Verizon will out a Windows Phone 8 Nokia this year, confirms Bloomberg, we cross fingers for the PureView tech

Verizon will out a Windows Phone 8 Nokia this year, confirms Bloomberg, we cross fingers for the PureView tech
Bloomberg has confirmed from its sources that Verizon is indeed planning to have a Windows Phone 8 device made by Nokia in its portfolio this year, most likely in time for the holidays. While Verizon isn't going to be a part of the big Microsoft/Nokia event September 5, the source said, the handset will have a separate release later on in Q4. That fits in with what we wrote yesterday that everyone major carrier but probably Sprint, will be getting WP8 handsets

We heard about the possibility of Verizon going Windows Phone when in January the carrier said it aims to carry only LTE devices, and the lack of such handsets in the WP world was the reason it didn't have any since the HTC Trophy. That came right after Nokia's Chris Webber said they plan to give each US carrier a unique Windows Phone proposition, and Verizon is considered a very important partner in that endeavor, too.

Then in April we had Verizon's CFO Fran Shammo answering investor questions in the quarterly conference call: "we're really looking at the Windows Phone 8.0 platform because that's a differentiator. We're working with Microsoft on it". He added that Verizon, as well as the other carriers are really looking to diversify from the iOS-Android duopoly that has taken over their portfolio and is sucking the lifeblood out with subsidies, so Windows Phone is an excellent way to do that.

To that we have to add a Nokia exec saying as recently as last month that both Verizon Windows Phones and PureView Lumias are coming "very soon", but he also mentioned that Nokia will have something in the spring that will have people "climbing over themselves" to get it, so chances are that might be the actual PureView/WP8 combo, not the first WP8 with Verizon.

Still, we also have the perennial Microsoft leaker MSNerd saying directly that Verizon will have an exclusive Windows Phone in time for the holidays, made by Nokia, which will carry the PureView technology, but with less megapixels than the almighty 808 PureView, possibly using the big 12MP sensor from the Nokia N8 for the pixel oversampling duties. 

He also said way back in April that the phone will sport a dual-core Snapdragon S4 with LTE, which Microsoft more or less confirmed when it whipped out a Nokia developer phone with the chipset during the WP8 announcement. MSNerd also chimed in that the handset will carry an HD display with Nokia's ClearBlack tech, which sports a very low reflection ratio, making phone screens with it quite visible in direct sunlight. 

Lastly, we have to add the fact that Nokia enigmatically tweeted yesterday to have our "eyes and ears open in the next few weeks" for a PureView Lumia phone announcement, and Microsoft has scheduled a grand WP8 event with Nokia for September 5, so that's when we might hear more about an upcoming Verizon Windows Phone 8, hopefully with the groundbreaking PureView camera technology. Any takers?

source: Bloomberg

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27 Comments

1. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

PureView + WP8, win win!! And let the poor jealous haters thumb us down xD

2. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

I think everybody would love this acutally :p this would be just AWESOME! :D

22. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

and the android nation with samsung as the king will now go down... nokia for the win!!!

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I would definitely take a good look at a PureView WP8 device. o:

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If the phone offers a mix of features like what is mentioned, I would definitely give it a serious look as well. Maybe MS and Nokia get to critical mass with WP8? The combination of features might be the final nail in RIMs coffin, coming in 4Q2012 (when WP8's increase was supposed to intersect with RIM's decline)....

4. karas

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Hope Samsung and Sony have something to compete purview

6. akmaintu

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

sorry, next wish.

24. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

well actually...sony might be... its been years that nokia and sony's rivalry to be the best camera phone ever!!! samsung makes terrible phone!!! and camera

5. karas

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Why Why Nokia ?? Why didn't you choose android .. why ??

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I actually like that Microsoft has such a solid proponent now. it'll help them catch up.

8. karas

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

No doubt WP8 will be good. But its closed OS. You will get bored of it in days. Android is Open. custom ROMS,custom Kernels,Dual boots,Cutom UIs,Overclockings.. Android + Purview should be Awesome :)

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

lol, I think I could figure out for myself if it's something I'd want. xD

16. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

The thing is that with WP8 you dont need any custom roms, because everything runs perfectly out of the box, besides that, it shares the same Windows NT kernel (Native code), which means there will be lots of cool stuff coming in the near future. Can you guys imagine Diablo 3 ported to WP8/W8????? That'd be awesome!!!

25. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Nokia+android=NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN Android fanboys rage at the truth. WP FTW!!

10. wendygarett unregistered

nokia will choose meego with google play instead

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Why is that? Nokia has 'bet-the-farm' on WP8.

26. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

She mad

11. No_Nonsense unregistered

Nokia's phones are great but their high-end ones are over-priced IMO, considering they pack almost the same hardware as their midrangers.

17. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

How are they overpriced? There's about a $250 range between the Lumia 610 ($250 I think?) and the 900 ($450-500), with the 710 right in the middle ($350). Granted the 808 PureView was almost $700 when it came out, but that's a niche product.

27. No_Nonsense unregistered

Not talking about the 808 at all, the camera is alone worth the $600 or lesser it sells at in India. I'm talking about the launch prices though

12. abraham

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

like Lumia designs

15. Dunknown

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Ooh. Here comes Nokia phone which open the door for Nokia to compete with other phone manufacturer. Hope nokia will gain its crown from Samsung as soon as possible. Go Nokia!

18. redmd

Posts: 1890; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I think WP 8 will be standardized just like WP 7. So it's the same WP experience on different manufacturers. I think that's boring. But then again for the average users it is not. I just hope WP 8 won't be a battery hog like Android.

20. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

No, it's not. WP is more battery efficient than Android, better optimization.

19. fiebor

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

i love Nokia go Nokia go pureview smooth wp8 win win win win win.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

See Verizon keeps getting all the good damn phones. while AT&T gets a crappy NOKIA LUMINA. I will NOT buy a NOKIA phone with out PUREVIEW ON AT&T

23. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i wish it will be a 4 gamer competiton... Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry... it would be really nice.. i really dont know why people hate BB so much... they are awesome... but BB7 is just not that cool anymore...but BB10 will change that... there are also more coming in the competition the Full linux Jolla, mozilla's FireFox OS, OPEN webOS!!!! it would be a blast!

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