Windows 10 mobile news recap: Cityman, Talkman, the need for new flagships, and more

Windows 10 mobile news recap: Cityman, Talkman, the need for new flagships, and more

With Windows 10 for desktop nearing release, Microsoft has begun shifting focus towards Windows 10 Mobile. Let’s take a look at this past week and see what big Windows 10 Mobile news story took place in a feature we like to call “Windows 10 Mobile news recap.”

With Windows 10 having several versions and a long list of device types running across those versions, Microsoft has published the minimum requirements and which devices run on each version of Windows 10. Head over here to see the tables breaking down every little detail but these are the highlights for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for desktops. The minimum requirements are surprisingly low in some in cases.

A few weeks ago, Microsoft made big changes in its phone strategy by restricting the quantity of phones they produce and concentrating on quality in three segments; budget, business and flagship. Judging by the recent Q4 earnings report, the change was a smart move with revenue falling even though the company sold 10 percent more Lumia smartphones in the quarter. At that earnings call, CEO Satya Nadella admitted that new Windows Phone flagships were a segment where Microsoft needed to improve.

Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 10166 to slow ring participants. The company also revealed that updated Messaging, Phone, and Video apps for Windows 10 Mobile would be arriving later this summer.

Rumors of new Microsoft flagship phones have been circulating for months now and it’s finally beginning to look like they’re a real thing that’s happening. Earlier this week Satya Nadella announced that official Microsoft flagship phones were on their way, and now today, highly detailed information regarding these devices have appeared —  still going by the codenames Cityman and Talkman internally.

Here’s the complete list of leaked specifications for each phone. Keep in mind that while this information is apparently very accurate and does correlate with other rumors we’ve been hearing, Microsoft has yet to announce any specific details regarding their flagship phones at this time.

Talkman (Lumia 950)

  •     Matte White or black polycarbonate body
  •     5.2 inch WQHD (1440×2560) OLED display
  •     Snapdragon 808, 64-bit Hexa core
  •     Iris scanner (infrared) for Windows Hello
  •     3GB of RAM
  •     32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
  •     20MP PureView rear camera
  •     5MP Wide-angle front facing camera
  •     3000 mAh removable battery
  •     Qi wireless charging with flip cover
  •     USB Type-C

Cityman (Lumia 950 XL)

  •     Matte White or black polycarbonate body
  •     5.7 inch WQHD (1440×2560) OLED display
  •     Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa core
  •     Iris scanner (infrared) for Windows Hello
  •     3GB of RAM
  •     32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
  •     20MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash
  •     1mm silver ring inside the circumference of the black camera pod
  •     Aluminum side buttons
  •     5MP Wide-angle front facing camera
  •     3300 mAh removable battery
  •     Qi wireless charging integrated
  •     USB Type-C

Stay tuned for yet another exciting week of Windows 10 news!

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