Microsoft ‘Honjo’ (Lumia 850?) rendered yet again, but launch remains unlikely

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding Microsoft’s mobile hardware plans for 2016, which may or may not include a mythical Surface Phone, more mainstream Lumia 950 and 950 XL sequels, as well as a mid-range 750 or 850 previously thought to have been canceled.

This Lumia 850 is known on the inside under the codename Honjo, and following @OnLeaked renders, plus a duo of blurry live photos from China, the ultimate source of unofficial smartphone imagery has entered the equation with a high-res duo shot starring both the face and rear cover.

Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, is unfortunately not as open as usual about stuff like specifications or release timelines, increasing suspicions we might be looking at a prototype nipped in the bud. Another authoritative source of all things Windows-related says the “Honjo” is definitely canceled, and instead, folks who can’t afford Microsoft’s flagships will need to settle for a Lumia 650, codename Saana.

The low-cost bad boy should feature a 5-inch AMOLED screen (with 720p resolution, we presume), quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 8 and 5MP cameras, 1GB RAM, and “new design language” ironically resembling what you’re seeing above.

Microsoft Lumia 850

Speaking of, the white rectangular slab clearly doesn’t look very special, due mostly to overly chunky display bezels, but at least the back is matte, not glossy plastic, and the gold frame and logo add a more than welcome touch of elegance to the whole ensemble.

If you’re the dreamer type, and still hope the Lumia 850 will materialize, we have a final set of leaked renders to show you, highlighting a quartet of chromatic combinations. In addition to white and gold, Microsoft apparently explored a white flavor with a rose gold profile, and a pair of black models complemented by copper and grey frames.

Sources: Twitter, Windows Central, GSMArena

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