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Microsoft reportedly prepping two high-end Lumia smartphones, codenamed 'Cityman' and 'Talkman'

By Shawn Knight
May 4, 2015
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    Microsoft is working on a pair of high-end Lumia smartphones set to debut later this year. Both models sound impressive on paper but it’s the flagship device, codenamed Cityman, that’s likely to draw the most attention.

    Unleash the Phones has it on good authority that Cityman will ship with a large 5.7-inch QHD display. It’ll be powered by a Qualcomm octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that’s expandable via microSD card slot. Buyers can also expect a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, a five-megapixel front shooter for selfies and video calls and a generous 3,300mAh battery.

    The lesser of the two devices, internally referred to as Talkman, isn’t exactly a slouch. It’ll reportedly feature a 5.2-inch QHD display with a hexa-core Qualcomm SoC, 3GB of memory and 32GB of flash storage with the same microSD card slot should you need more space. Talkman will also have a 20-megapixel rear camera, a five-megapixel front camera and a slightly smaller capacity 3,000mAh battery.

    Both handsets will use 64-bit processors and while the source didn’t reveal exactly which chips will be used, the publication optimistically assumes it could be the Snapdragon 810 or 808. The phones will share a rear-facing triple-LED flash with each light having a different shade in order to provide more accurate images (think skin tones).

    On the software side, Microsoft will introduce a new feature similar to Apple’s hand-off that’ll allow owners to receive calls on the phone but answer them on their Windows PC. Conversely, users will be able to initiate calls on their PC which of course will be handled through the phone.

    Both phones are expected sometime during the second half of the year once Windows 10 is available for mobile devices.

    Unleash the Phones has a solid track record when it comes to Microsoft rumors but as always, keep in mind that it’s just that – a rumor.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    I'm looking forward to this a bit. I love my 1520, but MS's lack of large screen high end phones has been worrying me. I'm happy to hear there may be an upgrade path for me even if I lose 0.3 inches.
     
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 962   +205

    The new flagships can't come fast enough. My Lumia 920 has been waiting for a proper upgrade...
     
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    Talkman? Cityman? Sony lawsuit in 3..2..1..

    A better name would be Garbageman.
     
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  5. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    With the way Sony has been selling off their assets lately I don't think they can afford a lawsuit
     
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  6. Those are just internal codenames, not marketing terms, genius.
    You don't actually think last year's cancelled flagship would be released as "Lumia McLaren", do you?
     
  7. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    please, enlighten me on the disadvantages of having a V12 on your smartphone
     
  8. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Guru Posts: 563   +178

    I love mobile phones so I go through phones pretty fast and can never settle on one very long. I picked up a 5 day old Nokia 1020 the other day. So far, it's my main handset. Love it. I don't know what more a new flagship would offer that the 1020 doesn't already... maybe faster 41 megapixel processing and large battery since it would be my only 2 gripes.
     
  9. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 858   +339

    It would be big, heavy, noisy and useless on a phone.
     
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,513   +2,056

    The McLaren F1 now has a Honda 1.6 litre turbo. Sure it doesn't sound as impressive as a V12 but it's a lot lighter on juice and has ERS to boot so it generates it's own electricity from waste gasses and braking energy then stores it in batteries. Think of it as ultra fast charging. :D
     
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,513   +2,056

    Cancelled eh? Then maybe "Lumia Caterham" Would've been a better name for it then. ;)
     
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,513   +2,056

    What's wrong with "CitymanTalkingGarbage"?
     
  13. I may be mistaken, but I got left with the impression that some of you guys may be unaware that last year Nokia was developing a sucessor to the Lumia 1020 that really was codenamed "McLaren".
     

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