Well that was almost quicker than you can say “OK Cortana” ten times fast. Exactly two weeks have passed since Microsoft announced the branding change for upcoming Nokia — er, make that Microsoft — Lumia handsets and now it looks like the first official Microsoft Lumia phone will debut early next week.
An image of the new phone along with a date of November 11 popped up on the old Nokia Conversations website Friday, along with the hashtag of #MoreLumia. The accompanying post is pretty much a tease, saying only this:
Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone. Come back on November 11, to find out more!
There haven’t been any leaks or hints of a new Lumia flagship device lately; based on that and the post wording, it’s likely that the first [company]Microsoft[/company] Lumia is a budget-friendly phone. Indeed, earlier this week, Engadget caught wind of just such a phone passing through regulatory testing in China with the a 5-inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz processor, 3G radios, 8 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of memory.
That may not set the hearts of power users aflutter but Microsoft has wisely been focusing on the low- to mid-range phone segment because that’s where the sales growth is. Besides, this is just the first of likely many Microsoft Lumia phones to come; I doubt Microsoft will abandon the early adopters and power users of Windows Phone by ignoring the high end of the market for too long.