To make sure they do Nokia’s memory justice, and don’t harm the Lumia brand’s global awareness and popularity any further, Microsoft has very meticulously prepared its solo high-end smartphone debut.
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Perhaps indicative of its current mobile market position and humble short-term aspirations, Microsoft’s hottest Lumia devices at the moment are two decidedly mid-range Windows Phone 8.1 soldiers. The “reasonably” sized 640 recently went on sale stateside via Cricket Wireless and T-Mobile, while the gargantuan 640 XL is now officially slated to debut “exclusively” at AT&T on June 26.
After months and month of discouraging waiting, inexplicable delays and ominous silence on Microsoft’s part, the past few weeks have produced a bona fide bombardment of Lumia 640/640 XL US availability and pricing info.
They say a pair of upper mid-range Microsoft Lumia 840/840 XL smartphones are nigh, alongside high-end Lumia 940 and 940 XL models. Given 640 and 540 handhelds have seen daylight recently, it’s pretty obvious where Redmond’s mobile naming scheme is headed.
It’s taken Magenta way longer than originally anticipated to put Microsoft’s newest Windows Phone budget soldier up for grabs, but all’s well that ends well and now, the ball is in AT&T’s court. Obviously, Ma Bell can afford the luxury of keeping its customers waiting a couple more weeks, since both the Lumia 640 and 640 XL should get the American number two carrier’s vote of confidence.
Already available on Cricket Wireless with prepaid activations, listed as “coming soon” at T-Mobile and allegedly due out there in a matter of hours, one of the highest-end Microsoft-made Lumias yet will apparently be picked up by AT&T also before June wraps up. Namely, “within the next 2-3 weeks”, according to WinSuperSite.
In addition to mobile and desktop software, smartphones, fitness bands, so-called “laplets”, gaming consoles and, soon enough, business-oriented gargantuan all-in-one PCs, the father of all multitaskers has last fall decided to dabble in mobile accessories.
Under the terms of Nokia’s mobile phone business sale to Microsoft, the latter scored exclusive rights over the Lumia brand, but could only use the Nokia name to market homebrewed smart handhelds until the end of 2015 and “dumb” phones for 10 years.
It’s hard to venture a guess as to what might have made Redmond wait almost eight months between Lumia 535’s formal announcement and its long overdue US launch, but all’s well that ends well… we guess.
Released internationally just as Nokia’s smartphone division was being absorbed by Microsoft, the mid-range selfie-centric Lumia 735 probably suffered the most from the obligatory transition. Originally rumored to get a wide-scale US carrier launch at Sprint and Verizon, the 4.7 incher got canceled at the last minute.