The week in gadgets


12 Sep 2011

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A look at gadget happenings, as the Nokia X7 arrives on Three, Nintendo 3DS sales in the US rise by 260pc and Bada 2.0 will roll out on all Samsung Wave devices.

Nokia X7 out now on Three

The Nokia X7, which runs on the new Symbian Anna OS, is available in Ireland on Three.

While Nokia is moving to Windows Phone 7, it says it still plans to release Symbian devices until 2012 at least.

The upgraded mobile OS will offer a new browser, enhanced security, improved text input and new mail and calendar apps.

The phone features a 4-inch AMOLED screen and an 8-megapixel camera with a dual LED flash.

The Nokia X7 is now available in dark steel in Three stores.

US Nintendo 3DS sales soar after price cut

Sales for the Nintendo 3DS rose by 260pc in the US after it cut its price from US$250 to US$169.99 in the US.

More than 235,000 3DS consoles were sold in August, with 185,000 sold after the price cut on 12 August, according to NPD Group.

A similar price cut was made in Europe, where the Nintendo 3DS’ price dropped from €250 to €169.99, though Nintendo has yet to release sales data for the consoles in this region.

Those who purchased the console before the price cut could avail of 20 free downloadable games if they updated their consoles before 11 August.

Samsung’s Bada 2.0 coming to all older Wave devices

The next update to Bada will arrive on all Samsung Wave devices from the end of the year.

According to Samsung’s Twitter page, Bada 2.0 will arrive on Wave devices from the fourth quarter of 2011 starting in Europe, and will arrive in other countries afterwards.

This follows the announcement of three new Bada 2.0 phones last month – The Wave 3, M and Y.

Photo: The Nokia X7

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