Back in October 2014, it was rumored that the Lumia 735 might be making its way to Verizon in 2015. We haven’t heard much about the device since, but that’s changing today thanks to the FCC.
An FCC listing for an “RM-1041” has revealed a few images of a Microsoft and Verizon-branded Windows Phone device. The FCC entry doesn’t reveal much about the phone, but the device looks similar to the Lumia 735, and it seems likely that that’s what this device is considering the rumors of a 735 release on Verizon.
As a quick refresher, the Lumia 735 includes a 4.7-inch 1280x720 display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a microSD slot, 2220mAh battery, and Windows Phone 8.1. Also included is a 6.7-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The main feature of the Lumia 735 is its 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera, which has led Microsoft to call the Lumia 735 “the first smartphone designed specifically for selfies and Skype video calls.”
Neither Microsoft nor Verizon have made any announcements about a Lumia 735 launch, but Windows Central claims that the device could launch sometime in May. Considering its specs, the Lumia 735 ought to be fairly easy on Verizon customers’ wallets whenever it does arrive.
Obviously the Lumia 735 isn’t the most high-end Windows Phone around, but considering how infrequently Verizon has released new WP devices in the past, it’s always good to see new WP hardware hit the big red carrier. Plus, there’s currently no Lumia smartphones in Verizon’s lineup, with the only Windows Phone hardware currently on offer being the One M8 for Windows and ATIV SE.