Top Ten Mobile Phone News Stories of the Week

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Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including the Samsung Ativ Q, Instagram video and a not-so subtle tease from Nokia.

1. Nokia Teases 41 Megapixel Camera

Nokia is holding an event on 11 July in New York, where we think it’ll reveal a PureView Windows Phone. A post on its Conversations blog has almost given the game away, as it says there are, “41 million reasons” to watch the event online. Why 41 million? It just so happens the full PureView camera experience is 41 megapixels. Not very subtle, Nokia, but very exciting.

2. Samsung Announces the Ativ Q

At its London event on Thursday, Samsung announced the Ativ Q, a convertible tablet with a built-in keyboard which runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.2. It’s powered by a new Intel Core i5 Haswell chip, has 4GB of RAM and a 13.3-inch screen with an incredible 3200×1800 pixel resolution. The price and release date have yet to be confirmed.

3. Introducing Instagram Video, Ready to Challenge Vine

Facebook and Instagram have added a video feature to the popular photo sharing app, where just like Vine, you can record and share a brief video clip. It can last 15 seconds, and in true Instagram style, a series of filters can be added. The video feature is available as an update to the iOS and Android app right now, and you can see it in action below.

4. HTC Desire 200 Announced

A budget phone from HTC, the Desire 200 has a 3.5-inch, 480×320 pixel resolution screen and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The design is good though, and reminiscent of the HTC One, plus there is a 5 megapixel camera on the rear, Beats Audio enhancements, GPS, 3G, and a 1230mAh battery. We’re still waiting to hear where the phone will go on sale, and how much it will cost.

5. Leaked Galaxy Note 3 Picture?

An image said to be of the Galaxy Note 3 has been leaked. It shows a device with a rounded corner, just like the Galaxy S4. It’s difficult to say whether this is the real thing or not, so just treat it as a bit of fun for the moment, but if it is real, expect to see the phone announced in September at the IFA show in Berlin.

6. Tizen Phones to Have Exynos Power

We’re still waiting for the announcement of Samsung’s first Tizen phones, but a report has indicated that when they do arrive, they’ll be powered by either the Exynos 4212 or Exynos 4412 processor. The former is a dual-core chip and was used in the Galaxy S II, while the latter is from the Galaxy S III and a quad-core chip.

7. First Music Video Shot with a Lumia 925 Released

The video for Koobra’s Something Real has been shot entirely on a Lumia 925. The clip concentrates on faces and some very bright pastel shades, all in a Windows Phone-like way. The quality is fantastic, just make sure you put it to 1080p on YouTube, where the detail in singer Joanna’s face is really revealed. You can take a look at it below.

8. Oppo Confirms Development of Find 7

Oppo recently announced the Find 5 smartphone for the UK, and has confirmed in a statement that it’s working on a Find 7. The name suggests it’ll be a tablet rather than a phone, but it’s still in the early stages, as there are no specs for the device yet. Expect more news later this year, but its release is still some time away.

9. Nokia Smart Camera App Released

Announced alongside the Lumia 925, the Nokia Smart Camera app adds a comprehensive burst mode feature to your Lumia’s camera. In addition to taking several shots in quick succession, you can add different effects such as motion blur and a strobe effect, plus edit out unwanted images. It’s available to download from the Windows Phone store now, but phones other than the Lumia 925 need another software update to run it, which has yet to be released.

10. Performance Optimising CPU-Z App Released for Android

If you’ve ever wondered about your phone’s RAM or processor, then a new app has been released which will help you out. CPU-Z has released an Android version of its popular Windows tool, which can not only identify the hardware hidden inside your phone, but also help you tweak the settings to get the best performance possible out of them. It’s ideal for developers, as it has a debug mode, but can be used by keen amateurs too. You can download it for free here.

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