Microsoft and Nokia holding a press event on September 5

Anyone who is tech savvy has been looking forward to the next lineup of phones from Nokia that will be powered by Microsoft’s upcoming OS, Windows Phone 8. It looks like details will emerge soon – specifically on September 5, according to a report by The Verge.

The Verge received an invitation to a press event for Windows Phone 8, being held by Microsoft and Nokia. There are speculations that one of the things announced at the press event will be Nokia’s “Phi” device with the 4.3-inch screen, but these are still just speculations.

Microsoft seems to be stepping up to take on the Apple and Google dominated smartphone market. This press event is taking place just days before the rumoured Apple press event where it may be announcing the highly anticipated iPhone 5.

Nokia Lumia

Nokia may announce new phones at the press event

 

Microsoft had officially announced Windows Phone 8 at an event in San Francisco earlier this year, and claimed that it is the most advanced mobile OS Microsoft has ever made. Here is a look at some of the highlighted features available on Windows Phone 8:

 

  • Multi-core processor support: Windows Phone was a slick OS that ran smoothly on handsets with a single processor. The latest OS now features multi-core support with Belfoire claiming that they’re ready for whatever hardware makers dream up.
  • Bigger, sharper screens: Windows Phone 8 supports two new screen resolutions — 1280 x 768 and 1280 x 720, making it compatible with new handsets that will feature high-definition 720p displays.
  • More flexible storage: Windows Phone 8 supports removable MicroSD cards, so users can stuff their phone with extra photos, music, and whatever else is important and then easily move it all onto their PC.
  • NFC wireless sharing: In Windows Phone 8, NFC helps make sharing photos, Office docs, and contact info easier. One can achieve this by tapping their phone on another NFC-equipped device.
  • Internet Explorer 10: The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. Microsoft claims that IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.
  • Internet Explorer 10: The next version of Windows Phone comes with the same web browsing engine that’s headed for Window 8 PCs and tablets. Microsoft claims that IE10 is faster and more secure, with advanced anti-phishing features like SmartScreen Filter to block dangerous websites and malware.
  • Better maps and directions: Windows Phone 8 builds in Nokia mapping as part of the platform. This partnership will provide more detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions in many countries, plus the ability to store maps offline on your phone so you can work with maps without a data connection.
  • Improved apps and games: Microsoft states that basing Windows Phone 8 on the Windows core will unleash a new wave of amazing apps and especially games.