Huawei Ascend G7 Specs & Price

Huawei Ascend G7 is a mid range phablet with a metal-body. With so many smartphones on the market currently, it’s hard to choose between the numerous designs, names, and other features that most consumers look for in a smartphone.

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Huawei Ascend G7

Some customers want a metal phone because of their premium look and feel. Perhaps the iPhone 6 Plus is too expensive for you, and the recent #bendgate issues with bending iPhones and iPhones that “snap” like KitKat bars too easily have you concerned with buying Apple’s first phablet.

While the HTC One M8 seems to be a choice for you, you dislike the One M8’s 4MP back camera and its 2,600mAh battery that you deem a little sub-par for a phone of its size. If either of these metal contributions cloud your judgment, Huawei with the Ascend G7 wants you to withhold your verdict until you consider its contribution to the metal smartphone category.

The Display

Huawei Ascend G7 features a 5.5-inch, in-plane switching (IPS) low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (or LTPS) LCD screen that bears a high-definition or HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. Colors are vivid and bright, and you should have no trouble viewing the world on the Huawei Ascend G7’s beautiful display.

The use of low-temperature polycrystalline silicon for Huawei’s Ascend G7 display is to allow the display itself to push more pixels while maintaining as low a voltage as possible. If you’ve ever felt your display at times and noticed that it was warm, it has to do with pixels and voltage: pixel increase leads to voltage increase.

LTPS reduces the temperature produced by the display so that manufacturers can push more pixels without concerns about screen burn and human injuries as a result of contact with the display.

Processor and Memory

Huawei Ascend G7 comes with a 1.2GHz, quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor with 64-bit technology for desktop computing, 2GB of random access memory (RAM), and 16GB of internal storage. 2GB of RAM is considered to be the new minimum standard for high-end flagships (although some are now boasting 3GB of RAM), and 16GB of internal memory storage, though the traditional storage amount, doesn’t leave much room for storing photos and documents, you can add a memory card of up to 32GB.

Battery and Battery Life

Huawei Ascend G7 is powered by a 3000mAh battery, and Huawei says on its website that you can expect about 1.2 days of battery life (600 days in standby mode) on the device. Some devices such as the LG G3 feature ~3,000mAh batteries, but the use of LG’s Quad HD or 2K display (2,560 x 1,440p) works against what could have been an excellent battery experience.

In contrast, Huawei’s maintenance of a basic HD display with the same size battery as that of the G3 means that Huawei Ascend G7 users can expect a full day (possibly more) depending on usage.

For power users who can’t get enough battery life, Huawei’s implemented its own Extreme Energy Saving battery technology that will allow your device to operate for another 24 hours on just 10% battery life.

The Cameras

Huawei Ascend G7 comes with a 5 megapixels front camera with f/2.4 aperture and a 13 megapixels back camera with f/2.0 aperture. The 5MP front camera continues the selfie trend we’re seeing with other major movers and shakers in the smartphone market, and the 13MP back camera is one that we think should become the minimum standard for all cameras.

Software and Operating System

Huawei Ascend G7 is an Android smartphone, meaning that you can expect Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat software to come preloaded on the device. We do not know as of yet whether or not Huawei will upgrade its software to Android 5.0 Lollipop (which is now on Nexus devices).

As with all other Android devices, Huawei’s added its own Emotion UI 3.0 update to the Ascend G7. The new Emotion UI 3.0 shows some small tweaks Huawei’s made to its user interface.

While Google’s Android is familiar territory to current Android users, Huawei’s done what many Android manufacturers do: provide a unique software experience of their own. This means that the Ascend G7 will provide some camera software that comes directly from Huawei. Beauty Mode, Panorama, Selfies, Ultra Snapshot, All-Focus, and Audio Note provide a few enhancements to your camera experience.

The Conclusion

The Huawei Ascend G7 has been priced at €299 and was slated to arrive in the European countries of Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Poland, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Spain as of last month. Huawei also looks to bring the Ascend G7 to Mexico, Turkey, and South Africa, but Huawei’s intentions with regard to other countries is unknown at this time.

Pricing and availability

Huawei Ascend G7 is not available in Nigeria. When available we expect Huawei Ascend G7 price in Nigeria to range from N65,000 to N90,000 depending on your location in the country.

Huawei Ascend G7 Specs

Here are a few specs of the Huawei Ascend G7 Phablet:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), Emotion 3.0
  • Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Processor
  • GPU: -
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Colours: White, Black
  • Dimension: 153.5 x 77.3 x 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 165 g
  • SIM Type: Micro SIM
  • SIM Count: Single-SIM

Display

  • Display: 5.5-inch Display, 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi)
  • Display Protection: -

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 13 MP Camera, LED Flash, 1080p HD Video
  • Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, Face Detection, HDR, Geo-tagging
  • Front Camera: 5 MP Camera

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 16GB Storage
  • Memory Card Support: up to 32GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: -

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
  • 2G CDMA 1X: No
  • 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100MHz
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes, up to 48kbps
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: No
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, LE
  • NFC: Yes
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0, USB Host

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: -

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
  • Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Maps: Yes, Google Maps

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: -
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: -
  • Voice Control: -

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes (with dedicated mic)
  • Water Resistant: Yes
  • Dust Resistant: Yes
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: No (download at store)

Battery

  • Battery: 3000 mAh Li-Po Battery
  • Standby Time: up to 600 hours
  • Talktime: -

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Nokia N1 Tablet Specs & Price

Nokia recently announced the arrival of a new tablet, the Nokia N1, to market in 2015 that looks to revive the company in light of the loss of its mobile division to Microsoft. The Nokia N1 comes with an anodized aluminum unibody design and looks similar to Apple's iPad Mini 3.

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Weight and Dimensions

Nokia N1 is slightly taller than Apple’s iPad Mini 3 and slightly wider than Apple’s iDevice, but the N1 is thinner than Apple’s iPad Mini 3 (6.9mm vs. 7.5mm, respectively) and lighter (331grams for the iPad Mini 3 vs. 318 grams for the Nokia N1 tablet). Apple did not reduce the depth of the iPad Mini 2 at its October announcement, leading some to think that Apple may indeed abandon the iPad Mini for an "iPad Pro" product in 2015.

The Display

The Nokia N1 features a 7.9-inch, IPS (in-plane switching) liquid crystal display (LCD) with an LED backlight screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, the same resolution found in Google’s latest HTC Nexus 9 tablet. The Nokia N1 features a Gorilla Glass 3 display (Corning’s currently-reigning panel tech) and showcases a 4:3 aspect ratio for viewing TV shows and movies as well as playing games.

Processor and Memory

Nokia N1 is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core, Intel 64-bit Z3580 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. 64-bit technology paves the way for desktop-grade computing on mobile tablets, and Nokia’s decision to head in this direction follows the trend of other major manufacturers (Samsung among them) who have already incorporated 64-bit capabilities into their devices.

Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update provides desktop computing processes for Android smartphones and tablets – with Google’s HTC Nexus 9 being the first device to utilize 64-bit computing via its Denver Tegra K1 processor. Nokia N1 follows its lead.

The Battery

Nokia’s latest tablet comes with a 5300mAh battery, a sufficient battery for a 7.9-inch device. The Nokia N1’s battery is slightly below that of Apple’s iPad Mini 3.

The Cameras

Nokia N1 comes with an 8 megapixels back camera and a 5 megapixels front camera along with 1080p video recording. Front “selfie” cameras are becoming part of the next frontier of the mobile revolution (HTC’s 5MP front camera in the HTC One M8, Sony’s 5MP front camera in the Xperia C3, the 13MP front camera of the HTC Desire Eye, etc.), and Nokia’s 5MP front camera will continue this trend.

The Software

Powering the Nokia N1, apart from its 64-bit Intel processor would be Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. Lollipop brings Google’s new “Material Design” language to the Android operating system, as transitions and animations abound, but Google’s latest update also brings a battery saving mode and an Easter egg that heavily borrows its design language from Dong Nguyen’s “Flappy Bird” game that was removed from the Google Play Store but later arrived under a different name.

As privacy is becoming a large part of the post-Edward Snowden/anti-NSA error for worldwide citizens, Google’s decision to embed data encryption into the OS as an automatic, rather than optional, decision is to be applauded.

The Conclusion

Some have said in early reviews that the Nokia N1 looks like the iPad and, while the design language of the display is somewhat similar, the design language of the volume rocker and side buttons seems to mimic more of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus than anything else. To many, this iPad/iPhone-like device that runs Android 5.0 Lollipop is a dream come true: it seems to be a perfect combination of Apple’s design language with the functionality of Android.

If Nokia intends to make a statement with the N1, it did.

Pricing and availability

Nokia N1 is not yet available in Nigeria, but its global launch is expected in 2015. We currently have no data on pricing and availability for Nigeria. When available, Nokia N1 Price in Nigeria is expected to range between N41,000 to N80,000, depending on your location.

Nokia N1 Specs

Here are a few specs of the Nokia N1 Tablet:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Processor (Intel Atom Z3580)
  • GPU: PowerVR G6430
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Colours: Natural Aluminum, Lava Gray
  • Dimension: 200.7 x 138.6 x 6.9 mm
  • Weight: 318 g
  • SIM Type: No SIM slot
  • SIM Count: Zero

Display

  • Display: 7.9-inch IPS Touchscreen, 1536 x 2048 pixels (324ppi)
  • Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 8 MP Camera, 1080p HD Video
  • Rear Camera Features: autofocus, Geo-tagging
  • Front Camera: 5 MP Camera

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 32GB Storage
  • Memory Card Support: No
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: -

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: No
  • 2G CDMA 1X: No
  • 3G WCDMA: No
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: No

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: No
  • EDGE: No
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: No
  • HSPA+: No
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: No
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes (up to 8 devices)
  • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • NFC: No
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: No
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: -

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
  • Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
  • FM Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes (GPS)
  • Maps: Yes, Here Maps, Here Drive+, Here Transit

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: No
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: -
  • Light Sensor: -
  • Barometer: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control:
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Social Apps: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Whatsapp, Foursquare, Skype IM, WeChat, Viber, LINE, MySpace, Yahoo! Messenger
  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes, with dedicated mic
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: -
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: possible

Battery

  • Battery: 5300 mAh Li-ion Battery (removable)
  • Use Time: -
  • Wi-Fi Browsing: -

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Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2 Specs & Price

Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2 is a successor of the Galaxy Pocket, along with Pocket Neo and the 2013’s Pocket Plus. Like its predecessor, it is an entry level phone with a modest features lineup. Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2 features a 3.3-inch QVGA display, a 1.0 GHz processor, and 512MB of RAM with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) replacing the older version of the OS in the original Pocket. It also has an Optional Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by).

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Hardware & Software

Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2 comes with a 3.3 inch screen with 240 x 320 pixels resolution. Users would love the battery life with a 1,200 mAh battery. The talk time is up to 5 hours (3G) while the music play is up to 21 hours.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2 is powered by a 1GHz processor and runs on Android 4.4.2, which is a lot better than the Android 2.3.6 of the first generation Galaxy Pocket. It sports a 2 megapixels camera on the back.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2 offers 4 GB of internal storage and can be expanded up to as 32 GB with a microSD card.

Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2 is not yet available in Nigeria. We currently have no data on pricing and availability. When available, Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2 Price in Nigeria is expected to range between N13,000 to N18,000 at launch.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2 Specs

Here are a few specs of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), TouchWiz
  • Processor: 1GHz Processor
  • GPU: -
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Colours: White, Iris Charcoal
  • Dimension: 109.9 x 60.8 x 11.7 mm
  • Weight: 107 g
  • SIM Type: Micro SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual-SIM, Dual Standby

Display

  • Display: 3.3-inch Touch Display, 240 x 320 pixels (121ppi)
  • Display Protection: -

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 2 MP Camera, 240p Video
  • Rear Camera Features: Geo-tagging
  • Front Camera: No

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 4GB Storage
  • Memory Card Support: Up to 32GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: -

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
  • 2G CDMA 1X: No
  • 3G WCDMA: 900 / 2100 MHz or 850 / 2100 MHz
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: No

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes, up to 48kbps
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes, up to 21 Mbps
  • HSPA+: No
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: No
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • NFC: No
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol:

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
  • Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
  • FM Radio: Yes (also FM Recording)
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: No
  • Maps: Yes, Google Maps

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: -
  • Accelerometer: -
  • Proximity Sensor: -
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Gyroscope: No
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: -
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: -
  • Voice Control: -

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: No
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: No (download at store)

Battery

  • Battery: 1200 mAh Li-ion Battery

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HTC Desire Eye Specs & Price

HTC wants you to view the Desire Eye as your go-to camera for the photographer at heart – and this new smartphone doesn’t disappoint. HTC Desire Eye takes many of HTC’s flagship features and places them in a smartphone in which photography is the major emphasis.

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Hardware & Software

With a 5.2-inch display with a 1920 x 1080p screen resolution, a 2.3Ghz Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 801 Processor, 2GB of RAM, contains a minimum 16GB of internal storage with expandable memory storage (8.9GB after Sense UI and stock Android features are excluded) by way of a microSD card slot (128GB of additional memory expansion possible), and a 2,400mAh battery, the HTC Desire Eye offers a solid hardware.

The BOOMSound audio speakers return in the HTC Desire Eye as they were in the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8, so we’re not surprised that HTC’s audio quality makes the device excellent when it comes to listening to your music without the headphones plugged in. HTC’s audio quality is a feature that has been implemented in the new Motorola Nexus 6 smartphone and the HTC Nexus 9 tablet, and HTC will forever be remembered as having been a huge mover and shaker in excellent audio quality and design within the smartphone experience.

How It Stands Out from the Pack

To combat the success of Sony’s water-resistant Xperia Z line and Samsung’s water-resistant Galaxy S5, the Taiwanese manufacturer decided to add IPX7 water resistance to the HTC Desire Eye, making the device splash-proof against some water drops.

Is that all? Not by a long shot. What you’ve yet to see in the new HTC Desire Eye is that HTC’s not only increased the display size and added water resistance, but also added two new front and back cameras as well as photography software.

The traditional 4MP "UltraPixel" camera on the back now gives way for a 13 megapixels camera, while for the front camera, the 5 megapixels camera on the One M8, bows down to the Desire Eye’s 13 megapixels front camera with autofocus, as well as full 1080p video recording and dual LED flash technology.

The Software

As with the HTC One M8 Eye, the HTC Desire Eye the Eye software features (for which the Eye software is named): Auto and Voice Selfies that allow you to use voice command to capture your perfect pose.

The Eye Software also brings features like Face Fusion to create silly face combinations of two people, Live Makeup to perfect your photo before you capture the moment, Split Capture that utilizes both the front and back camera for moments that stretch beyond words, Photo Booth recreates a familiar scene for special moments, and the Crop-Me-In feature that lets you place yourself in any photo, whether you were there or not.

HTC Desire Eye comes with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with HTC Sense 6 UI. It features Quick Charge 2.0, which can topup your battery to up to 60% in 30 minutes.

Pricing and availability

The HTC Desire Eye is available in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and the United States, and is also headed to Singapore soon. In the US, the HTC Desire Eye is an AT&T carrier exclusive and will retail for $149.99 with a two-year contract or $549.99 off-contract.

In the UK, the HTC Desire Eye is a carrier exclusive on Three, and Three promises to give free international and 800 calls along with 4G data at no additional cost. It's been said that Three UK will sell the device for £300-£400.

The Desire Eye will be available by way of Amazon India for India customers by the end of November. Amazon India will be the exclusive carrier of the HTC Desire Eye.

HTC Desire Eye is not yet available in Nigeria. We currently have no data on pricing or availability for Nigeria. When available, HTC Desire Eye Price in Nigeria is expected to range between N95,000 to N120,000, depending on your location.

HTC Desire Eye Specs

Here are a few specs of the HTC Desire Eye:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), Sense 6
  • Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Processor (Snapdragon 801)
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Colours: White, Red, Blue
  • Dimension: 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
  • Weight: 154 g
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM
  • SIM Count: Single-SIM

Display

  • Display: 5.2-inch Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (424ppi)
  • Display Protection: -

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 13 MP Camera, dual-LED Flash, 1080p HD Video
  • Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, HDR, Geo-tagging, Panorama, Face Detection
  • Front Camera: 13MP Camera, HDR, dual-LED Flash, 1080p HD Video

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 16GB Storage
  • Memory Card Support: Up to 128GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: 50GB Free Google Drive

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
  • 2G CDMA 1X: No
  • 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 2100MHz
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes, up to 48kbps
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes, up to 21mbps
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP
  • NFC: No
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: -

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
  • Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
  • FM Radio: -
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Maps: Yes, Google Maps

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: -
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: -
  • Voice Control: -

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes (with dedicated mic)
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Water Resistant: Yes (IPX7 certified), Water Resistant up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes
  • Dust Resistant: Yes
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: No (Download on Google Play)

Battery

  • Battery: 2400 mAh Li-Ion Battery (non-removable)
  • Standby Time: up to 538 hours
  • Talktime: up to 20 hours

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Microsoft Band Specs & Price

The Microsoft Band is one of the newest fitness mobile gadgets on the market, but it showcases Microsoft’s own contribution to the wearables market.


Microsoft Band

The Microsoft Band is Microsoft's answer to the fitness bands and smartwatches from major players like the Apple Watch, Pebble Steel, and Samsung's multitude of offerings like the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear Neo, Gear S, and Gear Fit.

One of the major advantage of the Microsoft Band is that it is cross platform with support for all the major platforms.

Works with Major Operating Systems

The Microsoft Band works with all three major operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows Phone), not just Windows – which is a major plus for the company’s first wearable device. Microsoft’s been blazing this same trail with its Office software for iPhone and iPad, with the company having just released its Android smartphone app recently (and the company’s promise that an Android tablet app is imminent).

Additionally, Microsoft has increased its OneDrive cloud storage offerings for iOS and Android users – a sign that the company looks to propel itself to the top of the cloud wars by way of a cross-platform approach.

The new Microsoft Band is cross-platform fitness band and smartwatch compatible for devices updated to Windows Phone 8.1, iOS 7.1 or later, and Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat (the latest version of Android; an Android 5.0 Lollipop is pending for Nexus devices).

The Display

The Microsoft Band features a 1.4-inch thin film transistor (or TFT) display with a screen resolution of 320 x 106 pixels. To put the Microsoft Band in perspective, the fitness band is smaller than that of Samsung’s Gear Fit (1.84 inches) with a somewhat smaller screen resolution (432 x 128 pixels for the Gear Fit vs. 320 x 106 for the Microsoft Band).

Other Important Specs

The Microsoft Band also features two 100mAh batteries (200mAh total), which falls short of the 300mAh and 400mAh battery capacities of Samsung’s own Gear Fit and Gear smartwatch lineup as well as Android Wear watches like the LG G Watch and LG G Watch R (or Samsung’s own Android Wear smartwatch, the Gear Live).

As a fitness band, however, the Microsoft Band battery matches closely that of Samsung’s own Gear Fit – with the Gear Fit featuring a 210mAh battery to the Microsoft Band’s 200mAh battery capacity. Microsoft says that its fitness band can last up to 48 hours on a single charge and only takes about 90 minutes to fully recharge.

The Microsoft Band runs on Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) and is only splash-resistant but does retain the dust resistance we’ve come to expect with most element-proof fitness wearables.

Early reviews disapprove of the Microsoft Band’s splash-resistance, which is at the bottom of the list when it comes to most fitness wearables that have been released in 2014. Most devices are water-resistant; the Microsoft Band will allow a few water splashes, but don’t expect to use it in the gym shower after going for that 4K run.

Sensors and Software

The Microsoft Band features 10 sensors, including an optical heart rate sensor to monitor your heart rate, GPS, an ambient light sensor that helps you read your fitness band’s display (even in sunlight), a UV sensor to determine your risk of damage from the sun’s rays, as well as a microphone (likely pertaining to voice command capabilities for Windows Phone’s Cortana voice assistant and email and other notifications).

The optical heart rate monitor works well with the Microsoft Band’s heart rate monitor software, but you can also track your steps, run times, distances, and calories, as well as your sleep quality and habits.

When you’re not tracking your physical fitness information, the Microsoft Band will also showcase your text message, calendar, call, email, social media (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, Gold’s Gym, Runkeeper), weather, and other notifications. You can make your notifications smart as well by selecting which ones you’d rather receive on your wrist and which ones you can live without – making the Microsoft Band as subtle as your wardrobe.

Conclusion

The Microsoft Band looks to provide something for everyone, and the device certainly covers just about every feature you’d expect on a wearable that looks to take on the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear Fit and Gear smartwatch lines (as well as Google’s Android Wear).

Pricing and availability

Microsoft Band costs $199.99 and is available only in the US (for now) and can be purchased from either a Microsoft retail store near you or at the Microsoft Store online. It is not yet available in Nigeria and we currently have no data on pricing and availability for Nigeria.

When available, Microsoft Band Price in Nigeria is expected to range from N35,000 to N80,000 at launch.

Microsoft Band Specs

Here are a few specs of the Microsoft Band Smartwatch & Fitness Band:

General Features

  • Platform: Microsoft Wearable Architecture
  • Processor: ARM Cortex M4 MCU
  • Memory: 64 MB RAM
  • Colours: Black
  • Dimension: 19 x 8.7 mm (width x thickness)
  • Weight: 60 g
  • SIM Slot: No
  • Water Resistant: No, Sweat and Splash Resistant
  • Dustproof: Yes
  • Standalone Calls & SMS: No
  • Sync with Phone: Yes (Windows Phone 8.1, Android 4.4.3+, iOS 7.1+)

Display & Camera

  • Display: 1.84-inch TFT Touch Display, 320 x 106 pixels (183ppi)
  • Display Protection: -
  • Camera: No

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: -
  • Memory Card Support: No
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: -

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: No
  • 2G CDMA 1X: No
  • 3G WCDMA: No
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: No

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: No
  • EDGE: No
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: No
  • HSPA+: No
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: No
  • WLAN: No
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: No
  • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • NFC: No
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes, Magnetically coupled (for USB Chraging)

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes (Syncs with Phone)
  • Instant Messaging: No (Displays Message Alerts)
  • Push Emails: No (Shows Email Previews from Phone)
  • Email Protocol: No

Entertainment

  • Music Player: No (Syncs with your Phone)
  • Video Player: No
  • FM Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: No
  • 3.5mm Jack: No

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, GPS
  • Maps: Yes (Activity Mapping)

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes, 3-axis Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor: -
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • Pedometer: Yes
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Galvanic Skin Response: Yes
  • Skin Temperature Sensor: Yes
  • Capacitive Sensor: Yes
  • UV Sensor: Yes
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Hepatic Vibration Motor: Yes

Other Features

  • Fitness Apps: Microsoft Health App
  • Image Editor: No
  • Video Editor: No
  • Image Viewer: No
  • Video Viewer: No
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 12 kilometre

Battery

  • Battery: 2 x 100mAh rechargeable Lithium ion Battery (i.e. 200 mAh)
  • Battery Life: 48 hours of normal use
  • Average Charge Time: 1.5 hours

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