Last month, Microsoft launched the company's first non-Nokia branded budget pro-selfie phone Lumia 535. Now, the American technology major may soon unveil flagship 41.0-MP camera phone Lumia 1020 successor aka McLaren soon.
A Chinese auction site, Taobao released a series of snapshots of the alleged test model of Lumia 1020 sequel, codenamed McLaren, but the webpage was pulled down soon after word got out in the media.
However, by then many technology blogs had taken screen shots of the Microsoft device.
In the pictures (courtesy, The Verge), we see the Aluminum-clad smartphone with the ominous big-circular black camera module with a tag below, which reads – "prototype property of Microsoft Mobile."
If closely observed, the smartphone's main camera is strikingly similar to the Nokia Lumia 1020's snapper, which had dual-LED and Xeon flash support. In another image, we see the front side display showing the device's setting page. It reveals the device-name as Nokia RM-1052_1000, indicating the development of new phone had already begun before Nokia-brand was disbanded from Microsoft devices.
It is also said that the phone will feature Kinect Connect, a gesture based input system that is seen on Xbox video-game consoles. In the smartphone, this feature is reportedly called as '3D Touch', wherein user can use gestures over the screen to browse the phone, take/hang up calls and perform many other operations without having to touch the screen.
Other key specifications include full HD (1920x1080p) screen, 2GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt memory, quad-core CPU and as far as camera is concerned the McLaren will house same features seen in the Lumia 1020, but with more value-added photography enhancing applications.
As of now, there is no word on when the new Lumia 1020 successor would make its debut, but many believe that it may be unveiled in late January, wherein Redmond based firm is scheduled to hold an event to showcase Windows 10 software, an upgrade version of Windows 8. It is touted to unify all devices under one platform. Right now, Microsoft devices have different OS for specific device range.
[Note: Microsoft smartphones run on Windows Phone OS, whereas tablets and PCs are powered by Windows 8.1 RT and Windows 8.1operating systems]