Low-end Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 'Zeal' and 'Flame' coming early next year
September 8, 2012 at 14:38 GMT | By Darlington Moyo
There's good reason to think that The Verge's Tom Warren has some Nokia executives on speed-dial given how many "exclusives" he has came up with in the run-up to the Nokia event a few days ago and post the event. In typical fashion, Tom's "sources" have revealed to him that the Finnish giant is planning two low-end Lumia devices, the "Zeal" and "Flame."
The Zeal will be a somewhat middle-of-the-road device, coming with a 4.3-inch display, a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a microSD slot. With the Zeal, Nokia is adopting a Zune-like design for the style and the handset will use Nokia's unibody design.
Meanwhile, the 4-inch "Flame" is said to include 512MB RAM, a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, and the 4GB of storage will make it a real low-end device. Fortunately, Flame owners will be able to upgrade the storage via the microSD card slot, something Lumia 920 owners will not be able to do.
There isn't much in the way of availability except that both devices are expected to arrive within the first quarter of 2013. We expect the "Zeal" and the "Flame" to be targeted at emerging markets and be offered at similar price points to the Lumia 610 and 710. As you would have noticed, both devices will feature fairly larger displays, which begs the question: will Nokia offer a Windows Phone 8 device with a sub-4" display and is there a need for one?
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