Microsoft Lumia 650 to be announced in February, might be the only Lumia for 2016

Microsoft Lumia 650 to be announced in February, might be the only Lumia for 2016
Microsoft is reportedly getting ready to announce a new Windows 10 smartphone early next month. According to Windows Central, the handset is the Lumia 650, and it should be officially unveiled on February 1.

As mentioned last month, the Lumia 650 is expected to be marketed as an affordable business phone (though, at the moment, its exact price isn't known). If recently leaked renders - see below - are accurate, the handset has a premium look, thanks to the fact that it's built around a metal frame. However, its features are far from premium, including a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon 212 (or 200) processor, 1 GB of RAM, and just 8 GB of storage space (luckily, there's also a microSD card slot). Needless to say, the Lumia 650 will run Windows 10, becoming Microsoft's fourth smartphone to be based on this new version of the OS - after the Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 950, and Lumia 550, all of which were announced in October 2015.

Interestingly, Windows Central has it that the 650 will be Microsoft's first and last Lumia for 2016, mentioning that the Lumia 750 and Lumia 850 have been cancelled. But this doesn't mean that Microsoft is done with releasing handsets this year: a Surface Phone (apparently powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor) is expected to be introduced sometime in the fall.

source: Windows Central



1. JDeus01

Posts: 48; Member since: May 07, 2013

it looks good. but why downgrade the processor? thats lame

11. Subie

Posts: 2392; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Totally agree. the design screams for a better processor.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right, SD210 is totally useless, it cant even run candy crush smoothly (i've tried..) at leat give it SD410.. or use SD610, 32GB storage, proper camera, and I guess people wont mind to pay $250 for that :-/

25. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

I used a phone with a SD 200, it ran everything fine including games like Asphalt 8 and such. I'm not sure what OS/firmware etc you're referring to using however. The only real fault of that phone is that it wasn't waterproof.

2. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This is the only Lumia for this year? Microsoft doesn't take itself seriously.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

well.. lumia is nokia's stuff.. and they divorced with microsoft this year, so this will be the last baby they make

24. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Microsoft has taken a lot of time talking about the strategy behind this. There are several new Windows phones being released soon from other manufacturers, there are two new flagships and two new budget MS Windows phones, no need to flood the market with a bunch of similar devices.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"Interestingly, Windows Central has it that the 650 will be Microsoft's first and last Lumia for 2016" Wait..... Whatttt? That means only high-end surface phone but no worthy low-mid-end phones for the whole year? (this 650 doesn't impresses me at all). And if surface phone doesn't become success then windows mobile is officially dead? Future seems little curious and little scary for WP...!

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I Guess Microsoft Will Be Switching To Android Like Black Berry.

26. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

There are multiple manufacturers releasing Windows phones, the strategy has been laid out by Satya and others at Microsoft have spoken about it. They're not trying to flood the market and push their partners out anymore. If you'll remember, Lumia is a Nokia brand, and Microsoft probably wants to move in it's own direction now that Nokia is no longer involved.

4. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

So this is the business phone, 550 is the entry and 950/XL flagship, since Nadella said they would cover only 3 areas I truly believe that this will be the only Lumia this year, way to ruin it with a S210, having no midrange phone is such a blind decision.

5. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

According to windows mobile fans lumia 650 on sd210 will be more powerful than any other android and even iOS device to be released in 2016 just like lumia 550. LoL This is called true love. So those who still need proof if "true love" exists in the world or not , look at people holding lumia devices.

18. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Nope , no wp fan said so and most probably won't.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

what they say is the OS runs smoother on those soc's than their android counterparts, and while its not butter high end smooth...its faster than say...the leon LG I have to deal with daily.

20. garciano unregistered

are you an idiot? no wp fans said it would be more powerful than android or ios.

6. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

maybe they're planning to launch a whole new series.

16. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

exactly my thoughts......seems they r done with the mulia branding now & will launch new phones under some other branding.......with win 10 mobile ofcrs.

7. theo14461 unregistered

Time to give up, Lumia.


Posts: 417; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Finally get rid of Lumia brand its just a dead horse with flies and Lunch the Surface phone my 950xl is the jack of all trades, but the Surface Phone is the past, present, and FUTURE. I believe in you Panos. By the way pull every Microsoft app from every platform as soon as the Surface Phone drop and boom Winning!

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

More premium looking that the 950 and 950XL...

10. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

About time. The lumia brand needed to die long ago. Just keep it for low end phones. This also means the surface phone is turning from a wishful dream to a reality. Hopefully it can impress me; nothing last year, and I trust the surface team to deliver on impressive hardware.

12. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Lumia's lineup are getting boring. C'mon MS! Be more competitive! It seems like you're tired of releasing new flagship or phones.

17. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

21. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

idk why you guys act like renaming Lumia to Surface Phone would change anything.... Those,who bought Surface tab know about Lumia and others dont care about Surface brand

22. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

Pfftt i'll rather buy lumia 735

23. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Who would buy this crap if it lacks developers?

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