Tagged With lumia

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Windows Phone may be on life support, but Microsoft seems committed to keeping it alive — even if it means killing off the last vestiges of Nokia's storied Lumia brand. New reports say the Lumia name may be abandoned in favour of Surface, with a possible new Surface Phone coming out within the next couple of months.

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Search for the phrase "Windows phone" in Microsoft's announcement of the new Lumia 650 and you'll find... nothing. Sure, it's a Windows phone, but Microsoft has well and truly decided to go all-in on its strategy of aligning its powerful Windows 10 tablet and laptop and desktop devices with the lower-powered Windows 10 Mobile platform to attract customers.

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Microsoft has just gone and announced a new phone in the shape of the Lumia 650, a device it claims is "the smart choice for your business". It might also be a smart choice for a budget phone buyer, like your probably-likely-to-accidentally-smash-their-phone kid.

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The launch of Windows 10 came and went in late August with little to no mention of new Microsoft devices that would run that new beautiful software. Nearly a month and a half later, that mention is finally here. Microsoft has sent out invites to the media for a Windows 10 event on October 7 at 1 a.m. (AEST). Although the full invitation is frustratingly vague on what we'll see at that event, the #windows10devices at least lets us know it's hardware.

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Windows Phone enthusiasts have been waiting years — in mobile phone time, decades — for the launch of a new flagship device that can go toe-to-toe with the iPhones and Galaxies of the world. Well, thanks to the @evleaks Twitter account, we've got a good look at the two new Lumias Microsoft is supposedly announcing in October, and things are looking fan-freaking-tastic.

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What's in a name? In technology, names don't necessarily dictate if a smartphone is great, a camera is amazing, or a game console is worth the investment, but man, there are some really bad ones out there.