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More hands-on photos and renders leak on Microsoft Lumia 850

More hands-on photos and renders leak on Microsoft Lumia 850
More hands-on photos and renders leak on Microsoft Lumia 850
Windows phones haven't been a success story for Microsoft. Nonetheless, the impending Lumia 850 may be just around the corner with more leaks from Chiniese blogging site Weibo.

The smartphone business is unlikely to become very successful for Microsoft if the company's recent financial results are any indication. Its Windows mobile phone group has been halved and the Lumia brand is already having a tough time against Samsung, Apple, and others. The flagship 950 and 950 XL are good smartphones as detailed in our review, but Microsoft is still missing a new lineup for the mainstream and budget markets.

The Lumia 850 has been rumored for quite some time and made headlines for its supposed leak in early December. Now, more images of the purported phone have appeared showing distinct Nokia features and a high quality frame.

Especially strange is the placement of the USB and 3.5 mm audio ports on the center of opposite edges, which is a common Lumia theme and not generally found on other smartphones. The Lumia 850 is expected to carry a 5.4-inch or 5.7-inch FHD display and a Snapdragon 617 SoC chipset. If Microsoft is indeed hiding the Lumia 850, then we will likely hear more about it come MWC 2016 later this month. The less expensive Lumia 650 is rumored for an appearance as well.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-02- 4 (Update: 2016-02- 4)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.