Windows Phone 8.1 release date and specs rumors

Features Stacy Warden 14:59, Jun 24 2013

Here's a list of what you can likely expect from Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft Build kicks off on June 26 and we’ll be covering it as it all unfolds. The company is expected to launch the latest version of its OS, Windows 8.1 during the event. Microsoft has revealed many details about Windows 8.1 along the way, but it still remains uncertain what exactly we can expect to see for the phone version.

While we're anxiously waiting and hoping to hear more about Windows Phone 8.1, we've rounded up all the rumors we could find on it. Here's what we've learned so far. 

Overview

Keep in mind that Windows Phone 8.1 is not a brand new OS, but rather an improved upon version of its predecessor. That said, it's still expected to be a huge upgrade over Windows Phone 8. Version 8.1 will reportedly support larger, higher resolution screens, quad-core processors, more memory and new features including Wi-Fi AC.

Of some of this, we can be certain, as Qualcomm has already announced new quad-core chipsets that support Windows Phone 8.1. One is based on a new, Krait 300 quad-core chipset with Adreno 305 GPU, while the other is a Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and LTE support.

Notification Center

Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to feature a Notification Center in a similar style as rivals like Android and iOS. This would likely require little more than a swipe of the finger (either from the top or bottom of the screen) to access the feature. Once opened, the Notification Center could appear as a scrollable list, allowing you to tweak a variety of settings.

Devices

Both Nokia and HTC have developed prototypes of their flagship phones that run on Windows Phone 8.1. Previously we saw reports of Windows Phone 8.1 running on Nokia's Lumia 920 and HTC's 8X devices.

Release date and availability

While Windows Phone 8 launch is set to happen during Microsoft’s Build event this week, it may be a touch longer before the world gets its hands on Windows Phone 8.1. Some earlier rumors suggested that the phone version could launch right alongside Windows 8.1, but it doesn't appear to coming together as quickly as some hoped.

The latest news suggests that we might not see the latest phone version until early 2014. When it does finally hit the market for mass consumption, Windows Phone 8 users will receive version 8.1 as a free upgrade via the Windows Update service.

We want to know what you think. Let us know in the comments below what you're hoping to see from Windows Phone 8.1. 

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