Nokia to launch the Lumia 930 'Martini' with Windows Phone 8.1 on April 19?

Nokia to launch the Lumia 930 'Martini' with Windows Phone 8.1 on April 19?Nokia is rumoured to be lining up a launch event for April 19 where it could potentially unveil the first smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box.

Microsoft's upgraded mobile OS is expected to hit the airwaves in the Spring, bringing with it wider hardware support and a bunch of other new features and improvements.

There's no guarantee at this stage that the April 19 event will have anything to do with Windows Phone 8.1, though – or that Nokia is planning anything at all for that matter.

The rumour was posted on Twitter by the generally reliable @evleaks, but with a question mark at the end, suggesting even he isn't sure.

But it fits nicely with talk that Nokia is lining up a new Windows Phone 8.1-toting handset codenamed “Martini” – another bit of speculation with @evleaks' name behind it.

The Martini is likely to be an international version of the Nokia Lumia Icon, which was announced for the US and MWC last week, and could launch as the Lumia 930, replacing the current Lumia 920 in Nokia's Windows Phone lineup.

Once again, though, this is all just conjecture at this stage, and for our money mid-April feels a bit soon to hit Microsoft's definition of “Spring”, if past performance is anything to go by.

We'll keep our ear to the ground for further developments in the days and weeks to come.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2014 at 10:45

replacing the current Lumia 920 in Nokia's Windows Phone lineup

Here I thought the Lumia 925 did that...

satchef1  Mar. 6, 2014 at 22:28

19th April, not April 19. Please can we kill this Americanism before it takes over?

Lumia numbering started off smart, but it's now confusing. I suspect they stopped caring around the middle of last year. Lumia 1020 should have been Lumia Pureview or something - anything - other than a numbered Nokia (as it doesn't really follow the higher number, higher end handset dynamic). The two phablets should have launched together, as part of the same series (say, Lumia 1020 and 1050, with the 10xx donating 'Phablet') and they should have replaced the 920/925 at the same time as it was a year old design. Instead, we could well have a 930 launching with higher end specs than the 1020, 1320 and 1520.

I'm kinda hoping for a 1020 replacement this year TBH. I'm sure they've learnt some lessons from the 1020, and I would love to see these applied to a new phone. Don't even care about the specs really - I'd appreciate a 1025, a refined version of the 1020.


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