Microsoft To Release 25-Megapixel Lumia 940 Later This Year – Tech Times

Before Nokia’s handset department was entirely wolfed up by Microsoft, the company made the Lumia Icon, which was retailed solely to Verizon consumers in the U.S. A couple of months later, the corporation introduced the Lumia 930, which is fundamentally the proof needed that Windows powered phones are capable of standing out internationally against its Android and iOS rivals.

To bring the competition to the next level, Microsoft is set to release later this year its next flagship smartphone Lumia 940 with a 25 Megapixel Pureview rear camera that can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second. Latest reports state that it may come with 5.2 inches screen with a 1080p resolution protected by Gorilla Glass 4. The front facing camera will be equipped with a decent 5 or 8 Megapixel snapper.

This Lumia handset is also rumored to run natively on the highly anticipated Windows 10, and since this upcoming operating system supports high-end processors, Microsoft could potentially install a flagship chipset with octa-core CPU backed up with a hefty 3GB of RAM.

It should also be noted that Lumia 940 may debut with a larger counterpart, Lumia 940 XL that will feature a 5.7 inches display. These two flagship smartphones may be gearing up to compete head-to-head with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Both smartphones are expected to have some well-designed features that include iris-scanning capabilities, dual-SIM support, built-in upkeep for pen styluses and 3D-like interactions.

Aside from the powerful camera, Lumia with the Pureview technology has serious optical image stabilization as well as a maximum f/2.8 aperture to let in more light during low-light shooting on its predecessor Lumia 930, so we can only wonder how Lumia 940 will fare in terms of mobile photography.

GSM Arena guessed that the Lumia phones may be announced as early as April 29 at the BUILD event but could officially be introduced around June at the same time of the Windows 10 launch.

BUILD is an annual conference presented by Microsoft aimed towards software and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone, and other Microsoft technologies. Started 2011, this event serves as a successor for Microsoft’s previous developer events, the Professional Developers Conference and MIX, which covered web development focusing around Microsoft technology such as Silverlight and ASP.net. BUILD participants usually take home devices from Microsoft related to the topics discussed.

BUILD 2015 will be held at the Moscone Center (West) in San Francisco from April 29 to May 1, 2015. Of course the expected topics include Windows 10 and Windows 10 mobile and with the registration process being sold out in less than an hour, BUILD attendees are indeed excited.

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