Microsoft backed up the launch of the Lumia 640 with a phablet version of the same device, the aptly named Lumia 640 XL. It may not be the flagship device we all want from Redmond, but there is no doubting that the Lumia brand continues to deliver quality rounded smartphones.
Microsoft announced a couple of new handsets today and once again skipped over the flagship market, but more on that later. Redmond did have yet another budget handset to unveil in the typically colorful form of the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. Both smartphones were announced at the company's Mobile World Conference event in Barcelona.
Samsung and HTC will be the ones to watch at MWC next week, but there will be other major companies launching smartphones at the event. Chief among those is Microsoft, with Redmond likely to announce a number of new handsets from its Lumia range. However, if you are pining after a flagship device from the company, then you may be left wanting.
The Nokia Lumia Icon is a pretty standard mid-range device these days, but it is a good smartphone and is the closest you will get to a flagship (with the Lumia 1520) that Microsoft currently has on its portfolio. The Verizon version of the Icon is now coming up to date in terms of software with Microsoft and Big Red issuing the new Lumia Denim for Windows Phone 8.1 update.
Microsoft is planning on making Windows 10 its uniform platform across all form factors and will be hoping to get the OS onto as many smartphones as possible. One question raised early was how would Windows 10 work on the company's large amount of entry level handsets, those packing 512MB of RAM?
Google's apps and services may dominate the mobile space, but the company's Gmail app has fallen behind Microsoft's Outlook email app on Apple's iOS platform. The service launched on the App Store yesterday and has quickly became a big success, overtaking Google's Gmail in store lists.
Microsoft announced a mixed bag fourth quarter during its earnings call on Monday evening, with revenue up, but profits down. The company revealed that the Surface tablet range is growing, although despite that and improved revenue, the loss of income will be the talking point for the company.
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has had some ups and downs, but it seems as though the tablet is enjoying a bit of a surge right now. Microsoft has reported that it shifted a sizeable amount of Surface Pro during its fiscal Q2 2015 (Q4 2014 calendar).
With Windows 10 due to launch today, it seems Microsoft may have a few surprises up its sleeve, including a rumored smartphone that will also have laptop capabilities. A "phone-laptop" hybrid, but that of course does not mean that the company will launch a laptop sized smartphone, quite the opposite in fact.
Microsoft's new Lumia Denim update has already rolled out to a few of the company's smartphones, with a small group boasting the software. Redmond has now said the update that combines Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 with some Lumia exclusive goodies will be heading to even more devices in the coming weeks.