The Nokia Lumia 1020 has been around for quite some time, having first launched in July 2013. Many folks have been expecting a Lumia 1020 successor to pop up at some point because it’s been so long since the original model was released, but we’ve yet to see a new unit arrive. Now a new leak has revealed that a 1020 follow-up may have been near completion.
A user on Chinese auction site Taobao has posted a mysterious Windows Phone device with a large, Lumia 1020-like rear camera. The phone is identified by the model number RM-1052 and is listed as a prototype made by Microsoft Mobile.
In terms of specs, the RM-1052 is said to feature a 5-inch 1920x1080 display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Windows Phone 8.1, complete with on-screen navigation buttons. The phone’s body appears to be made of aluminum, save for a polycarbonate strip at the bottom of the device that is likely home to its antennas, as aluminum does not provide as high signal strength as plastic does.
Looking at the RM-1052’s camera, the shooter appears largely similar to the one found on the Lumia 1020. However, it’s not known if it’s just as high-quality as the 1020’s 41-megapixel shooter. Additionally, the RM-1052’s flash looks to be of the dual LED variety, not Xenon like the one found on the Lumia 1020.
This RM-1052 certainly looks like it could be a Lumia 1020 successor, sporting a body design that’s close to the 1020. It’s been suggested that this prototype could be the Nokia “McLaren,” a canceled phone that was at one point expected to show off Windows Phone’s off-screen gesture support. Whatever this phone is, it certainly looks like a nice Windows Phone device, combining good looks and a big ol’ camera with Windows Phone 8.1. Here’s to hoping that we see it or something like it actually hit store shelves soon.
Would you buy this RM-1052 if it were launched to the public?