Wednesday 12 September 2012

Nokia Zeal, Flame with Windows Phone 8 due in 2013

Nokia is reportedly working on a mid-range Zune-like smartphone codenamed Zeal and a budget device called Flame with Windows Phone 8.

Nokia is reportedly working on budget level smartphones that will run Microsoft Windows Phone 8. The two new Nokia smartphones other than the recently announced Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are codenamed Zeal and Flame. Both the new Nokia smartphones are expected for mid-range and budget-level segments sometime in 2013. The Verge reported about Nokia Zeal for the mid-range segment and Nokia Flame for the entry level segment.

Nokia recently announced Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones with Windows Phone 8 running on them. These smartphones are expected to be made available sometime in December this year. Meanwhile, Nokia plans to release two more handsets by early next year.

These two new Nokia devices with Windows Phone 8 will be specifically targeted at the mid-range and budget segments. Nokia is reportedly working on Zeal, which will re-incarnate the Microsoft Zune design with a 4.3 inch touchscreen display. Under the chassis the phones will house a dual core 1 GHz mobile processor coupled with 512 MB RAM and 8 GB on-board storage. Even the Nokia Zeal will have a micro SD slot for storage expansion and from the cues we believe this might be a more multimedia centric mid-range device from Nokia. Basically, this will be the successor of the current Lumia 710 smartphone.

As for the successor of the Lumia 610 device, Nokia is reportedly working on a handset codenamed Flame. This smartphone will have a 4 inch touchscreen display, a 1 GHz dual core mobile processor, 512 MB RAM, a 5 megapixel camera and just 4 GB on-board storage. Meant entirely for consumers seeking a first time experience, this device is likely to be quite affordable.

We take these bits of information with a grain of salt and are content that smartphone makers are considering 4 inches as the de facto standard to deliver a smartphone-like experience with mobile operating systems.

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