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Microsoft Readying Two Windows 10 Lumia Phones (Report)

Windows 10 won't launch until the summer, with the mobile version of Microsoft's updated operating system arriving after Windows 10 for the PC. But when a phone-friendly version of Windows 10 does arrive, there will be some new flagship devices running the new OS, if a report on new Lumia smartphones turns out to be true.

The report from the Unleash the Phones says that Microsoft is working on two high-end phones, one with a 5.7-inch quad HD display and the other a 5.2-inch quad HD model. The Unleash the Phones report says the 5.7-inch Lumia phone, codenamed "Cityman," will pack a Qualcomm octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM, offer 32GB of internal memory and include both a 20-megapixel rear camera and 5-MP selfie camera. Its smaller counterpart, code-named "Talkman," comes with the same specs save for a 6-core Qualcomm processor.

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The rumored Cityman phone offers another key feature: It will take advantage of Windows 10's Continuum feature, in which a smartphone can connect to a larger screen and mirror the experience of running the desktop version of Windows. Microsoft showed off Continuum at last week's Build conference in San Francisco, with a Windows Phone connected to a keyboard and mouse and running Windows with a Start menu that duplicated the live tile layout on its home screen.

Unleash the Phones also reports that both the Cityman and Talkman phones will come with triple-LED flash to support different shades and tones in pictures. If true, it indicates that photo features, long a strength of the Lumia lineup, will continue be a focus of Microsoft's phones.

There's no word on the release date for either smartphone, though it will be after Windows 10's release. Earlier this year, Microsoft said it wouldn't release new flagship Lumia handsets until after the Windows 10 update. At Build last week, Microsoft said it remains on track to release Windows 10 in the summer, with updates across different device platforms rolling into the fall.

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