Qualcomm confirms a Microsoft Lumia flagship phone is on the way

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Qualcomm is feeling the heat regarding its latest flagship mobile chip, the Snapdragon 810. The chip reportedly has thermal issues, and Samsung is apparently dropping it for its own processors, which led to a bad week for Qualcomm’s stock price. The company put out a press release on Monday saying the chip remains in many manufacturers’ plans, and includes a confirmation that the Snapdragon 810 will be used in a Microsoft Lumia device, which would make it the flagship device that Windows Phone users have been clamoring for for nearly a year.

The press release includes a quote from Juha Kokkonen, whose LinkedIn profile says he’s the vice president in charge of high-end phones at Microsoft Devices. It reads:

We look forward to continuing this relationship to deliver best in class Lumia smartphones, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processors, and offer an unprecedented combination of processing power, rich multimedia, high-performance graphics and wireless connectivity for our customers.

The rest of the press release goes into the Snapdragon 810’s features on top of improved processing performance, including the new Adreno 430 GPU, high-definition audio support, and the ability to smoothly record 4K video.

At Microsoft’s consumer-focused Windows 10 summit in January, executives repeatedly mentioned that a “flagship” Windows Phone is on its way — after all, they’re the exact people who are dying for a fast and powerful Windows Phone as opposed to the less expensive Lumia devices for developing markets that Microsoft mainly released last year.

Since Windows Phones only run on Qualcomm processors, it’s not a huge surprise that the new flagship will be using Qualcomm’s most advanced chip. There’s still no time frame for the new flagship Lumia except that the device will come out around when Windows 10 is officially launched in late 2015. Still, if you’re holding onto a Lumia 1520 or a Lumia 930, it does look as if you’ll be able to upgrade to something faster and newer this year.

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jason

Patiently waiting to upgrade to a new flagship from my Lumia 920. Stis sounds promising.

Busybee

Another dead end strategy for Microsoft, again continuing the Windows RT legacy with ARM version of Windows 10 (locking users into their proprietary ecosystem even with the promise of “universal applications”). Can only foresee Microsoft’s mobile division will continue losing money and market share (becoming predictable). Meanwhile there is already available x86 based solutions from Intel that is now very competitive (and could essentially simplify development) alas it seems Microsoft continues to shun that. That’s despite Intel’s high success in Windows 8 tablet markets with their low power x86 solutions (which effectively killed off Windows RT).

mr64bit

Does this imply that Windows Phone will add support for 64-bit? If not, then using an 810 in Windows phone will be throwing away 10-20% of the performance advantage.

James Stephen Edge

Excellent, been waiting to replace my 920 for ages, bought a 930 but the budget screen was a deal breaker so eBayed it. 830 is more of a sidegrade and the 1020 is also old, so really looking forward to this new flagship :D

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