Microsoft has officially acknowledged the demise of Windows phones earlier this week in a series of tweets from Joe Belfiore, and while we could all see this coming, it’s important to know that the platform would have had a completely different future should the software giant made the right calls at the right time.
While it has been common knowledge for a long time now, Microsoft recently confirmed that its Windows 10 Mobile hardware focus has ended. It reiterated this after HP revealed that it gave up on its HP Elite x3 product lineup because Microsoft was no longer interested in hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. The company might have jumped on the bezel-less bandwagon a lot earlier than most of its rivals it seems. Images of a canceled Lumia smartphone have surfaced online showing a bezel-less design.
The standout feature of this device is easily its design. Featuring an almost "all-screen" front, this Lumia is a stunner. It's a super clean, minimalist and futuristic design that definitely doesn't belong on a sub-$200 Windows phone in 2014. Holding this device feels like you're holding nothing but a screen, and that's what makes this Lumia different from all the rest.
Of course, specs weren’t exactly the best, but they weren’t even supposed to be. Running Windows Phone 8.1 and powered by a Snapdragon 200 processor paired with 1GB RAM, the unreleased Lumia featured a 5.0-inch display with 1280x720 pixels resolution, a 5-megapixel camera, and 4GB internal storage. It was equipped with a 1,800 mAh battery.
If there’s something to criticize at this phone, it’s probably the bottom bezel, which was Microsoft’s own version of the “notch” installed at the top of the screen on the iPhone X. The bottom bezel was used by Microsoft to install the front-facing camera.
Unfortunately, this leak once again proves that Microsoft was way ahead of its rivals in terms of smartphone projects, but for some reason, the company decided this side of the industry just wasn’t worth it. Eventually, Samsung and Apple are now getting most of the praise of mobile innovation, while Microsoft, despite creating features that are only now widely-adopted, such as Continuum, facial recognition, and a bezel-less display, is actually giving up on phones completely.
It has a speaker grill in the top bezel like normal, but it's difficult to see given how thin the top bezel is. There's nothing else up there, but that's likely because the Windows Phone OS doesn't support things like LED lights for notifications.