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Saturday, 28 March 2015 16:38

Lumia’s new flagship – just waiting on Windows 10

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Microsoft has not conceded the high-end to iFans and FanDroids. It is just putting the touches on new Windows 10 Mobile and that will take a few more months.

Of course, it will be a 10 series – probably the 1030 – codenamed McLaren after the British, ‘very fast’ carmaker. The name is not important – what it does will be.

Rumour has it that the 1030 builds on the 1020 strengths – the best camera in any smartphone and the latest Qulacomm Snapdragon 64-bit 8XX processor, 3GB RAM and at least 32GB storage (we suspect it has micro-SD support) and 5.7” 2560x1440 QHD screen. It also borrows the 930’s alloy uni-body apparently expected on premium flagship phones.

To match the 1020 it would have at least a 41MP camera but Windows 10 initially supports up to 55MP so let’s see where that takes us. The dual Xenon flash found in the 1020 is great for distance but it iAW still output.ports 4K video and ikely to be a dual LED with dual tone - similar 55s likely to be a dual or triple LED with dual tone. Naturally, it supports 4K video and RAW still output. GSMArena have specifications showing a 50MP, 8160x6120 pixel, camera.

Or it could be a 940 – building on the specs of the 930

PhoneArena has published a screenshot sent to it by a Nokia supplier factory, which lists many of the Microsoft Lumia 940's specifications. These are as follows:

  • Windows Phone 10
  • 2.7GHz Snapdragon 8XX processor and Gobi global LTE
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32, 64, or 128GB storage
  • 5in full-HD (1920x1080) screen with Gorilla Glass 4 (some speculation of a 5.5” model 980)
  • Possible carbon fibre back - unlikely
  • WLAN, NFC, Wi-FI dual band AC, USB 3.0
  • 24Mp PureView camera with 2 or 3 LED flash, 4K video recording at 60fps
  • 5Mp front camera, 1080p video
  • 137x71x8.9mm x 149g
  • An optional Qi dock that will support other Qi devices (Microsoft Band, headphones etc.)

These are very similar specifications to the Samsung and Apple flagships phones – so take them with a grain of salt.

But it is about Windows 10 – not the handset

There is talk about context awareness – a feature of Windows 10 Cortana and a number of new sensors. For example it will know when you are driving, sleeping, at work, whether you are left or right handed and so on. It will know if you lift up a ringing phone, whether you want to answer it. It will support a form of 3D technology (HoloLens) and certainly Intel’s smart-sense facial recognition that may also support iris scanning. It also supports HDMI Output and Bluetooth HID devices like a mouse and keyboard making this a mini PC with creation capability.

But the strength of Windows 10 will be that it is the same operating environment and same manageability for enterprise users – if you use a desktop it is logical to use the mobile version too.

Opinion

While I admit to using the current flagship Lumia 930 and Windows 8.1 Phone as my OS of choice it is now a little outdated – what a difference a year makes. Perhaps Microsoft is pinning all its hopes on Windows 10 Mobile so I can understand why it would hang back.

What is clear is that work is being done on a flagship – whether it is the 1030 which builds on the strength of the 1020 or a 940 – is immaterial.

In the interim Microsoft is working with 40 plus OEM’s to ensure a wide range of handsets from a co-branded Harley Davidson model to a $50 smartphone.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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