Microsoft Teases Nov. 11 Debut of New Lumia
All this talk of fancy new iPhone 6 handsets and hard-to-find Nexus 6 Android smartphones must be making Windows Phone users pretty jealous. It seems, however, that Microsoft has a solution in mind, as the company is teasing a new Lumia device set for a debut shortly.
A new post was published on the Nokia Conversations blog. It contained the above picture, and was accompanied with a pretty simple headline: “Want to see #MoreLumia?” The message that followed was straightforward, if still vague:
“Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone. Come back on November 11, to find out more! #MoreLumia”
Just a few weeks ago, Microsoft confirmed earlier reports that the company would be dropping the “Nokia” branding from its Lumia line of smartphones, and this new device – whatever it is – would seem to be the proof. As to what the device will offer in terms of specs, I’m not going to lie: I can’t even begin to guess, since I have a hard time keeping up with the various models of Lumia that Nokia and Microsoft have been releasing over the last few months.
The most recent, highest-end Lumia phone that I’ve found was released in the first half of this year: the Nokia Lumia Icon (or the international version, called the Lumia 930), which sports 2GB of RAM, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 32 GB of internal storage, packed under a 5-inch screen with a 20 megapixel rear camera and 1080 full HD video. Considering the recent trend of OEMs making their flagship phones approach (or hit) phablet proportions, I wouldn’t be surprised if this new Lumia device featured similar internals to that of the Icon, with maybe an extra gigabyte of RAM, and a display pushing 5.5 to 6 inches. And hey, maybe they’ll bring back that super 41 megapixel camera that came with the Lumia 1020 last year. Why not?
Now’s a good time to look into the Windows Phone line of devices, though. The Microsoft Band is designed to work well with the Windows Phone OS, and Microsoft is hard at work on creating a new version of Windows that’ll work well with other Windows machines across platforms. It stands to reason that any flagship phone released on November 11 will likely be on the receiving end of an OTA update for Windows 10 when that’s released next year.
What do you hope to see out of the first Microsoft Lumia device next week?
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