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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 sprockkets on 4/14/2014 11:50:37 PM , Rating: 2
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.

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.

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.

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