One of the long-overdue updates for the Lumia brand is probably the most important. Just as we’ve seen the legacy of the Lumia 920/925 revived in the new Lumia 930 (Icon), we’ve spent the last couple of weeks wondering what the future of the successor to the Lumia 1020 will be. Surely updating the world’s best smartphone camera isn’t an easy job, but with rumors of the codename Lumia McLaren being canceled by Redmond, we were already beginning to worry.

Today we find the first leaked photos of what we expect to be the Lumia 1030, and according to the source, there is more here than meets the eye. These are two separate stories, ranging from the possibility that this Lumia McLaren is still a canceled product, and that this is just a single engineering prototype that’s being sold online in China, to a separate story that claims that it’s still happening. One of the stories claims that the device will sport a 50 megapixel camera with a sensor made by Toshiba, and that this device will be significantly larger than its predecessor rocking a 5 to 6-inch 1080p display. Rumored specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. One thing you’ll notice is that there is no xenon flash, and apparently that’s because the device will sport a new 4th generation short pulse LED flash.  It’s hard to predict if there is metal in this design, but judging by the two materials that seem to compose the back of the device, it could be the case.

Probably the hottest news here is that Microsoft was reported to launch 3D Touch technology with this Lumia device. There are few specifics as to how it’ll enhance your experience with a Lumia, but so far we do know this has a lot to do with air gestures. We’ll keep you posted as more information emerges.

Source: WMPU and NPU

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