It's been close to two weeks since Microsoft officially purged Nokia branding from its smartphone division, now the American software major is all set to launch the first Nokia-less Lumia handset next week.
The company has released a teaser poster with time-stamp- "11.11.2014" on the official blog site. It says- "WANT TO SEE #MORELUMIA?"- "Come back on November 11, to find out more!", hinting the impending launch of first Microsoft Lumia smartphone.
In the image, we see an Orange hued smartphone with a front-camera on top-right corner. Though this does not reveal much, many believe this device may turn out to be a selfie-centric smartphone.
Nokia has already built the industry's best-camera phone Lumia 1020 (with 41.0-megapixel), now time looks prime for Microsoft to take this forward by introducing the flagship selfie-camera phone, which is currently a fad among selfie tech-savvy youth.
However, this speculation has to be kept on the back-burner, as the sources with the knowledge of Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge, that the company is likely to launch a budget handset next week, not a high-end flagship smartphone as previously rumoured.
As per the latest reports, Microsoft's upcoming device is tipped to be Lumia 535, a successor to Lumia 530, which was launched in late July this year.
It is said to sport 5.0 qHD (960x540p) display and run on latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS, 1.2GHz snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt memory, 5.0-megapixel rear-side camera and 0.3-megapixel (VGA) camera on the front. This is an improvement over the predecessor, where in selfie-fans sorely missed the front-camera in the Lumia 530.
Rumored Specifications of Microsoft Lumia 535:
|Model||Microsoft Lumia 535|
|Display||5.0-inch qHD (960x540p) display|
|OS||Latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS|
|Processor||1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU|
|Storage capacity||8GB, expandable via micro-SD card slot|
|Camera||Main: 5.0-megapixel cameraFront: 0.3-megapixel (VGA) camera|
|Add-ons||3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other standard sensors|
[Image credit: Conversations.Nokia]