Microsoft Lumia 650 news, rumors: FCC clears second variant for release

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It seems that the highly rumored and leaked Microsoft Lumia 650 smartphone has a second variant. 

The Federal Communication Commission has approved last Feb. 4 the sale of a device with model number RM-1154. Not so long ago, one with model number RM-1152, believed to be the single SIM variant of the Microsoft Lumia 650, was also approved by the FCC. In connection to this, the Redmond-based tech giant may make an announcement about the mid-range smartphone sometime in the near future, as GSM Arena reported.

Several leaks and rumors have hounded Microsoft’s Lumia 650 for quite a while now and many rendered images have also made their way online. There is even a rumor that an XL variant is possibly out there ? one with a 5.4-inch screen with a 720p display. If rumors prove to be true, then it may also be announced together with the regular Microsoft Lumia 650, single and dual-SIM.

The Microsoft Lumia 650, according to the rumored specs, is a 5-inch smartphone with a 720 x 1280p IPS display, giving a 294 ppi pixel density and loaded with Windows 10 mobile as its operating system. Several other rumored specifications include a quad-core 1.1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 with an Adreno 304 for its GPU, a 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of ROM or storage space. A microSD slot is said to be available that can support up to 128 GB of extra storage.

The Microsoft Lumia 650 is also rumored to be coming with an 8 MP rear-facing camera that features a 1/4-inch size sensor, focal 2.2, 28 mm, an LED flash and will be capable of taking HD videos, while the front will have a 5 MP camera. A 2000 mAh removable Li-Ion battery is included and will be available in various colors. 

Winfuture, a German website, published the latest batch of rendered images for the Microsoft Lumia 650. The images show the smartphone in black and white and with metal on its design. 

The Microsoft Lumia 650 is expected to be around $200.