New Microsoft mobile phone gets FCC approval

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A new mobile phone from Microsoft has been spotted getting the approval of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, but so far the details of what it might be remain a mystery.

The listing for the device, which was dated July 3, shows that the official model number for the phone is RM-1018. Aside from the fact that it has a single SIM card slot and a microSD port, there's nothing else that's been revealed about this product's hardware.

While the FCC documentation doesn't provide much in the way of clues, there is already speculation that this phone could be the rumored Lumia 530, the long awaited successor to the popular budget priced Lumia 520. The documents do show that the phone was tested with the Nokia BL-5J battery, which is used in the Lumia 520 and 525. However, we certainly won't know for sure until Microsoft makes an official announcement on this new device.

What do you think RM-1018 will turn out to be?

Thanks to Bill for the tip

Source: FCC via Windows Phone Daily



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Has a flagship/highend Lumia ever had a removable battery? Nope.

Anubis4574 says:

Maybe they're being smarter in thinking that they should...

I personally hate removable batteries, it's just too "cheap phone" faces.

Aaron M says:

I don't care too much about removable batteries, but I do think micro SD should be standard in all future phones.

b23h says:

Concur with MicroSD.  

now starts all the people who are going to tell us we don't really need it....

jlynnm350z says:

You don't really need it. Really

b23h says:

Sure troll.   What's my real name?   Now tell me how you think you know me well enough to know what I need.

Wrong.   I want and need it.

HellcatM says:

I think he was joking because of the comment you made.  At least I got a little chuckle out of it.

wpn00b says:

Yes. I don't understand why this is even optional. Is there a security benefit? Because I'm not sure consumers care really.

AymanWP93 says:

I used to have a Samsung S2 and i always had an additionnal battery . I hope Microsoft will bring out a device with repleacable battery . It's very useful for long travels or for a long day out.

Yangstax says:

For long travels, I just bring with me a portable battery backup.  It works great.  It supports all my present and future phones.

Tips_y says:

That's what I do too, easier than fiddling with the back cover to remove the battery.

NOLATechy says:

I completely agree.  I had a Samsung Galaxy Nexus with removable battery and the back plastic case was extremely cheap looking.  Not to mention everytime I removed the back cover, I was nervous about the cheap plastic cracking.  I'd much rather carry around a portable charger, especially now that they are making them so much smaller, than to have to change batteries.

NokianWP says:

I second rhis

TKETZ196 says:

I happen to think a removable battery is the best. I can swap out my battery whenever I need to without having to be tethered to the charger. If my battery goes bad and I am not ready to upgrade, why should I not be able to put in a new battery? Considering how cheap these Chinese manufacturers are in using the cheap of the cheap materials, I bet these batteries lives will go quicker. That isn't in terms of battery life in between charges, but rather how well they hold a charge. Many people buy multiple batteries for their devices and so these companies can make more money selling their batteries. I am hoping the Lumia 830 follows suit with the 820 in that respect plus all the goodness of a Pureview camera but great specs. I would buy that in a heartbeat.

tRedz says:

I get your point about a battery switch will have you up and going again in no time. Personally i woulden't purchase another battery just for my pocket, nor would i feel like having a good product in my hand if that was neccessary. It's like buying a phone for it's design, but wrapping it up in a cover. But people differ in these ways, so it is very subjective.

Second of all, by making the phone without detachable parts, you improve it's durability. My 920 has taken a fuck-ton of throws, slings, woopies and failed-basket-practice hits. Yet it still works like a charm, nothing has ever come off it and it's solid as a Nokia should be, this i can thank to the whole body being constructed as tight as possible. ( I know that not everyone is as careless with their phone as i am, this is only an example of durability when not using multiple parts to construct a phone. )

Third - The battery technology is going to rapidly expand within the next few years. I would say that within 5 years, phones will charge in apprx. 15-30 seconds due to new upcoming technology ( If this tech holds ).

Fourth - Production costs are probably also cheaper for the companies when creating as few parts as possible. Even though i do not think the majority of the cost comes in the parts making the casing, but rather the chips, sensors, storage and screen make for the majority of a price. - I still believe that, when you create the amount of phones that Nokia/Microsoft have/will manufacture, that the cost will fall a rather lot if you make unibodies.

The fourth part i am merely guessing on, but i would emagine it to be constructed that way. Less use of materials, less assembly costs.

rodneyej says:

Yeah, but would a high end phone have a battery with such a small capacity?... No!

akks says:

830 Lumia android

rodneyej says:

Are you trying to make someone throw up?

Antluv82 says:

Daniel, when tha WP 8.1 comes out tomorrow rite

Makm says:

Yep! Seems like 530 on the wayy!!...

AhmedEltawil says:

Interesting. Looking forward to more clues :)

Please tell me that it doesn't has 512MB RAM.

The_Lord23 says:

It will prove to be a rather stupid move by Microsoft if it doesn't

ArthJar says:

It doesn't probably not have 512 MB of RAM

Peg Leg says:

Are you saying it doesn't have 512 RAM?

NIST says:

510mb RAM

rodneyej says:

Can it have more than the 630?

pallentx says:

It isnt probably going to not have the non-512 option unavailable - obviously, it will.

mjrtoo says:

Wow, what does this even mean?

b23h says:

640 kB is enough

Dodi Nj says:

Lool that's exactly what went through my mind. his sentence doesn't make any sense to me, I'm not a native speaker so I have no clue. Anyhow he means it's probably going to have the 512 option available. That's what I understood.

If it is the rumored 530, why would they put 1 GB of RAM in a phone that is entry-level and supposed to be classed lower than the 630/635? That would blow the 630/635 out of the water.

IMO 1GB it's the new espc for a low end. 512 device shouldn't exist anymore. Old.

ymcpa says:

because RAM is cheap and there are many apps that require 1gb. Phones should be classed by screen size, screen quality, and camera quality. All teh phones should have a sufficient amount of RAM to run all the apps in the store. WP already has an issue with apps. You don't want to piss off customers by limiting their app selection further.

wp already has sufficient ram to run all the apps in the store, the few apps that ARENT 512 compatible are all high graphic games that a lousy entry level phone wouldnt run anyway, you buy an entry level phone to get a phone that can run apps, ifyou buy a $150 phone and expect to play games on it, your an idiot. All you people complaining about the ram thing need to jsut shut up already, if it drops the cost without causing performance from the os (which 512 is PLENTY for WP) then its acceptable for an entry level device.

The shape is that of a 63x series device... Maybe a variant?

StevieBallz says:

In the label placement image you see the device outline in original size. Comparing the 630 Dual SIM (which I have here) to that (after adjusting the size of the label) it's a smaller device (more along the lines of the Lumia 720).

That's a good spot! Hmmmm... So could this be a 530 or something else...

AndyM72 says:

Nope, the battery opening, SIM and MicroSD slot are in a completely diferent place on a 63x

ebin5 says:

This is lumia 530 with 512mb ram. Images of 530 are already leaked months earlier showing the exact design with 4" screen.

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Wam1q says:

Maybe an android Lumia?

You realize that's what the X series is for right? The Lumia brand is focused on Windows.

Wam1q says:

And if the rumour is true?

paulxxwall says:

Ok maybe not a Lumia android but a Nokia android by Microsoft mobile.....

NIST says:

Lumia branded BlackBerry maybe?

Peg Leg says:

Didn't you see the Android Lumia article?

iyae says:

So? Its not going to happen.

Tips_y says:

Will NOT happen! That article has no basis in fact!

rollindadice says:

Does this include front camera or no?if it does that'll be great ,anyone knows

Just give us a HIGH END phone. Enough of this budget phone stuff, we have too many...

Nope,at least not for me.I need a 1GB ram phone,4"(or more) screen,5mp camera(flash),ffc.These are the major things I need for my next low-mid end phone and we have none of those.

itsmewasim says:

Keep calm and wait for lumia 730 :)

cannon#WP says:

You can never have too many budget phones. How else do you think Android took over? The problem is they're not balancing high-end and budget. There hasn't been a NEW high-end phone announced in LONG time (and the 930 does not count)

ymcpa says:

The 930 would count if it was released on all carriers.

b23h says:

The 930 counts, however it's getting a wide release only five months before it's going to be significantly obsolete by McLaren and co.

Yeah you're. Right !

We need a phone with 5 inch and QHD display , water and dust proof , the 20mp camera is good , 4K video, touch ID , snapdragon 805(at least ) with 2.5 GHz quad core , 3 gigs of RAM

umangpop777 says:

Why not dual sim???? Microsoft you are ruining whole party :'(

Stevied1991 says:

What is the benefit to dual SIM? Sorry if this is a stupid question.

VS729 says:

One no.for work. One for personal usage. One phone. No hassle of carrying two. Or cheap data on one carrier. Cheap call tarrifs on other. One phone.

Why Should I use MY phone to work? If my company wants to that I use a phone, then they should buy me one. I prefer to have two phones, my personal phone (High end) and another one provided of my company.

VS729 says:

Not every company provides a phone. Company msg are sorted separately so are personal. I also mentioned the other usage scenario. And not every one likes to carry two phones. Even though i have 4 active SIMs and 3 phones...this is not the case with everybody.

Sorry, If my company doesn't provides me a phone, so unfortunately they can't ask me to work as I supposed to had one.

VS729 says:

Okay. Great you work in such places where you are treated as a prince.

Haha prince? Is the least they should provide.

VS729 says:

That's why i said. Not every company does that. Many just provide for the telephonic expenditure. And that's okay. Nothing to be unemployed for. There is a reason 630 was launched in the first place. And the reason is same why Samsung has dual sim variants of its high end phones as well. Market Demands.

AccentAE86 says:

Carry two phones?  No thanks.  One is bad enough. 

ahmadsamhann says:

haha this is really my reaction towards that comment!

iyae says:

That's nice for you. Very good. But YOU are not everyone. I would totally make use of dual SIM.

Good response..

tRedz says:

Personally i would say that, since the phone industry is revolutionising so much with the simcards, going very rapidly from regular sized to nanosim. They should instead add the capability of a sim containing 2 numbers.

Probably a little more difficult then using 2 sim slots in the phone. But more practical then using up alot of space that could be used a much more important things, like sensors and maybe even the possibility of a slightly larger battery.

iyae says:

No. Then you are stuck with the same carrier for both.

tRedz says:

If you have two different numbers, two different simcard id's are neccessary, and those id's can be owned by individual companies.

It should have Flash, 1 GB RAM, 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon 200 processor, Front facing camera, all the sensors & 4.5" screen.

Aman2901 says:

Maybe Snapdragon 400 or Snapdragon S4 would be better!!

Aman2901 says:

And with those specs your asking for a 7xx or 8xx :P :P

The old "Mid" in 2013/2014 it will be the new "Low" in 2014/2015.

Harry Wild says:

Snapdragon 810 for me! Cutting edge type of guy!

Aman2901 says:

Yeah you will get it for sure but after 801(release Christmas Time) and 805(release next summer)..The edges are yet to be cut!! :P :P

VS729 says:

If it was 530 ..it would be dual sim for sure....considering its low range for emerging markets...

eddieDOTexe says:

Right, but this is a filing from the FCC. We don't really use dual sim in the US

VS729 says:

Almost all the electric products (from major brands though) go through FCC certification. Its kind a standardisation too.

630 it's the dual Sim for emerging markets, that's why it's called the most affordable WP. And it's pretty cheap.

VS729 says:

You can't have only one dual sim variant. Market craves option plus 520 was cheaper than 620...so going by that logic... 530 will be even more cheaper...else the naming will hold no sense from now on.

Considering that the 53x series exists. What's the point of release a 63x before 53x? Although MS/Nokia itself called 630 as the "most affordable WP".

VS729 says:

53x still doesn't exist officially though. Its our guess. From experience that since 520 was there and was such a hit they will sure launch 530. But it can also be the case that 630 is the new 520...and there will not be any 5xx series anymore..

VS729 says:

Also 620 was release before 520.

That's what I was thinking.

WesleyBPeres says:

L620 was realesed before L520...

fe1fe1 says:

Maybe its the android phone

exkerZ says:

Big news coming. Bigger than this phone. Rubino has been quiet for 2 days. Either a vacation from us dorks, or he is reviewing something and preparing a big article.

4 TH of July weekend maybe ;)

exkerZ says:

But he said something 2days ago. Not very.. 4th of July weekendy if I do say so myself.

fbendotti says:

Rubino is playing in the world cup

b23h says:

Holy Shit!  

I didn't know stalking Rubino is like reading tea leaves or reading bird entrails.


eddieDOTexe says:

I don't see the point in a 530 when the 630 exists

zultar says:

I would think it would be. A cheaper option

AndyM72 says:

But there's not much left to strip out of a 630.

ahmedjan87 says:

The camera

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zultar says:

size and screen tech?  (the 520 seems to have lower quality glass then the 925)

It should be better and should have amazing space with powerful camera optics..

ahmedjan87 says:

What reminded you of this abomination ?
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inflames14 says:

They should bring back facebook integration (ME TILE!) before do anything else

v4nandu says:

Yes the me tile integration with Facebook.... Missing it alot.... Me is now a vestigial organ that can be thrashed....

It's a Lumia 730 phone, a mid to high end

WesleyBPeres says:

Not a good sucessor of the best battery in the x20 series (L720) =)

willboyce says:

Jinkies there's a clue within a clue

louisoneal says:

It's a phone.

ahmedjan87 says:

No shit Sherlock

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jimjam1970 says:

Hopefully similar to the 625 or 635 with a front camera flash 1 gig of ram and a 720p screen it needs to compete with the moto g which has been selling well according to reports


StevieBallz says:

If it's fitting in below the 630 it will likely rather compete with the Moto E.

daniswag says:

Seems trollier

rysliv says:

This time, for once, don't make it AT&T exclusive. 

StevieBallz says:

Low End WP looks more like it's headed for T-Mobile (521).

b23h says:

A lot of T-Mobile people hate you right now while secretly nodding in resigned acknowledgment.

jgbstetson says:

I think they should market it as the Rock and have Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage promote it.

cesar ruiz1 says:

It's a Lumia 530 with 4 inch screen 480 800. 8 GB of internal memory expandable 5 mp camera no flash no ffc and a snapdragon 805 with 2.5 gb of ram.

Davestrada says:

My body is ready for disappointment from the nerds at Redmond.. In 3, 2, 1...

Doesnt appear that the ic code is valid yet guess ic keeps better secrets then fcc

plasmid_uk says:

Is it me or is every article a rumour/filler as of late until Microsoft get their arses into gear and start rolling out 8.1. Damn!

Mrun4Nk says:

Just say 730 once and I'll be happy..

tropolite says:

Looks like it will have MicroSD capabilitiy. Probably another droid or if we're lucky another lowend WP

Slim Makay says:

Where is the camera and/or LED flash????

NIST says:

There is a flash but no camera to save weight.

I think it's the 830 , or the 1025

Lohit Naik says:

I don't understand why Lumia 720 predecessor is not out yet..

Viipottaja says:

Predecessor? By definition it's predecessor must have come out.

You are right the 7xx group are just the 700 , 720 , 710 there is no 702 or anything else

Stupid Microsoft. Why they don't make a high end phone -_______-

Yugiro says:

Lumia 521.25

Dammit, where is my 820/810 successor?! This is getting stupid.