Reports suggest that Nokia and Microsoft are set to announce the Windows Phone 8 signature handset on Sep. 5. Though not confirmed by both the firms, sources say that the first handset on Windows Phone 8 is up for release on that day. What will be the first handset on Windows Phone 8? How it will look like? Questions are plenty. Many reviewers conclude that it will be a kind of upgrade to Lumia 900, the premium iteration of Nokia’s Windows Phone 7.5 phone series. A few sources have even named the handset as Lumia 1000.
Jessica Dolcourt of CNET has noted three possibilities of which Nokia may roughly replicate Lumia 900 to design the rumored Lumia 1000. Firstly, Nokia has got a short period to design an exclusive handset for Windows Phone 8. The company’s Lumia 900 with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is still doing well in markets. Hence, there is little chance that Nokia will take an effort to bring about a completely new handset for Windows Phone 8 in the short span of time.
Secondly, due to the ongoing financial slump, the Finnish mobile vendor may turn away from making a fresh handset. Well, Dolcourt says that the company may stick with the same basic form factor, design, materials and manufacturing process in order to reduce costs. Of course, the conclusion makes some sense; because the previous world No.1 mobile manufacturer is going through the worst period in its history. The company is just trying to emerge out of the crisis putting its Windows Phone handsets at the vanguard.
Finally, the CNET reviewer thinks that there is no need to have a radically altered handset provided that Windows Phone 8 has its major advances in the software front. Surely, the new version of Windows Phone firmware comes with some visible software changes. The software doesn’t emphasize on enough modifications in hardware aspects. So, Nokia may get its debutant Windows Phone 8 phone manufactured with less hardware alteration.
What may be new?
Nevertheless, we can expect a set of modifications inside the handset. Regarding naming, some sources have gone on to predict that it will be Lumia 1000. That name looks awesome. And if the handset is a Lumia 900 upgrade, it is the best name. Going by form factor, as noted above there will be no enough changes, indeed. But, we can certainly look for some advanced alternations in the innards of the gadget.
First of all, there will be a new processor. Windows Phone 7.5 doesn’t support dual core and multi-core processors. Meanwhile, Windows Phone 8 does. That means we can wait for more a powerful processor inside the upcoming Nokia phone with Windows Phone 8. Possibly there will be Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU that you can see inside the top-notch LTE handsets such as HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3. As a result of this, the potential Lumia 1000 will be a more intensified competitor in the current smartphone market.
Likelihood for a high quality HD display is also high. You may know that Windows Phone 8 supports HD display unlike its predecessor. And so we can expect a 4.3-inch AMOLED High Definition touchscreen on the new handset. The display may likely pack a HD resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, say rumors. Indeed, 1the display will be supported by Nokia’s terrific ClearBlack display filter in order to cut down glare.
Windows Phone 8 supports other advanced features like NFC (Near Field Communication), Microsoft’s Tap + Share and digital wallet and others. Therefore, we can expect the first Nokia phone on Windows Phone 8 to sport all these features. Well, short-range communications will be one of the powers of the rumored Nokia handset. However, more details about such a phone are yet to surface out. Most likely, we can expect the official announcement of the gadget on Sep. 5.