File this one under wishful thinking, but Elephone is evidently working on a new flagship device. The alleged phone vaunts a QuadHD (2560 x 1440) display, 4GB of RAM and a 20.7-megapixel camera (Sony's IMX230 sensor). Powered by an Intel processor and boasting a fingerprint scanner, the phone runs Windows 10 for mobile.
A version with Android 5.0 Lolipop was also shown, although it is not clear if these are two separate versions of the phone or a more unlikely dual-boot scenario.
The news comes from the annual Hong Kong trade fair, where Elephone, who is based out of Shenzhen, China, has a booth showing off their current Android phones and upcoming devices. Details of the phone were revealed on a billboard behind the booth, describing the upcoming device(s).
Of course, trade shows are one thing, and until Elephone has an actual device to show people, we will file this one under rumors for now. No ETA was given for the release of this unnamed phone. However, a fall launch would be likely seeing as that is when we are expecting new Windows Phone hardware to hit the market.
Elephone has been on the Chinese smartphone scene for nearly eight years and asserted 10 million sales of devices across Europe, North America, South American and the Middle East. They pride themselves on their research and development, and they currently have more than 1,000 employees.
Elephone's current flagship is the P7000 and it sports 3GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16-megapixel main camera and a fingerprint scanner. The phone even has a metal frame and all comes for less than $200.
We are always cautious about such claims by Chinese manufacturers, who often over-promise and under-deliver. Nevertheless, with Windows 10 for mobile, including free licenses, Windows Hello, and support for more advanced hardware, anything is certainly plausible.
Source: GizChina; Thanks, Rodrigo C., for the tip!
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