Two new Microsoft phones are reportedly getting closer to launch

Microsoft is said to be working on two new handsets, codenamed 'Tesla' and 'Superman', sources familiar with the company claim. Stephen Elop, Microsoft devices chief, showcased both phones during an internal meeting, The Verge reports.

It has been no secret that Microsoft has been working on a "selfie phone", now known as the 'Superman'. The device is expected to feature a 5-megapixel front facing camera for selfie lovers, along with a 4.7-inch display. The rumored specifications include a 1.2 Ghz quad core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GBs of internal storage. The "selfie" handset may be released in the third or fourth week of August and will be available from AT&T and Verzion, sources claim.

Apart from the 'Superman', there have been rumors circulating around the Lumia 730 for some time, and as the sources close to the company report, the device may make its debut soon. Stephen Elop introduced the handset codenamed 'Tesla', probably the successor to the Lumia 720, in an internal company meeting this week describing it as an "affordable high-end phone". The Verge reports the new device will be similar to Lumia 930, though it will be noticeably thinner and less bulky. Previous rumors speculated the handset to feature a 5-inch 720p screen, a Snapdragon 400 processor and a Zeiss rear camera, though the Verge claims Microsoft will attempt to bring PureView camera to lower price points.

The recent news indicate the release dates are indeed close, and both phones are expected to come with Windows 8.1 GDR1.

Sources: The Verge, phonearena & winbeta  | image (Lumia 720) via nokiapoweruser

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Yet another low end windows phone. Why can't they make 16 gig min, 1080p and 4g for $au700 u can already get android at that price. No wonder they are winning

I actually prefer the design of the 920... the smooth polycarbonate shell... to the metal-banded 930 design. Everyone comments on how cool it looks... it looks and feels great.

If Microsoft/Nokia can't come up with a superior phone to this one, I guess I'll be fine with staying with this one until they do.

I would like the improved resolution, camera, microphones, and other niceties of the 930 though... but I want to make sure I keep the camera button and Glance screen. I don't care about 3D gesture stuff, so the canceled "hero" phone doesn't bother me. I just want a "better in every way" 1020... with the ability to take FAST pictures at those high resolutions, and a microSD slot would be nice as well (though not necessary... I still haven't used all the space on my 920).

I want a "1030" ... killer camera, great top-of-the-line performance... but I don't want a ginormous phone. 5" is big enough thanks. And it MUST have the "Glance" screen feature!

For whatever reason, the 930 just isn't appealing to me... not least of which is that it simply isn't available (I'm on AT&T in the US), and lacks "Glance", which I use a ton on my 920.

yeah I'm also wanting something more than the 930.. would love a windows phone that was water and dust resistant.. and have memory card options. Just some more features to bring it in line with the galaxy.

Absolutely agreed on that. I want something in the 4.0-4.5" range, but not totally gimped with the rest of the specs. If somebody could just jam new parts into a Samsung Focus case, I'd be all over that.

I'm still waiting for a wp8.1 phone that accepts the old mini sim card.... :(

still clinging on to my Omnia w.... :(

Wow, Superman WP with 1Gb RAM and..... 8Gb storage?!

What's the problem with phone/tablet and LOW capacity storage? I know they all want us to use the cloud, but that dam cloud is nowhere to be found if you're not connected (in zone with no wifi or cellular). I'm not just talking about Nokia here, it's a plague for ALL devices made by everybody.

Welcome to 2014, where I think that 32Gb should be the minimum, 64Gb middle of the road and 128Gb for high-end device.

You can install apps to an SD card on 8.1, I guess they're keeping the cost down and leaving it up to you on how much memory you want to install.

Kravex said,
You can install apps to an SD card on 8.1, I guess they're keeping the cost down and leaving it up to you on how much memory you want to install.

Agreed I see no issue when I can simply add an SD card.

Performance is the problem. When I had a Limua 620, I got a 32GB SD card and filled it with music. When I would load the music app it would take ages to load the library, when I selected the first song to play I'd be waiting sometime upto 1 minute for the song to start and for the screen to switch to the player and display album artwork.

RichieC said,
Performance is the problem. When I had a Limua 620, I got a 32GB SD card and filled it with music. When I would load the music app it would take ages to load the library, when I selected the first song to play I'd be waiting sometime upto 1 minute for the song to start and for the screen to switch to the player and display album artwork.

Then you should get a fast SD card; at least class 10 or UHS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digital#Speeds

RichieC said,
Performance is the problem. When I had a Limua 620, I got a 32GB SD card and filled it with music. When I would load the music app it would take ages to load the library, when I selected the first song to play I'd be waiting sometime upto 1 minute for the song to start and for the screen to switch to the player and display album artwork.

The first time you open xbox music it takes a long while to find and catalog the songs. I have a 635 and the first time I opened it it did the same thing. But, if you wait until its done cataloging the songs and then play it, it should be instant. Mine is and I run off an sd card as well =). Unless you got a bad card or sd slot =/.

By the way, the Lumia "730" from this article is going to get a 1GB memory. As this device has a 720p screen, it is required to have a minimum of 1GB. 512 MB is only allowed on WVGA screens.

They should match new phone releases to new OS updates/versions and keep a steady flow of new devices coming, none of this once a year type stuff, a new phone or two every 2-3 months would be best.

It's difficult to say as that approach didn't work too well for HTC in the past. It seems to confuse potential customers and irritate people who bought a new phone and then found a better phone released a month later.

The success of Windows Phones has large been due to Nokia cranking out phones at a pretty rapid space. They were able to respond to market conditions and produce phones as needed. Major OS releases takes time, to slow down the release of new phones and wait for OS changes will be a big mistake IMO.


Personally I think that they should produce a 430.. a cheaper phone for emerging markets. Why should they have to wait for a new OS?

We get new laptop/tablets separate and apart from OS releases all the time.

jakem1 said,
It's difficult to say as that approach didn't work too well for HTC in the past. It seems to confuse potential customers and irritate people who bought a new phone and then found a better phone released a month later.

I agree. I just got the 930 and now that I am hearing newer I am thinking better and I get ###### off

jakem1 said,
It's difficult to say as that approach didn't work too well for HTC in the past. It seems to confuse potential customers and irritate people who bought a new phone and then found a better phone released a month later.

Not if it's different class of phones each time. Like, start off with one low end and one high end, 630/930. 2-3 months later give us a midrange device, 730/830 along with something else, in this case it looks like the 530. 2-3 months after that, now going on either 4 or 6 months total, you come out with some niche stuff like new phablets, 15301330 or maybe even a 1030. 2-3 months after that you start the cycle again with a new 640/940, by that time it's already been 6 months or 8 months after those who got a 930 will see it's successor show up, which works out well.

The point is to keep something coming and keep you in the news, doesn't have to always be a new flagship though.