Verizon's Microsoft Lumia 735 reportedly slated for June 11 launch
The Verizon Lumia 735 has been rumored as coming to Verizon since late last year until further reports from our sources pushed the phone back to "early 2015". That earliness has slipped in late spring and after being recently outed at the FCC, the phone finally has a launch date.
Thursday, June 11 appears to be the set launch date for the mid-range phone first launched under Nokia. The Verizon variant ships with CDMA plus 4G LTE bands for Verizon's network and presumably Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2, which may have held up the release.
Details of the launch come from a source to Windows Central, who provided the above photo. The image is reportedly from Verizon's computers for employees, and it lists the Lumia 735 under the 'coming soon' area with a '6/11' launch date.
Interestingly, an anonymous tip appeared earlier today on Reddit. However the 'throw away account' was unable to provide any direct proof for the June 11 date. Our source though was able to provide the corroborating evidence making the claim much more believable.
Verizon recently launched the more budget friendly LG Lancet also with Update 2, signaling a concerted effort by the carrier. Verizon has traditionally been very difficult to get phones tested and approved, and the Lumia 735 appears to be no different.
As evidenced by the above FCC photos, the Lumia 735 is expected to launch with Microsoft branding instead of Nokia's. It is not known if there are other hardware changes requested by Verizon or provided by Microsoft.
No word on pricing although the Verizon Lumia 735 should be priced slightly higher than the LG Lancet, which has some more stripped down hardware and lower screen resolution.
Verizon will likely announce the availability of their Lumia 735 at any moment with further details.
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.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.