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Is this the elusive Microsoft Lumia 850?

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Is this the elusive Microsoft Lumia 850?
In smartphone terms, it took Microsoft an age to deliver an updated flagship with specs to compete with high-end devices on Android and iOS. Fans of the Windows platform finally got their wish last year with the unveiling of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. In the build up to their announcement, another handset -- known unofficially as the Lumia 850 a.k.a 'Honjo' -- was also being touted. Though said device is thought to have now been scrapped, some new images of an unreleased Microsoft smartphone have been leaked. With a slick, elegant overall design, it's a handset that many will hope still sees the light of day. 

Where Google and Apple have battled fiercely for supremacy in the mobile space, Microsoft has long been on the periphery. Redmond's Lumia range has focused its attention almost squarely onto the mid-range crowd, which has in turn forced those seeking a powerful experience to look elsewhere. 

Although the leaked snaps of the purported Lumia 850 likely offer a glimpse of what might have been, there's always a chance that Microsoft will release it to market. Shared by nokibar, the device is said to host a sizable 5.4-inch display, along with an iris scanner. As can be seen from the images, there's a micro USB slot, meaning no Continuum support, along with space for two SIM cards and microSD expansion. 

The black device appears to be comprised of glass or the trademark glossy Lumia polycarbonate, with a rose gold-looking metallic trim around the edge. 

Take a look, and let us know if you'd be interested in a device like this via the comments. 

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posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:01 1

1. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


Nexus 5x, is that you?

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:15 9

3. iusshpandeh (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


Nexus 5X looks like a fusion between Lumia 925 and 640! And both of these are older than 5X! Why speak without knowing anything?

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:28

4. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


I know it`s not the nexus 5X stupid but the camera hump is quite like the one on 5X.. "Humor", you should really look up that word...

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 07:10 2

8. mahima (Posts: 296; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


looks more like you're the one who need "humor". Camera hump on nexus looks like lumia camera hump

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 07:14

10. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


soo many buthurt Lumia people...ok I give, frankly..I don`t really care for old Nokias but hey.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 07:34

14. iusshpandeh (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


Stupid guy!

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 07:41

15. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


not really, just used the 5x as referance which have the same hump. but if it makes you happy M8, sure

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 08:19 2

16. mahima (Posts: 296; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


Idiot, is that you? yeah, its you

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 08:30

17. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


nah..it`s your mom

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 09:29

19. mahima (Posts: 296; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


nah...its my dad,

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:10 11

2. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Knowing microsoft, it will use a snapdragon 410 or 615, which will spoil the rest of amazing hardware.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:38

5. rsiders (Posts: 979; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Sad but true.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:51

7. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Actually it might use the SD 617 that supports Continuum.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 07:23

11. Pavarottipig (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


Looks really old !!!! Like a 5 years old Iphone!

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:40

22. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10695; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No! It doesn't!

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 07:24

13. Pavarottipig (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


Sad sad sad phone! Its windows phone!

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 06:47

6. jojon (Posts: 335; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


no dedicated cam button, but a handsome looking phone and certainly a leap ahead of the 950's in aesthetics.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 07:11

9. Jimrod (Posts: 1409; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Looks nice, just like the iPhone 4 really...

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 07:23

12. Pavarottipig (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


just like the iPhone 4 really...hehehehehehehehe

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 15:42

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10695; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No it doesn't, not even remotely.

Every car on the road must all look the same to you because they have 4 wheels and windshields.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 08:56

18. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


830 and 930 were upgrades, but 950 and 950XL were downgrades in build quality. This 950 looks premium. Now MS has to use a good SoC

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 11:11

21. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1556; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I use a Nokia lumia 928 this smart phone is little nicer looking than mine however if it does not have "Continuum" mode it's an ARMS CPU smart phone depending upon Developers making MS Universal apps that will work on it. since Windows smart phones are a Minority seller there is worry developers will make apps ARM's CPU Windows smart phones can use. hopefully Microsoft will get developers to make Universal apps so Windows smartphones can use them.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 04:34

24. donno (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Dec 2015)


For me it looks like Lumia 650 because of missing camera button, dual sim and micro USB. Lumia 8xx always was very similar to a flagship 9xx with a little bit lower hardware specifications.

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