Does Microsoft Plan to Label Upcoming Surface Phone as Lumia?

Even as Microsoft seems to be planning its new Surface phone, speculations have gone higher with reports of the WMPU coming up. Though there is no confirmation nor any hint from the company, reports indicate the new device may come out in the market in December 2015 or by early 2016. This is not all. There are speculations that the new Surface phone might be a Lumia.

Microsoft has been using Nokia’s Lumia branding ever since they took over the company. Therefore, it won’t be a surprise if the upcoming handset, which is so far termed as “Juggernaught Alpha” is finally labeled as a Lumia.

Is Microsoft planning to label upcoming Surface Phone as Lumia?Specs at a glance

Reports leaked on the web suggest that the new Microsoft phone will feature a Clearback AMOLED display of 5.5 inches. Not only that, the phone is also reported to come with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. Like other premier smartphone models, the upcoming handset also boasts a  rear camera of 21MP and 64GB or 128GB storage. To ensure faster operation, the phone would be supported with 4GB RAM and Intel Atom X3 SoC quad-core processor.

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 If rumors turn to be true, the phone will flaunt an attractive Aluminum-magnesium unibody. The phone may also include S Pen. Yet, to get confirmed reports, everyone will still have to wait for the official announcement of the company.… Read the rest

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Microsoft May Not Release Lumia 940 Phones; Lumia 950, 950XL Rumors Surface

Microsoft has gone on record admitting that the Nokia deal was a debacle and if a Chinese tech blog for Windows Phone is to be believed, then the giant might skip releasing any Lumia 940 variants and bring in a new line branded the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950XL.

Microsoft Might Skip The Lumia 940 Generation, Go Straight To Lumia 950/950XLThe Specs Revealed

If there indeed is a Lumia 950 on the cards, it could come with a 5.2-inch screen coupled with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 and 424ppi pixel density. Powering the phone will be a Snapdragon 808 processor with hexagon CPU. Graphics will be taken care of by Adreno 418 GPU handling graphics. With a 3GB of RAM, one can expect a higher speed than all previous Lumia 950 handsets. Reports also suggest that the other features would be similar to what we had expected for the Lumia 940. These include:

  • 32GB of internal-expandable storage
  • 20MP PureView main shutter
  • 5MP secondary shutter with triple LED flash

Bigger And Better

As for the Microsoft Lumia 950XL, we expect a 5.7-inch screen size backed by 1440 x 2560 resolution with a pixel density of 515 ppi. Processing will be jet fast thanks to the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chipset with octa-core CPU and top-of-the-game graphics are expected due to the Adreno 430 GPU. All other features are similar to the Lumia 950, err the ex-Lumia 940 from Microsoft.

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Microsoft Hands Over Pink Slips To 7800 Employees

Recently, Microsoft announced that the company will be cutting down 7,800 employees most of which have been working in mobile division. Microsoft also stated that the company will write off its seven billion deals with Nokia and will also be closing research and development center in Finland.

Microsoft hands over pink slips to 7800 employeesCollateral damage

There were rumors that Microsoft will be preparing for job cuts since its hardware business comprising of windows mobile unit was not doing well. According to Techradar.com, Microsoft stated that the company will be following a different strategy which will involve creating and implementing a good Windows OS ecosystem for the users. The company was also planning to put concentrated focus on its mobile device portfolio and will also retain the capability of innovating in mobility. An e-mail with this message was sent from Satya Nadella to the employees of Microsoft.

Follow up of March job cuts

We all are aware of the fact that, Microsoft recently laid off 18,000 people across the globe as in order to restructure and cut down costs. But the recent job layoffs have come just after the departure of Stephen Elopfrom the company. Elop was the former CEO of Nokia and was hired by Microsoft after the company took over Nokia.  It must also be noted that Microsoft is not only cutting jobs but has also decided to write off its deal with Nokia. The company has now decided to focus its attention to Windows 10 which will be releasing in the last week of July.

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Lumia 640 Still A Hit– Despite Contract And Hardware Limitations

The Lumia 640 has become a fan favourite due to speeds, reliability and sharpness and ease of pic taking with its camera. Despite being a budget choice, Nokia had delivered immense value with this handset.  Then again, the Windows OS killed all the great specs on the phone and to the lack of bandwidth to support the right apps on the Lumia 640.

Lumia 640 Still A Hit-- Despite Contract And Hardware LimitationsThe Lumia 640 Hardware

Not just that we do not like the plasticy build either, despite it belonging to old-school Nokia ideals.  In terms of hardware and longevity alone, the Lumia 640 appears to be a great bargain.

At 8.8 mm, this is not Size Zero phone but is surely a good one to carry around easily. The  quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 that powers it is worth it as if the 1GB RAM size. 

Wrapping Up

Only if you are a real big enthusiast, this set up could appeal to you. The contract comes at £14 on a monthly basis with a yearlong trial for Office 365 Personal. Besides this, the entire array of MS apps and One Drive are available as well. 

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Breaking—Code Names For Lumia 940 And More Upcoming Microsoft Flagships Revealed

The world is going crazy over the alleged arrival of Lumia 940 or any new Lumia flagship from Microsoft. Thanks to evleaks or Evan Blass, the leaker, we have news that there are four new Lumia handset in the making that are codenamed Honjo, Saimaa, Saana and Guilin.

Breaking—Code Names For Lumia 940 And More Upcoming Microsoft Flagships RevealedBreaking The Code Game

The leak did not reveal the release date.  However, Blass mentions that Talkman and Cityman too are codenamed that are linked to the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL. We also got to read Nokia is all set to release few tablets soon. The Lumia 2520 (Sirius) too might be out soon.

What’s Not Coming Out?

 Few other tablets and phones that had been rumored to release soon have been chopped off the block. Of course, we must remember that these are conjectures at the moment.However, nothing is confirmed. Microsoft has not forayed in to add any more sparks to such things. Stay tuned to this space to know when what leak surfaces. 

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Lumia Sales Increase In Pakistan- Lumia 535 Plays A Crucial Role

Slow but steady, that is what the sales reports of Microsoft Lumia indicates. The company, which has already made successful business in the Indian and EU markets is slowly increasing its prominence in the Pakistani markets too, reports The News. When interviewed by The News, Patrick Mercanton, the marketing head of the company for Emerging Asia, Levant, North Africa and Near-East said that the Windows phones are now officially in the number two position in terms of sales volume.

 

Lumia Sales Increase In Pakistan- Lumia 535 Plays  A Crucial RoleAccording to the reports, the change in Lumia’s brand name from Nokia to Microsoft did not affect the sales in Pakistan and new phones, especially Lumia 535 has received an overwhelming response in the country. The reports also indicate that the demand of Windows phones has topped the demand of the iOS phones yet it is still far behind the Android phones.

However, the reports of 2015 first quarter is quite impressive and the company expects the sales to grow once Windows 10 is officially launched.

Talking about the increasing demand of the phones, the marketing head of the company also said that the affordable price without compromising with smartphone features has made the company shine. He even added that the user-friendliness of the interface and the colorful designs of the phones are factors backing the sales of Windows phones. The reports also indicate user-friendliness of the software in all Lumia devices as another reason to boost its sales. … Read the rest

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Microsoft Lumia 940 XL Leaked Specifications: The Smartphone May Feature Wide Display And High-End Camera

Lumia 940 XL is one of the most anticipated smartphones expected from Microsoft very soon. According to rumors, the flagship model may feature a wide 5.7-inch display along a pixel resolution of 1440 x 2560. The smartphone may have Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to ensure a scratch resistant screen.

Lumia 940XL Specifications Leaked On The Web Claims The Smartphone To Feature Wide Display And High-End Camera Along With A Powerful ProcessorReports also claim that the device will come in a metal frame without compromising on the sleek look. Lumia 940 XL, which is expected to be a high-end model from the company, is also reported to be packed with the octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor and a powerful 3GB RAM.

The recently-leaked specifications echo earlier reports that the device would be supported with a 15 GB storage space. Along with the other basic features of a smartphone, it also intends to focus on the quality of photographs with a 20 MP camera at the rear and 5 MP camera in front.

There have been no updates from the company about the developments so far and buyers intending to get hold of this smartphone need to keep patience for some more time. … Read the rest

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Why Nokia Lumia 1520 Is The Phablet To Pick?

Nokia Lumia 1520 manages to score a sixer if we solely look at it as a phablet. Yes, it still is a Nokia ware officially and it does give some competition to the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus from Samsung and Apple respectively.

The beginning trump card of the Nokia Lumia 1520 is its 6-incher screen size. Perks of the screen include a full bow high definition display that also comes boosted with IPS display and something the maker markets as ClearBlack.  Therefore, reading on the Lumia 1520 even under dim light is not an irritant.

Why Nokia Lumia 1520 Is THE Phablet To Pick?The quality of images and text is sharp and given that it stands at 368 pixels per inch this is no surprise.  The physical aspect of the handset cannot be undermined since it is feather-weight to hold and easy to grip. The best bit is how we almost forgot that this is a phone– not just a tablet. Overall, we love this bold phablet from Nokia. For the 16GB variant, be ready to shell out $585. 

Of course, it supports expandable memory via a card slot. In case you love big smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the pick of the hour. … Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S6 or Nokia Lumia 920- Which Is A Good Buy?

There is no denying on Samsung’s stronghold in this competitive smartphone market. Yet, Nokia is gradually making a mark in this business and some of the Lumia models have enjoyed exceptional demand in the market. Loaded with attractive features and useful specifications, it is often very difficult to make a pick between Lumia 920 and Galaxy S6. While Lumia is available in Black, Grey, Red, White and Yellow color, Samsung is available in Black, Blue Green, Gold and White color, offering plenty of options for the users. Samsung offers an impeccable display quality with super AMOLED touchscreen n screen and 2560×1440 resolution. However, Lumia comes with IPS LCD touchscreen 1280×768 resolution.

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 or Nokia Lumia 920The diagonal display of 5.1-inches makes Samsung Galaxy S6 to be a better choice over Lumia 920 with 4.5-inches diagonal display. Yet, both the phones offer hassle free performance as Lumia 920 uses Qualcomm MSM8960 processor and Galaxy S6 uses Samsung Exynos 7420 processor.

To offer best experience to users, Lumia features Windows 8.1 operating system and Samsung runs on Android 5.0. Yet, Lumia 920 is restricted to 32GB built-in storage and 1GB RAM while Galaxy S6 features 32GB, 64GB and 128GB built-in storage with 3GB RAM.

To offer the best experience to users, Samsung S6 offers 16 megapixel rear camera while Lumia comes with 8 megapixels rear camera. Though Samsung S6 offers some of the high-end features , it is exhorbitantly priced making Lumia 920 a good option for people with moderate budget.

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Jack Of All Trades: Nokia Lumia 1020 Sold Out At AT&T; Should Apple iPhone 6 & Samsung Galaxy S5 Be Worried ?

Reportedly; pre-orders of the Nokia’s handset are all sold-out with AT&T. Costing $299, the smartphone comes with a new two year contract with the carrier, with the delivery starting on July 23rd.

With a 4.5 inch WXGA AMOLED display, the Lumia 1020 holds a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels and brags a huge 41-megapxiel camera. With dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor, the smartphone sports 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage.

Considering the success of Lumia 1020, should the big rivals in line including Apple and Samsung be worried? Apple is working on its iPhone 6 and Samsung on Galaxy S5. However, both the smartphones hold innovative features but nothing can beat Nokia’s camera. Apple’s iPhone 6 will hold a 12-megapixel camera whereas Samsung Galaxy S5 will sport a 16-megapixel, which stands nowhere against Lumia’s mega 41-megapixel.

The success indicates Nokia is far more serious to become the market leader and therefore both Samsung and Apple must incorporate high-end features in their forthcoming iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 to knock-off Lumia 1020 in the game.

Nevertheless, Apple and Samsung must take risk and develop what no one else has offered till now and watch out for this competitive Nokia pie on the table.… Read the rest

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