Windows Phone 8 consumer features to be unveiled at Nokia World on September 5?

By damaster | Posted July 25, 2012 12 comments

Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8 during their Windows Phone Summit last month. Calling it a “platform preview”, the company only revealed just enough details for us to get excited, but they promised that a lot more consumer and developer features will be detailed at a later time. Whilst we think more Windows Phone 8 developer news will be revealed at a possible BUILD-like event, Chinese website WPDang today reports that more Windows Phone 8’s consumer features will be unveiled during Nokia World to be held on September 5.

Nokia World 2012

WPDang also reports that Nokia will also be unveiling two Windows Phone 8 devices during the event. Unfortunately, the website was unable to confirm whether either of these two initial launch devices will come equipped with PureView technology.

Quite a few Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices have surfaced recently around the web. The Nokia Lumia 910 and 1001 popped up last month on Nokia’s RDA tool, although device names could easily be changed, so we’re unsure how reliable these device names are. However, two other Nokia Windows Phone device names showed up recently. The first came from Sina Weibo user SnackStudio who managed to find mentioned of a device called Nokia Lumia 920, as shown in the screenshot below:

Nokia Lumia 920

Further, HowardForums also managed to spot a device with a codename of Nokia Burr on WPBench, running a recent Windows Phone 8 build 8.0.9743. Unfortunately, no performance stats were available for for this device, so besides the name we were unable to find any details about the Nokia Burr. Check out the screenshot of WPBench below:

Nokia Burr

Other rumored devices include the Nokia Phi, as well as the Nokia “Prodigy” and Nokia “AC/DC”. Hints came out last week during a Nokia earnings announcement call that the company may get Windows Phone 8 earlier than other launch partners, including Samsung, HTC, and Huawei. So the September 5 timeframe for an announcement of new WP8 devices sounds quite plausible. Another event, the Nokia World – Collaboration Day, to be held on September 25, might also shed further light on Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8 operating system.

With a little more than a month to go, we’re certainly excited for what’s to come for Windows Phone 8 and Nokia.

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 5:54 am
  • Max62455

    What about my Nokia Lumia 900 where is the beef, upgrading 7.8 is still waiting?

    • theNewDanger
    • sun_dog

       …snickering at the confusion with Android updates since 7.8 isn’t even in the wild yet…

      7.8 is mistakenly being released AFTER 8.  Microsoft is missing a huge upsell and crossell opportunity by not essentially ‘skinning’ WP7.5 phones making them all into WP8 preview/selling toos.

      • Avatar Roku

        Releasing 7.8 after 8.0 is not a mistake. Enthusiasts who want the new interface will be more likely to junk their old phone and buy a new one if WP8 comes out first. And WP8 development has to be a priority over WP7.8 because it is a far more important than this 7.8 update with respect to the future of the platform. If they ship 7.8 in December or January it’s not going to make that big of a difference. If they delay WP8 into 2013 it would be a disaster.

        I don’t think you have to have WP8 UI on your device to be convinced that it is better than WP7.5, so I’m not following your logic on this one.

        • Angel Colon

          also u wouldnt want older hardware to showcase your brand new operating system missing key and very important features first, the start screen would lead alot of less informed people to believe that its just not that good and could hurt microsoft.

  • Max62455

    What about my Nokia Lumia 900 where is the beef, upgrading 7.8 is still waiting?

    • theNewDanger

      Keep waiting … ’til your carrier allows it lol

    • sun_dog

       …snickering at the confusion with Android updates since 7.8 isn’t even in the wild yet…

      7.8 is mistakenly being released AFTER 8.  Microsoft is missing a huge upsell and crossell opportunity by not essentially ‘skinning’ WP7.5 phones making them all into WP8 preview/selling toos.

      • Avatar Roku

        Releasing 7.8 after 8.0 is not a mistake. Enthusiasts who want the new interface will be more likely to junk their old phone and buy a new one if WP8 comes out first. And WP8 development has to be a priority over WP7.8 because it is a far more important than this 7.8 update with respect to the future of the platform. If they ship 7.8 in December or January it’s not going to make that big of a difference. If they delay WP8 into 2013 it would be a disaster.

        I don’t think you have to have WP8 UI on your device to be convinced that it is better than WP7.5, so I’m not following your logic on this one.

        • Angel Colon

          also u wouldnt want older hardware to showcase your brand new operating system missing key and very important features first, the start screen would lead alot of less informed people to believe that its just not that good and could hurt microsoft.

  • Rodeojake

    I just opened WPBench on my phone and was greeted with “Newest kind of device is NOKIA LUMIA 990 and OS 8.0.9743. I don’t have any way to take a screen shot, unfortunately.

  • Rodeojake

    I just opened WPBench on my phone and was greeted with “Newest kind of device is NOKIA LUMIA 990 and OS 8.0.9743. I don’t have any way to take a screen shot, unfortunately.