We're seeing a gradual growth in speculation for Nokia's next Windows Phone, which is set to be unveiled (or at least touched on) at this month's Mobile World Congress. We've previously looked at and even produced an in-depth report on the mysterious device. One of the uncertain elements of this Windows Phone is what family of products would it belong to.
Now MobileGeeks.de have come across the above image, which reveals a Lumia 1000 in a China Mobile database. We're not quite over Lumia 9000 just yet, but were slowly getting there. So the question for the next Nokia Windows Phone is now: Lumia 1000 or kick off the EOS line of products? While it's entirely possible Nokia may look to continue its Lumia family of products, we doubt this finding is anything to go by for the rumoured EOS Windows Phone.
The image, from China Mobile - the largest mobile operator in China, is certainly worth considering regardless. Nokia could always start an EOS line of Windows Phones (though with a name change as Canon owns that), leaving the Lumia family to cater for those who don't require the latest hardware. But then we'd be looking at fragmenting the already bloated selection of devices available. Can you recall each and every Lumia Windows Phone on the spot, within 10 seconds? We thought not.
The Finnish manufacturer is expected to reveal a mobile device with something along the lines of (from rumours back in April 2012):
- 4.3" Curved Glass touchscreen with HD display
- 41mp sensor, Carl Zeiss lens and PureView imaging technology
- 1080p full HD video recording and Rich Recording technology
- Dual Core processor with Adreno 320 GPU
- Windows Phone Operating System
It would definitely be a Windows Phone flagship to boast about. Moving on from the Lumia 920, this could also take Nokia onto a different approach with the design and build. But we'll have to see. Will Lumia 1000 be the next Windows Phone from the Finnish manufacturer? There's a possibility, but it could also be EOS.
As mentioned previously, we'll have more information from MWC later this month. Take everything with a pinch of salt for now, though it's exciting attempting to speculate on what we're going to witness next from Nokia.
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