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Microsoft has indicated that it intends on taking a more focused and streamlined approach to its smartphone business. We can’t expect to see a brand new handset every month, but it looks like the Microsoft Lumia 650 could be making its formal debut on February 1. Just don’t expect Microsoft to make a very big deal about it.

As the numbering scheme would lead you to believe, the Lumia 950 and 950XL announced last year will be heralding the high end of Windows 10 Mobile, while the $140 Lumia 550 will take care of the low end. Given this, we would expect the Lumia 650 to fit somewhere in the middle, but the specs look like they’ll leave quite a bit to be desired.

According to the rumors, the 5-inch display on the Lumia 650 will still only have a 720p resolution, putting it well behind the 1080p standard for most mid-range devices today. Similarly, power only comes by way of a paltry Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 or Snapdragon 212 processor with a single gig of RAM, backed by 8GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. With specs like this, the Lumia 650 could have easily been mistaken for another Lumia 500 series.

Pricing is yet to be determined, but the assumption is that it will cost a smidge more than the Lumia 550. And seeing how Microsoft is sticking with the -50 suffix, there are some indications that Microsoft might also have the Lumia 750 and/or the Lumia 850 to flesh out the family at Mobile World Congress. It’s also possible that we’ll learn more about the so-called and oft-rumored “Surface Phone” too.


Via Windows Central

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