Microsoft confirms new smartphone for November 11th

07 Nov 2014

Microsoft's first smartphone without Nokia branding passed through a Chinese regulator recently and inevitably leaked online. The handset is now getting an official release date, with Microsoft confirming the Lumia device known as RM-1090 will be launched on November 11th. However, if you are waiting on a Windows Phone handset to stand out from the crowd you will have to wait longer as this is not it.

The new smartphone looks like being another budget addition to the Windows Phone platform, when I would personally have said there are enough of them. The ecosystem is crying out for a full on blazing flagship, a marquee device that brings the wow factor. I am sure this new budget effort will do well in small markets where Windows Phone always does okay, but once again it will probably go unnoticed in mature markets. The device will come with a 5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and 3G-only connectivity. While Nokia's branding may have been ditched in favour of Microsoft Lumia, Redmond is now about to lose Nokia?s styling it seems, with the new handset matching the general design ethos that the Finnish company has been employing before Microsoft bought its devices division earlier in the year.