Microsoft Lumia 1030 with 50 MegaPixel PureView Camera Emerges!

After a great year of reigning supreme yet again in smartphone-based camera technology, Nokia's devices arm (which is now a part of Microsoft) is just about ready to launch the successor to the best cameraphone in the world today, the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Back in 2012, the Nokia Lumia 1020 combined PureView imaging technology - previously found only on the Symbian-based Nokia 808 PureView - with all the benefits of Windows Phone OS. The resulting product - as you know - proved to be the industry-leader in mobile photography.

TP Friends, if you think the 41 MegaPixel camera on the Lumia 1020 was an overkill, wait till you see what’s loaded on the follow-up.

Nokia Lumia 1030, Microsoft Lumia 1030

As seen on the image above, the so-called “Lumia 1030” retains the camera hump or protrusion of the current king of smartphone imaging, which gives you an idea of what it can do when it comes to taking photos. The follow-up tries to take it up a notch higher by featuring a massive 50 MegaPixel sensor, which is capable of capturing the biggest (and probably the best) photos any smartphone - including Nokia Lumia 2010 - can take by a large margin.

Nokia Lumia 1030, Microsoft Lumia 1030

Nokia Lumia 1030, Microsoft Lumia 1030

According to an industry insider, the 1030’s sensor is made by Toshiba - just like Nokia Lumia 1020, 1520, and Lumia 930) and the flash will be replaced by a short pulse LED one as opposed to Xenon flash on the Lumia 1020, as well as foregoing a mechanical shutter. (Mark of TP: "Hmm. Nico, that sounds like a downgrade if you ask me.") There wasn't any mention of 'Carl Zeiss' in the leaks but given that its a PureView release and that it's supposed to be the successor to the best cameraphone ever, one would expect 1030's optics to be crafted by that legendary company. (Mark of TP: "I'd be disappointed if Carl Zeiss was not part of this project. I mean, come on.")

Nokia Lumia 1030, Microsoft Lumia 1030

Now, let's talk about design and specs. The prototype appears to sport an anodized aluminum shell reminiscent of the Lumia 925 design identity, Powering this Windows Phone 8.1 device will be an unnamed Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (possibly Snapdragon 805) that we all hope would be powerhouse enough to reduce the slow shutter time that the Lumia 1020 suffered from. Just imagine a device that can snap photos nearly as fast as the iPhone but saving it at 50MP resolution, much more with support for RAW imaging. The Quad Core chipset will be complemented by 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.

Nokia Lumia 1030, Microsoft Lumia 1030

Is this McLaren, finally? Microsoft hasn't actually confirmed nor denied the veracity of this leak. As such, the leaked prototype could be anything, from an actual Lumia 1030, to the “McLaren” handset that Microsoft was supposedly working on, a device with “Kinect-like” 3D sensor abilities, bringing 3D gesture support to Windows Phone.

As with every leak, it is just what it is: a leak, an insider info on what may or may not come to retail stores – so I'd suggest you take in all of this information with a grain of salt. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts about this device, TP Friends, by leaving a comment below.

#TPWriterFellows Batch 1 Member and DLSU student, Nico Aguila is the self-proclaimed 'official' tech support guy of his friends. He's always ready to give you tips and tricks with Android devices and even gives you advice on which phone or tablet you should get whether it be running on Android, iOS, or Windows Phone operating system. Nico sees TechPinas as the best tech website in the Philippines and also as his safe haven when he reads tech news that is happening in the country. When he graduates, Nico plans to find a stable job in tech, have a family when he can, and of course, expose his future kids to technology and TechPinas so that they'll enjoy great bonding times together.

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