The Lumia 650 was the last Windows mobile phone Microsoft announced back in 2016. Since then, Windows phones have slumped to an extent that the big M has had to pull the plug on Windows 10 Mobile. Windows 10 Mobile reaches its end of support date in December 2019. However, one designer has shown us what a new Microsoft Lumia X phone featuring a Modern OS could have been like with a series of concept design images.
The designer Mr. Estep has displayed a series of concept designs for a fictional Lumia X mobile on his website. The Lumia X is based on a new modular Modern OS platform instead of a redesigned Windows Mobile OS. The detailed designs show both images for the Modern OS and the Lumia X phone design, which is a reinterpretation of the Lumia 1020.
The Modern OS designs include a new Start menu that users can access by swiping up. The Start menu provides suggested actions from calendar appointments and apps. In addition, users can search the menu with its search fab.
Modern OS also incorporates Cortana with a redesigned UI and new trigger. Cortana’s conversation UI showcases detailed visuals with more info than what the current app provides.
Mr. Estep’s lock screen designs for the Modern OS are another interesting concept. The phone’s lock screen displays whether, calendar, and notification details. In addition, the lock screen on the Modern OS incorporates music controls so that users can play music directly from there without unlocking the mobile.
The Lumia X also supports Microsoft Continuum. That enables users to project the phone’s display on a desktop VDU with adapter or screen mirroring. Then users can utilize the phone more like a desktop.
Mr. Estep’s designs also show off a stylish Lumia X phone that comes in white, black, and yellow colors. The phone boasts a 6-inch OLED display with 2K resolution. It also incorporates a 64-megapixel back camera and 48 megapixel snapper at the front.
Such design concepts, however, are merely the stuff of dreams for Microsoft at the moment. Microsoft has got increasingly left behind in the mobile device industry after the demise of Windows 10 Mobile. Although there have been many rumours about the big M releasing a foldable smartphone codenamed Andromeda, such plans have yet to come to fruition. Since 2018, there has been some speculation that the big M has scrapped, or at least postponed, the Andromeda mobile.
However, there have been a lot more recent rumours surrounding a Centaurus mobile device that Microsoft might have up its sleeve. That is expected to be a foldable dual-screen device which users can utilize as a tablet, laptop with touchscreen keyboard, or notebook with stylus pen. There has been some speculation that a Surface hardware team has already shown off a dual-screen device internally at Microsoft. Yet, the big M has not confirmed a Surface Centaurus device.
So, it remains to be seen what Microsoft actually has in store for the mobile device industry in the next few years. However, the big M’s next mobile device will probably not be much like the Lumia X dreamed up by Mr. Estep. In the meantime, the clock is ticking on Windows 10 Mobile; and Microsoft has already told its users to switch to Android and iOS devices.
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