More alleged photos of Microsoft's canceled 'Lumia 960' leak

More alleged images of Microsoft's canceled "Lumia 960" have leaked, giving us another look at the aluminum shell of the intended flagship device. Unlike a previous leak, these new images don't show the front of the unit, but we do get a closer look at the rear shell and sides.

Spotted by Windows Latest, the images initially popped up on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. Overall, the photos don't show much more than what we saw in a separate leak in May. As we noted at the time, the prototype device, internally known as "Northstar," would have likely packed a Snapdragon 820 SoC and QHD screen in it metallic body.

It's definitely a neat look at what could have been. While the phone still very much looks like a Lumia 950 on the front, the shift to a metal shell would have been an interesting shift.

Ultimately, as we know, Microsoft opted to retrench its mobile efforts, canceling the Lumia line altogether. That said, a potential Surface Phone has been rumored for ages, and we could see Microsoft make a return to mobile in one form or another in the future.

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