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First Windows Phone 8.1 handsets to be available starting April 23?

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First Windows Phone 8.1 handsets to be available starting April 23?
There’s been a constant stream of leaks about Windows Phone 8.1 lately, and we are all expecting Microsoft to fully reveal the new OS in early April (next week) at its Build Developer Conference. But when will customers be able to actually buy a Windows Phone 8.1 handset? Well, this might happen later in April.

According to WP Central, the very first devices running Windows Phone 8.1 should be available to purchase starting April 23. There is no word on exactly what WP 8.1 handsets we’ll be seeing hitting shelves that day. However, Nokia’s Lumia 630 and Samsung’s Ativ SE (for Verizon) could be among them - since both appeared in lots of leaked images during the last few months.

WP Central also reports that Microsoft’s hardware partners now have the final build of Windows Phone 8.1. Thus, they can test it and get their new WP devices ready for consumers. As you may know, the list of Windows Phone hardware partners is quite large at the moment, including - besides Nokia and Samsung - HTC, LG, Lenovo Huawei, ZTE, and others.

We are assuming that current Windows Phone 8 handsets will be updated to WP 8.1 starting April, too.

source: WP Central

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posted on 29 Mar 2014, 14:17 6

1. papss (unregistered)


Oh man❕ this is very exciting news.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 15:04 4

2. znellu (Posts: 70; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Waiting eagerly :)

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 15:50 2

4. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


For Rodney,,,,

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 17:21 2

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Where is he.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 19:03 2

8. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


He was trolling and PA sent him away to weeks vacation,,,,

He surely is reading all this,,,,,?

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 09:20 2

14. papss (unregistered)


I know a few others in the fandroid group that need to take a vacation too.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 17:23 3

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia announcing on 2nd April and releasing after 23rd April. Wooohoo. Can't wait.
Nokia gonna show us some coolness.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 00:29 1

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5871; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Magic 8-Ball says L1520 ships with WP 8.1 after Build.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 15:08 1

3. corporateJP (Posts: 1580; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


As long as 8 is upgraded to 8.1, I'm good...

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 17:24 2

7. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


It will...for 101% sure. You not gonna like wp8 after using wp8.1

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 23:39 1

9. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


'After' using 8.1?

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 08:02 2

12. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


What should I say. Dude sorry for my poor English.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 08:31 1

13. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


:) .

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 00:50

11. boblight (Posts: 84; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Bring it on April 2nd !!

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 09:21 1

15. papss (unregistered)


Hopefully this shuts up alterego and arte who like to gum up WP articles

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 09:31

16. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1100; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


wow this great news if it is true a lot of folks wont buy Windows smart phones because they lacked some features android and apple and even old windows mobile smart phones had. Windows phone 8.1 adds some nice features people requested Windows smart to get to be up to date with android and Apple iphones. Microsoft is a top software corporation they will continue to add features to their Mobile devices. Windows 8.1 proves Microsoft intends to make a great smart phone and tablet OS

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:17

17. sgodsell (Posts: 1299; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Too bad after 4 years you still can't use WP apps on any Windows tablets..

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:40

18. shyguy3763 (Posts: 48; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


Nokia phones will once again reign supreme!

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