Microsoft was originally planning to release a new Lumia flagship Windows Phone with a huge camera bump in time for the holidays. The device, known as codenamed McLaren, would have been the first to use Microsoft’s new Kinect-like 3D Touch gestures that the company is developing. Photos of McLaren leaked last weekend, and The Verge can confirm they’re genuine and that the device is simply a canceled prototype. The wait continues for Microsoft’s next flagship Windows Phone.
New photos have been published today, showing McLaren in every possible angle. The aluminum device runs Windows Phone 8.1 with on-screen buttons, alongside 2GB of RAM and what appears to be a 5-inch 1080p display. Compared to the iPhone 6, the camera bump on McLaren is clearly significant, but it’s not a 50-megapixel shooter as some have speculated. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the device was designed to look like a successor to the Lumia 1020, but that the camera was around 20 megapixels in reality and similar to the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520.
While McLaren was largely focused on upcoming 3D Touch features for Windows Phone, Microsoft is still working on the basic concepts to enable additional gestures across its operating system. Some of those will debut in the phone version of Windows 10, and Microsoft may choose to detail some of that work at an upcoming consumer-focused event in January. Windows Central reports that an exploding Live Tile view, codenamed MixView, will be available in Windows 10, allowing users to hover over a tile to reveal additional actions that are relevant to that particular app.