Microsoft Lumia 850 still happening? New renders show off phone design


Microsoft brought us its latest Lumia smartphones back at its October Windows 10 device event, but not every rumored handset ended up making an appearance. Admittedly, some of the no-shows were real long-shots to begin with, and one of the models occasionally finding itself attached to these rumors was the Lumia 850. After the phone failed to emerge, sources have been in conflict as to its ultimate fate; would we get it in the spring? Had Microsoft canceled its plans entirely? Now a new source suggests the 850 could still be in the running, while offering us a look at its possible hardware design.

The renders you see here have reportedly been generated from factory-acquired schematics, and the dimensions attached to those reveal a phone that’s a bit more phablet-sized than we were expecting: measuring 155.90mm high by 77.23mm wide, the 850 looks like it might be larger than even the Lumia 950 XL.

Despite that large face, the 850 could also be a particularly slim model (and maybe even the thinnest Lumia to date), measuring a hair under 7mm thick.

We can expect a metal edge around the phone, and with some interesting port cut-outs, but the looks of it: the design here suggests the USB port could be up top, with the headphone jack on the bottom. That takes a bit of inspiration from the Lumia 830 with its own top-mounted USB, while moving the headphones down south to give both ports a little more breathing room.

There’s no new information on Microsoft’s possible release plans for the Lumia 830, nor on internal hardware specs.

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