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Microsoft is getting ready to announce a “selfie phone” at IFA 2014 next week. Initially known as Nokia Superman, the handset reportedly has two versions: Lumia 730, and Lumia 735.
According to new info coming out of China, the Lumia 735 has LTE connectivity, while the 730 doesn’t, instead offering support for two SIM cards. That aside, the devices appear to be identical, as several new photos that allegedly present them next to each other seem to confirm. Both the 735 and 730 should feature 5 MP front-facing cameras, 4.7-inch displays with 720 x 1280 pixels, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 processors. Obviously, Windows Phone 8.1 will be on board of both smartphones. Like most of the older Lumia models, the 735 and 730 will likely have several color versions - we can see a white and a black one in the slideshow below.
Even though the HTC One M8 Windows Phone version is currently a Verizon exclusive, it turns out it will be a limited exclusive. According to multiple reports across the web, the other three major US carriers, including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will all be getting their own versions of the device. This has not been officially confirmed, so for now we are categorizing this as "rumint." Despite this, it's something to watch out, and it makes sense for HTC to do this.
The above pic is a screen grab of two different leaks supposedly confirming this rumor. Sound off if you are on a different carrier than Verizon and are hoping this device will come your direction.
It seems Nokia is finally getting ready to update its high end phone line-up.
Later this month they should announce Lumia 928 for Verizon. As the number suggests, it will be a minor update to its Lumia 920 flagship, and will come 4.5” OLED display, 1.5Ghz CPU, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and support for simultaneous voice/LTE.
Lumia 928 Pureview camera should be similar to 920, but as you can see in the picture, it should also have the Xenon flash for even better performance in low light conditions. 928 will use thinner polycarbonate, so this should help with the biggest complaint users had about 920 – its weight.
Sadly, the previous rumors about aluminum frames for Nokia’s first Verizon flagship seem to be in error. Those frames are coming, but later.
Not much later, if another set of rumors is to be believed. According to them, Nokia has a big launch event planned for May 15th in London, for the true successor to Lumia 920.
The new Windows Phone smartphone is codenamed Catwalk and will come in a thin, light aluminum body with the following specs:
Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual core CPU
4.5” octaOLED 128x768px display
1GB of RAM
16GB of built-in memory
8.7mpx f2.0 camera with optical image stabilization
2000 mAh non-removable battery
Nokia Catwalk should hit the shops in late June/early July.
Here's a story we missed from the end of last month. It's still a pretty interesting and relevant piece of news so we thought it worth sharing. Thanks to BileshaWelton for the news tip!
It’s no secret that Viber for Windows Phone 8 is one of the most highly anticipated pieces of software that is not yet available to the masses, but we won’t have too much longer to wait; Viber CEO Talmon Marco has confirmed to TruTower that the application has been submitted to the Windows Phone Store and is now awaiting publication, a process that Microsoft estimates (without certification, which may not be necessary since Viber messaging is already available in the store) to take 24 hours.
Many users have been waiting a long time for the application, and it’s great to see it finally completed and in the process of being unleashed.
We have been able to confirm via an earlier article post that stickers will not be among the features available in the first release of the new app, but Viber has revealed that group calling will indeed be available from day one.
Windows Phone might be a promising platform with great looks and plenty of fluidity, but sadly with no official sales figures it’s hard to know whether it’s catching up or not. Now, Microsoft’s corporate communications VP Frank Shaw unveiled parts of the mystery but not the whole mystery.
“Windows Phone has reached 10 percent market share in a number of countries, and according to IDC’s latest report, has shipped more than Blackberry in 26 markets and more than iPhone in seven.”
The 10% market share - in case you were wondering - was one of the milestones Microsoft has long been waiting to achieve to signify a breakthrough in its attempts to build the third ecosystem. Sadly, Shaw leaves it up to the imagination to know what exact countries were those 10% in - are they in large developed markets, or in tinier emerging markets. Whatever the case, it’s hard to draw any conclusions out of that. We can only say that Microsoft is slowly but surely raising its market presence.
In an interview on Finnish television, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, in response to a question about the Nokia Lumia 928, said that, "there is so much good work ahead. I mean some of the beautiful phones still ahead we’re so excited about." Elop pointed out how Nokia smartphones are well known for their beautiful designs and the photography produced by the camera on Nokia phones. The executive said that future models will exaggerate both of those features and take them to higher and higher levels.
In what is good news for the Finnish handset manufacturer, Elop said Nokia will sell more phones on a sequential basis in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of last year. "Now we’re starting with a brand new set of products, we’re starting with low numbers but I like that Q4 was more than Q3 and I want to keep growing that and taking that to a higher and higher amount," said the CEO.
Elop also vocalized his goal for Nokia to beat Apple and Samsung by innovating. The innovation on the Nokia Lumia 920 includes the amazing low-light picture taking capabilities on the phone along with the great viewing angles that allow you to view the screen even under bright sunlight. He also pointed out how Nokia Lumia 920 users can control the screen even while wearing gloves.