Microsoft is preparing a new high-end smartphone Lumia 1030, which will be a successor of the Lumia 1020. The latest leaks included a published photos of the new device in a Chinese auction site Taobao. The offer for selling the smartphone was removed, but the images reappeared in another Chinese site Baidu.
The pictures shows off a similar layout to the Lumia 1020 – smooth body and big bumpy camera in the back. But the new Lumia 1030 will have an aluminum casing like the 930 model. This also suggests the name of the device that it might be a 1030 because it will feature a big camera and an aluminum body. The bottom of the new device is from plastic though and the design of the top resemble the iPod Mini a little bit.
Lumia 1030 tech specs
The images also hint for some of the tech specs of the Lumia 1030. It will have a 5-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal memory and possible a four-core CPU.
There are no current details about the camera. It will have a big black camera in the back. The speculations are that Lumia 1030 will have a 50MP one – this is even more bigger the one on the current Lumia 1020. According to the reports Toshiba will be the manufacturer and supplier for the sensors in the new camera. And it will not have a mechanical shutter.
Also Microsoft will drop off the Xenon flash in favor of a fourth generation LED one. The photos reveals that the camera button will still be included and the same thing is for the 3.5 mm audio jack.
January launch at CES?
It is possible that Microsoft may present the Lumia 1030 in Las Vegas at CES in January next year. But there are still doubts about the plans of the software giant. The company revealed a new model for every segment of the Lumia brand. Except the highest two – the 1020 super camera one and the phablet segment.
Those are the highest class of smartphones and still Microsoft doesn’t have a new models for the second half of the year. The other manufacturers starts to close the camera leap of the Lumia 1020 and to retain its leading position the software company must announce a new device in this class. Also the 1020 has a lot of outdated features – like fully plastic unibody, a slower CPU and etc.
Microsoft definitely needs to introduce a new device in this segment. And by the Lumia 1030 prototype it is in the right direction. Of course if the company reveal it in the next months.
Plausibility for Lumia 1030 Q1 launch – 75%
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