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A month ago, we reported about the unreleased Lumia prototype with Surface Pen support. Now a new video shows off yet another unreleased device called Lumia Hapanero, which was also supposed to sport inking capabilities.

The new video shows the unreleased device being used with a Surface Pen. The device, being a prototype, is messy and runs an ancient build of Windows 10 Mobile. Nevertheless, the Surface Pen works somewhat on it, while it’s useless on the Lumia 950XL.

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The user is seen using the prototype of a Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950XL. While the Lumia 950 XL fails to respond to the Surface Pen at all, the prototype somewhat responds. The user could be seen using the Pen to open apps, scroll through the app list and use it to type on the keyboard.

Microsoft was supposed to display the device at the Build 2015 event, and it came with an impressive hardware configuration. The Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 4GB RAM powers the released Lumia Hapanero. Microsoft was testing two variants of this device, one with a 1080p display and another with 1440p.

Microsoft’s last flagship devices, the Lumia 950 and 950XL, were disappointments. With buggy software, uninspiring designs, and bad marketing, they flopped in the market.

While fans lament, Microsoft’s original vision for the Lumias was quite different. They were supposed to have inking capabilities and Surface Pen support, much like the prototype Lumia Hapanero.

If Microsoft went ahead with their plans and released the Lumia 950/950XL with Surface Pen support, we would indeed have a premium device—much akin to a forerunner of the Surface Phone. But Microsoft loves cancelling great plans, and now we have a dead Mobile OS and a bunch of unreleased and released devices with great potential gone wasted.

Recently, we have seen leaked pictures and specifications of the Microsoft Lumia 960, which was supposed to be the successor of the Lumia 950.

However, that was cancelled because Microsoft decided to retrench its mobile business. We have seen various cancelled Lumia series smartphones, and that trend seems to continue now.

We also have seen some pictures of a Nokia made Windows Phone that had a hardware qwerty keypad.

Hapanero existed in two variants with dual-SIM support one having a 1080P screen and another one having 1440p screen.

The device was powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage with microSD card expansion. The phone also had a 20-megapixel camera with a triple LED flash (similar to the Lumia 960) and a 2000 battery capacity that can be removed.

We have heard rumours about Microsoft launching a smartphone (not a surface phone) at the end of this year. Other OEMs have not been able to capture the Windows phone market that Lumia left for them.

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