Does Nokia have a launch event scheduled for April 19? That’s a big fat “maybe” for the moment, but if it does end up taking place, two of the phones we might hope to see are the Lumia 630 and 635. Leaked specs have talked about things like an FWVGA 4.5-inch display, 1GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 400, so while we’re looking at lower-end hardware, there’s still cause to be excited: dual-SIM support should be available for one model, and both are expected to run Windows Phone 8.1, dropping their hardware Windows keys in the process. As we wait to learn what becomes of those April launch rumors, certification paperwork for a new Nokia phone has hit the FCC; could it belong to one of these devices?
We’re looking at Nokia model RM-976, which is a number we’ve heard before – along with the 977 and 978, all three had been associated with these 630/635 rumors. But which is which? We’ve seen a leaked screenshot suggesting that the 630 will include that dual-SIM support, and looking all three models up in India’s Zauba import database, we find both single and dual-SIM versions of the 977 and 978, but only a single-SIM edition of the 976. Putting two and two together, this could be the Lumia 635 we’re looking at today.
The dimensions for the handset provided in this paperwork correspond exactly with a Lumia 630 leak from late last month (but then again, we’d expect the 630 and 635 to be outwardly identical), and the docs further reinforce the link between these model numbers, referring to previously filed data for the RM-977 standing-in for the RM-976.
But whichever Lumia 63x model we’re looking at here (if that even is what we’re dealing with), we wouldn’t bet on seeing it become available in the US anytime soon. At least, these files only reveal testing on GSM and EDGE, and mention that 3G support is only on the 900 and 2100MHz bands.