More pictures of Microsoft's cancelled McLaren phone appear

More pictures of Microsoft's cancelled McLaren phone appear
Last year, some excitement was generated by a Windows Phone handset that was allegedly being prepped by Microsoft called the McLaren. This model was supposedly going to be the sequel to the Nokia Lumia 1020 handset. The latter is a camera-centric model that features a 41MP rear-facing snapper, and includes both a Xenon and LED flash.

The McLaren, also dubbed the Nokia Lumia 1030, was supposed to come with a 50MP PureView rear camera carrying a 4th-generation short-pulse LED flash. Images of the phone showed a strong resemblance to the Lumia 1020, especially the protruding black housing on the back, which is where the camera and flash would have been located.

The McLaren was never officially announced by Microsoft, and was reportedly 86'd by the software giant in July 2014. The handset was going to include a feature called 3D Touch, which would have allowed users to manipulate live tiles without touching the display. This version of 3D Touch has nothing to do with the Apple iPhone's Force Touch feature by the same name.

source: Baidu via WindowsCentral

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Lumia 1020
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2000 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8.1



32. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

why they canceled lumia 1050? they should not... These are true Pureview iconic phones... now sd820 is about to come out, microsoft should relaunch it... sd820 has desired processing muscle to process 50mp shots into 5mp or 2mp pureview

26. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

The design might not be to everybody's taste I personally like it, but the specs arewowwwww. I'm getting the 950 xl and the 950 for my son I'm currently using a 535 which is a base model but still a very good device can't wait to receive the 950'sthis week they are awesome devices.

25. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

I don't like the design :/

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I hope we will see this types of phones in future.......especially from Nokia.

22. jokensy unregistered

Thanks god they cancelled that ugly piece of crap!

30. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Oh yeah? But for half a hundred bucks you'd buy!

12. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Lumia 950 design is bad??? Show me another flagship (except lg) with removable battery, expandable storage and exchangeable shells On the go.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's not a bad design from an engineering standpoint. But a flagship shouldn't be easily confused with a $60 phone (Lumia 640). A metal band or some chrome bezels wouldn't kill it. It's just a plain-Jane ugly phone.

15. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Form over function? I've never known a WP user to experience the same level of phone shame. Maybe they're just more comfortable with themselves.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Samsung can afford to put out a nondescript flagship and get away with it. Apple has been doing it all along, except the 4S (nice). Microsoft doesn't have the market share or the panache to put out such a plain, boring phone. That same 950 with a few design touches like the ones on the 925 would be well-rounded and accepted device. The LG V10 is probably the best Android phone right now but it's butt-ugly and sales reflect that.

29. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

It's not ugly! Way better than most low-end Droids

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

It's just preference bro. I didn't like the look of 950 phone tooo... And I love previous flagship design over this.

9. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

How hard ia it really to make a good phone designs?

19. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Handling it at the Windows Store it seemed designed well enough to me. It's a rectangle with a glass screen, what are people expecting? To be blown away by a phone design in 2015?

24. Jason2k13

Posts: 1486; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Lets just say if apple or samsung flagship phone looks like the 950 and made out of plastic, then there would be trolls everywhere calling it ugly and made of plastic. I too personally think its the worst looking flagship phone in 2015 so far.

8. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

RIP Microsoft

28. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The fanboy has spoken...


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

First comment is a joke and he doesn't realize that is a smaller camera. 950xl is a beast and far better with quad hd display and iris scanner. Go away troll.

3. Valol23

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

That camera bump is just for aesthetics, the camera would be equivelent or worse than the camera found on the 950 (similar to 930/1520 probably), also no 3 flash. Some people may prefer the design, but other than that

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

the camera looks smaller espically the lens ad there is no xenon flash

1. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Instead they make the mediocre 950. MS is becoming a joke.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What exactly is mediocre about the 950? Looks are subjective you know. Personally, I find it ugly as hell but the specs are there. No question.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

He said that many times and got his ass sat down but he is still gonna continue being childish and mention the same thing overand over again.

18. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Its really funny how microsoft built 950 ugly considering that 930 and other previous flagship were beautiful devices. If 930 is gonna get windows 10, Ill rather buy a lumia 930.

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

930 is a beautiful device no doubt, but 950 ain't a snub either. The only site that called 950 ugly or not good looking enough and got a bad review is PA. Go check the review at GSMarena, the were all praise for the phone.

21. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Almost all sites have given the same review as PA except few sites. You can search on google

31. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

he calls it mediocre because the specs run circles around the S6 line up

33. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Battery life is the only mediocre thing in 950.

34. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

which is there because of windows 10 which a is a beta release i'm running windows 10 on my 1520 atm and the battery life is shorter than when I was on 8.1 so I presume it was a bug maybe !

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Waiting for you to provide a comparable android without compromise and not having to Frankenstein devices to make the competition complete....

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