While Microsoft has only owned Nokia's handset business for just over a month, many are wondering what's on the Microsoft Windows Phone handset line-up for the rest of this year.
The most recent high-end "flagship" phones launched under the Lumia brand were the Icon (aka Lumia 929) on Verizon, and the Lumia 930, its sibling device that is hitting other countries this summer.
After that, it's codename soup. There are a bunch of entry-level and mid-range Lumia devices expected to hit this year (Rock, Tesla and Superman -- see this June 5 post from @evleaks for the rumored particulars).
Then come this fall will be "McLaren," which @evleaks described as a flagship device running Windows Phone 8.1 GDR (General Distribution Release 1, a k a the first Windows Phone 8.1 set of feature updates) that is expected to hit just before the holidays this year. Supposedly, this device will be available on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.
WPCentral.com has chimed in with some rumors of its own, claiming that McLaren might be the same as the previously rumored "Goldfinger" Lumia device. Like @evLeaks, WPCentral's Daniel Rubino also is hearing McLaren/Goldfinger will be a hero device launching across all the major U.S. carriers.
McLaren also may be the first Lumia device to get the rumored 3D touch/gesture support that some had expecting to be part of the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.
I don't have any first-hand leaks of my own -- at least so far -- to add to this rumored Lumia line-up. As expected, Microsoft isn't commenting on any of these alleged future handsets.
Microsoft made its billions being a low-cost, high-volume player. While the company will no doubt continue to make some higher-end/hero handsets, many company watchers are expecting the MicroKia duo to put more effort into the less-pricey low/mid range -- including the Android-based Nokia X phones -- in order to try to pump up its market share.