Microsoft Lumia 650 may be the company’s only phone for 2016. Some speculations say that Microsoft will present only one Lumia smart phone this year, and this will be the affordable Lumia 650, and not Lumia 750 and Lumia 850 as people have been anticipating.
The information comes from the report released by a reliable tech source, where anonymous Microsoft experts are quoted. They are saying that they expect a Lumia 650 model to be presented silently and through the organization’s official blog on Feb 1.
If this news is correct, then it means that Microsoft will not be showing off any new and innovative devices to the major MWC tech event next month. Microsoft’s Lumia 650’s label reveals the mid-range specifications.
According to this new review, the handset will have the spacious 5” screen with a resolution of 720p, will run on the latest Windows 10 Mobile OS version, all operated by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 chipset and assisted by 1 GB of RAM.
The other specifications described are also conventional features for the majority of mid-range cellular phones, like the 8 MP back digicam, the 5 MP front shooter, 8 GB of internal memory and the microSD card tray.
Overall, this phone falls perfectly in the medium segment of mobile devices. First Nokia, then Microsoft, have had a series of problems while trying to fight for the premium niche with Windows phones, since the newest Lumia models, the 950 and 950 XL, have under-performed against the famous flagships from Apple, Samsung, LG or Sony.
For comparison, these specifications are very similar to Microsft’s Lumia 640, a device that can be purchased via T-Mobile or Cricket following its launch in Apr 2015. So, what will happen to its Lumia 750 or 850 models, if the upcoming 650 represents Microsoft’s only Lumia mobile that will be released in 2016?
According to sources close to the company, the plans for the two devices have been discontinued, and will not be launched at all. This information has not stopped speculations about both headsets ongoing, and fans are reading about Microsoft introducing some gadgets at, or after, MWC.
Microsoft has proven that it is not very worried about its Lumia series, and appears to be focusing on creating a surface smart phone. Developing numerous mid-range Lumia devices probably is not high among the company’s priorities, if this ends up being true.
Anyway, all these details are depending on speculations, and Microsoft’s real plans for its Lumia mobile phones are still uncertain. The MWC event starts on Feb 22 in Madrid, and many websites will offer to their readers all the needed information from the special occasions held there over the entire week.
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