Rumors: New flagship Windows Phone due this fall, OS upgrade next year

Nokia Lumia 520 with Windows Phone 8
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A popular Windows Phone leaker who is not Wzor has divulged new info on upcoming OS releases and new hardware, and if it proves accurate, Microsoft is going to keep pushing hard on the mobile market, tiny market share be damned.

Evleaks claims Microsoft will ship the Lumia 530, a low-end phone first demoed by Stephen Elop at the Build conference in San Francisco, this summer. The Lumia Icon, currently the high-end model, will ship worldwide this summer as the Lumia 930, and Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile will get a mid-range model, the Lumia 635, later this year.

In the fall is when things get interesting. New devices will come featuring Windows Phone Blue GDR1, the internal codename for the operating system update that comes after WP 8.1, which isn't out yet. The first GDR1 devices should begin hitting shelves in the third quarter, according to the report.

Evleaks only listed them by their codenames: the flagship device codenamed "McLaren" and two mid-range devices, "Tesla" for AT&T and "Superman" for Verizon. "McLaren" will be on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

Finally, the site claims there will be two new devices on AT&T in 2015 with the codenames "Makepeace" and "Dempsey," a phablet codenamed "Cityman" and a flagship handset called "Talkman."

Meanwhile, over at Windows Phone Central, they are claiming that McLaren will come with something called 3D Touch when it launches in November. Evleaks did not give a specific time for when the phone might launch. 3D Touch basically means gesture input without touching the device. The Galaxy S4 tried to do this using the front-facing camera, to negligible success.

So despite calls for Microsoft to dump its hardware business – all of it, including Xbox – and the fact that I'm not convinced Satya Nadella's heart is behind the Nokia devices or WP8, the company continues to push forward for the Nokia hardware. I, however, remain bullish on the Samsung ATIV SE. It's a very nice phone, comparable to the Icon, but weighs less and has a better battery.

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