Listen, Microsoft is rumoured to have two phones with removable 3000 mAh and 3300 mAh battery, expandable SD memory slot, 3 GB RAM, 32 onboard storage, 20 MP rear camera, 5 MP selfie camera, 5.2 and 5.7 inch QHD resolutions, Qualcomm made processors that are capable of running 64 bit OS, and slimmer than Nokia Lumia 930 – on the works. That’s according to Unleash The Phones, an India based portal. If you don’t want those phones then you are mad. Both phones are said to be launching this year.
Could the small one that will run on 3000 mAh battery and feature a 5.2 inch QHD be Microsoft Lumia 940 while the big sister be Microsoft Lumia 940 XL? I don’t know. What I know is the those features make the rumoured phones code named Cityman and Talkman the most appetizing Microsoft Lumia Phones one can lay hands on. Actually, the features make the phones seem better than the highly hyped Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that are still the hot cakes in the market.
To let you understand why those specs are the real deal, let me run them head to head with those of Samsung Galaxy S6, and we start with battery. The battery in Samsung Galaxy S6 is not removable. This is a minus on Galaxy S6 that prompted me to write the article The downside of Samsung Galaxy S6. The reason battery in S6 is not removable is because of the glass back and metallic side casing.
This should alert us that probably the make of Microsoft Lumia Cityman and Talkman will be plastic, probably of the quality we saw in Nokia Lumia 930. However, if they will be able to pull a metallic body with removable battery, then they will have killed two birds easily. The other plus for the appetizing Microsoft Lumia phones is the battery capacity. Galaxy S6 has a rather low capacity battery of 2550 mAh but with quick charging tech. The 3000 and 3300 mAh capacities on the Lumia phones will be wow! It is however worth to mention that Infinix has already reached 4000+ mAh battery capacity so we are looking forward to seeing similar large capacities from Samsung, Microsoft, HTC, LG, and others as they introduce their new devices later this year and early next year.
Expandable memory slot is completely missing in Samsung Galaxy S6 phones. The phones however come with onboard storage of 32, 64 and 128 GB capacity but there are so many people who think that expandable memory is a big plus – I don’t. What do people do with so much storage anyway? Keep a long list of photos, videos and songs? You could simply invest in an external Hard Disk for those. Anyway, as many have made Microsoft believe that expandable memory is a plus, they will include that in the Microsoft Lumia Cityman and Talkman – thus for the majority this will be a huge point in favor of Microsoft but against Galaxy S6.
RAM and onboard storage are basically the same so we go to camera. Currently Samsung Galaxy S6 has the best camera in town. Features such as ability to launch in 0.7 seconds, auto HDR and a better aperture at f1.9. Microsoft wants to put in a 20 MP camera but it must be ready to tweak the software to match what Galaxy S6 is already offering. The selfie cameras could be similar by megapixels but again we want to see how Microsoft will tweak that for clarity. What we know from experience with Nokia is that Nokia cameras used to be the best in the market. If they maintain the same Nokia quality on Microsoft then here again the to be launched appetizing Microsoft phones will beat Galaxy S6 hands down.
What will set Samsung Galaxy S6 way above the rumoured Microsoft phones is the ecosystem. Galaxy S6 is running on the most popular OS – Android 5.0 Lollipop whereas the Microsoft phones will launch in Windows 10. It has been rumoured elsewhere that Windows 10 will support Google and iOS Apps by allowing developers to “copy paste” existing codes to Windows 10. If the plan to enable developers roll over Android and iOS Apps to Windows 10 succeeds, then there will be very little difference between Android and Windows 10 it terms of functionality.
I can’t help but to salivate for those phones and let them feel my hands. The best part is that they will be slimmer too!