Christmas is fast approaching, and in an effort to bring in some festive sales, Microsoft could be set to give us two brand new smartphones that could quite easily find their way under our trees come the end of December.
Both handsets have continued the trend of casting out the old Nokia branding in favour for Microsoft’s, a move which was widely expected and somewhat criticised earlier this year.
The two devices are expected to be the Lumia 535 and the Lumia 1330, which follow up from the 530 and 1320 respectively.
Following up from the super-successful Nokia Lumia 520 and 530, the Microsoft Lumia 535 has a lot to live up to.
Its obvious marketability will be a good help, especially considering its budget friendly price tag, but it will still need to perform behind the scenes to get people parting with their cash.
A picture of the handset was leaked last week, giving us a good idea of what we can expect from the Microsoft handset in terms of design.
The look doesn’t separate itself too much from the Lumia 530 but does sport a glossy finish and a slightly altered corner design.
On the front side of the handset we see a fairly substantial upgrade from the Lumia 530’s 4” display, upping to 5” with a qHD resolution.
Inside the handset we’re set to see a 1.2GHz processor, Snapdragon 200 chipset and 8GB built-in storage.
1GB RAM also makes the cut alongside a fairly standard 1900mAh battery. If photography is your sort of thing then a 5 megapixel lens accompanies a VGA selfie snapper, and whilst neither are showstoppers, they do perform solidly.
The second of Microsoft’s handsets set to be unveiled is the Lumia 1330, which was pictured next to the Lumia 535 in a recent leak.
Whilst the model is completely unconfirmed, it draws heavy comparison to the Lumia 1320, making many believe that it will in fact be its successor.
Specs haven’t been leaked as of yet, but we can expect the handset to feature a display of around 6”, the same size as the 1320.
A possible upgrade could be in store for the 8GB storage and 1GB RAM from the older device, whilst its 5 megapixel lens could well be staying put.
Both Microsoft Lumia handsets are expected to be announced sometime this week, and released well ahead of the end of the month.
This will give Microsoft plenty of time to build sales going into the festive period, helping to boost profits for the Windows Phone toting manufacturer.
Prices haven’t been detailed as of yet, but considering the rumoured spec lists, don’t be expecting to spend too much cash on either handset.
Written by Luke Hatfield