4.7-inch low-end Lumia with LTE support and Windows 10 coming soon
The new Lumia to come with the Snapdragon 210 processor and might have a price below $100
Microsoft is now internally testing new Lumia phones, which might be presented in September along with the Windows 10 Mobile official start. We know about five upcoming devices – two flagships, two mid-rangers and yet another mysterious device. Today, we can share more information about the fifth model expected before the end of the year.
Found in GFXBench database by Nokia Power User is an unknown 4.7-inch Lumia phone with several variants (RM-1127, 1128 and 1130). The RM-1130 version is marked as ‘eu_italy_307’, which means this is the version designed for the European markets.
According to GFXBench, the phone (which might be called Lumia 440/450 or Lumia 540/550) is powered by the new budget quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor that supports17 LTE bands. This phone has an HD display (720p), 1Gig of RAM. 8 Gigs of storage, 5-megapixel rear and a 1.3MP front facing camera.
Digitimes reports that Qualcomm’s latest processor has been developed to overtake the MediaTek processors and allow manufacturing of cheaper Windows 10-based smartphones in the fourth quarter. By lowering the costs of processors and without paying any licensing fees to Microsoft, many companies can start developing competitive Windows based offerings very soon. Qualcomm has already signed an agreement with Allwinner in China to push entry-level smartphones with LTE support in the local market.
Phones powered by Snapdragon 210 processors might be priced around $80 or even below that threshold, depending on the hardware configuration. The processor theoretically supports up to 8-mp camera, up to 720p display, Bluetooth 4.1, 3G and dual-mode LTE.