Been wondering what Nokia’s got planned hardware-wise now that it’s been acquired by Microsoft? Wonder no more, friends, because today a report has surfaced that claims to have details on Nokia’s roadmap all the way into 2015.
First up, @evleaks claims that the Lumia 930 is unlikely to hit any U.S. carriers besides Verizon, where it’s being sold as the Lumia Icon. The Lumia 635 will hit several operators, though, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless and Sprint. It’s said that the Sprint model may arrive later than the others models, but that it could also include newer firmware.
Then there’s the Lumia 530, which is expected to be an entry-level phone that’ll hit T-Mobile in the summer and Cricket Wireless in the fourth quarter. The Lumia 530 is expected to come preloaded with Windows Phone 8.1.
Starting early in the third quarter, @evleaks says that we could start seeing the first phones with Windows Phone Blue GDR1, the next big update to come after Windows Phone 8.1. Those devices include the mid-range “Tesla” for AT&T, the "Superman" for Verizon and the flagship “McLaren” for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. The McLaren is rumored to be landing “in time for the holidays.
Finally, we’re told to expected the “Makepeace” and “Dempsey” for AT&T in sprint 2015, followed by the “Cityman” and “Talkman” in the late summer or early fall. Spec details for these devices aren’t yet known, but it’s said that the Cityman will be a phablet-style product while the Talkman will be a flagship model.
While we don’t have a ton of information about these upcoming Nokia products, this leak does give us some codenames to keep an eye out for. It’s not entirely surprising to learn that Nokia’s cooking up new Windows Phone hardware, but it’s still nice to get some confirmation for those folks that were concerned that the Microsoft acquisition could have a negative effect on Nokia’s hardware output.