Microsoft Lumia 650 Second Variant Passes FCC, Will Launch Next Week

Microsoft Lumia 650 Second Variant Passes FCC, Will Launch Next Week
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Microsoft Lumia 650 has been in the spotlight for quite some time. The mid-range device is now available in both single and dual-SIM variants. While the single-SIM RM-1152 version of the phone passed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) test on January 8, the dual-SIM RM-1154 cleared the FCC hurdle only recently.


Approved for sales, the dual-SIM Lumia 650 will be launched sometime in next few weeks. Apart from the SIM capabilities, the RM-1154 Lumia 650 model is expected to have similar specs as on the RM-1152 model, notes Phone Arena.

The upcoming device is likely to feature a 5-inch AMOLED display with 720 x 1,280 pixel resolution. The pixel density for the screen will be 294ppi. Under the hood, the device will carry either Snapdragon 210 SoC, or the Snapdragon 212 SoC. However, both chipsets will feature Adreno 304 GPU and quad-core CPU. The phone is expected to be powered by a 2,000 mAH battery. The front-facing camera will have a 5MP lens and the rear camera will carry an 8MP lens. Expect a microSd card slot onboard.

Recently, there were rumors that Microsoft will launch a Lumia 850, but it has been replaced by the Lumia 650 XL, a sibling of the Lumia 650. The device is expected to launch on February 15. Designed for consumers looking for low-cost handsets, the Lumia 650 XL is a combination of great features.

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Ubergizmo reports that the new phone will be called Honjo, and will probably sport a 5.4-inch screen, which is rather odd since the preferable screen choice is usually5.5-inches. If you compare with the Lumia 650, the specs in the Lumia 650 XL are the same. In June last year, the name “Honjo” had surfaced hinting at a new phone release. Back then, rumors suggested that the Lumia 850 would be called “Honjo”, but now the plan is changed and the Lumia 650 XL will be called by the new name.