PRICING FOR Microsoft's next Windows 10 smartphone, the Lumia 650, has shown up online ahead of its imminent unveiling.
MobileFun has listed the handset ahead of its rumoured 1 February launch date, in turn revealing that the Lumia 650 will fetch £199.00 SIM free. There's no release date listed, but those interested can pre-order the device now.
The Microsoft Lumia 650 will reportedly make its debut next week, as the firm's third and final Lumia-branded smartphone.
So says Windows Central, having learned from "multiple sources" about the handset's impending launch. Don't go expecting a glitzy unveiling, though, as the website noted that Microsoft will reveal details about the device, including prices and availability, on its official blog.
It may only be January, but the report also claimed that the handset is likely to be Microsoft's final Lumia-branded smartphone to launch this year, as the company is instead focusing future handset development solely on the long-rumoured Surface Phone.
If leaked specifications are anything to go by, the Lumia brand won't go out with much of a bang as it seems that the Microsoft Lumia 650 will be a cheap, low-tier alternative to the Lumia 950 and 950 XL.
Expect a 5in 720x1280 display, a downgrade compared with the QHD screens on Microsoft's high-end duo of devices, and a Snapdragon 210 or 212 processor paired with 1GB RAM. There's also talk of 8GB internal storage expandable via microSD, an 8MP rear-facing camera with flash, a 5MP front-facing camera and black and white colour options. According to MobileFun's listing, the Lumia 650 will also pack a 2,000mAh battery and tip the scales at 150g.
Windows Central said that wireless charging won't be included, but this could change before the smartphone's 1 February unveiling.
With Microsoft plotting an imminent launch, it's unlikely the firm will have much in store for next month's Mobile World Congress, where we are likely to see the launch of the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, among other devices.
Despite speculation of Lumia 750 and 850 smartphones, Windows Central said that these handsets were cancelled last year, and are now unlikely to make an appearance. µ
Or so says the rumour mill ...
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