MSNerd says Verizon getting a Nokia WP device with the PureView Pro camera tech this fall, Sprint to make do with a QWERTY slider

MSNerd says Verizon getting a Nokia WP device with the PureView Pro camera tech this fall, Sprint to make do with a QWERTY slider
Verizon's dry spell in terms of Windows Phones might be shattered this fall with the release of WP8, if the resident Microsoft leaker MSNerd is to be believed, and he has been pretty spot on in the past. Recently MSNerd spilled the beans that Redmond has left the camera module and interface technologies, among other things, with Nokia to develop for the next version of WP.

He now claims that an Apollo-running Nokia Windows Phone 8 with the PureView Pro camera technology that we saw implemented in the Nokia 808 PureView is in the cards for Verizon this fall. Unsurprisingly the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon S4 processor, which left a very good impression with us when comparing it with Tegra 3, especially regarding heat and power consumption. Since the handset is to boast the MSM8960 S4, it will inevitably be an LTE phone as well, and is said to have an HD screen with the ClearBlack tech, which doesn't come as a big surprise too.

While Nokia said at its MWC presentation that this tech will be coming in other phones down the road this year, everyone, including us, assumed they meant the 41MP sensor from the 808 PureView slapped into a Windows Phone device. Much to our surprise, MSNerd clarified that Nokia will be using the 12MP sensor on the Nokia N8 for Verizon's device, which is still with the largest 1/1.83" sensor surface on a cameraphone before the 808 PureView hits the shelves.

MSNerd shared some more insider tidbits, saying that Lenovo and Asus will join the Windows Phone 8 fray as well, which, considering that these two manufacturers are also planning Windows 8 tablets with ARM chipsets, might hint at a tighter phone/tablet/PC integration coming with the next Windows version. 

He also said that a physical QWERTY 4" WP device is in the cards from Nokia for Sprint, but with the more traditional WVGA screen resolution. As for the leaked concept PureView Pro Nokia WP handset from last week, the perennial leaker of all things Microsoft mentions fleetingly that it is just a render.

source: MSNerd (Twitter) via WMPU



1. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

i have a feeling im going broke this fall

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

you are not the only one. Shoot i havent bought a tablet on purpose until wp8.....looks like i need to start doing overtime

9. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Same for me! W8 Tablet, WP8 and Wii-U. Going for broke this fall!


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Again o noooooooooooo... pleaaaaaase.. Not another one. This time with qwerty. Another joke! Another IMPEDIMENT

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

seriously if this rumor is true I must say Sprint must be the ones putting their 2 cents in because our screens suck!!! when i had windows mobile the screens sucked I have an Arrive now and the screen sucks come on stop with the madness

10. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I agree. If this thing really is WVGA I'm going AT&T.

4. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Let the games begin. You want pureview tech, go to Verizon, sprint for keyboard, Samsung for ATT, and HTC for TMO. Pick your carrier. Now this is if the rumors are true. Looks like consistency is not part of the game plan. Oh well, here's hoping for the HTC HD8.

5. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

You've have got to be kidding me! That Pureview phone better get released as a world phone with 850/1900 3G afterward. That's all I've been waiting for from Nokia and I expected it to come with AT&T. Unbelievable if it's true...

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

A windows 8 Pureview wow if this is true looks like Verizon will get the best Windows 8 smart phone out there Damn I will wait to see if this is true. mean while I believe the Nokia 900 will be available for sale at other USA carriers within 90 days or less I recall an internet message saying that AT and T will have first rights to sell the Nokia 900 for only a limited amount of time then Nokia can offer it for sale to other carriers. I hope this is true Verizon should sell as a Verizon customer this would be great they only have one windows 7.5 smart phone and it is not the most popular of the 2nd generation windows Smart phones. Nokia needs to offer the Nokia 900 to other carriers to make itself known again to American customers.

7. GellerDoesDallas

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

This is where Windows phone will finally catch up to android and iPhone, at least in the spec department, plus with Lte, I expect it's browser to be lightning fast. This phone is going into my pocket.

17. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Pureview + W8 = Brilliant idea

8. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

A WVGA resolution for the Sprint model??? Isn't that a waste of WP8 capabilities to settle for a low tier WP8 phone when the OS is now capable of higher resolution? But then again, maybe Sprint is just looking for a low to mid end WP8 device. And those who have used WP can say that the OS has an excellent virtual keyboard so a physical QWERTY is not necessary, especially in a 4" screen size or bigger, IMHO.

19. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

why not this resolution? it's more than enough for such a small display

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I do not blame Verizon for waiting on WP8. The devies will be so much more competitive to Android and iOS at that time. Although I will say this: I would be a Bog Red customer right now if they had gotten a decent WP Mango device over the last 6 months. AT&T was the only real option if you were like me and in the minority and actually wanted one. Sprint is hard to figure out. They are dying for customers and clawing to get into position to be more of a factor VS. AT&T and Verizon. But, they only offer mid-tier WP's. Now, why not cover your bases and demand a top tier WP, that way if it takes off and becomes popular you have an option to not be left behind? I like the idea of a physical keyboard, but make it a serious contender. You are getting a WP8 anyways, ensure it is one that will get you noticed.

16. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I don't entirely blame Verizon. I understand their desire not to place a huge emphasis on WP until it offers comparable specs to other flagship devices, because I'm sure they have found high specs to be a recipe for success in sales. I also think it is possible that they would have liked one or two more devices in the Verizon portfolio, but it could be Microsoft and its current hardware partners that have been focused on GSM because it is easier to produce for a global market. However, I am sure they could have gotten at least ONE more option if they tried. The fact is that Verizon only carried one device in the entire 1.5 year period that WP7 has been out, and even that device was running with specs that were about 6 months behind when it was first released.

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh gosh...i may just have to get this but i'm not sure if it will replace my Razr yet. i'm pretty impressed with ICS on it and this build isn't even completely stable.

14. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

hope the qwerty one has a similar design as the Nokia E7

15. cityeighteen

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

That's it, i'm probably going to start a petition to make sure Sprint gets the PureView.

18. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Another garbage slider for Sprint? Screw this. I'm keeping Android and sticking with my MIUI ROM. How can anyone give this a try when we get average products on the shelf. Seriously dissapointing. Android and iOS are much more ahead of the game than MS at this point.

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