Mystery unannounced Microsoft phone rendered early, could be a low-end Lumia 650

Although we were under the impression Microsoft learned from Nokia’s past mistakes, choosing to focus on two or three smartphone market segments instead of flooding the mobile space with a dozen slightly different Lumia models each year, we’re now hearing a 650 is in the pipeline.

If real, this may well cannibalize the sales of the recently unveiled Lumia 550, while the 750 and 850 are both expected to cater to more power-demanding users that however can’t afford the Lumia 950 or 950 XL.

Pretty confusing stuff, not to mention the handheld codenamed “Saana” that insiders think will be called Microsoft Lumia 650 looks eerily similar to the 550 in a leaked purported press render. There’s a bit of extra screen real estate in tow, rumor has it, the bezels seem a touch slimmer, and the front-facing camera is moved from the top left to the top right part of the device.

Otherwise, you could have easily fooled us into believing this was indeed the Lumia 550. It’s worth pointing out that the clock on the product image corroborates 650 branding speculation, though it’s possible we’re reading too much into an innocent coincidence.

Specification gossip only calls for a 5-inch 720p display, pre-loaded Windows 10 software (duh), quad-core Snapdragon 210 SoC, 2,000 mAh battery, and microSD support at the moment, which hardly feels like an upgrade over the SD400-packing Lumia 640 released back in spring.

Sources: WinBeta, WM PowerUser

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