Ever since it picked up Nokia’s devices and services division Microsoft has launched quite a few Windows Phone smartphones. The new models are available in different markets around the world. It has been quite a while since a proper flagship device was launched, a device that could be the poster child for Windows Phone, and it looks like such devices may not be that far off.

Previous flagships like the Lumia 1020 have reached the end of retail life. Existing flagships with decent specifications include Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 but even these devices can’t match rivals in the market. Clearly there’s a need for new flagship Windows Phone devices and Microsoft is promising to fill that gap.

Microsoft has confirmed that new flagship Windows Phone devices are coming later this year. It mentioned during the Windows 10 event yesterday that users should expect some great new hardware from Microsoft and its partners.

Companies like Samsung and HTC have manufactured WP devices in the past. Recent reports suggest that Samsung is willing to take on a bigger role provided that its legal disputes with Microsoft are settled. New flagships from some of the world’s biggest manufacturers would really improve the Windows Phone device lineup.

Microsoft also showed off Windows 10 for mobile yesterday. It has said that majority of the Lumia devices will be compatible with this update even if they don’t support all of the features. A preview of Windows 10 for mobile is expected in February.

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