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Microsoft Lumia 840 release date pegged for May or first half of June

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Microsoft has reported a bit of a decline in their revenues this week in their revenue report, but that does not seem to be impacting the company’s plans for the future that much, and we feel optimistic about what they’re going to be introducing this year. Of course Windows 10 and Windows 10 for Phones are the most anticipated releases from the Redmond giant this year, but fact of the matter is software won’t mean much unless there’s compatible and optimized hardware available for it. I’m not referring to some innovative, special gadget that Microsoft should be releasing, rather to the fact that if Windows 10 and Windows 10 for Phones are launched in unison with new devices, the impact the company will make on the market will be much bigger and more influential. As such, rumors are that the Microsoft Lumia 840 will be launched soon enough, but that won’t be the flagship smartphone of the company to tout Windows 10 for Phones for the first time.

Although that sounds like a bit of a bummer, if Microsoft does decide to launch the Microsoft Lumia 840 earlier than Windows 10 as a more budget-oriented smartphone, the chance of people upgrading to Windows 10 for Phones and enjoying the new software are increased. Let me explain, the flagship from the company will most likely be the Microsoft Lumia 940 and it will be launched with Windows 10 for Phones on board, with impressive specs. But if Microsoft launches the Microsoft Lumia 840 first as a more affordable alternative, there will be more people flocking towards that ahead of the Windows 10 launch because the phone will be cheaper and will be upgradable to Windows 10 for Phones.

New rumors about the Microsoft Lumia 840 have come to light and they suggest that the new smartphone will be between a mid-ranger and a flagship and it will run the much improved Windows 8.1 GDR2 mobile operating system from the company. That’s already a treat with Denim on top, but imagine when the Microsoft Lumia 840 will be upgraded to Windows 10 for Phones! Even if the Lumia 940 will most likely be the star of the year for Windows-based smartphones, the Lumia 840 will definitely be a good entry-point into the new software niche, so to speak. From what we understand from our sources, the Microsoft Lumia 840 release date is pegged for May or the beginning of June, as our sources tell us that the phone will be unveiled in May and released in stores in June. That gives people enough time to get accustomed to the new Microsoft Lumia 840 and its design language and interface and will raise awareness about the new software coming their way, Windows 10 for Phones. By the time the phone gains traction among consumers, Windows 10 will be ready for launch and it will already have a medium through which to create more hype about the new software.

Everybody is looking forward to Windows 10, Windows 10 for Phones and Spartan, but people are also excited about the first few smartphones to be launched under the Microsoft Lumia brand name. Higher-end phones, that is. But what will definitely make the Microsoft Lumia 840 interesting is the upgrade it will get compared to its predecessor. First off, rumors say that the display for the Lumia 840 will be around 5 inches and will feature higher resolution than its predecessor, most likely 1080p. The processor will be bumped up to at least the Snapdragon 801, but sources tell us that Microsoft is eyeing the Snapdragon 805 for this new Windows 10 smartphone. The processor will be backed up by 2 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, with a microSD card slot available for extra storage.

Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on their camera technology lately, and up until now we were happy with what they’ve demonstrated in their previous flagships, mid-rangers and even budget smartphones. In consequence, the Microsoft Lumia 840 will most likely be one of the best mid-range bordering high-end camera smartphones. Rumors say it will include either a 13 or 14 MP PureView camera, complete with optical image stabilization and even optical zoom, although that latter feature seems to be a bit controversial as it will most likely impact design a little bit. The front facing camera is expected to measure at least 2 MP, but rumors are that it will be bumped up to 5 MP to cope with the selfie-craze of the year.

The Microsoft Lumia 840 battery life is also said to be improved compared to the Lumia 830 and mAh count will reportedly go past 3000 this time around. Take these rumors with a grain of salt, though, as Microsoft has not confirmed any of this info. Still, if these rumors are true, and Microsoft prices the Lumia 840 right, it should become a best-seller among Windows fans and not only. The number of Windows Phone users is not that high, but Microsoft is aiming to change that Windows 10 and we sincerely want to see that happen, because there’s a lot of promise in Windows 10 for Phones as it is in the technical previews that have been released. So, our questions to you guys are: Will you buy the Microsoft Lumia 840 if it comes with Windows 8.1 GDR2, upgradable to Windows 10 for Phones? What would you like to see in the Lumia 840 in terms of design, features, camera and performance? Let us know!

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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