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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 inighthawki on 4/14/2014 10:10:07 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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