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The Lumia "Superman", BlackBerry Passport, and the upcoming HTC press event: weekly news round-up

Posted: , by Nick T.

The Lumia
Rumor has it that a new Nokia Lumia smartphone is being developed under the codename Superman. Nope, it probably won't give you the ability to fly, leap buildings, or stop a runaway train. It will take some pretty good selfies, however, or at least that's what we've been hearing about this yet-unannounced handset. What's more, it is expected to launch on at least two U.S. carriers.

In other news, BlackBerry let us take a close look at its new BlackBerry Passport smartphone. It is an odd handset, there's no denying that, but some might find its unorthodox form factor quite practical. Learn more about the Passport in our "first look" post.

In the meantime, HTC confirmed that it has a press event on its schedule. The company is likely to announce a new smartphone on August 19, and we think we might already know what it is.

More details on these and other interesting news from last week are available in the slideshow below!

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posted on 04 Aug 2014, 10:59

1. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

No news here

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 11:16

2. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


posted on 04 Aug 2014, 11:30 2

3. Beijendorf (Posts: 406; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

The Superman "730" is expected to be a 620 successor, in the same way the 630 is a 520 successor and the 530 is an Asha/X successor.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 11:41 1

4. Settings (Posts: 2338; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

5xx and 6xx are supposed to be low range
7xx and 8xx are midrange phones and
9xx and 10xx are high end phones all in the Lumia line while
Tablets or what they say "phablets" does have odd series of numbers eg 1520 and 1320(?)

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 13:47

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

*10xx=camera centric

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 14:29

6. Scott93274 (Posts: 5420; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

That actually clears a lot up for me. Thanks.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 15:47

7. DarkStar286 (Posts: 219; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)

With the (unsurprising) announcement that Microsoft will be killing the X and Asha series I expect to see them add a 4xx and perhaps even 3xx range to replace them. I think they could squeeze WP onto something they could sell for as little as £35 ($60), right down into featurephone territory and being WP it'd still run fairly well.

If they can do that and flood the emerging markets with them then I think WP would see massive growth. Might not be a very profitable move, but right now I think they have to just concentrate on building their market share up.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 18:50

8. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

But the 620 is better than the 630, 635 and 530, so???

OK so the 635 has LTE but no flash, FFC or camera button? /sad.

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