Nokia’s McLaren, a planned sequel for the Lumia 1020, was apparently cancelled earlier this year by Microsoft, but a new video shows the rumored device in action. Specifically, we get a look at some pretty cool 3D gesture controls that let you control the phone without touching it.
The video shows someone controlling the McLaren by swiping the air just above it. You can fly through menus by swiping up and down, and even tap an onscreen button without touching the display. However, the capacitive touch buttons at the bottom of the screen still need to be physically pressed.
If it hadn’t been cancelled, the Lumia McLaren could have been a killer device, especially if it improved on the Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel camera. Unfortunately this device seems pretty dead, but hopefully some of the technology will make it into future Windows handsets.
Microsoft is expected to unveil at least two new smartphones later this year, including the Lumia 950 and a Lumia 950+ phablet. Both devices are expected to feature metal frames, removable batteries, expandable storage, 20-megapixel cameras and Quad HD displays. The flagship Lumia 950 is also expected to pack a 5.2-inch screen with a Snapdragon 808 processor, while the larger model may offer a faster Snapdragon 810 chip and a 5.7-inch screen.
The new phones likely won’t launch until October or even November, but hopefully we’ll learn more about the two devices before then. For now, check out some images of the cancelled Lumia McLaren below.