1. RaRa85's Avatar
    With news of the long dreamt about Lumia 1030 swirling around in the world wide webs today it got me thinking about a scenario in the Windows Phone space. Market share is low. We know that. Exclusive flagship launches and more preferred with AT&T by Microsoft are the usual cases when the stage is brightest. However many loyal fans of the OS are left standing by cheering for the customers who'll get to enjoy those flagships while we are left to figure out how, when, and what we'll have to do(unlocking etc.) to get those devices on our network. And then there's the case of the "niche" device like the Lumia 1020 or Galaxy K Zoom.

    Today just about everyone and I mean everyone is focused on improving imaging for mobile photography. From budget flagships like the One Plus One to the highly capable LG G4 with its most comprehensive manual mode seen in a smartphone. The camera seems more and more less of a niche category and more of something expected with just about any phone today. So why don't they change the narrative in Windows Phone. Why don't we skip the (this is hypothetical as it's way too late in the real world to do this)typical flagship altogether and make one device the only device and available for all three major carriers. Why don't they make the Lumia 1030 the only device. The best device. 41 megapixels of sharp shooting, 4k recording device.

    The original Lumia 1020 was ahead of its time. Out powered by its 6" brother just months after and unable to officially support something as small as living images. Unable to get the speed benefits of the Denim update and Lumia Rich capture and other future enhancements to the Lumia Camera suite. If we had a bona-fide, future ready, quadHD (although I'm not on the bandwagon of the hype of those displays on our phones), 5.3"(the sweet spot maybe)screen, Lumia 1030 that was able to take pictures as fast as the iPhone 6S how much of a niche device would that be? If Microsoft made that the standard at least for one time what would be the negative against a phone that powerful? I think it would only blow sales out of the water because if AT&T. Verizon, and T-Mobile all were offering this beast of a phone at the same time who wouldn't want that? Only diehard IPhone and Galaxy series lifers would probably but even they would have less of a reason to. You would almost have to talk yourself out of getting a phone with near DSLR picture quality and specs filled to the brim with goodness and readily available on the carrier of your choice.

    What do you guys think? Would a Lumia 1030 only launch help or hurt Windows 10 Mobile? Can a "niche" device serve as a sole flagship?

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    07-04-2015 03:39 PM
  2. ven07's Avatar
    It wouldn't hurt, but from what I can see MS wants their devices on every carrier, but the carriers are the ones who decide whether or not they will sell the phones. So if they say "no", there isn't much MS can do, but move on the next carrier
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    07-04-2015 11:58 PM
  3. RaRa85's Avatar
    True but do you think the carriers would turn down a device like this especially if it was the only flagship being released? I don't see how they could. The buzz for a device.like that would be crazy and consumers would wild for something like that especially everyone getting their hands on that kind of camera. One phone to rule them all.

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    07-05-2015 08:15 AM
  4. ven07's Avatar
    True but do you think the carriers would turn down a device like this especially if it was the only flagship being released? I don't see how they could. The buzz for a device.like that would be crazy and consumers would wild for something like that especially everyone getting their hands on that kind of camera. One phone to rule them all.

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    It depends, some still don't believe that WP will stick around for the long run and are basing all decisions on that
    07-05-2015 01:12 PM
  5. ElronTheElder's Avatar
    FWIW, I would buy one.
    L1020 has a great camera but it's underpowered.
    It was underpowered when new.
    Put even a low end x64 Quad in the equation....4GB+ ram,
    All day+ battery , expandable storage.......WooHoo.
    Take my money fool.
    Then again....why would one need to upgrade ..$$$.... like ever.
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    07-07-2015 04:07 PM
  6. RaRa85's Avatar
    Lol true. I feel there's a bit of a "keep away" factor when it comes to making phones because they do want us to upgrade eventually. But a Lumia 1030 widely available would be one heck of a phone to contend with.

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    07-07-2015 04:10 PM

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