Microsoft recently announced that they would be backing out of the high-end Windows Phone market for a short while so that they could focus squarely on low to mid-range smartphones, and a new leak from a blog known as Dospy on July 31, shows that the next mid-range device from Nokia is almost ready for deployment.
There have been rumors about a couple of new devices from Nokia for a few months now, and a leaked memo from Microsoft just a two days ago, confirmed that two new devices would be hitting the market before the end of the year. One of those devices is known as Superman, and it will be a selfie-focused smartphone with a huge 5-megapixel front facing camera. Joe Belfiore reportedly took this selfie with the alleged phone on July 29 while holding a keynote in China, but today’s leak focuses on a device known internally as Tesla.
The Tesla will reportedly replace either the Nokia Lumia 720 or the Lumia 820, and it will be one of the first devices to ship with both Windows Phone 8.1, and the Windows Phone 8.1 update known as GDR1. Not much is known about the device in terms of specifications other than it will feature the PureView technology that has made Nokia devices go to phones for photography lovers.
The Tesla will be the first mid-range device from Nokia to feature such advanced camera hardware. In the past the PureView sensors and Carl Zeiss lenses have been reserved for high-end phones such as the Nokia Lumia, 920, the Lumia 1020, the Lumia 1520, and the Lumia 930, but with Nokia and Microsoft refusing to be drawn into the smartphone flagship wars, it seems as though the technology will now be featured on more budget friendly devices.
Now that hardware developers HTC and LG will be entering the Windows Phone market once again, Microsoft and Nokia know that they have to make their devices stand out, especially if the rumored Windows Phone version of HTC’s popular One smartphone hits the market on August 21 as rumors suggest it will. Obviously the easiest way for the Redmond, Washington-based company to keep fans happy is to include the industry leading camera technology that Nokia has developed over the last few years.
There is no indication of a release date for either the ‘Superman’ or the ‘Tesla’ at this time, nor are there any indications in regards to pricing, but these mid-range devices will be the key to keeping Windows Phone firmly in the race when it comes to affordable smartphones. Stephen Elop (Microsoft’s head of devices and services unit) who recently stated that budget phones are the way forward for the Windows Phone platform, will be eager to get these devices to market as soon as possible.
Source(s) WPCentral, Tom Warren