Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Intel phone on the horizon, WhartonBrooks tease, Alcatel Idol 4S announced and more

Michael Cottuli

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Welcome back to our weekly Windows 10 Mobile news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Let’s get started.

An Intel powered Windows 10 Mobile device might be coming

This week, we’ve got something that’s potentially inconsequential but – as seems increasingly more likely – could possibly be a huge deal to Windows 10 Mobile fans. Notable mobile reporter Evan Blass leaked images of an Intel-powered Windows Phone recently, saying it has a “laptop-class processor.” We initially assumed we were looking at a few concept images, but we now have reason to believe it could be something more. A tweet about the phone last night had Evan saying the phone was “Much more than a concept. Stay tuned.”

WhartonBrooks keeps teasing Windows 10 Mobile device with cell band info

A tweet from WhartonBrooks’ Cerulean Mobile gave Windows 10 Mobile fans a reminder that something is coming. The tweet listed off the bands that the phone will be working with. From the tweet, it looks like this phone is going to follow suit with the other Windows 10 Mobile devices that forego Verizon.

The Alcatel Idol 4S officially announced

The Alcatel Idol 4S has finally gotten a full announcement. The device will cost $469.99, and features a premium dual-glass and metal-framed design, support for Continuum, and support for Windows Hello via fingerprint scanner. Each device also comes with virtual reality goggles, a free 45-day trial for Hulu Plus, an additional 30-day trial for Groove Music and a free copy of the Windows 10 Mobile game Halo: Spartan Assault as part of the in-box bundle.

Microsoft commits to Windows 10 Mobile again

There’s a lot of concern surrounding Windows 10 Mobile, especially after the platform was completely missing from Microsoft’s big conference in late October. In order to assuage the fears of Windows 10 Mobile fans and investors who think the platform may be losing its way, Microsoft talked a bit about its continued commitment. “So we’re going to continue to invest in ARM and cellular,” said Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices. “And while I’m not saying what type of device, I think we’ll see devices there, Windows devices, that use ARM chips. I think we’ll see devices that have cellular connectivity.”

Here’s the Insider build that came out this week

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