Last month we discussed the Microsoft Lumia 1030, a sequel to Nokia's camera-centric Lumia 1020 from a couple of years ago. The handset was once again set to feature arguably the best camera module in the industry and was due to launch later in the year, presumably with Windows 10 Mobile in tow. However, it now seems as though the device has been killed.
Microsoft seems to finally be giving us what we have waited a long time for, a new flagship smartphone! The handset is said to be the Lumia 940 XL, which will be the company's first such device since taking over Nokia's devices and services division. Indeed, it will be the first Windows flagship since the HTC One M8 for WP and the first to carry the Lumia branding since the Lumia 930 (Icon).
The next year is hugely important for Microsoft. The company is launching Windows 10 Mobile later in the year, while new devices and flagships are certainly on the way alongside the fresh OS. However, Redmond may have to take a significant loss as it seems as though the company?s handsets are not selling as well as what was expected when Microsoft purchased Nokia's devices and services business.
Windows 10 will be launching next month, but we will have to wait until the fall to get the mobile version of the platform. Windows 10 Mobile will arrive in the third quarter and is potentially the most complete mobile operating system Microsoft has ever made. It certainly looks nice judging by these leaked images of build number 10149, which will not actually be the final offering from Redmond.
Verizon has announced that it will begin carrying the Microsoft Lumia 735, with the U.S. based carrier selling the smartphone from today onwards. That means that Big Red is the only carrier in the United States to be offering Microsoft mid-range device that used to be called the Nokia Lumia 735 before Microsoft rebranded it.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is still arguably the best camera experience you can have on a smartphone, despite the fact the device is two years old. Built by Nokia, the follow up will be made by Microsoft after it bought the Finnish company's devices and services division. It now seems as though the follow up is close to being launched.
Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 10 will be launching on July 29th, but the company has yet to offer an official date for Windows 10 Mobile. PC?s and tablets will be getting the full Windows 10 OS during July, but the mobile version is going to land at a later date. According to a report today from Neowin suggests that Windows 10 Mobile will be launched in September.
With Windows Phone lagging so far behind Android and iOS globally, any victory for the platform should be celebrated. So the news that Windows Phone is thriving in Pakistan should be music to Microsoft's ears, even if the country is not a key market for smartphone sales. Certainly, with market share in the United States falling 21% during the first quarter of the year, Redmond could use all the good news it can get.
Microsoft is continuing to flesh out its plans for Windows 10, with the company confirming today that there will be seven different SKUs of the platform. Of course, our primary concern is the mobile oriented version, which will be ushered in later in the year as a replacement for Windows Phone 8. It has been assumed that either Windows Phone 10 or just Windows 10 would be used for the name, but it will actually be called Windows 10 Mobile Microsoft announced.
The Microsoft Lumia 735 has been with us for some time, it was launched way back in September 2014, but has yet to have a release in the United States. There have been several rumours that the mid-range handset would arrive stateside and that is a little closer to reality with a Verizon version of the Lumia 735 showing up on an FCC filing.