Microsoft Lumia 650 could be announced in early 2016, new renders show up

Microsoft Lumia 650 could be announced in early 2016, new renders show up
Microsoft is getting ready to unveil a new smartphone, the Lumia 650, which will probably become the company's fourth handset to run Windows 10 out of the box. According to Windows Central, the Lumia 650 could be announced in January or February, so we might see it at CES 2016 (January 6 - January 9), or at MWC 2016 (February 22 - February 25).

Reportedly, Microsoft plans to market the Lumia 650 as an affordable business smartphone for companies to give to their employees. Of course, this doesn't mean that regular customers will be stopped from buying the handset if they wish so.

Windows Central and @PhoneDesigner created new renders that show what the Lumia 650 should look like. These renders are based on "internal Microsoft slides", being "highly reflective of the final product," and resembling the previously leaked Lumia 650 images.

As its name suggests, the Lumia 650 will succeed the Lumia 640. It looks like the 650 is built around a metal frame - this would be a first for a non-high-end Lumia. The features of the upcoming handset seemingly include a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz, NFC, 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, 5 MP front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory.

The Lumia 650 should be available in two color variants: black and white. At the moment, the phone's price isn't known, but we assume Microsoft won't ask too much for it. Interested?

source: Windows Central



1. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

dude this actually looks good, better than alot of androids/iphones

2. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah, but the midrange Droids performs way better than this device. SD212...? Not even an already too weak SD410!

5. Subie

Posts: 2446; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Your right! Yet I'll be shocked if they actually put a SD 200 series Soc in the Lumia 650. Wait for the official announcement.

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I doubt its going to be 650/652, unless there's new flagships with the 820 Since the SD 650/652 will have better performance than the 950/950 XL's 808/810 (except in GPU, but the CPU difference would be pretty big) IMO its too early for new flagships since the 950/950 XL are still relatively new

14. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Probably you never used a Windows Phone. My old Huawei W1 opens apps faster than my buddy's iPhone 4S, let alone equally-priced Android phone. Its UI starts and stays fast. That's why they don't really need octa-core processor to run smoothly.

25. bishu

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

Absolutely true. These fools never used any Windows 8.1 phone. Midrange Windows phones are "way better" most high end android phone. My three year old lumia 720 performs better than three month old samsung Galaxy S6. Battery lasts longer in that three year old phone. Most of features of S6, the top phone in samsung's stable, are garbage. And AppStore? Very few uses more than 200 apps in a phone's lifetime. Though I say my wife's iPhone is the leader in my house. All androids are "way lesser" than IPhone. Next comes Windows phone.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's because of Touchwiz Stock Android performs far smoother than iOS My $350 Nexus 5 performs far smoother than my $400 iPad Mini 2 (both from 2013) Even with iOS 9.2 which fixes iOS 9/9.1's major laggy issues Haven't used a flagship W8.1 or W10, so can't compare with those

38. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

The devices you mentioned are flagships anyway, they're powered by more powerful processors. Well, my point is that Windows Phone gives solid performance and smooth operation on devices across all price range, even with lowly processor such as Snapdragon 2xx (which is rare even on budget Androids). WP Flagships are usually faster on multitasking and intensive apps such as gaming and desktop browsing.

49. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

$350 is not flagship level Android still runs amazing on lowly processors e.g. The Android One series, which run on budget MediaTeks, not much faster than the SD 2xx

15. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Yeah pretty good design, even though the lumia 950 looks so bland..ugly..

42. raky_b

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

yyes, it does look realy nice, but with SD 212 it is s***. if price is cca 100$, then it is ok, but more then 130$ for this phone is no brainer...and it will cost, if not fouble than that

3. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Why sd 212? They might as we'll put sd 112.

11. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1254; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Maybe they'll call it a feature when the whole phone runs in slow motion

39. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Well, sorry if your Android needs to have SD410 to reach Windows Phone-SD212 smoothness.

43. raky_b

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If it would cost as those androids with that SoC, than it would be ok...but, there is at least 100 models of android phones with SD410 that costs less then 150$ and i guess this one will cost double than that. and for that price you can buy android flagship

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And I can get a WP with sd400, for 40bucks that outdoes any android in the category...try again?

23. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

hell to the should use atleast SD410 or 415 something

4. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's not a bad looking device but I hate when the power button is below the volume rocker.

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Damn. DOPE mid ranger if those renders are real.

7. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

They need a better UI, the tiles are awful. Then they might have a chance of selling. I still really like Nokia phones

8. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Looks better than the ios kid's

9. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Going from Windows Phone to Android 5.1, I really miss the WP UX, tiles included. I like Android too for what it offers, but definitely prefer the basics on Windows Phone (start screen, keyboard, phone app interface, contact list, app list, text messaging app, notifications). Email is a lot better on Android.

10. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Snapdragon 212? Is this December Fools day? What can you possibly do with that chip?

12. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

The key point will be the price. No the snap 212. Its wp. Itll be fast

13. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

SD212 in the year 2016 for lumia 650!!!. This will be the biggest joke in whole mobile landscape . i wish that this report is false. But if it is true, windows mobiles are surely heading for its own extinction. As far as price is concerned lumia 550 is selling in india for 9k. So lumia 650 can never be sold under 9k. And only a fool will buy it for above 9k. I will not buy it even if it comes in Rs.4000.

16. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Looks good but 1 gb Ram and 8 gb internal memory sucks ;(

17. tx2ma

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Do Windows phone require the same amount of RAM to run well as Android? 1GB is mediocre for Android. And big question... the camera... for me that's become one of , if not the top feature in a phone. I'd definitely cross over from Android if the camera were good

19. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

1GB RAM for Windows Phone is better than 1GB for Android, but still not fantastic. It'll work well for general usage because WP does a better job of limiting the number of resources being consumed by open apps, but I don't know about resource intensive games. Camera on high end Windows Phones are, in my opinion, the best out there. Mid range WP devices will probably have camera quality equivalent to mid range Android phones, unless the software and processing technology Microsoft has introduced with its W10 Lumia flagships makes its way to mid range devices as well.

22. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Haha, yes, it does a better job of limiting the resources, and yes it will be fluid if something is on screen, but dont't throw out the phone, when you get a message hours after it was sent to you because of the background-app-killing for saving memory. Resource intensive games will be OK too... Especially if you find them first in the store, which might will be a bit complicated, considering that they won't be there /*sarcasm

30. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Funny, I never had a problem with such delayed messages through WP7, WP8, or Windows 10 Mobile. You do realize that messages still come through regardless of what apps are running, right? That's the point of a push notification system. Yeah, the app gap is real. Oh well. You're not buying Windows Phone for the apps, I hope.

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