Microsoft McLaren leaks out in detail: compared against Apple's iPhone 6

Microsoft McLaren leaks out in detail: compared against Apple's iPhone 6
The Nokia Microsoft McLaren (aka Nokia Lumia 1030), the handset that is rumored to be the next big Windows Phone flagship with a PureView camera and top-shelf specs, has appeared multiple times on the rumor mill - and while latest whispers have suggested that Microsoft might have scrapped the project altogether, we keep on seeing leaks of the device prototype. This latest set of nearly 50 images shows the Microsoft McLaren alongside none other than the Apple iPhone 6, and this comparison alone tells us that the prototype is fairly recent.

You can also clearly see the label on the device saying it is a 'prototype property of Microsoft Mobile', something that indicates that it is not an old Nokia development.

The most interesting element, however, is without a doubt the large, protruding camera. While we have no way to measure, it seems that the camera hump has grown even larger on the Microsoft McLaren than it is on the Nokia Lumia 1020. Having such a large, but also very noticeable camera is a double-edged sword - image enthusiasts will love it, but those who don't care all that much about the camera will likely find it hard to deal with its bulk on a daily basis.

In either case, it seems that Microsoft is clearly working on the next big thing for Windows Phone, and while this early prototype is no guarantee that it'd look like this, we at least know one of the directions that the company is going to.

source: CNBeta (translated)



1. TisaTsir

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

what a leak?

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

50 image, yet no 6+ vs 1030 photo samples

33. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Who cares for a 3 years old phone that never made any significant sales and is considered outdated in every single aspect beside the final image quality? Just cause a Ferrari from, 1998 has a 0-100km in 3.4sec it doesn't mean you will compare that Ferrari with a brand new BMW M3. You NOKIA sheeps are worse than any of the android ones. Move on.

38. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I like how you add unnecessary analogies to make yourself sound smart.

42. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Oooooh, here's a burn heal for you Martin_Cooper


Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

You are pretty sad with your stupid reply, get a life!

63. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Just another poor Android troll. Move on.

71. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

What were you on while writing your comment? This MS phone blows the pants off the iPhone (which is a good phone by all means) but the McLaren is pretty damn cool! and that Ferrari analogy suits the iPhone more as some (not me) would argue that the phone hasn't changed since :)

2. Sealblaighter

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I am not an Iphone fan, but the Iphone looks so much better!

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Agreed. The display seems to have a weird bluish tint to it (see pic 16 & 18). Also on the back that glossy camera lens is gonna attract a lot of scratches while placing it on the surface.

27. Phonecall01 unregistered

I Agree that protruding camera will be so annoying... Oh ... Wait a minute!!!...

34. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Every galaxy S flagship had a protruding camera but no one ever cared until the usually flat iphone had one. Who cared if the users of the iphone don't? Its like making a fun of a Ferrari just cause it has a bigger than normal spoiler.

41. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Because they didn't wobble as much.

50. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

In addition to what XperiaFanZone said, Another reason is most of us use covers for our $800 anorexic phones. So by putting covers the phone won't wobble while putting it down. However, in Lumia's case a cover won't help either as the protrusion is much higher and very wide as well. No cover can cover that protrusion unless its very-very thick !

70. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Not if the glass is gorilla glass. Also doesn't the iPhone have a perturbing camera? Actually, since the camera is in the middle it won't be lopsided when you place it on the table. Unlike the ugly iPhone.

75. Sealblaighter

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

For example Sony can make 20 MP camera phones without making a thick device, with a protruding camera.

3. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

V3 lol

4. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Is it true today? Let's do this in a much more proven way than just pushing a rumor. Ready... Rock, Paper, Scissors... SHOOT!! Paper covers rock. McLaren is real today. Check with me in a couple more days, as rock could break something and this will be proven false.

5. TheHossein

Posts: 93; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

Both look good . Oh i've got a question . Should we use the word "leak" for 50 images?!?!

35. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Doesnt matter if its 1 or 50. If its not officially(which obviously is not as MS just confirmed they arent working on this phone, lol funny) allowed by Microsoft then its a leak.

6. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

Ugly phone camera hump on the back, much better if they did the same way like the camera hump on the 808 Pureview.

72. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013 This is no better than the 'camera' hump, not to mention the 1020 is 3cm thinner and would imagine this phone to be about the same dimensions.

7. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Chinese Microsoft!!

62. DarkRadeonFX

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Says the guy with a Tim Cook Logo....LOL Foxconn

8. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This Camera Hump really Spoils the Look of this Phone,an its going to get Alot of Scratches or Damage to it unless a Case is put on to Protect the Hump,plus the Microsoft name instead of Nokia will not go down Well with alot of people

36. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Thing is its a camera phone, like a samsung galaxy K, so first comes the camera part then the phone aesthetics. And to be honest this thing looks much better than any other camera phone nokia or samsung did.

60. Ty_inCA

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I like the hump... on the 1020. But on that phone it's metal and obviously there to protect and accent the awesome camera. Not so sure the glass hump on this phone is doing much protecting.

9. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

R.I.P. Xenon flash, blinding people since 2012

17. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Really bad mistake by Microsoft, Nokia did it right Xenon flash are still way better than led flash.

37. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Have you ever seen the dual LED by Apple in action? That thing is much better than any normal single LED. And if that means the phone can be smaller and lighter and not a bad compromise since the dual led can be near the quality of a small xenon flash

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