Microsoft is currently testing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with an unannounced Lumia device that could hit shelves in 2016.
The exciting news come from what appears to be a leaked benchmark that shows the possible specifications of the handset. It also gives an idea of what to expect from Microsoft’s 2016 flagship Lumia.
The name of the device in the GFXBench benchmark is called “HP Falcon”, but the name could be misleading since HP is no longer in the mobile race as it was in the past. Still, the name is the least important of this piece of information; it is all about what this secret smartphone can do.
This device is being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, the latest SoC from the chipmaker. When it comes down to the GPU, this handset is packing an Adreno 530 graphic card, so it should be able to play the latest and future mobile games quite easily.
For the display, we’re looking at a 5.8-inch monster with 2560 x 1440 resolution. There’s also a 20-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 12-megapixel front facing camera. In terms of the RAM, it is actually less than 1GB, while the internal storage is an odd 43GB.
Now, do not get confused or lose your mind over the size of the RAM. This device is likely just a prototype, and as such, the specifications are not final. It is very much likely that Microsoft’s 2016 flagship device will be much different from what the rumors say, so don’t dwell on the 5.8-inch screen and that 20-megapixel camera either because things could be much different.
Instead of a Lumia, fans could be in for a Surface Phone as Microsoft’s flagship for 2016. Several leaked reports have claimed that such a device is in the works at Redmond, and guess what? Microsoft is said to be looking into launching the handset with an Intel SoC called Sofia.
It remains to be seen where the Snapdragon 820 will fit in Microsoft’s mobile scenario, so take all leaks with a grain of salt for now.