.

The demo unit we saw is still a few months away from hitting production, so there were a few hiccups. After connecting the Nokia 701 to the system, the smartphone’s display appeared on the in-dash screen within a few seconds. We had full access to all of the phone’s features until shifting into drive, when a much simpler screen popped up, with Call, Drive and Music modules. Everything worked rather seamlessly until we neared the end of the demo, when an “Enjoy the sound while driving” message appeared on screen, where the navigation window had been just a moment before. There isn’t a firm release date in place, and the demo unit only appears to work with Symbian Belle at the moment — though MeeGo support (and likely Windows Phone as well) will be available after launch. Jump past the break to see how it works from behind the wheel.

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Nokia Lumia 800 unboxed: we shed some light on what’s inside

We managed to grab enough time with the Lumia 800‘s retail innards here at Nokia World, revealing some welcome extras including a flexible rubberized case for that affectionate lump of polycarbonate. The requisite data cable, power adapter and headset are all accounted for inside the packaging, which is covered in shots of this dark, not-so-mysterious phone. It’s all a bit more vibrant than the packaging of its other 2011 phone, but is still coated in that unmistakable Nokia blue. We expect to get our excitable digits on a review model very — very — soon, but until then check out more shots of what we can expect to get alongside Nokia’s premier Windows Phone handset.

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Mythical snow-white N9 spotted at Nokia World

Is it possible to improve on something as minutely refined as the Nokia N9 simply by adding another color variant? Well, that depends on what color weʼre talking about. Sure, we already have black, cyan, and magenta, but what weʼve been missing — until now — is white. Plain, simple, ethereal white. It happens to be one of the hardest hues for a manufacturer to pull off without making a handset look tacky, or making its surface susceptible to the general grubbiness of everyday life. But Nokia did a smart thing: it added a glossy coating that completely changes the look and feel of the device. Take a look for yourself in the gallery below. But bear in mind that the midnight blue disco lights at Nokia World didn’t quite do it justice.

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The Engadget Interview: Nokia’s Peter Skillman talks design (video)

Peter Skillman knows a thing or two about making beautiful devices. He’s Palm’s former VP of design, and he’s the man behind Nokia’s glorious N9 — its look, feel and user experience. We bumped into him at Nokia World here today and asked him what went into the N9′s — and by association the Lumia 800′s — design. He shared quite a few interesting details with us, including tidbits about the “curvature continuous form” of MeeGo’s icons, Nokia’s Pure font and the nuances of the N9′s sinuous taper. We even discussed the Play 360 Bluetooth / NFC speaker, which follows the same aesthetic principles. Take a look at our exclusive video interview after the break.

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Nokia’s kinetic future: flexible screens and a twisted interface (video)

Hidden within Nokia’s Future Lounge, this very flexible display offers up a glimpse of what sort of thing we could possibly be dealing with when we roll up to Nokia World in 2021. The prototype Nokia Kinetic Device, including its display, can be flexed across both the vertical and horizontal planes — with bending and twisting motions controlling the interface. If you bend the screen towards yourself, it acts as a selection function, or zooms in on any pictures you’re viewing. In music mode, you can navigate, play and pause with the tactile interface. It’s still a way off from arriving on phones, though Nokia is aiming to whet developers’ appetites with this prototype. We may have seen some twisty interfaces already, but nothing packing a four-inch screen and built-in functionality like this. Nokia couldn’t confirm the screen technology being used. Could that be a flexible AMOLED display? See those impressive viewing angles and contortions after the break and judge for yourself.

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Nokia Asha brings Angry Birds to the developing world, Mighty Eagle soars (video)

Well we’re pretty Angry ourselves, being that Nokia nearly foiled our liveblog plans and made it all but impossible to transmit photos and video thanks to an absolutely miserable attempt at providing internet access. But Nokia World is not without mobile gaming opportunities, and a few minutes with the Birds seemed to do the trick (shifting our moods, at the very least — there’s still no reliable internet).

We met up with Mr. Angry Birds himself, Peter Vesterbacka, who took us through a demo of the game on one of Nokia’s new Asha Series 40 devices. The game, which has already seen an absolutely massive 400 million downloads, will come preloaded on the Asha 303, giving Vesterbacka and Rovio a chance to bring the game to emerging markets in China, India and Africa, where touchscreen devices are currently priced out of reach. The game seemed to perform just as well as it does on other platforms, so expect the same Angry Birds experience here as well. Jump past the break for a hands-on with Rovio’s Mighty Eagle.

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Nokia unveils Asha lineup, bringing Series 40 to emerging markets: 200, 201, 300, 303

Nokia has unveiled the Asha lineup, a lineup of lower-end devices that run Series 40 and blur the line between featurephone and smartphone. The devices — named the 200, 201, 300 and 301, are all designed to encourage the “next billion” users to access the web, and seem directed toward emerging markets. The 200 includes an Easy Swap option that lets you throw in multiple SIM cards, and can offer up to 32GB of storage for media playback — 52 hours of it, in fact. It, along with the 201, have exceptionally loud speakers that work great for parties and those crazy all-nighters, though the latter lacks the multi-SIM support. Both of these phones will be available for €60 ($85); the 200 is going to ship before the end of the year, while the 201 will be ready for your purchase by Q1 2012. The 300 and 303 are the capacitive touchscreen handsets of the bunch; the 300 is a candybar with a numeric keypad and offers a 1GHz CPU, 5MP camera and 3G. It’ll be priced at €85 ($120) and will be available in Q4 2011. Similarly, the 303 offers the same types of features with a 2.6-inch display and full QWERTY experience, and should be ready before the end of the year for €115 (about $160).

All four Asha devices are made of polycarbonate and come with a Nokia Browser, which is powered by the cloud and compresses data by up to 90 percent, saving users from racking up excessive charges. Oh, and did we mention Angry Birds is coming to Series 40? Be sure to check out the vids for each Asha phone — as well as the press release — after the break.

Sharif Sakr and Dante Cesa contributed to this post.

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