With the Sony Xperia Z3 returning to T-Mobile shelves, we’ve been thinking about phones with short-lived lifespans (even with the Z3 dodging the bullet in this case). We may soon have a new one to add to that list, with the arrival of as-of-yet unsubstantiated reports that Microsoft is in the process of shutting down its Lumia 830 operations in preparation for the arrival of the phone’s successor.
The Lumia 830, as you may recall, launched back at the beginning of September, during IFA 2014 (just like the aforementioned Z3). Now we’re hearing that Microsoft may have already started the process of retiring the handset, ending its run in India. Stocks are reportedly still available in the nation, but once they’re gone, they may be gone for good.
This news dovetails on recent rumors of an in-development mid-ranger that would fit well into Microsoft’s lineup as an 830 replacement: another five-incher with a design close to the 830, but with a slightly better camera and incremental SoC update. While we didn’t have much of a timetable for that one before, this new source suggests it could launch within a couple months, running GDR2 (so, prior to the full arrival of Windows 10 for phones).
Right now, there’s still not a lot of hard evidence for this theory, but we’ll be keeping an eye on 830 sales in other markets to see if they show any sign of drying up.