Microsoft’s first-party phones have been scaling down for a while after the sale of Nokia to HMD Global, but today seems to mark a significant milestone. As noticed by Neowin, the Microsoft Store no longer displays a listing for the Lumia 735. Loading the web page directly simply reads “Not Available”.
The change marks the end of the Lumia line, with only Windows devices from HP, Alcatel and Acer available. It’s worth noting, however, that this has been expected. In its Q3 earnings call, the Redmond giant announced plans to discontinue production by the end of June, and that date has come and gone.
In the most recent report, Microsoft announced its revenue from phones as ‘immaterial’, so it’s quite clear the company is trying to distance itself.
Verizon was the only other US carrier to offer the 735 online, and its web page reads ‘coming soon’. You should still be able to get it from physical stores, but it doesn’t even support the latest Windows update.
The New Nokia
For fans of Nokia, but not necessarily the Windows platform, there’s still some hope. HMD global is set to launch the Nokia 8, a powerful Android flagship a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4 GB of RAM.
The phone is designed to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, coming in at a price point of $705. For that, you’ll get a rich 5.3″ 2560×1440 LCD display, 64 GB of storage, and a 13-megapixel Zeiss camera.
However, though the phone will become available in Europe in September, it’s not clear if it will reach a US market. Though the Nokia 6 made it through Amazon, other devices are yet to make an appearance.
Whatever the case, it’s sad to see Microsoft’s first-party phones go. The only hope now is the much-rumored Surface Phone, of which we remain skeptical.