DerreLeaks: Nokia Monarch on its way to T-MobileUS #TeamMagenta
Microsoft Build is nearing and we’re all clamoring to see the official unveiling of Windows Phone 8.1, along with some possible new hardware coming from Nokia in their own April 2nd event. So far we’ve caught leaks of 4 new devices, the entry-level Lumia 530 “rock”, the Nokia “Goldfinger”, the Lumia 630/635 “moneypenny” and the higher-end Lumia 930 “martini”, with the latter two likely to see launches next week. Now we are getting hints about yet another Lumia device making its way through Nokia’s production line.
Nokia Monarch headed to T-Mobile.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) March 27, 2014
Tipster @evleaks has just let loose that a device referred to as Nokia Monarch is set to see a launch on T-MobileUS’ network. While it’s likely just a codename for a new Lumia, with the recent release of the Lumia Icon we could see this phone marketed as the Lumia Monarch, keeping with this new direction to use names instead of numbers to promote their products. Regardless, this news should please quite a few, as the Uncarrier hasn’t seen a new Lumia on its network since the 925 last summer. Meanwhile AT&T and Verizon have both picked up new devices since then in the form of the Lumia 1520, Icon, and even the 925 saw a separate release on AT&T’s network.
Any information about the device is currently unknown, but we can hope that this is a high-end Lumia similar to the Icon. T-MobileUS has been riding on the success of the low-cost Lumia 521, which is probably why they’ve been reluctant to take on any flagship Windows Phones. Don’t get me wrong, the Lumia 925 is a great phone with an awesome design, but it’s very last year, and it would be great to see a real competitor on T-Mobile shelves next to the likes of the new HTC One (M8) and the iPhone 5S. Maybe something with a 20MP PureView camera, Xenon flash, 5″ 1080p screen, on-screen navigation buttons, and front-facing speakers (I can dream, can’t I?).
For those of you on T-MobileUS, are you hoping to use your Jump upgrade on the next Lumia that comes our way? What kind of features would you want on it?