With Nokia’s mobile phone market share finally on a (scanty) rise, the Microsoft-subsidiary-to-be can’t take any time off from working on future Lumia and Asha family additions. Not even during the holidays.
Thus, rumor has it CES 2014 in January or MWC in February will bring to light at least two new Nokia handhelds. The first, codenamed Moneypenny, is now said to be branded as Lumia 630 or 635, apparently “depending on configuration.” And possibly, on region.
As the number combo suggests, this ain’t no top dog, Galaxy S4 or Note 3 “killer.” However, it might make a few waves as it’s supposed to be a road-opener of sorts. Namely, it’s going to accommodate two SIM cards at once, which no previous Lumia has been able to do.
The rest of the features? They’re mostly kept under wraps, save for the display, believed to measure 4.5 inches.
As for the little guy formerly known just as the “Spinel”, @evleaks tells us the market name is destined to be Asha 230. The spec sheet is a total blur here too, albeit the moniker reveals a little something, something: physical QWERTY keyboard and a panel circling 2.5 inches a la this year’s Asha 210.
Way to start 2014 on the right foot, Nokia, though we sure hope the high-end Lumia Icon is also coming sooner rather than later.