The Lumia 650 is now even more official, with an actual release date of February 1st. This follows an FCC filing that happened recently and a statement by Microsoft's chief of marketing, Chris Capossela.
We've heard a lot about the handset recently, with an actual prototype photo leaking to the public by Evan Blass showing off the indistinct black slab. And of course the specs were leaked because of that FCC filing.
But now the low-end Lumia is being released, taking the throne from the successful 640 that was surprisingly popular hit. What does the budget 650 do to improve its older brother? A slightly more premium feel and build to it, the use of the Snapdragon 210 (or perhaps even the 212) and likely a better camera. And unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, the Lumia branding is going to be retired, or so the claim goes. Microsoft may be in search of new branding to go along with a new era in their mobile OS.