Full specs revealed for Microsoft Lumia 550, 750 and 850

Full specs revealed for Microsoft Lumia 550, 750 and 850
The Lumia smartphone range is one of the key aspects that Microsoft inherited from Nokia's mobile department after the acquisition back in September 2013. With a strong brand identity, the Lumia is something that Redmond can look to build upon, and as we continue to wait for the flagship that CEO Satya Nadella has been promising, a new specs leak has given us the details on the Lumia 550, 750 and 850.

A bit like how HTC used to bamboozle consumers with assorted devices released at seemingly random times, Microsoft has been guilty of lacking release structure. This is something that Nadella et al will be looking to resolve later on this year, and the roll-out of the Lumia 550, 750 and 850 may signify this new era. 

If you're not looking for a mid-level Windows handset, then this particular revelation probably won't grab your attention. But as we've come to expect from the Lumia, these devices pack reasonably solid camera tech, and if you're not in the market for the Lumia 940 (or Lumia 950, as the case may be), then this trio may pique your interest. 

The specs appear to have been sourced through internal documents. Each device includes a 5-inch display of varying resolutions, a microSD slot, and HSPA, so no 4G unfortunately. 

The Lumia 550 offers a 540 x 960 display allied to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chip, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage space. There's a 5-megapixel AF camera with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies. Elsewhere, you get Bluetooth 4.0, a 1905 mAh battery, and sensors including GPS, an accelerometer, and proximity sensor. 

The Lumia 750 is the next in line, adding a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 instead of the 210. It too bundles 1-gig of RAM and 8 GB of real estate, but the display is an HD offering at 720 x 1280. The rear snapper is an 8-megapixel affair with Carl Zeiss optics, LED flash and auto-focus, throwing 1080p video into the bargain. The front camera is also superior to that of the 550, with a 5-megapixel resolution. 

You get the same sensors as with the Lumia 550, along with luminosity sensor and LED notification light, and there's also a larger, 2650 mAh battery to keep things ticking over. 

Finally, the Lumia 850 rolls with the Snapdragon 410 as well, but with a higher maximum clock speed of 1.4 GHz. There's 1 GB of RAM as well, and a more substantial 16 GB of storage that can, as with the others, be boosted by means of a microSD card. The 768 x 1280 display offers a slightly higher pixel density to that of the Lumia 750, and the 10-megapixel main PureView camera is accompanied by a 5-megapixel effort on the front. 

The sensors and battery capacity of the 850 are identical to that of the 750, and so aside from the processor clock speed and doubled-up storage, the only real improvement is in the PureView camera. 

Unfortunately, there are no pics to drool over as yet, but given that these devices look very similar on paper, there's a good chance that their designs will be near enough identical. 

There's no question that a more uniformed line-up would benefit Microsoft and the progression of its mobile platform, but with 1 GB of RAM throughout, these devices aren't going to raise the pulses of high-end fans. Let's hope that this enigmatic flagship rears its head sooner rather than later, and when it does, that it doesn't let us down. 

source: WMPoweruser via Neowin



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Microsoft needs to release the 1020 successor already.

3. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Yes. Still waiting

9. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

The 1020 was a niche device that didn't sell very well. Sadly, they are unlikely to ever release another.

16. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Maybe if they do really well in a few years, they'll release it as a proof of concept device, or something like that.

31. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

UPDATE: Sorry folks, these devices has been cancelled. According to our source, as well as WC, the Lumia 850, 750 and 650 are the Honjo, Saana, and Guilin devices and they’ve been cancelled. It’s worth noting that Microsoft is currently using these devices to test Windows 10 Mobile internally, however. http://wmpoweruser.com/exclusive-leaked-specs-for-the-microsoft-lumia-850-750-and-550/

33. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

YES! YES YES YES! WANTED TO HEAR THIS! Thank that panda god they cancelled them, and I really hope they have some common sense to put a decent chipset at least in 850. And dear lord I hope they add more RAM to 750/850. HOLY GUACAMOLE IM SO HAPPY ;_;

36. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I have seems rumors that the 1020 successor will come in 2016, we can hope. Imagine pairing that amazing sensor with a processor actually capable of handling its full capabilities.

39. DSP96

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

True. There were reports that the lumia 1020 suffered from shutter delay due to its dual core processor not being able to process all those 41 megapixels fast enough. At least the new one might pop in a snapdragon 800 series quad/hexa/octa core processor to properly take the camera powers to the next level.

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

MOre landfill

25. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Microsoft smartphones are coming in 3 categories. These value smartphones are nit meant for tech heads they are meant fir someone who just wants a good low end experience, Flagships will soon come with mind blowing specs for tech heads.

4. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

All of these are the same specs wise as their predecessors.

7. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

550 < 540

5. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

More meh. Moar.

6. rishav20193

Posts: 241; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i hope it's bulls**t. the 850 should come with a snapdragon 615, 2gb of ram and a FHD screen, or by the time it gets released a 620 chipset. this because the all the midrangers from the competition have FHD screens and 615 processors, they can't afford to be one year behind again. the 750 sounds good except for the ram, it should have 2gb aswell.. i'm really worried about the specs, why do we always have to be 6 months to a year behind? by the beginning of next year all android oems will have mid-rangewrs with the 620 processor whgile we will get the year old 615. the same with the 410. get your head out of your ass MS, you control the os, make sure it supports new chipsets as soon as they are released. the optimal spec should be Flagships -950 - FHD screen/QHD, 808 soc with 3gb of ram -950xl - QHD screen, 810 soc with 3 gb of ram Mid-rangers/business segment -850 - FHD screen, snapdragon 615(better 620 considering it will be released next year), 2gb ram -750 - HD screen, snapdragon 410(or 420), 1gb of ram LOW END -650 - HD screen, snapdragon 410, 1gb of ram -550 - qhd(960x540) or even better Hd screen( in asian markets chinese oems and white label device makers are releasing phones with Hd screens in under 120 price range), snapdragon 210 and 1gb ram and they need to have something like a 1020 next year at mwc or in the Build timeframe. a unicorn with some mindblowing stuff, something to push the tech and give them an edge over their competitors, something to make them look like innovators and to continue the tradition from Nokia if they bought the people that did all the amazing things

13. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yep, I concur. This is what I'd like to see: 550 - Snapdragon 200 series - 960x540 screen - 1GB ram - 8GB storage 750 - Snapdragon 400 series - 1280x720 screen - 1GB ram - 16GB storage 850 - Snapdragon 600 series - 1920x1080 screen - 2GB ram -16GB OR 32GB options 950 - Snapdragon 800 series - 2K screen - 3GB ram - 32GB storage 1050 (aka surface phone) - Intel mobile processor - 1920x1080 or 2K screen - 4GB ram - 64GB storage

19. rishav20193

Posts: 241; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

who so ever decide specs of these phones should be thrown out.......we could do a much better job n provide awesome specs at competitive prices, covering all the categories & demands of people (almost)

23. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Well, we could certainly envision more appropriate specs. Competitive pricing, however, is easier said than done. You have to account for COGS, R&D, and operational costs like distribution and marketing. Need some serious partnerships and as much scale as possible to maximize profitability.

30. rishav20193

Posts: 241; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

still.....nothing justifies launching so many phones with pretty much similar specs to each other or last gen phones !! :'( okkk.....950 & 950XL are flagships but not everyone can afford flagships & some want mid rangers. atleast MS can keep that in mind. This being said, i seriously feel these rumours are false.

32. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

5" FHD screen with CBD and Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Contrast ratio: more than Infinite (nominal) / 4.000:1 (sunlight), multiple sensors, optimized 3000 mAH battery, dimensions at around (5.50 x 2.74 x 0.30 in), 2/3 GB RAM, stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus, Carl Zeis camera with OIS, microSD slot up to 128 GB support, multi touch up to 10 fingers, Optional Dual SIM, color options like green, gray, red, yellow and cyan, pebble design, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, weight less than 130g. Windows Phone 10. any price

38. rishav20193

Posts: 241; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

Yaa......just one addition !! 5" is okk....but a phablet should also be launched 5.5" 0r 5.7" i think MS will launch that...as an XL version of some phone hopefully. & will try to cover all the segments with various specifications of devices.

26. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Hmm interesting update on these rumored phones: WindowsCentral reports that these phones were indeed planned, but all 3 of these were cancelled by Microsoft in line with Nadella's statement that Microsoft is going to narrow its focus on the three segments of budget, flagship, and enterprise. Basically, these craptastic phones are exactly what Nadella cancelled and restructured the phone division to prevent. GREAT NEWS!

8. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

WOW, Are you kidding me? Still on that single GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage? At least give a 850 decent chipset and another GB of RAM- Don't tell me it is just going to be an overpriced low midranger like 830 was at launch. Not worth waiting for next-gen Lumias, I am going straight with 640 XL, as it is going to be mostly the same thing if not better. Kind of dissapointing, to be honest.

21. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well tell that to Apple still with 1 gig ram could do everything.

24. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Aha, iPad Air with 1GB of RAM refreshed the web page every time I switched tabs in Safari, and apps would just simply crash for no reason. So much for "everything". Also, barely any presence of real multitasking. Even my 5S kicks me out of apps like Facebook, Safari if I spend quite a bit of time in them.

35. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I know what you saying and understand it well WP can hold some web pages with 1 gig ram more the better but still is enough for all of the apps to run you don't expect heavy multitasking with a mid range device however Apple is really disappointing.

10. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Why Wphones always has poor specs

37. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

These are low to mid range devices, which is why the specs aren't that great. But, unlike android, windows phone does not require great specs to be smooth, fast and responsive.

11. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Poor specs,850 is huge disappointment for me,its same as 830,but with better front camera,but it looks it will have virtual navi keys,because of that resolution 750 is same as 735,but only it got better camera and possibly not AMOLED 550 is also pretty bad,its same as 540 but with worse resolution

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Did anybody bother to listen to what Nadella said? Flagship, budget and Enterprise. The 950 has been quasi-confirmed and now the budget line is being leaked. Next up, Enterprise (probably the rumored Intel device). There will be NO mid-range Lumias coming and it makes perfect sense. Windows Mobile performs well on low-end CPUs and 1 gig of RAM. The TP on a 635 has bore that out so enough already.

18. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

He also said 6 devices per year I believe. This is 4 of them, and pretty much all budget devices. Correct me if I'm mistaken about this; my brain doesn't have much room to store this kind of information anymore.

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