Flagship Windows phones coming later this year, possibly alongside Windows 10 launch

Flagship Windows phones coming later this year, possibly alongside Windows 10 launch
We hope you'll agree with us when we say that the Windows Phone hardware front hasn't done much progress over the past few months. Sure, we witnessed the unveiling of some noteworthy handsets, including the Lumia 830 – an excellent mid-ranger, we must say – and the Lumia 532, which is a splendid entry-level smartphone, but that's been about it. In fact, it has been over 9 months since the last truly impressive Windows-based smartphone, namely the Nokia Lumia 930, broke cover. Isn't it about time for Microsoft to wow us once more with a new flagship?

Unfortunately, a Windows-powered high-end phone isn't coming anytime soon – that was hinted during today's Microsoft press conference as Terry Myerson was about to end the keynote. He didn't provide a specific date or month, to no surprise, but he did confirm that "flagship Windows phones" were coming "later this year". Along those lines he also mentioned that Mobile World Congress, which will take place in Barcelona in March, and the Microsoft Build conference, scheduled for April, were events we didn't want to miss, although we doubt that any high-end Windows phones may debut at either of them.

So, from the looks of it, Microsoft is going to hold off the launch of new high-end phones until Windows 10 is ready for prime time. This way, it could potentially steal the show with both powerful hardware and exciting new software. But we, along with the minority of Windows Phone fans out there, will surely have our patience tested until then. Let's hope the wait will be worth it.

source: Microsoft



1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

700-800bucks for a phone with an ability to set a wallpaper as its killer feature. Gl with that MS. You really need that sd 810 for editing word documents, lol. With nokia here available on google play, lumias have nothing interesting to offer.

2. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

We think Microsoft is finished on the market. Nokia is coming back in 2016. If the 940 or wathever is announced in march it will be available in june to august. Microsoft have only 6 months to convince people to buy their devices with no Nokia name. Nokia is recognized all over the world. And Nokia the Ultimate King is coming back with Android and High Quality Hardware and Camera in 2016 ! Microsoft didn't even talk about Windows Phone much say they have no hope. Sad. The Floper is being Floped back !

5. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Exactly my thoughts on the wp platform. The pretty much gave up on their phones. Absolute lack of much needed software changes. Shame on you, MS.

23. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

nokia come with china camera and laggy os with poor hardware and put nokia name

33. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Nokia is already history, and WP10 will mark the end of CrapDroid.

43. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

2.7% and falling, kid. Should've left Nokia alone...

45. freetail

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

We think this is being short-sighted :-) A lot is riding of course on Windows 10, but if you haven't already seen the announcement yesterday about Continuum coming to Windows Phone 10 handsets, or the ability for iOS and Android developers to port their apps over more easily, then you're missing the 'wow factor' that will make this a truly revolutionary development. Imagine a phone that doubles up as a decent laptop replacement when you're out and about, and having all the apps you have been missing on the Windows OS, across every device. Hop on, hop off. If the magic that's being talked about comes true, then it will be worth the wait and Android / iOS will have something to truly catch up to. I have to say that I have been TRYING VERY HARD to like iOS and OSX. Alas, I just can't get to grips with it. It all seems rather complicated (and I'm a tech savvy chap) compared to the ease of Windows and not intuitive at all. It's also very expensive by comparison - only 5GB of iDrive thrown in on a £600+ iPhone? That's crazy. Still no touch / pen inputs on the latest MacBooks? Why? And still having to enter passwords all the time on an iPhone, even when I want to download a free update from the App Store? I don't get it. Predictive text / keyboard on the iPhone is a frustrating experience. Installing software on OSX is bizarre and gives options that the average user simply doesn't need to know about (see package contents, etc). Having to tap one or two too many times to action something is annoying (1) Select from the App Store (2) 'Get' (3) 'Install' (4) enter password. Why can't I add a new Folder in the Finder when I'm saving a file there (Save As, create new folder) or change the name of an existing file whilst I'm there? I have really tried, honestly, to embrace the 'i' world (and I was an early adopter of Apple products up until around 5 years ago when the intuitive interface appeared to be falling apart. Since then, I moved to Windows (PC, Surface, Phone, Office 365, etc) and haven't looked back. It's exciting times. It lets me do what I want to do, in the way I expect it to (mostly) and the future looks impressive. How is Apple really looking to maintain its good fortunes (read, stay 'relevant'), other than through selling their hardware: Macs, iPhones (mostly) and iWatches? Sure, they're playing in other arenas, such as energy and they continue to push into TV / Music / Films / Mapping (without too much success) but they don't have a developed cloud strategy (something that Google, Amazon and Microsoft have) or much more going for them. A huge chunk of their revenues comes from selling iPhones. What happens when (not if) they start to become less relevant as others move on the idea of what a 'smart phone' really is? Anyway, my point is that Windows Phone isn't a standalone product anymore (for all those who say that Windows Phone is dead). It's simply another device form factor for Windows 10 - and that's exciting!

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

What's another nine months? In light of their history, it's just another brief moment in time for IT to arrive.

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What about the One M8 for Windows Phone? Granted, it's not all that new either, but it's still worth mentioning.

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

No one wants to recognize that is the the flagship windows phone at the moment. I have one, and I love it. Truly a great phone with my favorite OS. It's just all the Lumia fanboys don't want to acknowledge it for whatever reason. It really bugs me, because I am a windows fan, not just a Lumia fan

8. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Don't have to be a Windows fan to appreciate it. Android user here and yes I think that the M8 for Win is the best Win phone around too. HTC did a huge favor to MS imo.

9. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

In many respects, it beats out the other phones on just pure numbers. Really the only thing that is weak is the camera, which I almost never use. Many of the Lumia fanboys aren't even real windows fans and just refuse to listen to facts. They just like Lumia. It's the same as the galaxy fans.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'll go one further. First, I have a Lumia 1520 but in terms of features, the M8 and especially the Samsung Ativ SE both smoke my 1520 on features. Yes, I have a much better camera than the HTC and enjoy the Lumia-specific apps but the SE's camera is no slouch. My wife has an Ativ and we can shoot pics from either device and not lose out on quality. Yes Virginia, there are other Windows Phones besides Lumias. Just because Microsoft isn't releasing any flagships soon doesn't mean one of the other OEMs won't. LG is supposed to be coming back to WP as well as a new device Lenovo.

52. freetail

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

I'm not so sure I can agree with you on this. Given the views of many (typically those who don't use the platform) that WP is an inferior product, I'm not sure why anyone would use WP if they weren't also enjoying the Windows (Microsoft) eco-system. Samsung doesn't have an ecosystem of its own so the comparisons are irrelevant. For my part, I use Windows across everything and love the integration of product and services. To me, it seems to be moving in a better direction and as the 'new kids on the block' (believe it or not) they're in a good position to start afresh, from the ground up, whereas the others are constantly trying to bolt new things on, which ultimately can lead to a rather disjointed affair.

18. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Because Lumia = what WP is supposed to be. The M8 is an Android One phone running WP on it. It isn't its own identity.

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There was Windows Phone before Nokia, there will be Windows Phone long after Nokia. HTC made the One M8, not Android. They can put whatever they wish on their devices.

34. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

The problem with it is simple : UNAVAILABILITY it is not available anywhere except for USA Therefore the Lumia 930 is still WP flagship as it is available everywhere

37. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Here in Egypt, There is only one device currently being sold that is running Windows Phone and is not called Nokia/Microsoft : Archos 40 Cesium and I am not joking, there is really no WP devices but that and lumias And this is an entry level device 4 inch WVGA display QUAD Core Snapdragon 200 512 mb ram 5 mp Autofocus camera /LED Flash 2 Mp FFC FF 1700 mAh battery And it is about 15$ cheaper than a Lumia 530

6. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

"Let's hope the wait will be worth it." Bah.. Lost 2 hours of my sleep waiting for that "phaptop" showcase for none.

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think that Microsoft will debut at least 1 Windows 10 ready smart phone at MWC 2015 the catch phrase is "Windows 10 Ready" and the Question is will this MS Lumia high end smart phone be a Replacement for a 920, 930, 1020, or a 1520. Time will tell

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They are all windows 10 ready, all win8 phones are win10 ready. And with the insight program, you can get it after the superbowl at a non-specified date.

13. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

Reason i shifted from nokia to android is lack of first party app. If ms provide first party apps like youtube, instagram, facebook, twitter etc than surely they will do wonders...

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

YouTube first party is not all that great. tubecast, no ads, 60fps support with 1080p, 4k support, can play behind other apps as they run, play while you search in a separate window. I don't miss this first party YouTube craze by any stretch. Facebook works just fine, Instagram? what more do you need outside of 6tag. Twitter...sure but twitter has never been my thing. The biggest for me is a bank app, funny enough androids bank app for my bank is a webwrapper, so no point. What I miss is games that others have that they want me to download, then again I don't game much on my device, rather fire up the pc or xbox to game.

48. freetail

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

For me it's not even the first party apps that worries me, it's things like banking apps or apps I use for other services (like phone IP, TV, connected devices, local events, shopping, etc, not to mention games - if only to keep up with my daughter on her iPhone... her family loyalty has much to be desired! :-) ). Allow WP to have ALL the apps that Android and iOS enjoy, and it's a no brainer for me. Chicken and egg... we've said it a million times. Develop for the platform, and they shall come!

14. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

All I'm going to say is good luck with that.

15. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Nokia shall rise.

16. Elfmonster unregistered

I was a Microsoft fanboy forever until I got sick of their nickel and diming me for bloated crap prone to viruses and freezing issues. I tried an MS phone at a mall. I have to say I was shocked at its crapiness and missing some of my favorite Android work apps. I am for real sad ms can't get its crap together to disrupt the industry. That's the thing - they need to reposition as the disruptor, aggressive pricing on high end gear, with a pitch for app developers and more options to personalize phones than Android. That kind of brazen reinvention is their only Obi Wan Kinobi.

17. HelloMyNameIs

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

My thoughts exactly. That's what's kept Microsoft on top during the 1990s-2000s.

22. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

They need to turn their user experience to the user and not anymore towards their service. Even if I will NEVER go back to this monopolistic Microsoft software sh*t (I curse everything which is proprietary Microsoft and we know Google made the right choice in promoting open-source which is future proof - not because its Google but because we have the choice to customize how we want what we bought) well I have to say the only reason I quit Microsoft is not only because of their Elop shameful guy but they wanted to copy Apple which is the dumbest choice they ever made for their user base. Maybe if Windows Phone 8 was like 6.1 and Android I would be on Windows Phone actually but now they lost 99% of their phone users and convince us to come back on their closed monopolistic source will be the hardest thing to do for ever and ever again. We are no more goats as in 90s when it was Microsoft or nothing products.

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I rather support a company whos top 5 patents are related to technology, and not ads being shoved in my face...

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