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?
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.
Microsoft launched two devices today, the Lumia 435 and this, the Lumia 532, a handset that has shown up numerous times in leaks. The smartphone has been given an official release by Redmond and it is yet another budget attack, leaving us wondering just how many budget devices Microsoft now has... a flagship would be nice guys.
Microsoft has had its own smartphone division for half a year now after buying Nokia's devices business. However, while big markets await that killer flagship, Redmond is continuing to dabble in the entry level, a price bracket that has admittedly served Windows Phone better than others. The latest handset is the Microsoft Lumia 435, and in the world of Lumia the lower the number the lower the specs, so this 435 is a budget device.
The Microsoft/Nokia Lumia 1330 looks like it is going to get a single SIM version soon after a device with the model number RM-1062 has been passed through the FCC. This is the Lumia 1335, and as is normally the case the plus 5 numbering usually means something with SIM card of LTE variations.
Windows Phone has oft been accused of lagging behind iOS and Android in terms of apps, games, and services. It is an accurate assessment, but at the same time Microsoft has being doing a good job of bringing its platform up to speed. Windows Phone users now have a new toy to play with after WatchESPN was launched on the platform.
The Microsoft Lumia 735 was announced back in September, and alongside the Lumia 830 and 730 it was the first smartphone that Microsoft had built with its new Nokia toy. Microsoft claimed that it would arrive in the United States at some point, with the company listing the handset as "coming soon" on its US website. Major carriers like Sprint and Verizon also listed the smartphone.