For those on Verizon yearning for a solid but affordable Microsoft Lumia device, today was supposed to be your day. Verizon had tentatively scheduled the Lumia 735 with Update 2 to be released today June 11.
However, on Tuesday we received word that the launch had been pushed back until next Thursday, June 18. Late last night, we received hard evidence of this delay with images from Verizon's employee inventory system.
No word on why there is a delay, but Verizon stores are already receiving accessories for the smartphone, including various cases and holsters.
It should be noted, however, that on June 18 Verizon is only accepting 'Web only/Dfill' orders for the device. This reference means you can order it online or through the store, but they will not necessarily be available in the Verizon stores. No word on whether Verizon corporate outlets are stocking the phone or if they are continuing with the web-only approach. Our source speculates if stores are to launch and carry the phone, it will likely be on the following Monday, June 22.
Verizon has yet to announce the Lumia 735 publicly, although they are expected to do so very soon.
The Lumia 735 is a mid-range Windows Phone with Verizon's CDMA and LTE bands on board. The phone features a 4.7-inch 720p OLED display (1280 x 720), 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1 GB of RAM. It comes with 8 GB of internal storage, which is supplemented with micro SD card. For cameras, you are looking at a sharp 6.7 MP shooter with ZEISS optics and a f/1.9 aperture. LED flash is also included. Up front, you'll find a full HD 5 MP wide angle f/2.4 camera.
Thanks to our source, who wishes to be unnamed, for the information.