So far, thanks to various bits of leaked info, we’re pretty sure that Nokia will unveil the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 PureView during its upcoming event taking place this Wednesday. The Lumia 920 will be the Finnish company’s new flagship smartphone, while the Lumia 820 is shaping up to be a pretty capable midranger. But what about the low-end of the marketplace?
Well, it turns out that there may also be a successor in the works for the Lumia 610 (pictured below), Nokia’s cheapest Windows Phone to date. The upcoming handset could predictably be called Lumia 620, but all we have for now is its codename: Glory. It will come with a 4-inch screen (bigger than its predecessor’s 3.7-inch unit). At least that’s what “sources familiar with with Nokia’s Windows Phones” have claimed.
Interestingly enough, the Glory won’t run Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system. Instead, Windows Phone 7.8 will be used – a version of the OS based on WP7, but with some of the goodies of WP8 added in for good measure (such as the new homescreen). WP 7.8 was always supposed to be geared towards the low-end of the market, so this makes sense. It’s also in line with some info we’ve heard once before, namely that WP 7.8 won’t just be the last update for the WP7 devices, but it will be powering some new, low-end hardware as well – mainly sold in emerging markets.
Of course, it remains to be seen how happy prospective WP 7.8 device owners in those emerging markets will be with the fact that apps designed for WP8 won’t be compatible with WP 7.8.
Anyway, the Nokia Glory is rumored to come with an 800 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM, just like the Lumia 610. The new device may arrive on the market in time for the famed holiday shopping season. Because of the OS version it runs, it’s clear that the screen’s resolution will be 480×800. And that’s everything we know about the Glory so far. Apparently, we shouldn’t expect it to get unveiled alongside its two bigger siblings at Nokia’s event on September 5, so the Lumia 620 may get announced at some point later than that.
Via The Verge
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