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Microsoft Lumia 1030: In a nutshell

All of the big rumours about the upcoming Microsoft Lumia 1030 camera phone (allegedly packing a stunningly sharp 50-megapixel camera), in an easily-digestable 300 words…

What is the Microsoft Lumia 1030 and why should I care?

In July 2013, Nokia unveiled the Lumia 1020 phone, packing an insane 41-megapixel camera. It could take stunning photos with impressive digital zoom, but best of all, the phone itself wasn’t the size of a house brick.

In 2015 we should see the much-anticipated follow-up, the Nokia…sorry, the Microsoft Lumia 1030. This time, rumours have it sporting an even-more-bonkers 50-megapixel shutterless snapper, with a sensor manufactured by Toshiba. By replacing a physical shutter with an electronic one, Microsoft can hopefully shave some thickness off the overall design.

Also gone is the xenon flash, replaced with a 4th generation short pulse LED flash.

We don’t know much about the rest of the phone just yet, but it’s safe to say it’ll be a Windows Phone handset with at least a Full HD screen (most likely Quad HD to properly browse your super-sharp snaps). A mysterious metal handset bearing the Microsoft branding leaked just last week, featuring a jutting-out lens and a 5-inch 1080p screen, so could that be the Lumia 1030?

When will the Lumia 1030 be launched in the UK and how much will it cost?

We’re expecting the Lumia 1030 to launch at Mobile World Congress (MWC), a massive mobile expo hitting Barcelona in March 2015. That means a UK release date of April 2015 is more than likely. As for a UK price, this hardware won’t come cheap. We’re expecting between £400 and £500 SIM-free, most likely towards the upper end of that price scale.

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