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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 11/6/2013 2:28:17 AM , Rating: 1
Your statement, that the L929 isn't competing with anything beyond the L928 just isn't true either. You can make that claim only for those who choose Verizon first and phone second, but that isn't everyone's approach.
The crowd you speak if is a tiny minority. Due to contract lock in and multiple lines on an account, it is extremely difficult for the vast majority of cell users to switch. By the time all of the contracts are up the phone they might have switched for is likely obsolete. I used to work for a carrier, I can tell you now from the inside the number of switchers is minimal, and irrelevant. Having model number naming consistently within carrier options is way more important than having it be consistent across all models around the globe.

Do you really think Nokia's current model numbering scheme is as intuitive and descriptive as it could be? If not, then it deserves to be changed, for WP's sake.
Within a carrier it is plenty descriptive. I'm not a fan of MS's normal naming bullshit, in fact "Windows Phone 8" is itself a bullshit name. Keeping it short and sweet is a good thing. So while I would not go out on a limb and say Nokia's scheme is ideal, I do think a model name and a number are a damn good approach. After all it works very well for a wide variety of other products.

And no, adding "MAX" to the end looks terrible.

RE: Doesn't matter.
By a5cent on 11/6/2013 11:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
> And no, adding "MAX" to the end looks terrible.

You feel "Max" is aesthetically unpleasing, that's fine. I don't care. Use your imagination to come up with something you feel is better. Since you aren't willing to say that Nokia's naming approach is ideal, you should be able to. I'm fine with just a brand name and model number too. I'm not advocating for any particular solution. I'm advocating for systematic consistency and transparency accross the board. I don't care how.

The L1320 and L920 are sold world wide, and the inconsistencies I and others mentioned still apply, even if you exclude the L929 from consideration.

I agree that Windows Phone 8 is a BS name. I'm not even convinced it should be called Windows.

IMHO your argument that consistency need only be guaranteed within the line up of a single carrier is BS. I also work for a carrier, albeit in Europe, where carriers have a far weaker hold on customers, and where switching providers is simple. Narrowly limiting your view to only the U.S. market isn't sufficient.

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