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New 8 inch tablet prototype also leaks

Hot on the heels of the announcement of the 10.1-inch Lumia 2520 Windows RT 8.1 tablet and the 6-inch Lumia 1520/1320 phablets -- plus some slick accessories like the "Treasure Tag" -- at Nokia World, more fresh devices are leaking from the Nokia Devices brand.

I. Lumia 929 Set to Rock Verizon

First up is the Lumia 929.  The Lumia 929 will be an iterative bump to Nokia's line to keep up with Jones, i.e. the Android OEMs who are flocking to the quad-core Snapdragon 800, which is becoming available at last from Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM).

Under Microsoft's guidance, Nokia is moving to a more aggressive device rollout schedule, and the Lumia 929 is proof of that.

The device is set to go on sale at Verizon Communications Inc.'s (VZ) Verizon Wireless brand -- the largest LTE carrier in the U.S. -- and is also rumored to be an exclusive (for the holidays at least).  The phone runs Windows Phone 8 Update 3, the last major update to arrive before Windows Phone 8.1.

Lumia 929
  • Price :
    • ??
  • Form Factor
  • Size:   ??
  • Weight: ??
  • Colors
    • glossy white
    • matte black
  • Screen
    • 5.0 inches
    • 1080p (1920x1080 pixel)
    • 440 ppi
    • AMOLED
    • Gorilla Glass 3
  • SoC
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
      • 2.26 GHz quad-core ARM Krait 400 CPU
      • Adreno 330 GPU
  • RAM:
    • 2 GB DRAM
  • Battery
    • ??
  • Storage
    • Internal
    • 32 GB
    • No microSD
  • Camera(s)
    • Rear
      • 20MP (with PureView optical stabilization)
    • Front
      • 1.3MP
  • Connectivity
    • LTE
    • Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    • Bluetooth v4.0
    • NFC
  • Other
    • Qi charging

Another leak -- from top Nokia leaker @ev-leaks on Twitter -- revealed an upcoming 8-inch Windows RT tablet from the Nokia Devices brand. 
The tablet is rumored to be in the testing phase under the codename "Illusionist" and will be only Nokia's second large-size tablet computer following the 10-inch Lumia 2520.  If the Lumia 2520 is any clue, the 8-inch Lumia device may pack higher end hardware and a slightly higher sticker price than possible 7-to-8-inch Microsoft Surface branded devices.

The Verge has offered direct confirmation from Nokia Devices that the 8-incher is indeed real.  They add that it will pack a Qualcomm chip (likely the Snapdragon 800).  The small tablet is reportedly due out later next year along with budget Lumia 1310.

Sources: WPCentral, EV Leaks, The Verge



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RE: Doesn't matter.
By Reflex on 11/5/2013 1:26:08 PM , Rating: 2
I am not being condescending. I think you are the one who does not get marketing. Yes, a good name is important. But in generational products the most effective way to give people an idea of progress is numbers. That is why these are called *Lumia* with a number. Just like many car series, just like Schick razors, just like software versions, just like so many things I could get lost mentioning it. Things that sell well and that people remember. In fact, if a product does not have a number automatically people often simply add one by attaching the model year.

People buy their phones on carriers. On each carrier the model numbers are fairly consistent. Even among them they are mostly consistent with only a couple of oddities(the Lumia 810 example above). If I am on any given carrier I have somewhere between 2-4 Nokia options, and the numbering is consistent to denote what class the device is, and what generation it is.

You seem to me to be inventing an issue to have something to complain about. I'd take this over the Samsung route any day.


RE: Doesn't matter.
By Monkey's Uncle on 11/5/2013 4:17:47 PM , Rating: 2
Hold on there a sec.

Reading Nokia's naming conventions, the first number is the rear of the phone, the OS platform the second and specific OEM variant is the 3rd. None of these show that the Lumia 929 is a whole new generation of this model phone. In fact nothing about the phone describes that. If I go to Verizon and see a 929 and at AT&T see a 928, I will assume that these carriers are simply using their own number as the 3rd digit.

Please explain to us exactly how we know if we go and buy AT&T's phone that I am NOT getting a snapdragon 800 processor?

At least a manufacturer like Samsung will at least let you know that a phone like the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the latest & greatest generation of that phone model - you will not find a better phone within the Samsung Galaxy S line.

That distinction is not so apparent with Nokia.


RE: Doesn't matter.
By Monkey's Uncle on 11/5/2013 4:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
Sheet...

"...the first number is the rear of the phone..." = "...the first number is the tier of the phone..."


RE: Doesn't matter.
By Reclaimer77 on 11/6/2013 12:07:45 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Hold on there a sec. Reading Nokia's naming conventions, the first number is the rear of the phone, the OS platform the second and specific OEM variant is the 3rd. None of these show that the Lumia 929 is a whole new generation of this model phone. In fact nothing about the phone describes that. If I go to Verizon and see a 929 and at AT&T see a 928, I will assume that these carriers are simply using their own number as the 3rd digit.

Please explain to us exactly how we know if we go and buy AT&T's phone that I am NOT getting a snapdragon 800 processor?

At least a manufacturer like Samsung will at least let you know that a phone like the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the latest & greatest generation of that phone model - you will not find a better phone within the Samsung Galaxy S line. That distinction is not so apparent with Nokia.


QFT.


RE: Doesn't matter.
By Reflex on 11/6/2013 2:32:36 AM , Rating: 2
Except I don't agree that its a new generation of the phone. It runs the same OS as the previous gen, its just a spec update and slightly different form factor. But for a user its going to have the same functions as the previous gen.

Had it come out post WP8.1 I might see your point, but really this is just a faster/larger Lumia 928.


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