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Microsoft Prepping Lumia 940 XL Phablet

News by admin on Monday June 29, 2015.

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The Lumia Icon was the last Flagship Carrying the Branding
The Lumia Icon was the last Flagship Carrying the Branding

Microsoft seems to finally be giving us what we have waited a long time for, a new flagship smartphone! The handset is said to be the Lumia 940 XL, which will be the company's first such device since taking over Nokia's devices and services division. Indeed, it will be the first Windows flagship since the HTC One M8 for WP and the first to carry the Lumia branding since the Lumia 930 (Icon).

Redmond is going to make up for lost time by packing the Lumia 940 XL will top shelf specs and it will carry the attack of Windows 10 Mobile on the smartphone market. However, plenty of reports are all but confirming that the handset will pack Qualcomm's problematic Snapdragon 810. That processor has been overheating in just about every smartphone it is in, and LG and apparently Motorola have chosen to have the Snapdragon 808 instead. Unless Microsoft has found a way to deal with the 810 and its overheating, we would prefer the Lumia 940 to come with a different chipset.

As for the other specs, there are no complaints from us if they turn out to be true. The Lumia 940 XL will sport a large 5.7-inch screen with Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560), and while a GFXBench test showed 1.5GB of RAM and 14GB of storage, we expect the actual amount with be 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on board space. There will also be a 20MP rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing lens, while one of the more fanciful rumors suggests the 940 XL will have an iris scanner.

If that 5.7-inch panel seems too large for your taste, there will also be a smaller (5.2-inch) Lumia 940 with identical specs, including Windows 10 Mobile.

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