WP8 rumors: 12 MP Nokia PureView for Verizon, QWERTY slider for Sprint, Lenovo and Asus phones too
The Nokia Lumia 900 just got its big launch in the US, but of course the Finnish company has some other devices planned for this year as well. In the fourth quarter is when we expect Windows Phone 8 to launch. According to past leaks, this OS version will support a lot more high-end hardware and will enable some interesting devices to be created.
One of which will apparently be a PureView-branded Nokia made for Verizon. This won’t, however, use the 41 MP sensor in the Nokia 808 PureView Symbian smartphone, but rather the 12 MP unit found in the N8. That shouldn’t be a problem, since thanks to that sensor, the N8 is still the king of all cameraphones at the moment, even if it was released in 2010. So the 12 MP PureView for Verizon will clearly be a great cameraphone, perhaps battling it out for the title of ‘the best’ with the upcoming iPhone 5 (which should be out around the same time).
The PureView headed for Verizon will also have a ClearBlack touchscreen with 1280×720 resolution, since WP8 will finally support that.
Nokia will also apparently make a QWERTY side-slider for Sprint, with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen. Both of these phones will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, the MSM8960. This uses Krait cores and, in some benchmarks, comes on top of Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3. Again, it will be in the aforementioned smartphones because WP8 will finally add support for multi-core processors. This also makes sense because so far Qualcomm has been the exclusive CPU supplier for Windows Phone, and that’s probably not going to change.
As for T-Mobile and AT&T, they won’t receive any new Nokia gear. However, AT&T will have two Samsung WP8 devices, and T-Mobile will get an HTC device for the WP8 launch.
Lenovo and Asus will be getting in on that hot WP action starting with WP8. On the other hand, no new Windows Phones will be launched by LG, Dell, or Acer. That’s not really surprising, since neither of those companies had any particular success with their past Windows Phones. Of course, that may not be (only) the operating system’s fault, but for now don’t expect any new launches from them on the Windows side of the smartphone world.
All of the above comes from the same source, going by the handle MS Nerd on Twitter. Apparently he has a pretty good record on leaking Windows Phone-related stuff, so this might all happen. Or not. Remember these are just rumors at the moment, and need to be viewed as such.