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It turns out Monarch wasn't the Lumia 1030 some were hoping for, but rather the lowly (but affordable) 635

It's been just a couple weeks since Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) announced new Nokia Devices Lumia smartphones at its BUILD 2014 conference.  Loaded with Windows Phone 8.1, that lineup will be led by the Lumia 930, a device that was developed under the codename "Martini".
 
For those hoping for the Monarch -- a rumored pending arrival on Deutsche Telekom AG's (ETR:DTE) T-Mobile USA -- to be a superphone, prepare to be disappointed.  Top Windows Phone leaker @evleaks reports on Twitter:
The Lumia 630 was developed under the name "Moneypenny".  It was unclear if the dual-SIM Lumia 635 was also dubbed "Moneypenny" or was developed under an alternate codename.  Now we know, and the answer is a bit disappointing.

Nokia Lumia 630 and 635
But for Windows Phone enthusiasts, there's still hope of a high-end replacement to the aging Lumia 1020 phone, which last year set the bar for camera quality.  @evleaks also teased at a whopping eight more Nokia Devices launches:
Chances are that at least some of these are Asha smartphones or entrants into the Nokia Devices forked-Android lineup (Nokia Devices' midrange offerings).  But one can hope that one of those devices -- "Vantage", perhaps, is the rumored Lumia 1030.

Lumia 1020
A Nokia Lumia 1020 supershooter successor could be in the works for as early as July.

The Lumia 1020 was announced in July 2013 and released later that month in the U.S.  That indicates that these new Nokia phones could see a similar mid-year announcement.  That also raises hopes that the rumor that the Lumia 1020 might pack a QHD display -- even an OLED one, perhaps -- might be accurate.
 
Thanks to the recent Chinese approval, Microsoft's purchase of Nokia Devices from Finland's Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) is nearing completion and should be fully wrapped up by the end of this month.  It should be interesting to watch what direction Microsoft takes its new smartphone unit in.

Source: @evleaks on Twitter



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By SAN-Man on 4/14/2014 3:17:28 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't mind being on the platform but I hate the solid color type crap. I was a traditional looking desktop ala stock Android (which tries to look like classic Windows desktop IMO).




By BZDTemp on 4/14/2014 4:01:02 PM , Rating: 4
The "solid color type crap" works really well so you get over your issue and give it a go.


By dgingerich on 4/14/2014 4:03:01 PM , Rating: 4
One of the changes with Windows Phone 8.1 is customizing tiles with a wallpaper like image. Some can be solid colors, with you setting the color, or they can be a "window" to a particular image. It's kind of a neat effect.

http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-81-custom-i...


By dew111 on 4/14/2014 4:41:34 PM , Rating: 2
Well, as of today you can put a picture behind your tiles instead of a solid color. I updated my phone this morning, and it looks pretty cool.


By themaster08 on 4/14/2014 5:38:27 PM , Rating: 5
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1. bogus patent claims to stop it from being free which they threatened to do with Linux
I suggest you go ahead and look at China's recent approval of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia. This was delayed due to concerns about patent litigation. The Chinese government found that the patents which Microsoft is pursuing with Android are vital to the functionality of the OS. That's the Chinese government saying that. Now to me, that doesn't seem like "bogus" patents.

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Their bs scroogled campaign
Google treats Microsoft and its services equally as poorly. Google has developed virtually 0 applications to access their services on Windows Phone or Windows 8. You only have to look back on the Windows Phone YouTube app debacle to see how Google purposely goes out of its way to create obstacles for Microsoft.

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Feeding a patent troll to go after Google for search crap
Google are partially the reason that Microsoft's acquisition has not yet completed. Google and Samsung both asked China to limit the deal due to their "concerns" of becoming a victim of further patent litigation. Regardless of whether you agree with the premise of patents, Nokia have amassed thousands of patents due to decades of research and development, costing them billions. Why should other companies have free reign with Nokia's hard work?


By atechfan on 4/14/2014 7:46:27 PM , Rating: 3
Google makes no money in mobile either. In fact, Google makes no money at anything except ads. So maybe they should eject from everything that isn't advertising?


By sprockkets on 4/14/2014 11:50:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I suggest you go ahead and look at China's recent approval of Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia. This was delayed due to concerns about patent litigation. The Chinese government found that the patents which Microsoft is pursuing with Android are vital to the functionality of the OS. That's the Chinese government saying that. Now to me, that doesn't seem like "bogus" patents.


Please reference this, as the patents Microsoft threw at Motorola save a lame calendar appointment patent were all found not infringing by the ITC for their android phones.

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Google treats Microsoft and its services equally as poorly. Google has developed virtually 0 applications to access their services on Windows Phone or Windows 8. You only have to look back on the Windows Phone YouTube app debacle to see how Google purposely goes out of its way to create obstacles for Microsoft.


That's not a negative campaign against WP. Besides, all of them work without native apps anyhow.

In any case, MS did it first.

quote:
Google are partially the reason that Microsoft's acquisition has not yet completed. Google and Samsung both asked China to limit the deal due to their "concerns" of becoming a victim of further patent litigation. Regardless of whether you agree with the premise of patents, Nokia have amassed thousands of patents due to decades of research and development, costing them billions. Why should other companies have free reign with Nokia's hard work?


Surprise! Motorola and Nokia have a patent agreement in place.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/14/2014 6:18:09 PM , Rating: 1
Well said. I don't know why the Windows Phone fans can't understand that the average person finds the "Modern" theme revolting.


By atechfan on 4/14/2014 6:42:56 PM , Rating: 1
Oh look, reclaimer, in a Windows Phone article, regurgitating the samed tired shit. We know, you hate MS, they pick on your poor little Google. No one cares.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/14/2014 6:53:48 PM , Rating: 2
At least I don't own Google stock. The same cannot be said for you and Microsoft.

From the very first day you joined here, you admitted you were an MS shill. And boy have you been!

I respect your honestly, but find your hypocrisy disturbing.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/14/2014 6:59:51 PM , Rating: 1
And what's with the overt hostility? I said Metro was ugly, that doesn't mean I "hate" Microsoft! Wtf...


By atechfan on 4/14/2014 7:38:52 PM , Rating: 3
Hostility? You call that hostility? Coming from the person who called somebody a fuckwad just today in another thread because he doesn't like Android. You are such a hypocrite.

Your comments had nothing at all to do with the article. This was about new Nokia phones, and you made two comments. One about how much you hate the Modern UI, and one yet again whining about the Scroogled ad campaign.

Yes, I own MS stock. Big deal, so it makes my defense of MS have some purpose. You, on the other hand, are just a fanboy. You have no reason for such a strident defense of all things Google, yet here you are. You are so threatened by the mere existence of iOS and Windows Phone that you waste no opportunity to attack either and denigrate their users.


By inighthawki on 4/14/2014 10:14:24 PM , Rating: 2
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This doesn't compute frankly. I happen to think Apple's and Microsoft's abhorrent business practices threaten all of us as consumers

As opposed to Google? The data mining champion of the world, maybe seconded to facebook? Please. None of these three companies are anything to look up to.


By inighthawki on 4/14/2014 11:12:36 PM , Rating: 2
So just because you dislike Apple and Microsoft for "anti competitive practices" I'm not allowed to counter argue that Google is just as bad for their other business practices which, imo, are way worse?

I swear you don't understand the concept of a comment not being 100% related to your intention meaning. If it goes off track of your train of thought even slightly you explode and rant.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/15/2014 12:38:27 AM , Rating: 2
The fact that you called Google a "data miner" kinda shows you're one of these biased anti-Google minions that parrot technically illiterate talking points.

It wouldn't be so bad if you weren't in such support of Windows Phone, which Microsoft "data mines" with Bing and other services to target ads to it's users. Just like Google!


By atechfan on 4/15/2014 2:00:41 PM , Rating: 2

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This is probably why you're absent from nearly every other discussion here. You ONLY haunt Microsoft related topics generally.


You keep accusing me of that. I guess you missed where I commented on the redistribution of wealth scam called global warming, or saying that it makes since that the S5 is selling well because many people would be wanting an upgrade from their S3. You are too busy spreading lies and FUD in MS articles to notice that.


By atechfan on 4/16/2014 9:15:21 AM , Rating: 2
You are delusional if you think any posts I make on some tech blog will have any effect whatsoever on MS share prices.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/14/2014 8:12:03 PM , Rating: 1
And good grief, I never met such a whiner. You whine every day about my posts. Do you know how obnoxious that is? Grow a pair for fuks sake, please!

Do you see my post count? Yeah, it's kinda high. Pretty sure I'm not going to change just because you whine about me on a daily goddamn basis.

Whaaa, Reclaimer whaaaa Google whaaaaaaaaa


By atechfan on 4/15/2014 1:50:34 PM , Rating: 2
I can hardly believe that you are 37,like you stated in another post. You argue like a teenager. That last post was like a kid sticking his fingers in his ears and screaming "I can't hear you!"


By Reclaimer77 on 4/15/2014 5:48:57 PM , Rating: 2
Says the guy who does nothing but reply to my every post with whinefests...


By atechfan on 4/16/2014 9:13:33 AM , Rating: 2
Ironic that you call me a whiner, yet also accuse me of following you around to pick on you.

Stating that you are wrong is not whining. But your persecution complex definitely is.


By inighthawki on 4/14/2014 7:41:37 PM , Rating: 1
If you cannot understand why your original reply was just a plain insult without no backing evidence of your claim, then I'm not sure what to tell you.

On contrary to your "opinion," I've seen almost nothing but complements and positive feedback about the look and feel about metro on the phone/tablet space. Even DT comments on all the Windows Phone articles are surprisingly positive. So where exactly are you getting your data claiming that the "average person" finds it "revolting"?


By inighthawki on 4/14/2014 8:51:42 PM , Rating: 2
It's because you're announcing your opinion as fact and calling anyone a fan of it wrong. It's basically akin to calling them all stupid because they're incapable of seeing how ugly it really is, and they are inferior for that.

Maybe that's not what you meant, but that's how people will take it.

Also could you please address the second half of my post? Thanks.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/14/2014 9:40:17 PM , Rating: 2
I've backed my opinion up tons of times, and each time new excuses are made. It's a vicious Catch 22.

It's like this, sure some people like Windows Phone, but after all these years WP marketshare is still pitiful. It's never grown on a scale that could be viewed as anything other than glacially-slow. I don't believe some incredibly good product is out there, yet hardly anyone wants to buy into it year after year. It defies logic!

Instead of making people like me the bad guy, maybe listen to us instead of refusing to believe WP is anything other than perfect?

Everywhere else on the Internet people view Microsoft's mobile efforts as jokes, rightfully. Only on Daily Tech is Windows Phone a tour de' force.


By inighthawki on 4/14/2014 10:10:07 PM , Rating: 2
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I've backed my opinion up tons of times, and each time new excuses are made. It's a vicious Catch 22.

No, you rarely, if ever, do. You're "sources" are usually just more opinions.

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It's like this, sure some people like Windows Phone, but after all these years WP marketshare is still pitiful. It's never grown on a scale that could be viewed as anything other than glacially-slow. I don't believe some incredibly good product is out there, yet hardly anyone wants to buy into it year after year. It defies logic!

Low marketshare is not at all evidence suggesting the metro interface is "revolting." How did you come to that conclusion? Sounds like another classic logical fallacy from Reclaimer77.

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Instead of making people like me the bad guy, maybe listen to us instead of refusing to believe WP is anything other than perfect?

When did I say it was perfect? There are plenty of areas where Android and iOS excel at over WP. 8.1 definitely closes the gap, but I am aware of its shortcomings. I'm also aware of what it does really well. For my uses, I personally like WP better than the competition. That's my opinion, but unlike you I've never resorted to attacking the competition in an attempt to make it anything more than what it is.

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Everywhere else on the Internet people view Microsoft's mobile efforts as jokes, rightfully. Only on Daily Tech is Windows Phone a tour de' force.

That's interesting, because everywhere I look the feedback is positive. Please point me to one of these magical sites where people seem to hate Windows Phone as much as you. The only people who call it a joke only do so based on the observation of marketshare, and the fact that its growth is slow. But look anywhere where someone has actually used one, and its overwhelmingly positive feedback about the experience.


By atechfan on 4/15/2014 1:55:10 PM , Rating: 2
You keep saying this, but you never seem to be able to counter the fact that Windows Phone is growing rapidly everywhere that is not the USA. It is number two in 24 countries now. At the rate of growth in revenue of their app store, it will pass revenues of Google's app store in a matter of months.

Their is a whole world outside reclaimerville, you know. It is people like you that make the rest of the world think Americans are completely ignorant of the world outside their borders.


By Reclaimer77 on 4/15/2014 5:47:02 PM , Rating: 2
Did I say anything about American marketshare? No. I use total world wide marketshare, because it's the most fair and all-inclusive metric.

What you're doing is cherry picking regional numbers to make a dishonest argument, congratulations, but it's a scumbag thing to do and you know it.

"Windows Phone is awesome because it's the number one phone is Mogadishu!"

^^^ that's what you sound like.

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It is people like you that make the rest of the world think Americans are completely ignorant of the world outside their borders.


Because I'm using WORLD WIDE marketshare numbers? You know, GLOBAL!?


windows phone hate machine
By Gunbuster on 4/14/2014 3:40:59 PM , Rating: 4
off to a strong start with the haters comments...




the pattern
By Argon18 on 4/14/14, Rating: 0
Yet more Windows phones
By Nortel on 4/14/14, Rating: -1
RE: Yet more Windows phones
By dgingerich on 4/14/2014 4:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Nokia Lumia 925, and I like it a whole lot better than my older Android phones or my work iPhone. I can do many more things with the base OS rather than install a ton of apps to handle the little things the OS doesn't do. It also takes great pictures, far better than the other phones I've had. I'd just like it to be a little faster and have more storage.

So, stop your complaining about phones "nobody wants." There are people out there who do want them.


RE: Yet more Windows phones
By amanojaku on 4/14/2014 4:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
Nortel is one of an ever-changing set of commenters who posts just to troll against a company he/she hates. This list includes:

Argon18
JackBurton
Nortel
TesterGuy
Tony Swash (now tonyswash)

I'm hesitant to add some other names because I'm not sure if those guys are trolls or just stupid (see EricMartello's straw man posts in today's Tesla article http://www.dailytech.com/BMW+Concept+X5+eDrive+Use... ). My advice to you is not to waste time replying to anything they post that's inflammatory - they cannot be reasoned with.


RE: Yet more Windows phones
By momorere on 4/14/2014 6:03:28 PM , Rating: 2
He still logs in as Tony Swash sometimes. Just recently he was posting as both in the same article.


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