1. Rayan Baydoun's Avatar
    I am planning to buy a 1520 soon , and the news that 8.1 hardware is going to be announced soon scrambled everything. Can anyone give me an idea about what might be different about phones catered to windows phone 8.1 ? or are they just phones with 8.1 pre-installed
    03-23-2014 02:49 PM
  2. Marlon Bu's Avatar
    I am planning to buy a 1520 soon , and the news that 8.1 hardware is going to be announced soon scrambled everything. Can anyone give me an idea about what might be different about phones catered to windows phone 8.1 ? or are they just phones with 8.1 pre-installed
    Some of the new Win 8.1 Phones don't have Hardware-Buttons (Back, Windows, Search).
    unstoppablekem likes this.
    03-23-2014 03:15 PM
  3. Ma Rio's Avatar
    Same here, I first wanted to get a 1020 because of the camera, but then scrapped it because of the 1520 which was just superior to it.
    Now that I've heard about Goldfinger I just can't figure out what to do. But I'm sure both cases will happen, there will be "regular" devices just with 8.1 preinstalled; and there will be something special like the Goldfinger which will have that 3D cube thingy.

    P.S. Welcome to the WPCentral Forums, enjoy! :)
    03-23-2014 03:17 PM
  4. Rayan Baydoun's Avatar
    thanks :D
    03-23-2014 05:01 PM
  5. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    thanks :D
    So yeah, just less restrictions and stuff. So if you want a device now, go get it. :)
    03-23-2014 05:04 PM
  6. Rayan Baydoun's Avatar
    Glad to hear , 1520 is an extremely capable device on par with the latest android offerings (spec-wise) , so il just get it and download the 8.1 through developer preview.
    unstoppablekem likes this.
    03-23-2014 05:08 PM
  7. poiman's Avatar
    High-end WP8.1 pre-installed devices may have the Snapdragon 801 (or even 805) instead of the 800 in the current devices.
    unstoppablekem and vitor.rf like this.
    03-23-2014 06:02 PM
  8. Ma Rio's Avatar
    High-end WP8.1 pre-installed devices may have the Snapdragon 801 (or even 805) instead of the 800 in the current devices.
    True, hope Goldfinger is one of them.
    03-23-2014 06:34 PM
  9. meddyrainzo's Avatar
    The rumors are actually confusing. We have Martini which has been confirmed as 930, Moneypenny as 630 but nothing on the GoldFinger for months now. I hope that device still "exists" and would be out around Q2
    03-23-2014 06:41 PM
  10. bilzkh's Avatar
    We won't know until they're officially announced, but it's worth looking at some of the WP 8.1 features in order to get an idea. For starters, it wouldn't surprise me if we see hands-free prompting (akin to Moto X) for Cortana, but that would require specific hardware to achieve. At the minimum, we should expect the Lumia 930 and other higher-end devices to be tuned for their CPU and RAM from the start. Why is that important? Well, with the new generation we can expect quick shutter times and loading between shots using the PureView camera; we can be assured that Miracast and WiFi Direct will work without hiccups, etc. That said, the Lumia Icon and 1520 are up there in terms of specs, you should expect appropriate firmware updates down the line. Either way, you're going to wait (i.e. for next gen WP8.1 handsets or L1520/Icon firmware updates).
    03-23-2014 07:07 PM
  11. eruptflail's Avatar
    They'll probably have newer processors and slightly better hardware, but other than that, not much. If they have the new snapdragon processors cortana might have the option to be "always on."
    03-23-2014 09:32 PM
  12. Fiann's Avatar
    They'll probably have newer processors and slightly better hardware, but other than that, not much. If they have the new snapdragon processors cortana might have the option to be "always on."
    Doesn't the 800 series Snapdragon in the 1520 and Icon already contain the audio processing core you mentioned?
    03-25-2014 09:28 AM
  13. duebex's Avatar
    Maybe wait until after Build and then see if it's worth getting a 1520?


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    03-26-2014 02:04 PM
  14. sunandajit's Avatar
    True, hope Goldfinger is one of them.
    No goldfinger is going to be announced in this BUILD at least.
    03-28-2014 09:04 AM

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