Here is another look at Microsoft's unreleased Lumia 960 flagship


Microsoft has always flirted with the idea of having its own mobile ecosystem and the hardware to run it. The first handheld devices were running a customized version of Windows, but Microsoft wanted more, hence the deal with Nokia.

Unfortunately, Microsoft's smartphone business (and plans) is a bit of a limbo right now. If we are to believe the latest reports, the Redmond-based company hasn't yet given up on Windows Phone, but it's neither launching any new smartphones anytime soon.

That being said, let's take a look at what Microsoft has given its customers during the golden age of Windows Phone that abruptly ended with the sale of the Nokia mobile division.

One of the flagships that never saw the light of day, Lumia 960 reached prototype status before being canceled by Microsoft. We had already shown you a few pictures of the phone last week, but it looks like someone has just published a couple of more images of the unreleased Lumia 960.

This particular prototype unit looks pretty raw, and it's missing the display. However, we do know that the phone should have been equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a large Quad HD display and a 20-megapixel PureView camera on the back.

An aluminum body should have made sure the Lumia 960 is appealing enough, while the stereo front speakers would have set it apart from the previous Lumia 950 flagship.

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20 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Interesting...

3. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The amount of canceled projects at microsoft is quite worrying i must say. They seem to have giving up on the lumia brand entirely.

4. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The phones that are still supported get monthly updates, As for hardware, yep they are done with that.

2. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Please redesign ur UI

5. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

They will. They have a dedicated team working towards a seperate branch of windows (its currently in testing), and they will use cshell to adapt windows 10 UI for mobile usage and this is called project andromeda. The purpose of this is to unify the windows 10 ui with windows on mobile. The windows mobile ui you know will be abandoned once the surface branded device hits the market. Btw, it wont be called a phone and it wont run windows mobile ui, seeing that it something higher and different from a traditional phone, it will however be closer to an ultra light mobile pc in a 6"+ size and a unique form factor.

6. DFranch

Posts: 555; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Unfortunately, this won't help with the #1 problem with windows phone. No app support. I was a loyal WP fan for several years, but I finally had to give in and get an android phone. I still like the home screen on WP better than android, and would love to switch back. However, I now have a car with Android Auto, so I might just be a lost cause. Maybe if MS could get a auto platform of it's own & it could run android apps.

7. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Microsoft is too dumb. First they just shouldn't have tried to follow iOS with Windows Phone 7. Then, they Trojan horse'd Nokia... But to buy them which was a huge mistake. Then they killed the Nokia name, which was the stone in the coffin for them. Now, instead of going to Android with an emulator, this would seem desperate but hey, at least, they would survive. But no, they just killed Windows Phone.

8. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

But I am happy to see them fail after the way they trojan'd a lot of companies.

10. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

its just different ceo with different vision, what will you say if surface phone will succeed?

15. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Nobody forced them to produce phones for msft neither did msft force them into being sold.

9. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

with x86 support they will create their niche markets. 1. windows is better for gaming, no problem with small screen with right hardware. 2. it will solve 999999 problems of windows phone by just using full windows, things like usb otg, drivers, scaling to different size and resolutions, etc 3. continuum will be awesome, 4. there are x86 apps which arm windows 10 for phone dont support but x86 windows phone support, good example is kodi. 5. emulation, just one emulator like knox can provide million android apps.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The surface device would run x86 apps in continuum mode but not when using it on the device. It will be able to download them natively on the device though. As for the app gap, thats why msft has invested so much in xamarin. This in itself will help bridge the app gap.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7428; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Your so delusional Bankz. Developers still have to support Windows. Today most mobile developers support either iOS or Android. But not Windows. So what makes you think those developers are now going to support a 3rd mobile platform? They had years to support it when Microsoft was still pushing their platform. As it stands today I don't see any new Windows 10 mobile hardware. So therefore‚Äč no mobile developers will support Windows 10. Besides Microsoft makes more money from Android because of its patents than it ever did from Windows Phone or Windows 10 mobile.

12. cryptonx

Posts: 60; Member since: Jan 05, 2016

And who would buy that

11. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

It's well done that they fail. It's well done for them not be greedy and envious of the success of others.

14. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

My poor Zune too. Thanks MS.

16. tonyv13

Posts: 120; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

The problem with windows phone is the lack of Google apps they need to get an agreement and have YouTube, Gmail, play music and Chrome. If they had this apps they'll still be competitive in the market, but they don't want to make an agreement with them. I really love the windows OS for phones simple yet fast not only that the docking station for some of the windows phones is really nice they have potential.

17. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Thats why they've invested in xamarin now its all up to developers to take advantage of it.

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So many cancelled projects at Microsoft. Worrisome.

19. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..not unlike a HTC of the day

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