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

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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18 Comments

1. papss unregistered

Oh man❕ this is very exciting news.

2. znellu

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Waiting eagerly :)

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

For Rodney,,,,

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Where is he.

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

He was trolling and PA sent him away to weeks vacation,,,, He surely is reading all this,,,,,?

14. papss unregistered

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

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

9. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

'After' using 8.1?

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

13. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

:) .

11. boblight

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Bring it on April 2nd !!

15. papss unregistered

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

16. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7570; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

18. shyguy3763

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

Nokia phones will once again reign supreme!

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