Microsoft Lumia 650 tipped for low-key February 1 introduction
We know this isn’t what Windows mobile fans want to hear, but Microsoft will probably further cut back on hardware releases in 2016. Forget the Lumia 750 and 850, both of which are likely canceled, or eventual Lumia 950 and 950 XL sequels, destined to morph into a single rebranded, even more business-oriented “Surface Phone.”
It seems the only new Lumia in the pipeline is the oft-rumored low-end 650, itself bound to skip a high-profile MWC announcement, instead going official on February 1 via a bland blog post. Though extremely attractive on the outside… for an entry-level handheld, the Microsoft Lumia 650 looks overall deserving of fairly little attention, with a Snapdragon 210 or 212 processor on deck, 1 GB RAM, and 5-inch 720p display.
On the plus side, the 8 and 5MP cameras don’t sound that terrible, beating the 8/1 megapixel and 5/2 combinations of the Lumia 640 and 550 respectively. Then you have 8GB expandable storage, Windows 10 Mobile pre-loaded (duh!), elegant matte white and matte black paint jobs, and alas, no wireless charging functionality, at least in this stage of pre-production.
All in all, we sure hope recent European pricing rumors don’t pan out, because that would be a very sad way to go for the once acclaimed Lumia family.
Source: Windows Central