This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was filled with a wide array of tablet, smartphone, and TV announcements and reveals. Manufacturers will get a second world stage to debut products at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, and it seems that Microsoft will be using the event to announce its new Nokia devices.
A new DigiTimes report today states that Nokia is rumored to be preparing a line of Windows Phone 8.1 devices for announcement at MWC. According to the report's unnamed "sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain," at least three different Nokia smartphones are set to debut at the event, with offerings for both the high and low end of the smartphone market. All three have the Lumia branding that Nokia has worked so hard to create over the past two years.
One of the rumored devices is the Lumia 1820, a with a 5.2-inch display. The 1820 supposedly will have a Snapdragon 805 CPU and a 3400mAh battery.
Another of the devices could be the Lumia 1520V, a smaller budget version of Nokia's Lumia 1520. The 1520V is rumored to have a 4.45-inch display and a 14MP rear camera, both of which are pared down from the 1520's 6-inch display and 20MP rear camera.
The third device is rumored to be named the Lumia 1525. DigiTimes' sources described the 1525 as having a 6-inch display, though nothing else about its hardware was revealed.
Despite Windows Phone's small chunk of the smartphone market, Nokia and Microsoft have continued to pump out Lumia devices with hardware that competes with the best smartphones available (especially when it comes to camera technology). With a software revision in Windows Phone 8.1, Nokia's latest offerings could expand Microsoft's mobile ecosystem and help the platform gain even more market share.
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