The next smartphone launch we cover may very well by Microsoft’s announcement of the Lumia 650, and while there’s no official date just yet, the latest rumors have suggested that the company could go public with the handset as soon as this coming Monday. Already, there’s been a solid amount of circumstantial evidence pointing to the phone’s existence, even if Microsoft’s been formally keeping the device under wraps. And while we might find ourselves waiting until next week (if not longer) to get the full story on this puppy, we continue to learn of stronger and stronger evidence in favor of Microsoft’s work on the Lumia 650, the most recent coming in the form of a copy of the phone’s firmware.
The site LumiaFirmware is dedicated to connecting users with an exhaustive collection of current system software, pulled from Microsoft’s own servers. And while the Lumia 650 may not be out yet, there sure are a lot of firmware images available for various markets.
What we don’t see, though, are any obvious North American files for the Lumia 650. Does that mean that we in the States won’t have a chance to buy the phone at all? Could Microsoft be holding off on distribution over here, and we might see the phone cross the Atlantic at a future date? There’s certainly ample evidence for plans to sell the handset across Europe – which would fit well with all the European retailer leaks we’ve been tracking – but nary a sign of any US carrier variants.
There’s also no indication of any Lumia 650 XL.
Then again, considering how we’re dealing with unreleased hardware, perhaps Microsoft just hasn’t yet moved the relevant files to a public-facing software. With any luck, we’ll get all our answers early next week.