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Microsoft Lumia 650 gets FCC approval as new photo leaks

by Killian Bell | January 8, 2016January 8, 2016 5:00 am PST

Microsoft’s upcoming Lumia 650, a midrange smartphone powered by Windows 10 Mobile, has been approved by the FCC ahead of its official debut. The device itself has also been revealed again in another leaked photo.

Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela has already confirmed that the Lumia 650 is real on its way, but he didn’t give much else away. According to its FCC filing, the handset will carry the RM-1152 model number, and some reports suggest it will be the last Lumia with a 5-inch display.

Other specifications are said to include a Snapdragon 210 processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,000mAh battery. The Lumia 650 is also expected to come with a metal frame for a more premium feel, as seen in the image above.

Thanks to those midrange specifications, this Windows 10 Mobile device is expected to be substantially cheaper than Microsoft’s new Lumia 950. We don’t know how much cheaper yet, or when the Lumia 650 will go on sale — but that could change soon.

Microsoft is expected to make the Lumia 950 official either this month or next. It’s possible the device will get its grand unveiling at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which kicks off on February 22 — but this is just speculation for now.

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Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...