Microsoft Working on New Lumia Flagship Featuring Snapdragon 810
Last year, Microsoft launched numerous low- to mid-range priced Lumia devices in Europe and developing markets to compete against iOS and Android-based devices in the region. In its attempt to achieve more volume in these markets with budget-friendly phones, the software giant however has neglected upgrading its high-end flagships and is yet to introduce a smartphone featuring the latest Qualcomm chipset.
Microsoft’s high-end kit users in Europe and developing markets are waiting for an upgraded successor to the Lumia 930, which is running on the Snapdragon 800 chip. In the U.S., the Windows Phone flagships — AT&T exclusive Lumia 1520 and Verizon’s Lumia Icon — are both powered by a Qualcomm chipset from 2013.
But it seems the wait may soon be over as Microsoft, in a Qualcomm press release, has confirmed that it’s working on a Lumia device featuring the Qualcomm’s top smartphone processor, the Snapdragon 810.
“We look forward to continuing this relationship to deliver best-in-class Lumia smartphones, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processors, and offer an unprecedented combination of processing power, rich multimedia, high-performance graphics, and wireless connectivity for our customers,” said Juha Kokkonen, general manager for portfolio and product management at Microsoft.
While Microsoft proudly boasts of its integration of the Snapdragon 810 in the new Lumia device, there is one big Qualcomm customer which isn’t happy with the latest chipset and has decided to drop it from one of its major flagships. This customer is none other than Samsung which has been using Qualcomm chips to power its best-selling smartphones for many years now.
The South Korean giant, according to recent reports, won’t be using the 810 in its upcoming Galaxy S smartphone due to overheating issues that occurred during the company’s testing. The phone will instead run on Samsung’s very own Exynos line.
Qualcomm is, however, said to be working on an updated version of 810 SoC, which will be made available by March 2015.
Back to the new Microsoft flagship, there have been no leaked details about the device in recent months, so it’s unlikely to be revealed at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month. But still, it’s a big news for Lumia fans who have been eagerly waiting for an upgraded phone.