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Microsoft might be working on a Snapdragon 820-powered Windows 10 Mobile phablet

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Microsoft might be working on a Snapdragon 820-powered Windows 10 Mobile phablet
The Windows maker's current-generation flagships, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and the larger Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, have only been around since late November, but if a recent discovery in the Geekbench database is to be believed, the company is already working on an even faster device, one powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. 

Before progressing any further, it must be mentioned that we can't verify that this is a genuine result, and not the work of a prankster. With that in mind, however, let us explore the information provided by this alleged leaked result.

The leaked benchmark result lists a 6-inch display with a resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels. Aside from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, a mobile SoC that integrates a 2.2GHz quad-core Kyro CPU and an Adreno 530 GPU, the GFXBench also lists internal specs such 20MP primary camera, a 12MP secondary shooter, and 43GB of free storage space out of a likely total of 64GB. 

Interestingly, GFXBench only lists 1.5GB of RAM, but we've seen this particular benchmark getting some specs off at times. For instance, the resolution of the display is actually listed as 1449 by 2560 pixels, which is likely a misinterpretation of 1440 by 2560 pixels, a resolution that's commonly known as QHD.

Now, since Microsoft remains the only high-end Windows 10 Mobile smartphone manufacturer to this date, chances are that this is a Lumia device. Previously, we've unexpectedly heard that HP is also working on a Snapdragon 820-based handset of its own called the HP Falcon, but the size of the display and the amount of RAM listed in this new result do not coincide.

What do you guys think? Would you be interested in a 6-inch Windows 10 Mobile phablet powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset? 

source: GFXBench

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posted on 12 Jan 2016, 14:30

1. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 275; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Who would have thought that? /s

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 14:30 1

2. realjjj (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


It tells you it is a dev board and somehow you fail to see it.
It's not a phone, it's not a tab, it's just a dev board. And since Qualcomm is their SoC of choice , ofc they are working on it. That doesn't say much about timing though.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 14:32

3. Wiencon (Posts: 1818; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Well, it isn't surprising that much

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 14:41 2

4. Martineverest (Posts: 252; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Lumia 1550

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 14:46

5. shield (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


Lumia 1550? or 1820

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 14:56

6. aegislash (Posts: 275; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Could it possibly be a Surface smartphone? I saw a few people say that if Microsoft did a Surface phone, they'd want it to run full Windows 10 but that seems very unlikely.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:48 1

13. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Surface phone will most likely be running on intel chips, the atoms that is

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 18:57 1

18. hemedans (Posts: 477; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


Or core m

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 15:09

7. Switch00 (Posts: 423; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


1520 will do. Just put andriod on it and leave lumia camera as it is.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 15:16

8. valapsp (Posts: 557; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


they should work on the software for now rather than hardware.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 15:20 2

9. Good-Is-Better (Posts: 75; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)


Why only 1.5 GB of Ram?

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:10

11. theguy2345 (Posts: 1196; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


Windows phone doesn't allow apps to use more than half the system RAM. So it would actually be 3 GB of RAM.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 02:48

23. abc_xyz (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)


It is the available memory.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:00

10. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1119; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I would like to know how much of the 64 GB went to the OS since only 43 GB is left available. I know they load apps and the like on these devices to test them, but I would be willing to bet the Windows 10 OS takes up a lot more space than the competing operating systems.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:13

12. theguy2345 (Posts: 1196; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


According to my phone on the preview, windows 10 mobile uses 2.88 gigs of space. I would imagine iOS/Android use around the same amount.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:48

14. rsiders (Posts: 865; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Correction: Acer is also a high end manufacturer for Windows 10 Mobile with the upcoming Acer Jade Primo.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:59

15. sip1995 (Posts: 1565; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


This is what the Lumia 1520 users, are waiting for.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 17:29 1

16. jove39 (Posts: 1827; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This is testing platform...not real device. May be Microsoft or Qualcomm is testing windows 10 with S820.

1. CPU is mentioned as ARMv7...we know that S820 support ARMv8 instruction set.
2. Memory 1.5GB...seriously, not even 2GB RAM?
3. Direct3D API is mentioned to support DX11...again we know that Adreno 530 support DX12 (FL 12.1)

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 17:39 2

17. sip1995 (Posts: 1565; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


The 1.5 gb , is the ram that was available this moment....So, definitely 3GB Ram will be on board, or even 4.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 20:48

20. Mrmark (Posts: 269; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


Pay Google to get there apps running on your platform and let the people choose if they gradually switch over to Microsoft. Having no Google equals fail I my eyes .

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 21:58 1

22. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1615; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Poor grammar to get a decent job is a fail in my eyes. You are Exhibit A.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 07:20

25. elitewolverine (Posts: 5119; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Blame ms for a company worth billions not wanting to spend the money to make an app for 200Million+ devices... right...if anything this should show you to not support Google, instead you actually do. I am so so so so so glad I don't rely on google for anything other than a forced youtube account

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 21:28

21. darealist (Posts: 105; Member since: 25 Feb 2015)


Two competing mobile OS is already too crowded for the toy phone market. Nobody will buy it unless it's a something completely different... like a Surface Phone. In the meantime... Lumia will continue to die off.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 04:00

24. rishav20193 (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


i think surface phone will come in 1st half & then lumia 1520 or 950 series successor will be powered by 820 SOC

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 08:03

26. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1531; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


This had better be a Continuum capable Windows 10 Mobile smart phone for it to make any serious sales in the World wide market place.The "Surface" smart phone may come in 2 version which are 1= The "Surface Phone" an Arm"s CPU Windows 10 Mobile smart phone with Continuum capability.2= The "Surface Pro Phone An Intel CPU Modified Windows 10 Desktop OS smart phone That will only run ALL Windows 10 desktop store apps , Run Microsoft's Universal apps and Also Run some but not all win32 x86 Full desktop programs. Folks this is the ONLY Windows smart phone that any Apple iphone and Android smart phones users will consider buying.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:04

27. newuser1 (Posts: 226; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


More and more rumors, but real products come so slow.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 16:27

28. NocturnalEvil (Posts: 35; Member since: 11 Mar 2015)


Hmm, from the specifications it seems that the so called secret phone in this article is the HP Elite X3, 6.0 inch screen, snapdragon 820, all these specs clearly point at HP Elite X3.
However the RAM value is off because HP Elite X3 gonna sport 4GBs of RAM and the camera specs and storage specs are different too.

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