In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we look at the two new Nokia smartphones coming to Three, Apple’s plans for 5G, and the new Tesla Model 3.
Nokia 3 and 6 come to Three
Nokia is officially back. After a three year hiatus, the all-new Android powered Nokia 3 and 6 have landed and are now available on Three.ie, or from your local Three store. The HMD Global devices will come with stock Android Nougat, giving users a focused, clutter-free operating system with the full range of Google services.
The Nokia 3 is perfect for anyone who wants all the essentials in a smartphone – it has a 5” HD display, 8MP camera front and rear, 16GB storage, and 2GB RAM. The smartphone comes with classic Nokia design hallmarks: a sculpted polycarbonate back, a solid-feeling aluminium frame and optimised performance for everyday use. It’s also very affordable, available for €129.99 on prepay, or free on billpay.
The Nokia 6 (pictured) brings even more to the table and is available exclusively with Three Ireland. It comes with a 5.5” display, 1080p screen, Snapdragon 430 chipset, 32GB storage and 3GB RAM. It’s an excellent choice for photos, with a 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. The Nokia 6 is crafted from seamless precision-milled aluminium, making it both durable and beautiful, and the smartphone also comes with an excellent battery life. Get it now, exclusively with Three, for €229.99 on prepay or free on billpay.
If you’re interested in theNokia 5 – stay tuned, it’s coming soon.
Apple to begin testing 5G
5G speeds are the future…and it looks like Apple will be one of the first manufacturers to test the technology. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US has granted Apple approval to begin testing 5G, Mashable reports. Specifically, they have been given permission to start using ‘short-range millimetre wave spectrum’, which could be used in 5G technology.
This could give Apple a head start in creating 5G ready iPhones when 5G is ready to be rolled out to the public, which experts say will be in the next few years.
Three Ireland is the only Irish operator to successfully secure 100MHz of 5G spectrum nationally, which means we will be able to offer uniform 5G for rural and urban areas. 100MHz is the recognised optimum bandwidth for 5G and will provide enhanced mobile data and home broadband with fibre-equivalent speeds in the very near future.
Tesla Model 3 Unveiled
As promised, Elon Musk unveiled his latest electric car offering, the Tesla Model 3, last week. The vehicle received rave reviews from critics when it was unveiled, with Peter Holley of The Washington Post claiming the car “seamlessly incorporates technology that is already second nature in many people’s everyday lives”.
One of the most interesting features of the Model 3 is its dashboard, which has no buttons, allowing the car to be completely controlled via a 15.4” screen. You can navigate the touch screen using two controls on the steering wheel, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.
While Musk has yet to set a date for when the Model 3 will officially be on sale, we do know it will be introduced to the US market first, targeting the mainstream buyer at a cost of $35,000. Half a million fans have already put their names on a waiting list – and since electric cars will replace petrol and diesel cars as the new normal in the coming years, it’s no surprise.
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