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Microsoft Lumia 850 replaced by the Microsoft Lumia 650 XL?

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Microsoft Lumia 850 replaced by the Microsoft Lumia 650 XL?
Remember all of those stories about a metal-clad handset named the Microsoft Lumia 850? This was expected to be a svelte handset, measuring 6.92mm thick, with a metal frame and a 5.7-inch FHD (1080 x 1920) display. The phone, nicknamed "Honjo," was said to have a Snapdragon 617 chipset under the hood containing an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 405 GPU. And an infrared scanner was spotted on the front of the phone. Or was it?

As it turns out, photographs from China indicate that the there is no infrared scanner, only a front-facing camera. As we said back in December, there was the possibility that Microsoft would cancel the Lumia 850, and that appears to have been the case. Instead, Microsoft is going to release the Lumia 650 XL. A companion to the Microsoft Lumia 650, the handset will have a 5.4-inch screen carrying a 720 x 1280 resolution. Under the hood you will find the Snapdragon 210 chipset containing a quad-core CPU and the Adreno 304 GPU.

If you were hoping for a new mid-range Lumia powered by Windows 10 Mobile, you might need to take your expectations down quite a bit. After all, there is a pretty big gulf in performance between the Snapdragon 617 SoC and the Snapdragon 210 SoC.

source:  Nokibar (translated) via WMPoweruser

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posted on 06 Feb 2016, 13:44 1

1. garciano (unregistered)

make no sense that the only the only thing different between the two is screen size, the XL should be a true upgrade to the 650! is PA getting bad info?

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 13:52 2

3. kefalin (Posts: 288; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)

You make no sense. Lumia 640 and 640 XL are exactly same devices,only difference is camera and screen size,nothing more.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 16:46 1

7. garciano (unregistered)

uh does it mention camera or battery? are you a Microsoft rep?

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 03:22

10. kefalin (Posts: 288; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)

I meant difference between 640 and 640 XL,not 650 and 650 XL. Yes,but indeed battery is bigger with bigger model.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 01:52 1

9. Tanujtiwari (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)

Someone. Please tell Microsoft to innovate. Such bland, plain, sedentary design will get them nowhere. This, combined with an OS which does look good but stands nowhere near with the functionality of Android and iOS. I AM SURE EVERY SMARTPHONE FAN WANTS MICROSOFT TO COME INTO THE PICTURE.
Things Microsoft can do:
1 .Make handsets with premium quality and metal design to beat the nexus 6P and iphone 6S and Samsung S6
2 . Ask Google nicely to create their official apps for windows. Keep Microsoft stock apps on smartphones and let users have an option of downloading Google apps.
3. Create another windows 10 os which is open source. Let manufacturer create their own skins and their own version of live tiles. (And we could see an android/apple like is but running Windows)
4. Desktop apps must be= mobile apps.
I respect all oses. Competition is good for consumers.
Because believe it or not, only Microsoft has the ability to link smartphone, desktop and tablet owners

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 09:33

15. Bernoulli (Posts: 4327; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)

If it only were that easy lol

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 09:30

14. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


posted on 06 Feb 2016, 13:44 7

2. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Microsoft's approach to handsets is borderline moronic. They aren't hitting any appreciable niche I can see, they have no unified vision, and can't seem to decide what they want to do with their devices. It honestly feels like they are trying to fast track the failure of the platform as they want to pivot direction, but lack the means to do so as long as the product line exists.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 15:48 1

6. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

And to think they once had a great line up (X20 line) and they have been constantly getting behind times.

What i can't comprehend is why the 650 has a metal frame and the 950 is fully plastic, the 650 looks higher end than the 950.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 17:17

8. Furbal (unregistered)

Led by a buncha idiots or its self sabotage...

I had extremely high hopes for the 950xl and it was not a good phone. It would not have needed much to get me to get it (IE being stable, onedrive working for photo uploads regularly)

Never again WP, never again.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 14:50 2

4. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)

What's with Microsoft's obessession with the S200 series...

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 11:15

16. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Folks there are rumors that the 650 is the last MS "LUMIA" smart phone to be made Period
If this true Microsoft may introduce The NEW brand called "Windows 10 Mobile" Smart phones at mobile World Congress or introduce the NEW "Surface" Line of smart phones at Mobile World Congress Microsoft Device VP is Mr Panay and he knows how to keep a secret. it is strange there is no indications of what Microsoft will introduce at this years Mobile World Congress FEb 22 to 25. Perhaps we will see a new
Atom powered Surface 4 Tablet

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