Nokia, 2014 and Beyond

Ever since Nokia’s handset arm was officially consumed by Microsoft, we haven’t seen too much in the way of product rumors concerning the newly minted Microsoft Devices division, much less any actual, um, devices. That changes today. Thanks to a well-placed source, the very beginnings of Nokia’s next stage of life are starting to become clear — throughout the rest of this year and into 2015.

First let’s discuss already-announced, but yet-to-be-released, smartphones: the first x30 models, introduced by Stephen Elop in San Francisco, and powered by Windows Phone 8.1 “Blue.” Currently the higher end model, the Lumia 930, is only available in the US through Verizon as the 929 / Icon — and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. The Lumia 635, however, is a different story: it will be picked up by T-Mobile, AT&T, and AT&T’s Cricket this month or next, and even Sprint, though that version may ship later, with updated firmware.

Next up we have the Lumia 530, codenamed Rock — by all accounts an entry level handset designed to compete with the growing hoard of budget Androids. The 530 should hit T-mobile in the middle of the summer, and come to Cricket at the beginning of the fourth quarter, running Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box.

Now is when things get interesting. The next wave of devices to hit US carriers from Team Nokiasoft will all ship with Windows Phone Blue GDR1: the internal codename for the operating system update that comes after 8.1. The first GDR1 devices should begin hitting shelves in the third quarter: they include Tesla for AT&T and Superman for Verizon, both described as mid-range. The fall flagship, then, will be a device codenamed McLaren. Shipping in time for the holidays, McLaren should see wide release, with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile all reportedly signed up to carry it.

As we move into 2015, details are even more scarce — even the operating system versions are not clear. In the spring we can expect a pair of devices on AT&T and elsewhere known as Makepeace and Dempsey — nothing more is known about them yet. Finally, looking over twelve months ahead, the late summer / early fall lineup should be dominated by a phablet codenamed Cityman and a flagship handset called Talkman.

It’s an exciting time for Nokia, to be sure — even though the name is gone, the spirit endures, and the future path is multi-pronged but well-defined. Please note that like all pre-announcement reports, anything can happen to cause the company to deviate from this exact gameplan: plans can and do change ALL THE TIME. There are surely more phones and other types of devices in the works than those mentioned here, and some of those listed may be killed at any stage of development.

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  • Bradford Davis

    I planned my upgrades around the fall releases. Should be a great year

  • Arjun P C

    No Goldfinger?

  • reality distortion field

    No 1030?

  • Karthikeyan

    Microsoft McLaren

  • Brandon Sobotta

    Pretty excited about this. My upgrade from my 920 is in November. Been waiting for leaks about what my next device is gonna be. Can’t wait for specs.

    Although an icon would be nice, I couldn’t upgrade yet if I wanted to.

  • Enni

    I hope the Mcclaren is more of a 930/1520 improvement instead of the 1020.

  • Enterra

    Wish we would see more releases on Sprint.
    They have great service, and with a Framily of 10, awesome prices… I just wish they had a better selection of Windows phones. :-/

    • Enni

      Sprint service is awful. Can’t wait to switch to verizon. Honestly I thought sprint was worth it because of their unlimited data but it’s so slow I barely use more than 1.5 gb. There’s no point of staying on sprint if you’re using less than 2 gb a month. Make the switch.

      • Enterra

        I’m at 2gb 6 days into my billing period and I’m only paying $113 +tax and that includes the monthly charge of $19 for my sons iPhone. And we have Spark where we live which I can assure you is much faster than Verizon’s 4g offering, as I just switched to Sprint from VZW. Spark is rapidly spreading too. You may want to stick it out and see if your opinion of them doesn’t change.
        I just wish they’d get more windows phones…

        • Enni

          Well lucky you. I live in the Bay Area and sprint is horrible, go to school upstate NY and sprint is horrible there too. I would stick with sprint but I can’t stand this service plus verizon phones come unlocked now and I travel internationally a whole lot so that’s another reason why I’m changing, well that and no windows phones.

      • Detfan1

        Sprint is quickly becoming the fastest and best network. I haven’t dropped a call in over a year, since the tower upgrades. Triband is great too. Five bars in the back of Costco!!

  • jalyst

    Dying to hear more about the McClaren, we’re sooo overdue for an overhauled 1020 successor.
    The imaging doesn’t need to improve dramatically, but there’s many other areas that do.

  • DBS

    “It’s an exciting time for Nokia”

    You do realise Nokia still exists, right? And that they can return to smartphones in 2016? These new phones aren’t Nokia, won’t have any Nokia-spirit and won’t have Nokia’s brand on them. They, therefore, are NOT Nokia nor “Nokiasoft”. They’re as much Nokia as Jolla phones are Nokia.

    So let’s stop using the Nokia name regarding these devices. They’re Microsoft Mobile devices, period. And no true Nokia-fan will give a d*mn about them or buy these phones. Starting with this one here. ;)

    • jalyst

      Um, they’re every bit Nokia, MS won’t be able to claim that their smartphones (& some other devices) are engineered wholly/solely by work done at MS till 18mth from now*.

      All the devices we see over “at least” the next 18mth, are a direct result of all the R&D & prototyping done by Nokia in the last several years.

      *And nor are they

      • DBS

        That’s irrelevant. You can’t claim the phones to be something they are not. They are not from Nokia. Also, all the future phones will already have decisions taken by Microsoft. The R&D done by Nokia continues to be done by Nokia since Nokia kept the R&D division. However, these future phones will have things from Microsoft’s own R&D division, starting with “McClaren/Goldfinger” which will incorporate Kinect technology.

        No, these future phones aren’t Nokia. Their development was started by Nokia but they’ll already have directions from Microsoft. Furthermore, only Nokia can make Nokia phones. Just because ex-Nokia employees moved to Microsoft, it doesn’t make the phones Nokia. Otherwise, every company that has ex-Nokia employees would do “Nokias”. Starting with Jolla which was funded by Nokia, is made of ex-Nokia employees and uses Nokia’s technologies. Actually, it even uses an OS that was developed by Nokia – Sailfish, a new version of MeeGo. Yet you don’t call a Jolla, a “Nokia”. The same way, you can not call a Microsoft-produced phone “a Nokia”.

        • jalyst

          It’s every bit relevant. What is prolly a better characterisation though, is expressing it as something like: “MS phones largely/mostly developed by Nokia”.

          “The R&D done by Nokia continues to be done by Nokia since Nokia kept the R&D division”

          Wrong, the R&D divsion is a materials division, it has nothing to do with smartphone R&D, it’s more “base” R&D than that. What they’ve left themselves with, leaves it very unlikely they’ll return to the smartphone market. Ofc there’s alway ways to return through acqustion or building up the necessary resources, but everything they’ve said suggests that’s not on the radar at all, for now at least.

          “starting with “McClaren/Goldfinger” which will
          incorporate Kinect technology.”

          Goldfinger/MClaren has it’s root from looong before the acquisition, ther’s a possibility that some MS tech has been integrated (that’s still pure conjecture), but it’s far from being a MS device.

          “Starting with Jolla which was funded by Nokia, is made of ex-Nokia employees and uses Nokia’s technologies.”

          It wasn’t actually, that story was wrong, they got money from a generous redundancy program, no extra fuding, they also weren’t “gifted” IP.

          “Actually, it even uses an OS that was developed by Nokia – Sailfish, a new version of MeeGo.”

          Yes, I know, see my amended post above…

          • DBS

            I had a long answer ready but Chrome froze and lost it. I have no time to redo-it now. Short answer: Microsoft doesn’t have the rights to use the Nokia-brand on any phones that aren’t based on the S30 and S40 series or the X platform. No future Lumias can legally use the Nokia brand in them. Eflop confirmed it too.

          • jalyst

            Yup, I know…

            “Microsoft gets limited rights to use the Nokia name, primarily in the low-end mobile phones that are based on the older S30 and S40 operating systems. There it can use
            Nokia’s brand for 10 years. But when it comes to smartphones, Microsoft only has the right to use the Nokia name on Windows Phones that are in the market when the deal closes. Nokia could also use the Nokia brand on phones itself, but not for a while. Under the terms of the deal, Nokia can’t reenter the phone business until after Dec. 31, 2015. Microsoft gets broader rights to the Lumia and Asha brands, which it can use as it sees fit going forward.”

            Also keyword search for “brand” here:

          • DBS

            Actually I didn’t need to read news articles. What I told you regarding the brand I read directly from the deal paperworks ;)

          • jalyst

            In my 2mins of wasting (yet more) time, I could not put my hand on that doco, that had to suffice.

            If you re-read the post/point you were addressing, you’ll see there was no need to “correct” me, I could see how what I wrote can be misinterpreted though, which is why it’s been amended slightly.

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  • Raul Haynes

    I am going to jump off the Nokia/MS wagon for the HTC W8 . Unless they drop a kick ass surface phone.

    • jalyst
      • Raul Haynes

        @jalyst:disqus not waiting that long. I have had my 920 for close to 2 years now and I am tired of it. There is nothing Nokia ha out there I want , 925 , 1520 or 1020. I want metal body SanpD 801 etc. If they don’t drop something soon I would even consider going back to apple …. I hope that is not the case.

        • jalyst

          Well, I doubt W8 will be about before the 930, prolly be out round the same time as McLaren/GF going on past patterns.

  • Ahmed Sayed

    Which one will be the 1020 successor. I really want to get a Windows Phone device, was waiting on the Lumia 930, but would definitely wait a little longer for a 1020 successor, if there is one planned. Anybody?

    • jalyst

      read my posts in this thread…

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    Any chance you could get your hands on the new plans, Evan?