Microsoft Lumia 1030
Leaked photos of the purported Lumia 1030geekongadgets

Microsoft is reportedly working on a new Lumia flagship smartphone, which appears to be a sequel to Lumia 1020, inheriting the PureView camera technology.

Earlier in September, Jo Harlow, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Phones Business Unit had confirmed that a camera smartphone with PureView brand is in the works.

"Absolutely- we are not end of the mission in camera technology, or in computation photography. We continue to invest on that area to bring the next greatest thing in high end imaging," Harlow said.

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Leaked photos of Lumia 1030.geekongadgets

Now a bunch of fresh photos of the Lumia smartphone, very similar in appearance to the Lumia 1020, have appeared in a Chinese site. The mysterious Lumia device with model number Nokia RM-1025, as noted in the leaked screenshot, shows a similar design tone and camera bump and is crafted into a sleek aluminium body, reports Geekongadgets.

As for the tech specs, the successor to Lumia 1020 that goes by the name Lumia 1030 has 32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, quad-core processor, 5in 1080p screen and is powered with Windows Phone 8.1.

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A few more leaks of Lumia 1030.geekongadgets

This prototype Lumia smartphone in the photos could be Microsoft's cancelled McLaren flagship handset that was expected to usher in Kinect-like features. Internally known as 3D Touch or Real Motion, the McLaren handset was rumoured to have multiple sensors on it, enabling the 3D Touch system. The McLaren is said to be seen as a Lumia 1020 successor having a powerful camera.

What is evident in these leaked photos is on-screen buttons instead of physical buttons. This could indicate that the smartphone is a McLaren, as the McLaren smartphone is likely to support floating off-screen gestures that do not require users to touch the display.

UPDATE: The Lumia 1030 will have an even higher resolution camera sensor than the Lumia 1020, at 50 megapixel, according to the new tip received by NokiaPowerUser. The report further suggests that Toshiba will manufacture the sensor for Lumia 1030, like it did for Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930. The camera for Lumia 1030 will feature fourth generation short pulse LED flash.