The latest rumor, apparently coming from reliable sources, is saying we will indeed see new hardware introduced by Nokia at the Microsoft Build developer conference in two weeks’ time.
Two devices in particular, which we are still learning about, will be presented. The first is the Nokia Lumia 630, codenamed, “Moneypenny.” This is a more accessible handset with a 4.5-inch screen and virtual navigation buttons. The screen will probably have a resolution in the WVGA range, 480x800 pixels.
It is thought that the Lumia 630 will have single-SIM and dual-SIM variants. Assuming that it will be a successor to the Lumia 620, the price of this new phone should be fairly easy to handle for most markets.
The Nokia Lumia 930, codenamed, “Martini,” is a bit more of a mystery. As yet, no renderings have leaked but there is conjecture that this will be a close relative to the Lumia Icon, built for wider distribution around the world and with a different physical appearance.
If that is true, that would make the Lumia 930 an easy successor to the Lumia 920 and Lumia 925, providing users with a 5-inch HD display, peppy Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series CPU, and definitely a high-resolution camera in the 20MP range.
It is entirely reasonable to expect that Nokia may not be the only manufacturer on stage for handset announcements. Recently, we saw full images leak of a new Windows Phone from Samsung, the ATIV SE bound for Verizon. We certainly entertain the possibility for that device to be announced as well.
April 2nd is when should see Microsoft on stage at Build presenting all the goodness that is expected with Windows Phone 8.1.