Nokia Goldfinger and Moneypenny reported to be first Windows Phone 8.1 devices


Two Windows Phone handsets - but the identity of Goldfinger and Moneypenny remain a mystery, for now

Windows Phone 8.1, also known as Windows Phone Blue, is expected to ship early next year and it looks like @evleaks has once again gotten the scoop on two upcoming Nokia devices that will run the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS. While little is known about the two devices, at this time, it seems that the first two 8.1 devices will be Goldfinger and Moneypenny

As with previous Nokia leaks, once the code-names start appearing in the wild, it doesn’t seem to take long for the specs and eventually press images of the devices to make their way out of the Nokia vaults. Considering that nearly all of Nokia’s recent devices have leaked before their official public appearance, it probably won't be long before we learn all the juicy details on these handsets too.

A few tidbits about Windows Phone 8.1 have surfaced over the past few weeks including that Microsoft could remove the ‘back’ button from the chassis and that WP8.1 will support devices with up to 10in screens. Also, many hope that Windows Phone 8.1 will finally bring a notification center to the platform and VPN support as well.

We hopefully won’t have to wait too long to learn more about Windows Phone 8.1, which is expected to ship in the first half of next year, but until Microsoft makes the announcement, it’s back to the rumor-mill for any sort of tidbits about what to expect.

Source: @Evleaks

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Eder Cardoso said,
Instead of removind the back button it would be better if they remove the search button (which is really useless)

I really like the search button. I don't understand why it gets so much hate. They just need to make it a "universal search" like Windows 8.1 has so it can search email, text messages, etc., and the web at once.

I am more and more happy that Nokia did not announced a 920 successor at the event. I am almost surely waiting for 8.1 "ready" devices now.

mnl1121 said,
if these really are 8.1 phones then I'm happy to see the back button is still there.

That's not the leak..that's just a picture of Lumia phones to represent the article.

Also what is so wrong with no back button? Windows 8 works fine without one. Also, it could have the buttons on screen too.

Windows 8 is awful with no Back button. Honestly, it's one of the most inconsistent UX elements in Windows 8. Not only do some apps choose to locate it in different places; but the size, and even the arrow style varies between apps and screens within apps. Even Microsoft's own apps don't implement it consistently!

Sionic Ion said,

That's not the leak..that's just a picture of Lumia phones to represent the article.

Also what is so wrong with no back button? Windows 8 works fine without one. Also, it could have the buttons on screen too.

Having a physical hardware back button is very convenient. It isn't 100% necessary as you can make a software back button, but I find it is a very nice thing to have. It leaves more room in the app for one thing. It is always in the exact same place as well.

Would be interesting to see Nokia announce the 525 and 725 soon with a updated 9xx and 8xx with WP8.1 some time after that. I'm betting that these two could be a 930 and 830, unless Nokia jumps up a bit and we're looking at 940-840 being the new 8.1 devices.

I know this is asking A LOT but please no AT&T exclusive.... I was going to pick up the 929 (on VZW) when its released but I can wait till Feb/Mar