Nokia Lumia 930, Lumia 630, and Lumia 635 announced with Windows Phone 8.1
Apr03

Nokia Lumia 930, Lumia 630, and Lumia 635 announced with Windows Phone 8.1

Today during Microsoft’s Build conference, Nokia announced three new Windows Phones. And yes, among those are both the much-leaked Lumia 630 as well as the Lumia 930, a handset that at one point was said not to be outed on this occasion. Alas, it was. All three devices run Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS, which just got introduced today. The Nokia Lumia 930 is, as was rumored, basically an international version of the Lumia Icon for Verizon. At least in terms of specs. The design is incredibly similar, but the 930 is a lot more colorful – as you can see in the images below. The Lumia 930 has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD ClearBlack OLED touchscreen, a 20 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of non-expandable internal storage, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,420 mAh battery. It is priced at $599 before taxes and subsidies, and will be out in June – at least two months after the announcement. The rollout will start in Europe, Asia, India, the Middle East, and Latin America. The Lumia 930 won’t be offered in the US because of Nokia’s exclusivity deal with Verizon on the Lumia Icon. The Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 are basically the same device, save for the fact that the latter has 4G LTE connectivity, and the former doesn’t. The Lumia 630 does, however, have a dual-SIM version as well, though that’s 3G-only too. All of the 63x handsets come with a 4.5-inch 854×480 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,830 mAh battery. The Lumia 630 and Lumia 630 Dual-SIM have 21 Mbps HSPA connectivity, while the Lumia 635 sports 100 Mbps 4G LTE and 42 Mbps HSPA. The Lumia 630 will become available in Asia, Russia, China, India, and Europe in May. It will be priced at $159 before taxes and subsidies for the single-SIM version, and $169 for the dual-SIM variant. The Lumia 635 will be out “broadly”, including in the US, starting in July. It will cost $189, once again before taxes and subsidies are accounted for. Speaking of the US of A, AT&T, T-Mobile, and MetroPCS have all announced plans to sell the Lumia...

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Samsung Ativ SE for Verizon has specs leaked, won’t run Windows Phone 8.1 from day one
Mar31

Samsung Ativ SE for Verizon has specs leaked, won’t run Windows Phone 8.1 from day one

Samsung’s next Windows Phone will be called Ativ SE and it will be a Verizon exclusive. These things have been known for quite a while thanks to various rumors and leaks. Press renders depicting the Ativ SE were leaked a couple of times too, but a full spec list has so far not been brought to light. Now though, courtesy of The Verge and some “sources familiar with Verizon’s plans” we can tell you what to expect from this handset. First the bad news. Apparently the Ativ SE won’t launch running Windows Phone 8.1, the newest version of the OS, the one that Microsoft is set to unveil later this week. Instead, Samsung’s next Windows Phone will ship with the latest iteration of Windows Phone 8, and will then subsequently be updated to WP 8.1 – at some point in the future. Earlier today we heard a rumor saying the first devices running Windows Phone 8.1 would be in stores on April 23, and we speculated that the Samsung Ativ SE could be one of those (alongside the Nokia Lumia 630), but it looks like that won’t happen. It’s a shame, really, especially since Microsoft apparently plans on focusing WP 8.1 on new devices first, with updates for ‘legacy phones’ not coming immediately, but later on. Aside from this inconvenience, the Ativ SE is a solid smartphone for this day and age. It should feature a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and microSD card support. Verizon will start selling it in April, though an exact release date isn’t yet available. Image via...

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Nokia Lumia 930 may not get unveiled on April 2. First Windows Phone 8.1 devices out on April 23
Mar31

Nokia Lumia 930 may not get unveiled on April 2. First Windows Phone 8.1 devices out on April 23

A while back we heard that Nokia would announce two new Windows Phones during Microsoft’s Build conference, which takes place between April 2 and April 4. These were to be the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 930. In the meantime, Nokia itself teased an announcement at Build on April 2. Now though a conflicting report says only the Lumia 630 will be outed at that point, whereas the Lumia 930 will remain a mystery for a while longer. This comes to contradict past mumblings, so take it with a grain of salt if you must. On the other hand, we have to consider that the Lumia 630 (seen below) was leaked much more than the Lumia 930, which has only been rumored to be some sort of international version of Verizon’s Lumia Icon (though it may be something else entirely). So from this point of view the Lumia 630 getting official is almost a given, while the Lumia 930 may or may not make its appearance this Wednesday. At Build, Microsoft should finally present Windows Phone 8.1 to the world, and a separate leak slash rumor says the first handsets to run this new version of the operating system will be in stores on April 23. Unfortunately, the tidbit doesn’t say which devices those are, yet we can assume the aforementioned Nokia Lumia 630 may be one of them, perhaps joined by the Samsung Ativ SE. Via NPU and Windows Phone Central, image via @evleaks...

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Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 rumored to be announced in early April
Mar21

Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 rumored to be announced in early April

Nokia could be planning to announce its next two Windows Phones at Microsoft’s Build conference, which takes place between April 2 and April 4 in San Francisco. This is according to MyNokiaBlog, reportedly hearing “whispers” about what to expect at Build aside from the formal introduction of Windows Phone 8.1 (which will apparently happen there too). The story goes that Nokia will be there presenting two new devices, the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 630. As their names imply, one is going to be high-end, and the other a lower-midrange offering. The Lumia 930, codenamed Martini, hasn’t leaked yet, believe it or not. Though it could just be a Lumia Icon destined for international markets (as that’s a Verizon exclusive). The Lumia 630 (seen in the leaked press renders above and codenamed Moneypenny) has so far been rumored to come with a 4.5-inch 854×480 touchscreen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and 1 GB of RAM. Based on its name, the Lumia 630 should be the successor to the Lumia 620 from 2012, which came with a 3.8-inch 800×480 touchscreen and 512 MB of RAM. We’re assuming the Lumia 630 will fit in the same price bracket as its predecessor. As this is just an unconfirmed rumor at this point, make sure you don’t take it too seriously. But don’t discard it as impossible either. Image via...

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T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 can be had for just $59.99 sans contract until March 19
Mar14

T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 can be had for just $59.99 sans contract until March 19

T-Mobile’s Nokia Lumia 521 was the cheapest Windows Phone to ever land in the US when it launched last May, but now it’s gotten crazy cheap. The handset, that is basically a version of the internationally selling Lumia 520 customized for the magenta carrier, was released with a price of $149.99 – which was a good deal. If you act fast, though, you can now get it for the absolutely insane price of $59.99. This is without any contracts with T-Mobile, mind you. The offer is made possible by Newegg, and it’s only valid until March 19. To get the Lumia 521 for this price, you need to go to Newegg’s product listing here, add one to your cart, and then enter the promo code EMCPGWG83 at checkout. That will take the price down from the $89.99 on the product page to $59.99. There’s an order limit of two pieces per customer, though. And another caveat – the phone will be locked to T-Mobile. But if you wanted a cheap Windows Phone and don’t mind the ‘uncarrier’ providing your minutes and bytes, then this is a very good offer. The Lumia 521 obviously isn’t a high-end handset, but it comes with reasonably decent specs, such as a 4-inch 480×800 IPS touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,430 mAh battery. It runs Windows Phone...

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Nokia Lumia Icon now available at Verizon and in Microsoft Stores, yours for $199.99
Feb20

Nokia Lumia Icon now available at Verizon and in Microsoft Stores, yours for $199.99

It’s February 20, so, just as we expected, Verizon and Microsoft have started selling the Nokia Lumia Icon. The flagship smartphone was announced a few days ago after undergoing many months of leaks, and now it’s yours to order. You can do that either on Verizon’s website, in Verizon stores, on the Microsoft Store website, or in brick and mortar Microsoft Stores across the country. Whichever avenue you choose for sourcing your new Lumia Icon, the price will be the same: $199.99 with a new two-year contract signed with the carrier nicknamed Big Red. However, if you buy yours from Microsoft Stores before March 16, you’ll receive a free wireless charging accessory. For the cash, you’ll get what is basically a shrunken down version of the Lumia 1520 phablet that was unveiled last year. The Nokia Lumia Icon is the first Windows Phone device by the Finnish smartphone maker to drop the numbered naming scheme, which was probably done for it to stand out some more. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD ClearBlack touchscreen that can be used with gloves, a 20 MP PureView rear camera, a 1.2 MP wide-angle front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Qi wireless charging, and a 2,420 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 137x71x9.8 mm, and it weighs 167 grams. It runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8....

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Nokia Lumia 1320 arrives in the UK on February 24, free on £21 per month contract
Feb14

Nokia Lumia 1320 arrives in the UK on February 24, free on £21 per month contract

The Lumia 1320 is Nokia’s affordable phablet that was announced alongside the Lumia 1520, its high-end offering. The Lumia 1320 has been out in certain parts of the world for a few months now, but for some reason the Finnish company hasn’t brought it to the UK yet. That’s all set to change starting on February 24, which is when the Nokia Lumia 1320 will officially go on sale in the UK. That’s in exactly ten days from today, by the way. Nokia hasn’t announced pricing details, but the Lumia 1320 is already up for pre-order over at Carphone Warehouse, which gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect. The phablet can be yours for free if you go with a 24-month contract that costs at least £21 per month. That particular option requires an agreement with Vodafone, and in exchange for your cash you’ll get 300 minutes, unlimited texts, and 250 MB of data each month. For just £4 more each month, though, you can choose a plan that nets you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, and 1 GB of data. This is also at Vodafone, and seems like a much better deal than the cheaper one. Carphone Warehouse says it will ship pre-ordered devices on February 27, so a bit later than you might expect. Obviously you can pre-order right now, or you could wait for other retailers to list the Lumia 1320 – and pre-order from them if they’ll deliver earlier. Finally, you can just wait until February 24 and pop into a high street shop and get it from there. It’s all your choice,...

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Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon finally gets official, out on February 20 for $199.99
Feb12

Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon finally gets official, out on February 20 for $199.99

After an amazingly large number of leaks, the Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon has finally been officially announced today. The smartphone is a high-end offering that is meant to compete with the flagships of the competition, and its specs are incredibly similar to those of the Lumia 1520 phablet that was unveiled back in October. However, the Lumia Icon packs all of that oomph into a much more pocketable package. The Nokia Lumia Icon has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD ClearBlack touchscreen that can be used with gloves, a 20 MP PureView rear camera, a 1.2 MP wide-angle front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Qi wireless charging, and a 2,420 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 137x71x9.8 mm, and it weighs 167 grams. It runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8. The Lumia Icon will be out in Verizon stores and online on February 20, just like the most recent leak about it suggested. It will cost $199.99 with a new two-year contract. Pre-orders start today, but it looks like they are only available in Microsoft Stores. If you do pre-order a Lumia Icon there before February 16 (that’s this Sunday, by the way), you’ll get a free Nokia wireless...

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Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon may arrive on February 20, with pre-orders starting on February 12
Feb10

Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon may arrive on February 20, with pre-orders starting on February 12

Verizon’s Nokia Lumia Icon (previously known as the Lumia 929) has been a very long time coming. So long, in fact, that we’re frankly amazed that it’s still not available. It’s had many rumored release dates, and now we get another one. Yet because it’s enjoyed so many missed estimates, we’re a bit wary about this one. Then again, it’s high time the Lumia Icon went on sale, so maybe the handset will finally get the occasion to do just that in a few days. According to a leaked document that is purported to be a Verizon inventory listing, the Lumia Icon should be available to purchase on February 20. That’s in exactly ten days from today, and it’s next Thursday. Pre-orders for the device should start on February 12, which is this Wednesday. You’ll be able to drop a $50 deposit in Microsoft Stores to reserve one of the first Lumia Icons in the US, the story goes. Let’s hope that this time’s the charm. The Lumia Icon is basically the Lumia 1520 in a smaller and more pocketable form factor. It has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD AMOLED touchscreen, a 20 MP PureView rear camera with double LED flash, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Qi wireless charging, all the usual connectivity options (including 4G LTE), and a 2,510 mAh battery. It runs Windows Phone 8 Update 3 with Lumia Black. Via Windows Phone...

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Samsung SM-W750V Huron Windows Phone for Verizon gets pictured, may be a midranger after all
Feb04

Samsung SM-W750V Huron Windows Phone for Verizon gets pictured, may be a midranger after all

Ever since December 2013 we’ve known that Samsung is working on a new Windows Phone for Verizon. After a long break, the Korean company is going to be back in the WP game, especially seeing as how Microsoft is basically paying it to develop such handsets (either directly, as was rumored, or through covering marketing costs, like the Redmond giant itself says). So far the phone in question was known just by its model number, SM-W750V. Last month we even got a preliminary list of specs for it, and now a leaked press render has surfaced courtesy of well known leakster @evleaks: The device is apparently codenamed Huron, but what exactly it will end up being called when it’s finally released is still anyone’s guess at this point. As are its release date or pricing. But as it’s seemingly gone through a benchmark, some new details about its specs seem to contradict past leaks. The results from GFXBench mention a 720p HD screen, but according to Phone Arena that’s an error on the benchmark’s part, as other Windows Phones with 1080p Full HD displays (such as the Nokia Lumia 1520) are also mistakenly said to have 720p panels too. So that clears that up. The GPU at work in the Huron is an Adreno 305 from Qualcomm, which means the chipset used is a Snapdragon 400 midrange part, and not the high-end Snapdragon 800. So despite the 1080p screen, the Samsung Huron apparently isn’t going to be a flagship offering, but one that will probably focus more on...

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