Mysterious Windows 8.1 phone could be the Microsoft Lumia 830

Do these leaked shots show off the Nokia Lumia 820’s replacement?

Some spy snaps of a new Nokia/Microsoft smartphone have just popped up on Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter – but the identity of the handset on display remains something of a mystery.

The phone’s plastic backside and aluminium frame have led some to speculate that it could be a replacement for the Nokia Lumia 930 (aka Icon), a high-end Windows Phone that we liked a lot (read our review to find out just why). But given that it’ll be coming out several months after the 930, a better guess might be that it’s more of a mid-range model – a replacement for the Lumia 820 dubbed, possibly, the Lumia 830.

READ MORE: Nokia Lumia Icon review

No 41MP camera?

Whatever the phone ends up being called, the pictures don’t reveal a great deal about it beyond its exterior. The camera housing is large and flat, suggesting that it’ll have a more conventional camera than the bulging 41MP PureView snapper used by the Lumia 1020. The Lumia 930’s camera used a smaller 20MP PureView sensor, and we wouldn’t be surprised if that makes a return here (that is, after all, a lot more megapixels than most rival phones offer).

There is, of course, the very real possibility that this phone is a fake, or a prototype destined never to land on a shop shelf, so don’t start making bets on its name just yet.

[Via The Verge]

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