Here's What Microsoft's Next Big Phones Might Look Like

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Windows Phone enthusiasts have been waiting years — in mobile phone time, decades — for the launch of a new flagship device that can go toe-to-toe with the iPhones and Galaxies of the world. Well, thanks to the @evleaks Twitter account, we’ve got a good look at the two new Lumias Microsoft is supposedly announcing in October, and things are looking fan-freaking-tastic.


According to the press renders published by Evleaks (aka Evan Blass), there are going to be two top-end Lumias: a 5.7-inch device (codenamed ‘Cityman’, to be known as the Lumia 950XL) and a 5.2-inch (‘Talkman’). Both with have 2560x1440 OLED displays, with the 5.7 packing a Snapdragon 810 processor, while the 5.2-inch will have a (slightly slower) Snapdragon 808.

Apart from that, the leaked specs lists for both devices are nearly identical, and both look top-notch: 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with a microSD for further expansion, Qi wireless charging, USB-C, and an infrared iris scanner for Windows 10’s facial recognition features.

Under Nokia, the Lumia brand was best known for its cameras, and that seems to be continuing: 20MP sensors on the back of both devices, with a 5MP camera on the front. Even better, the pronounced camera bumps on both phones hint at big sensors and wide lenses, both of which point to a fairly great camera.

The design is also classic Lumia: colourful polycarbonate shell with rounded corners. Chances are, if you liked the design and feel of previous Lumias (which always felt surpsisingly premium for a non-metal phone), the new version will make your hands happy. If you were hoping for a Surface-inspired design now that Microsoft’s taken over, less luck.

Sure, this might be a leak, but I’m still excited: Evleaks has a long history of reliable leaks, not to mention that these press renders match up well with other leaks of the same devices. There’s still a lot of questions — not least, how Windows 10 will work on these handsets — but from the looks of things, Microsoft might have just made Windows Phone interesting again.


[Evleaks via The Verge]

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fancy new phone, same “app gap”

Did they at least make “live tiles” actually live in Windows 10, or am I still going to be stuck with the same hours old weather info and days old scoreboard, and no syncing between the info in the tile, notification tray, and the app itself?