Could the first Snapdragon 820-powered Windows phone be this ‘HP Falcon’?
A decades-old rule of journalism says never to end a news headline in a question mark. But the latest scoop on Microsoft’s prospective Windows 10 Mobile growth plans is too puzzling to provide any sort of guarantees, yet too juicy to be altogether ignored.
What comes after the Lumia 950 and 950 XL? A pair of 960 flagships with Snapdragon 820 processing power seems like the safest bet, though a business-oriented Surface Phone is also a possibility. How about a hero device from a third-party manufacturer?
Now that would be a major shocker, as well as a clear sign the Android/iOS platform duopoly is in danger. But what if this mystery non-Redmond-built SD820 high-ender will hail from HP rather than Samsung, HTC, LG or Xiaomi?
There are more twists to the story than an M. Night Shyamalan movie, and they’re roughly as plausible. Remember the last HP smartphone? Let’s say it wasn’t very “smart”, with webOS in tow, a 2.6-inch screen, and 512MB RAM, seeing daylight way back in May 2011 under the now defunct Veer brand.
Quite a technological leap from that thing to a 5.8-inch HP Falcon benchmarked over at GFX Bench in no doubt early pre-release form with an Adreno 530 GPU on deck (hence, a Snapdragon 820 SoC), Quad HD display resolution, 64GB internal storage space (just 43 user-available), 20MP rear-facing camera, mind-blowing 12 megapixel selfie shooter, and for some reason, a measly gig of RAM.
“Windows Phone” is apparently the on-board OS, although we don’t think any 8 or 8.1 testing is still ongoing, with rumors floating around the interwebs the HP Falcon is a mere cover identity for a next-gen Microsoft Lumia. But why HP Falcon? Why not, say, Dell Black Panther?