Putting aside speculations that Microsoft may not continue the hardware business it bough from Nokia, Windows Devices Group’s Executive VP Terry Myerson cleared the air, saying that you will see a new, premium line-up of Lumia smartphones, powered by Windows 10.
During the keynote at address of Microsoft at its first Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, Myerson said,
Last week we announced a focusing on our Lumia lineup, but let me be clear: soon you will see premium new Lumias designed for Windows 10.
This announcement comes amidst widespread rumors that Microsoft might be planning to end its mobile division as it laid off 7800 employees, majorly from its hardware and services division of smartphones with Nadella writing down his company’s $7.6 billion worth Nokia acquisition.
However, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella brushed aside these rumors recently reiterating his commitment to Windows phones with focus on the three key consumer segments – affordable segment, business customers, and premium end or the flagship segment.
In a separate announcement, Microsoft also revealed the launching of various new Windows 10 devices including tablets, 2-in-1s, premium notebooks, gaming devices and all- in-ones, at IFA Berlin,2015 scheduled for an early September release where Nick Parker, Microsoft’s CVP is hosting a keynote event titled “Windows 10 Lights up New Devices” .
IFA Executive Director, Jens Heithecker remarked,
We are excited to see Microsoft take the keynote stage at IFA to give us a glimpse at how its partners plan to incorporate that future into the devices we rely on for work, home and play.
Since both the announcements did not mention anything about the release date of new Lumia smartphones, it is unlikely that they will be unveiled at IFA. However, there have been insider leaks doing rounds on the internet suggesting that Microsoft is working on two high end Lumia handsets codenamed “Cityman” and “Talkman”, targeted at the premium segment of Windows phones.