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Microsoft Windows 10 Lumia season looming close: expect two new Lumia 940 flagships and two mid-rangers

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Microsoft Windows 10 Lumia season looming close: expect two new Lumia 940 flagships and two mid-rangers

A year or so after it acquired Nokia’s phone division, Microsoft is finally ready to show us its new family of Lumia devices: it has two flagship-grade devices and two mid-rangers in the planning, according to Nokia Power User.

The launch of the new devices will coincide with the public release of the massive Windows 10 update, a unified version of the Windows operating system that will run on all screens, from TV to desktop and laptop, to tablets and phones (the latter will use the new Modern Live Tile interface).

The Microsoft Lumia 940 is expected to fill the Windows Phone flagship void

The two most interesting new launches are expected to be the Microsoft Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL, a super-sized version. Rumors point out that the Lumia 940 will feature a 5-inch screen, while the Lumia 940 XL could get a phablet-sized, 5.7-inch screen. Both are expected to continue the tradition of using high-quality cameras, and this time around the two new flagship Lumias are expected to make the jump to a 24-25-megapixel sensor under the PureView brand. Up front, the selfie cam is said to feature a a resolution no less than 5 megapixels.

What’s even more fascinating is that rumors also suggest these new devices will have three key innovative features: some form of 3D-interaction, an iris scanner, and native stylus support. Given Microsoft’s infatuation with holograms, we can’t be too skeptical, but the left side of our brain also warns us that all previous attempts at 3D interaction (hey, Amazon Fire Phone!) have been a failure, often of huge proportions. Then, the iris scanning technology is another futuristic tech that sounds cool at first, but comes with many unknowns: will it work in the dark? How fast is it? And isn’t it just more practical to have a fingerprint scanner? Lastly, stylus support is something that is just cool, and while not everyone will use it, those who do will appreciate having the feature.

Next, Microsoft is allegedly also planning to give its mid-range a refresh with successors to the Lumia 830 and Lumia 730 affordable phones. The phones are said to be planned as the Lumia 840 and Lumia 740. The higher-end Lumia 840 is expected to feature a 13-14-megapixel camera with PureView branding, and a 5-inch-ish display. Then, the Lumia 740 is likely to come in an XL-sized version with a large 5.5” to 5.7” screen.

So far, that’s all rumors tell us about the upcoming Windows 10 Microsoft Lumia flagships. Do you think Microsoft stands a chance against the super-powerful Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 with its new Lumias?


source: Nokia Power User

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posted on 17 Apr 2015, 06:57 4

1. TheGunnyPT (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 Feb 2015)


"The two most interesting new launches are expected to be the Microsoft Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL, a super-sized version. Rumors point out that the Lumia 940 will feature a 5-inch screen, while the Lumia 940 XL could get a phablet-sized, 5.7-inch screen."

Nice nice.

Gives options to both 930 and 1520 users. Now only if we could get a N-Trig Pen going on the XL version...

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 10:00 2

20. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1553; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Wacom is preferable since few N-Trig options are out there. I'd like to be able to use the same stylus from my tablet on my phone.

posted on 19 Apr 2015, 03:49

59. TheGunnyPT (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 Feb 2015)


True.

But highly dobut they'll go with Waccom since they purchased N-Trig.

posted on 22 Apr 2015, 22:14

61. TachyoniCargo (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 2015)


Then I highly suggest you make sure that a Surface is your next tablet. That way you can use the same N-Trig stylus on your phone and tablet.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:13 2

2. SK_WS (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


please nokia stop using AMOLED

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:41 14

5. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


No, hell NO!!!

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:14 3

9. jojon (Posts: 329; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Whaaaaaat..???

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:17 5

10. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


For your information, Nokia already stop using everything i.e. Amoled, lcd, tft, ram, rom, cpu, gup, speakers etc. There is no Nokia in mobile business for good and I hope there will not be in future as well.
However, you can forward your request to Microsoft and I will forward my request not to use dull and boring LCDs

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:39 1

13. SK_WS (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


then enjoy your burn in screen :)

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:57 1

14. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I am already enjoying an amazing and beautiful display of my note 4 ;)

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 09:32 4

17. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 235; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


You've never used an AMOLED screen have you? I've used two of Samsungs, S4 and the Tab S 8.4. I have never had any burn in issues. You might want to learn that LCD can burn in too. It takes a while longer but can burn in still.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 10:41 3

27. chocowii (Posts: 432; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


AMOLED is great but has a short life span compared to LCD. IPS panels do good too.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 15:04 1

43. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


True but by the time you'll notice a decrease in the AMOLED screen quality you'd have upgraded already.

posted on 13 May 2015, 15:22

62. StanleyG88 (Posts: 229; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Phones rarely have burn in issues because most people have their phone screen set to turn off within a couple minutes to save battery power. If it is on longer it is because you are watching something so not to worry. PC's and TV's have problems because people walk away from a PC or pause a TV for a long time. All PC's have screen savers (if it is set) and most TV's today have them also. Burn in is not the problem it used to be and if it happens it is almost always user error.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 12:35

34. RCool (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


Well for your update, 30% of your post is correct, yes Nokia Mobile business is sold to Microsoft , however Nokia is bound by agreement to not produce handsets till end of 2016, after that you will see new Nokia handsets , however with different names !!.

Besides , Nokia is doing what they are good at building products of high quality ,e.g N1 .

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 15:02 1

42. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


You're kidding right ??

posted on 19 Apr 2015, 03:46

58. Pogma (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Apr 2015)


Yep, supaAMOLED is the king.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:13 8

3. SIGPRO (Posts: 1286; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Still waiting for the 1020 sucessor, Best cameraphone till now!

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 07:23 5

4. rsiders (Posts: 830; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I'm with you but at this point if this thing is real and comes to T-Mobile, I'm all in. This is just exciting even if an early rumor. I hope to hear something soon.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:05 2

6. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I am actually hoping for a Seperate line of 1020s. Meaning i want the 940 etc to continue the 930 tradition. But keep the 1020 into like a pro line. Call it the MicroShot or M-Shot, line a single high end sensor phone in the 5in range, with a seperate chip for image processing, not worried about gpu etc. So perhaps an intel coupled with image chip.

I would love for the 930 screen to be brought along side a Canon sensor full inch, with an adapter plate for after market lenses.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:11

7. jojon (Posts: 329; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Not sure there will ever be one, it was to have been the 'McLaren', but that got canned along with the 8" tablet

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:12 3

8. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


1020 really needs a successor. I dont know what is holding microsoft to launch 1030.

Anyway, its good to hear that 930's successor is coming. I am already convinced with the good performance of 930's camera and windows 10 also sounds promissing as the hype suggest. If 940 will offer better camera than 930 in auto mode then it will be in my pocket

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:39

12. SK_WS (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


940 is already enough to beat most of the flagship if they offer a better camera than 930

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 10:01 1

21. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


most? currently only a select few can give the 930 a challenge those being the note 4 and s6. Other than that, the 1520/930 show how good their sensors etc are. Especially with the 4k and quickcapture update in denim.

If they throw a 1in sensor with a 24mp resolution in the thing it would be hard to beat, especially with zeiss lens.

heck since canon and ms are partners in patents, shove dual digic 6 chips in there to process 5, 50.6MP frames per second. hehehe I would gladly give up s810 for that.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 08:21 1

11. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 334; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Great news! Hope this is true, but 940 and 940XL might be the successor of 930 and 1520, not the 1020. Hope they won't use s810 chip. Still wondering what will happen if a wp10 and stylus combine.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 09:18

15. Kakarotto (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


But there is no Hearthstone for Windows phones. It's a big NO for me.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 10:01 1

22. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


its on tablets, so it should make the jump to 10 very shortly.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 11:42 1

30. o7o (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


But there's League of Legends ;)

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 09:31

16. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


I just want to see if they know how to use anything other than an SD400 SoC, because that's the only chipset we've seen for over a year now.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 10:02

23. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Over a year? Because the 930 with its 8series...is always forgotten...

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 12:31

32. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


In the US it was a carrier exclusive for Verizon and was mostly DOA. Verizon stopped selling it six months into its life cycle. So yes, on a technicality, you're right. But in practice, there hasn't been a widely available handset with more than an SD400 in over a year.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 12:46 1

36. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


This is true. However, the 930 works well and is available on major outlets outside of the carriers. I got mine for 300 on newegg, unlocked. 930. Love it.

But i agree it needs carrier adaption or it is DOA.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 15:39

46. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


yes, you can buy an unlocked 930, but it's not going to run on TMo or ATT 4G networks. You're limited to 2G/3G speeds. It was horrible that it wasn't offered across all major carriers.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 15:51

49. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I have TMO, and while sure you don't get the LTE speeds, I regularly got speeds higher than Verizon, att, sprint LTE customers did because of saturation. I normally got anywhere from 18-25Mbps. Which is no slouch. I had no problem streaming 1080p content.

I still agree it was horrid it wasn't offered more places.

posted on 18 Apr 2015, 20:33 1

57. iliketech (Posts: 70; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


I'm using my 930 on AT&T and it works great. Can't tell the difference between LTE and HSPDPA + ... Don't bash it unless you've tried it. Pulled my settings off my 1520 and the 930 has very good internet speeds in Raleigh NC.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 13:59

40. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1553; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


My 1520 has the 801. If memory serves, so do the M8 and the Ativ SE.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 21:11

50. theguy2345 (Posts: 1180; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


The 1520 is actually a 800, not 801. The other two are correct though.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 09:35

18. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1513; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Nokia will be able to use it's brand name again in 2016 to make smart phones. Microsoft will replace or discontinue all Nokia lumia smart phone with "Microsoft Lumia" brand smart phones. There are over 20 nokia lumia smart phones windows smart phones for sale out there. so ther will be several debuts of NEW Microsoft lumia smart phones throughout the year. it will be interesting to see what microsoft brings to the table.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 09:51

19. Spedez (Posts: 436; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Still waiting MS mobile go belly up and Nokia taking over the phone biz again.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 10:07

26. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


they sold their factories, all nokia would be doing is contracting out their stuff, which is what actually killed them in their symbian development, per their own internal team talks when they spoke at how nokia fell. At times it took 3 months for things to be done when it would take other internal teams 2-3weeks.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 10:43

28. chocowii (Posts: 432; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


But still the Nokia brand can still sell.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 12:57

37. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


This is very true, especially if it is a good device. But it wont be the same. But it will sell, i hope.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 10:05

24. razraptre (Posts: 168; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Good news to heard. I hope they announce a 1020 successor in the coming weeks, just to fuel interest in the brand.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 10:06 1

25. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Get food supplies and hunker down it's going to be a long wait.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 11:13

29. isprobi (Posts: 605; Member since: 30 May 2011)


So the 940 is a flagship? Other than the camera the rest is unimpressive. Where are the front firing stereo speakers, 1440 x 2560 screen, a screen of 6 inches or larger and something other than plastic? Microsoft needs to at least match my Nexus 6 which is just an OK phone before I will consider buying one.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 21:21 1

51. Doakie (Posts: 1854; Member since: 06 May 2009)


:-\ "The Nexus 6 is only an OK phone"..... Well obviously you must think both iPhones are garbage because they're way lower in specs than the Nexus 6. There aren't many phones better than the Nexus 6 except maybe the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S 6. Either way, your standards are too high.

In the end I only know 4 people including me who own Windows Phones. One has a Lumia 520, one has a Lumia 635, I have a Lumia 635 which is my third phone(play toy), and I know one who has a Samsung Ativ SE. The Ativ SE has a broken screen and is going to be replaced by an iPhone 6... So the three people(still me being one of them) the only Windows Phones are entry level phones which cost well under $100.... Honestly I couldn't see spending more than $40 on a Windows Phone, the app gap is still too great. As much as I really love Windows Phones UI it just feels like a glorified feature phone to me. :-(

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 12:17 1

31. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Many flagships lack front facing speakers like galaxy s6 and iPhone a phone with 6 inch screen is not a phone plus the plastic used in 930 is polycarbonate with I consider over the aluminum and the lumia 930 has 5.1 stereo speaker with 4 mics so yes 930 successor is a flagship.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 21:32

52. Doakie (Posts: 1854; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I agree, polycarbonate is superior to aluminum. Also I think normal sized phones top out at 5.5", my wife has a 6.1" Huawei Ascend Mate 2 and that thing is monstrous. I carry it like its a tablet. This coming from a guy who had a 7" Asus Fonepad. I'm used to ridiculously large phablets. Either way, I would concur the rumored Lumia 940 to be a Flagship class phone, and a 940XL to be a Flagship class phablet.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 12:35

33. dlsnhuff (Posts: 111; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


NEW DESIIIGGNNN .... !! Geez.
Hopely, camera smartphone successor, not just 930 successor.
Stylus is a nice addition ( and with a right app that support it ).
New front camera with 3D feature result ?

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 12:35 1

35. Pattyface (Posts: 1510; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


That may be my first jump to wp when they bring a flagship phone.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 13:24

38. cipnrkorvo (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


just hoping they have USB type-C, so you can connect hard drives to them, or connect them to a screen/projector easily.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 14:01 1

41. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1553; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Windows 10 is supposed to bring USB-OTG. There are dozens of micro-USB adapters out there, why have to buy all new cables?

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 13:53 1

39. LordCaedus (Posts: 82; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


Dear Verizon, please carry the 940XL.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 15:10

44. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


Hopefully MS picks up where Nokia left off.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 15:16

45. snowgator (Posts: 3554; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


This is like some fresh air pumped into a locked closet.

Flagship?? AND Windows?? In the same article? Without talking about how there isn't one?

I was forced to give up my HTC One M8- had a ton of problems and a very unpleasent experience with customer support. So I am back on my L920. Need something new, MS. I will wait... for a little longer.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 22:15

53. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


the 930 doesn't break the bank. And I just bought a unlocked green 1520 for $250 (found the news on windows central).

I will be hard pressed to find a better phone at 250.

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 15:40

47. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


The 740XL looks like the most interesting phone here. I hope they can offer a better SoC and similar camera to the 640XL (maybe with a better flash) for around $299

posted on 17 Apr 2015, 15:49

48. StreetNerd (Posts: 819; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


maybe they apply their surface pen tech to this.

posted on 18 Apr 2015, 02:30

54. pureviewuser (Posts: 474; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


My lumia 1520's screen gone haywire need a screen replacement anyone here know where to get a screen and digitizer for a reasonable price? Some asking prices are exorbitant might as well get a new one, got an Lg g3 as there were no 1520 available got it as a temporary device although ok I miss lumia devices should've got another lumia even a 520 would've been better for me! Please advise thanks.

posted on 18 Apr 2015, 13:37

55. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


get a new device 250 online ebay. Or you can just search amazon or ebay for it

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