Nokia last week may have nearly confirmed its Lumia 630 smartphone,
with the emergence of leaked promotional posters from China complete with specifications. A new bunch of leaks since
then may have revealed details about the Lumia 930, the upcoming
features of Windows Phone 8.1, and Nokia's version of the OS update for
Previous rumours hinted both Microsoft and
Nokia will together launch the Lumia 630 (also known as Moneypenny) and
Lumia 930 (Martini) handsets running Windows Phone 8.1 at the 2 April
event during the Microsoft Build Developer Conference, with the devices
being leaked multiple times in the past few months.
A new rumour
indicates that the Lumia 930 would not show up at the Build conference,
and that the showcase of Windows Phone 8.1 will be postponed from 2
April to 8 April.
In the meanwhile, two new videos surfaced online that
purportedly highlight the 'Action Centre' feature and the wallpaper
parallax effect seen on the main Live Tile screen.
The first video
claims to shows a black-colour variant of the Nokia Lumia 630 (without
flash) smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1. The 'Action Centre', the
new notification drop-down menu expected in WP8.1, has been shown off
with four main toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, camera and screen
brightness. A small icon also takes the user to the main settings page.
alleged Windows Phone 8.1 feature video also shows a separate tab for
what looks like a short tour guide for the Lumia 630. The Windows Phone
Store is also seen with new tabs and categories that leaked in a video
The second video shows how to change
the wallpaper of the Lumia 630 and how the latest Windows Phone 8.1 now
comes with a parallax effect on the main Live Tile screen. While
scrolling up or down, users can see the selected wallpaper mixed with
the parallax effect in the background.
it is claimed by WP Central
that handsets running Windows Phone 8.1 OS will be available starting
from 23 April. Samsung Ativ SE (Verizon version) and the Nokia Lumia 630
are assumed to be the first ones to hit shelves.
The report also
claims that Windows Phone's OEM partners have already received the final
build of WP8.1 so they can start testing and building handsets with the
Two more batches of images alleged to reveal Windows
Phone 8.1 features have been leaked online. While the first batch is
said to show theme colour options, VPN option page under settings and
the main Live Tile home screen with a new wallpaper background layout,
the second batch of images are claimed show the Windows Phone Store
page, downloading page and the main settings page of Windows Phone 8.1.
A new leak also hints that WP8.1 OS
users might have to upgrade their storage cards up to some minimum
requirements by Microsoft. It has been said that the minimum level of
storage cards the Windows Phone 8.1 OS users can install in their
handsets will be Class 6 SDHC while the recommended storage card is
Class 10 SDHC. Class 4 and below storage cards are said not to be
Additionally, it has been reported
that WP8.1 OS can detect and determine whether the storage card
installed is usable or not. If the card is usable and fast enough, the
users will be given the option to move apps from phone storage to
external card storage.
Further, it has been suggested that Windows
Phone 8 devices that sport a screen size less than 4.5-inches and
480x800 pixel resolution, might not be able to experience the 'more
tiles option' in the WP8.1 OS update.
According to another report,
Nokia will name the Windows Phone 8.1 update for its devices 'Lumia
Cherry Blossom Pink'. A screenshot from a Chinese website (via WP
Central), reveal a Nokia handset showing the 'Lumia Cherry Blossom
Pink' update (See Below).