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.

Lumia 735

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.

Daniel Rubino
Editor-in-chief

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

120 Comments
  • Should have skipped this & went straight to the 640....
  • Maybe I'm overstaing the obvious but why wouldn't a person just wait to see what new phones come out after Win 10 Mobile is released? I assume they'll be made for it. Can't picture forking over $275 instead of waiting 4 months or so.  
  • Look at what phone this is. This is a mid range phone. The type of people who would buy this or the lg don't care about the latest and greatest. It would be a different story if they released the 1520. I'd understand your statement. But for a low end device like this its fine.
  • $275 isn't a low end price...
  • It's certainly not a high end price.  Midrange pricing. 
  • For off contract with the 735 specs, it is indeed a good price.  Please direct us to competing devices with similar specs and lower price.  And remember this device has Qi, NFC and OLED when you're making your comparison.
  • This phone is essentially end of line in many countries. It was being sold in the UK for £109 from EE with a free wireless charger....so a $275 price point months later in the land where everything is cheap....
    Nah, sorry - it's too costly. Unless of course it has had a processor revision to give it some extra power OR it has had a software update giving it Lumia Camera 5 (which IS available on the cheaper 640 which has a worse camera!)
  • The Lumia 735 had a price hike since then in the UK
  • Because they might be on a phone that's doing or a phone like the 635 with 512mb ram and no flash and no front camera and desperately want something else
  • I'm using a $50, Lumia 635 just to tide me over until the W10 Mobile phones are released. $275 sounds like a lot of "desparation" fot me with only a few months to go. Anything you buy today won't have the specs needed for Continuum if that's your thing. So no. I don't understand anyone spending more than $100 right now. Do without selfies, flash and RAM until we know what's going to happen.
  • Yeah but on that case the 640 would be a better value for 129.99 cuz its got 1gb and nfc and ffc maybe not as good as a 735 but its cheaper and a great phone for the money
  • I think 735 is better than 640
  • Yes! Design wise
  • No, in most of the aspects, it is way better than 640.
  • Except battery life, Glance and so far, a more flexible camera due to Lumia Camera 5.
  • Like what?
  • 5mp Camera ffc vs 1mp Camera ffc, main camera with zeiss optics vs main camera with no Zeiss optics. Wireless charging vs no wireless charging. Clear black display vs not so clear black display ;)
  • Oled vs ips, too.
  • exactly!!!..when people compare phones, why do they never talk about AMOLED vs IPS v TFT?? Its VERY Expensive to make AMOLED - so thats why some of these phones cost more, you're looking at a MUCH better screen where each pixel lights up on its own...Why do People never compare this aspect?...I dont get it.
  • Both have ClearBlack
  • Have you seen the 640 screen?  It doesn't look like real ClearBlack, and Microsoft has admitted that it used a different method on the 640.  The 640XL has true ClearBlack.
  • Yup, that's why I called it not so clear black display.
  • Source? Btw amoled/oled always have deeper blacks
  • I own a 640 and trust me I has clear black you must have had a defective one or something I had the 635 witch also has clear black the screens and color look identical and no the 640 is not spec wise as good as 735 but it is a good phone for being 175 dolars cheaper its got nfc it got 1gb ram a decent camera and Lumia camera 5.0 and Lumia denim out the box you better hope the 735 comes with denim out of the box otherwise no Lumia camera 5.0 for the 735.
  • Good grief, who cares what specs the 640 has. It is not available on Verizon. Otherwise you're comparing apples to oranges.
  • This
  • Yeah the 735 is a little better but not enough if you ask me to justify the 175 dollar difference the 640 is a great phone for the money I own one and it can play all the games lag free it has the new Lumia camera 5.0 and it come with nfc and the best part it don't have that ugly Nokia name on it anymore
  • If the price is concern then Lumia 640 it is. But if not I will persuade people to buy Lumia 735 instead of Lumia 640. I'm not saying that Lumia 640 is not good, it's good, but when my self comparing it to Lumia 735 (exclude the price factor) I tend to vote for Lumia 735, but if Lumia 640xl is around and mostly my friends love big screen, I will definitely persuade them to buy Lumia 640xl.
    In Malaysia I can find Lumia 640 for rm629, Lumia 735 for rm699, then Lumia 640xl for rm759. First ask what they want and their budget then show them the choices.
  • Thats on my Birthday..... Microsoft's treat for U.S people on my birthday....! Sounds great
  • Ok...
  • XD launch it with Lumia 840 for market XD
  • If they launch Lumia 840 or 740 .... Then birthday would be much exciting
  • If it's priced good, I'll buy it. I really need a CDMA phone, and I don't want to buy a phone without wireless charging. Also, the 735 has a REALLY sexy design, and the Microsoft logo is a bonus.
  • It's a fun phone and even I'm excited about having one with LTE finally.
  • Are we assuming the specs are the same as the Nokia version, or has that been confirmed? Is is possible that other specs may have changed along with the radio?
  • I personally wouldn't be surprised if the Verizon variant has an SD410 since the 410 natively supports LTE, but who knows.
  • Cool :) Thanks for replying Mr Rubino. Kinda eased my fear of buying a phone that I'm afraid won't have support for very long. But as I said, this is IF it's priced good.
  • Dan, you could get a USA GSM LTE 735 from B&H for a few months now...
  • That 6.7mp shooter is a killer(in that price range).
  • With Carl Zeiss optics, It is better than any normal 6.7mp or even 8mp shooter.
  • Yes, that's what I said. Isn't it?
  • Nice.
  • I'm gonna predict it'll run between 149 and 199 dollars. This might also mean that the Microsoft Store can finally carry some unlocked GSM models. (Or it absolutely won't because of Verizon's exclusive deal).
  • Mine was around 350$ when I make a direct conversion
  • I'm expecting the same US carrier subsidy that makes the Lancet cost less than the Blu Win HD LTE and the Lumia 635 cost 50 dollars from AT&T.
  • Verizon phones come factory unlocked.
  • Also, between having all of their Nokia phones running Denim, rolling out Update 2 for the HTC One M8, getting the LG Lancet and now this bad boy, I think that Verizon's trying to make up for crappiness during 2014 in 2015. Hopefully they get the 940 and Plus... non exclusively.
  • Mine is called Nokia Lumia 730 :'(
  • Iconic, don't you think? One of the last devices that own that NOKIA logo. :)
  • Iconic yes. But Nokia was never my favourite brand at all, I only got a Nokia because it was the only Wp device in my country
  • Nokia was never your favourite brand? Oh god.
  • Please don't talk like isheep now
  • You need some therapy dude..
  • Nokia was never my favourite brand either, much rather prefered to have a Microsoft branded one.
  • Me as well :)
  • Nokia carried Windows Phone. It made it what it is today.
    Microsoft lucked out to have a partner like Nokia that brought offline mapping, MixRadio, all of the camera goodies, and a myriad of fixes for various OS problems (Storage Check Beta for clearing out those junk files for example!).
    It is a crying shame that Microsoft wiped out Nokia. They haven't released one phone since the 1520/1020 that could really lay claim to being the best at anything.
    Hopefully Microsoft will reverse that trend with Windows 10 -- but my oh my, they do not deserve the patience that people like me have demonstrated. Microsoft need to start driving Windows 10 Mobile development as much as they are Windows 10.
  • +730
  • So embarrassing.
  • What you mean?
  • Why does MS takes time to release a phone in their own parent country even if they launched the same model almost few months ago? I know it's about market share or low usage of Windows phone in US but still they need to release a model worldwide atleast in same month or two.
  • Too little too late.
  • This phone definately needs an update in terms of processing power like snapdragon 410 because people just see the specs and buy
  • A normal consumer does not know about specs. They only know megapixels. Lol
  • ... and size & candy crush & snapcrap...
  • I think you are from 2012...
    Nowadays people care about soc's.
    I could see android people crying when they release a phone with snapdragon 615 and 2 gb ram for ₹15000(approx 250$).
    Microsoft must really think about releasing phones with outdated specs.
  • Bro... You talk with some of my friends in my college.... They only know about Megapixels , RAM and internal memory and screen size... They dont even care about Video rec resolution , display resolution ,PPI , processor , O.S version and Gorilla glass...!
  • Check out LG's new flagship, it comes with a snapdragon 808, which is not the most powerful processor.
  • But Gfelx 2 handles the powerfull Soc ... Well my favourite one is G4... With OIS2.0, f1.8lens , IPS quantum display
  • Not true.
  • It's ridiculous why that give a 1.9 lens aperture to a mid range phone when they give a 2.4 to the highest Lumia available -.-
  • We don't need a phone with too much features. This is enough.
  • A upgrade process would be nice :)
  • What's the difference between OLED & AMOLED?
  • Difference is AMAMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) vs OLED (organic light-emitting diode) AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) is a display technology in mobile devices and television. OLED describes a specific type of thin-film-display technology in which organic compounds form the electroluminescent material, and active matrix refers to the technology behind the addressing of pixels.
  • Well now we know what it stands for but really still dont know the difference
  • AMOLED is Samsung's version of OLED, basically with Samsung's improvements.
  • But the Lumia 925 has an AMOLED display