Nokia’s product roadmap surfaces, high-end Windows Phone device codenamed McLaren spotted
Not too long ago, the prolific @evleaks shared the Nokia Lumia Cyan update schedule for the Benelux region, and now he’s back with some more exciting news. Nokia, which is now under the leadership of the Microsoft, is rumored to working on a number of devices. The leaker has shared Nokia’s upcoming roadmap, listing the devices which will see the light of the day in 2014-2015.
Starting with the already announced Nokia Lumia 930 and 635. Nokia Lumia 930 is already available in the US on Verizon with the Lumia Icon moniker. The device is the international version of the Lumia Icon, which will hit retail across the globe by this month, but with Windows Phone 8.1 as its OS. It’s not going to hit the US anytime soon, but that’s not the case with the LTE-enabled Lumia 635. The device is said to launch on T-Mobile, AT&T, Cricket and even Sprint in the coming months.
Among the unreleased ones – Lumia 530, codenamed Rock – the sequel to the best-selling Lumia 520 is said to launch on T-Mobile this summer. It will also be picked up by Cricket Wireless by the fourth quarter. It’s will be an entry-level device with a budget-friendly price tag to compete against the countless budget Android devices in the market.
Here comes the most interesting part. The devices following the Lumia 530 will come with Windows Phone Blue GDR1, which is said to be the first update for WP8.1. He says two mid-range devices running the GDR1 update will hit AT&T and Verizon, codenamed Tesla and Superman, respectively. We’ve heard about Nokia Superman in the past — it’s said to come with a 5MP front-facing camera, 4.7-inch display and Windows Phone 8.1 as its operating system. A Nokia flagship is also in the roadmap for this year, codenamed McLaren, which will hit AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile during the holiday season.
Interestingly enough, McLaren (once known as Goldfinger) is rumored to be the first Windows Phone 8.1 device to feature 3D Touch. Essentially, this technology makes use of hardware sensors to detect interactions that are off-the-glass. The current rumor involves using hand gestures above and to the side of the device, along with using gestures to scroll and flip while navigating the touch screen.
This is all for 2014, but there are some more devices planned for 2015. The details are scarce, but AT&T is said to pick up two more Windows Phone devices, codenamed Makepeace and Dempsey. There’s no word about what it will offer, but it’s coming in Spring, if @evleaks is correct. Nokia is also rumored to launch a phablet next year, codenamed Cityman, followed by a flagship device known as Talkman. Both these devices are said to come in late-summer/early fall.
Let’s just take all this with a grain of salt even though @evleaks has a very decent track record. How do you feel about this roadmap?Further reading: Microsoft, Nokia, Windows Phone