Microsoft announced the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL as its new flagship products earlier in the year in India. With the X50 series being the new hotshot, it is expected that Microsoft will bring the other monikers of X50 too. We have already heard rumors about the Microsoft Lumia 850 and the release of Lumia 550, and following the two, it looks like the Lumia 650 is pretty eminent too, as suggested by the renders leaked. The device will apparently be released by Microsoft on February 1st. This will be a soft launch with no dedicated event assigned for the product, but the phone will be expected to make a mark in the budget category.
Microsoft announced the Lumia 950 a couple of months ago and since then, we have heard about several phones coming with the X50 moniker. We have heard about the Lumia 850 in the past and today, looks like the specifications and the renders of the Lumia 650 have been leaked out on the interwebs. The phone is expected to bring fairly similar specifications as the Lumia 550. According to the report published by VentureBeat, the phone will be sporting a polycarbonate body and have fairly midrange specifications.
Nokia always saw the 8xx line of its Lumia lineup as the go-to line for those who needed a smartphone just shy of the absolute top of the line and still did not want to compromise on the great camera experience. Now that Nokia’s mobile business is owned by Microsoft you would expect some things to change. But so far, other than the moniker on top, which is of Microsoft rather than Nokia not a lot is different.
Microsoft Mobile has announced the next device in their budget category in the form of the Lumia 540. The device has been launched at the price point of Rs 10,199 and is going to be a successor to the Microsoft Lumia 535. The 540, just like other Lumia devices has a very curvy feel to it and comes in a plethora of colors for the audience to pick up from. The back shells can be changed, which means that you can pick and change the colors even when you have purchased the phone. Largely the device will be available in black, cyan, orange, and white colors.
In terms of software, the device runs Windows 8.1 with Denim update, though it is a certainty that it will be upgraded to Windows 10 when the same is ready to be released. The Lumia 540 is powered by a Snapdragon 200 series SoC which is a Quad Core chipset. The rear camera is an 8 MP unit while the front facing camera comes with a 5 MP sensor with wide lens for better selfies. The Lumia 540 is a Dual SIM smartphone.
In terms of internal memory, you get 8 GB out of the box, though there is a Micro SD card support up to 128 GB plus 30 GB of space on OneDrive. The RAM is 1 GB and the phone is equipped with a 2200 mAh battery.
The device is available for pre-booking offline and will be available with all the channel partners of Microsoft both online and offline.
Microsoft Lumia devices are coming in at the rate at which Samsung once may well have been super proud of. However, since 2014, Samsung has slowed down in speed when it comes to offering products focussing largely on product quality than the number that the offer, while Microsoft has gone the Samsung route by throwing a lot to the wall and hoping some of the things would go ahead and stick, making sure it makes some success out of it.
The latest move in this direction has been Microsoft announcing yet another budget smartphone in the range with the moniker Lumia 540. the device has been launched in the United States initially and will see a global rollout soon.
It is a successor to the Lumia 535 and features a 5 inch 720 P display with a 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 200 SoC. The device has a RAM of 1 GB and 8 GB internal memory with support for Micro SD card. Out of the box, the phone will run Windows Phone 8.1 with Denim update, though there has been no confirmation about the Windows 10.1 release for the device yet. The phone has an 8 MP rear camera with a 5 MP front-facing snapper with a 2200 mAh battery. The device will be available in several colors, very much in line with the other Lumia devices, including colors like orange, cyan, black etc and sell for $149.
In the sea of Android phones, comes a Windows Phone device with very little razzmatazz or glamour and pretty much goes away without much of news. But, Microsoft did launch a couple of Windows Phone devices at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Both the devices are seen as a successor to the budget market that Microsoft is targetting to thrive in. The Lumia 640 and 640 XL are said to be Windows Phone 10 ready, though will not run the latest software OS right out of the box for now. It would be updated at a later stage, and for now the devices will run Windows Phone 8.1 with Denim update which is not really that bad.
Both the devices will run Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with 1.2 GHz clock speed and Adreno 305 GPU. The RAM on board is 1 GB and you get 8 GB internal memory out of the box with micro SD card expansion. The main difference both the phones are in the screen sizes and the battery specifications as well in the camera. The Lumia 640 comes with 5 inch IPS display while the Lumia 640 XL has an 5.7 inch IPS panel. Both the devices have a 5 MP front facing camera and the rear unit is a 13 MP on the XL while the 640 has an 8 MP unit. The battery on the Lumia 640 is a 2500 mAh unit while the Lumia 640 XL packs a punch at 3000 mAh.
Other than the obvious accessories, Microsoft is also offering software bundles such as 60 minute Skype calling credit and 1 TB of space on OneDrive as well as one year’s subscription to Office 365. The Lumia 640 is priced at Euros 140 for the 3G variant and for Euros 160 for the LTE version. The device will be available in April, in both single and dual SIM variants. The Lumia 640 XL, on the other hand will be priced at Euros 190 and 210 for the 3G and LTE variants respectively.
In the bid to regain the traction and space in the lower mid budget market, Nokia, now Microsoft, has announced a new Dual SIM device for India. The Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 category was once ruled by Nokia, but off late players like Motorola, Xiaomi as well as Asus have been the big hitters in that price range. Microsoft realizes that the best way to penetrate the South Eastern Asian market is by tapping into the budget category and with the prowess of Nokia, which is an expert at it, the Redmond-based company is making solid moves forward.
The Lumia 532 on the first glance is very much like a reworked Nokia X which runs Windows Phone. The device shape as well as the form factor are identical, and in fact is available in very similar colors, which includes, green, white, orange and black.
In terms of specifications, the device has a 4 inch 800×480 P LCD display. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 SoC. You have 1 GB of RAM as well as 8 GB of internal memory in the device. There is a slot for Micro SD card supported up to 128 GB. As the name suggests, you have a Dual SIM configuration on board. The device will come with Windows Phone 8.1 update with Lumia Denim. Lumia 532 will sell for Rs 6,499 starting from this month.
Microsoft had announced the Windows 10 for all its devices including mobile as well desktop recently. It was in moniker a major jump straight from Windows 8.1 to 10 but the features definitely did not make everything look like a great deal of change. However, if you are interested in trying out the latest Windows 10 for your Lumia device, you can do that as Microsoft has started seeding the Technical Preview.
In order to install Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview on your device, you will need to get Windows Insider App from Windows Phone app store. After installing the application, you will have to sign up in it and leave your details to get the update. Post this, all the updates that are released by Microsoft will be in the form of OTA directly.
Currently, only the Lumia 630, 635, 638, 730 and 830 are getting the update to Windows 10. However, some of the users of the Lumia 830 have said that while Windows Phone 8.1 update had made the device lag fairly consistently, the Windows 10 update has made the whole experience totally unusable and really slow. So, we would warn you to be really careful and be sure of what you are getting into when you update the device.
Some of the new Windows 10 update features included are:
- Full-size Background Image for Start: We believe phones should be intensely personal – so we’ve added another option to customize the start screen with a full-size background image.
- More Quick Actions in Action Center: We’ve increased the number of quick actions available to you. Windows Phone 8.1 has four programmable quick actions – but with Windows 10 you also get an expanded view that can now have up to three rows.
- Interactive Notifications: Notifications are now interactive, allowing you to take action directly like dismissing an alarm, or seeing images for maps. For example, for text messages, when the toast pops, you can quickly reply inline via text or voice.
- Significantly enhanced speech-to-text capability: You can talk to virtually any data field you choose. Your words show up as you speak them – and punctuation appears automatically. This feature is smart enough to understand when to use ‘two’ – the number — instead of ‘too’ as in ‘also’.
- More powerful Photos app: From your very first launch, Photos will show the aggregated set of all your local photos and all your OneDrive photos
Microsoft has announced the Windows 10 and as expected there is no Windows 9 for us to talk about. Windows 10 brings the Windows experience that we have grown accustomed to in the long years gone by back as all the metro stuff can now be totally put to one side. Another impressive feature of Windows 10 is app compatibility as from now on, the developers will only have to develop an application for either the desktop, tablet or phone and it will be cross compatible. As a result we are moving towards a unified App store too. made sure to let everyone know that it is selling Windows as a service and not a product and therefore it was little surprise that
Microsoft made sure to let everyone know that it is selling Windows as a service and not a product and therefore it was little surprise that Cortana was introduced for the desktop. The handy voice assistant works exactly the way it does on mobile and maintains a notebook of things that it knows about you which you can see and change. There are a few cosmetic changes thrown in as well such as full screen fully functional start menu as well as a better-done taskbar at the bottom.
Microsoft announced that all the users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will get one year of free upgrade to Windows 10, for one year. This is what the official statement was:
This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge. With Windows 10, the experience will evolve and get even better over time. We’ll deliver new features when they’re ready, not waiting for the next major release. We think of Windows as a Service – in fact, one could reasonably think of Windows in the next couple of years as one of the largest Internet services on the planet.
There was also demo of the new Ms Powerpoint and Ms Outlook on the stage. The date of the rollout is not clear just yet.
There has been one way and that is down for the Lumia range of smartphones, and no we are not really talking about the market shares, even though a case for that may be made. We are talking about the launches of smartphones in budget category from the Redmond-based company. Microsoft, still feels odd to say that, has announced the Lumia 435 and 435 Dual SIM as the two most affordable Lumia devices till date.
Both the devices take major cues from the horribly failed experiment that the Nokia X and Nokia XL were. The Lumia 435 and 435 Dual SIM, as expected have exactly the same specifications other than the ability to add two active SIM cards on the Dual SIM variant.
The devices have a 4 inch WVGA screen and are powered by a Snapdragon 200 SoC with Windows Phone 8.1 on top with Denim Update. The Denim Update brings features like folders as well as Cortana on board so it is definitely the device with all the latest goodness at least from a software standpoint. The battery on the device is rated at 1560 mAh and the phone has a 2 MP rear camera on board and a VGA unit on the front. The Lumia 625 is priced at about Euros 65 which is approximately Rs 5,600 putting the device in competition with the likes of the Moto E and RedMi 1s. It is expected to roll out in markets in February.