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Lumia 650 XL live photos cause mayhem on Lumia 850 theories

Lumia 650 XL live photos cause mayhem on Lumia 850 theories

Given how poorly Microsoft's smartphones performed in last year's market, it might surprise some to hear that there are still a good number of faithful followers eager to see what Microsoft's next Lumia smartphones will be like. There are, actually, two smartphones floating around the rumor mill but only one of them might actually get to see the light of day. Sadly, those rooting for a higher end Lumia 850 might feel be feeling disappointing, with a sighting of a certain Lumia 650 XL putting the existence of the former into question.

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Lumia 850 might still happen, hands-on photos leaked

Lumia 850 might still happen, hands-on photos leaked

February 1st has come and gone with no new Lumia smartphone in sight. That does leave more room for possibilities, like a still possible Lumia 850 mid-range phablet. That does seem to be what is being implied by this leak, which shows a few hands-on shots of what is supposedly the Lumia 850. The Lumia 650, which was rumored to be unveiled Feb. 1, was also rumored to be the only Lumia this year. If these photos are real, however, then both are apparently false.

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Lumia phones might get Flip Covers with a second display

Lumia phones might get Flip Covers with a second display

As the name clearly points out, Microsoft Research is a division knee deep in R&D. In most companies, however, that acronym is almost synonymous with things that almost never see the light of day, except in a few vestiges. Trying to buck the trend, Microsoft is now trying to make its Research results more prominent, by actually putting them into products or turning them into actual products themselves. And one of those might yet be the most interesting: a flip cover for Lumia smartphones that also act as secondary displays.

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Windows 10 Mobile for older phones delayed to end of February

Windows 10 Mobile for older phones delayed to end of February

Star Wars Episode VIII isn't the only thing that's delayed, but hopefully Lumia users won't be waiting that long for their deserved update. At best, they just need to wait yet another month, on top of already two months of waiting. In a tweet sent to French carrier Bouygues Telecom, subscriber Joel Devaux revealed that he was advised by one of the carrier's representatives that the Windows 10 Mobile update for older but supported Lumia smartphones won't be coming until the end of next month, further delaying the much needed refresh of Microsoft's mobile OS.

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Lumia 650, debuting Feb 1, might be the only Lumia this year

Lumia 650, debuting Feb 1, might be the only Lumia this year

It might be a bittersweet day for fans of Microsoft's, formerly Nokia's, Lumia line of smartphones when the company unveils the Lumia 650 on February 1. If the rumors are true, they will have a somewhat premium looking device with mid-range specs and probably a price tag to match. But if other rumors are also true, then this might also be the only Lumia that Microsoft will reveal this year, calling into question again the company's ultimate strategy in the smartphone market. That is, if still has one.

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Lumia 850 or 750 might be the RM-1182 just certified in China

Lumia 850 or 750 might be the RM-1182 just certified in China

Under Nokia's regime, there'd be half a dozen or more Lumia smartphones popping up in a year. Now owned by Microsoft, that seems to have cut that number a bit. That doesn't mean, however, that Microsoft won't be churning out new models. In fact, here we have rumors of two Lumia smartphones coming out this year but first making a stop at China's certification agency. Those two, which might either be the Lumia 750 or Lumia 850 or both, are still in addition to the Lumia 650 rumored last month.

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Lumia 650 might be a low-end phone with a surprising metal body

Lumia 650 might be a low-end phone with a surprising metal body

Nokia's, and now Microsoft's, Lumia lines hasn't really been big on premium materials. While the rest of the smartphone world are donning armors of metal, the Windows Phone models have remained unabashedly plastic. Even the new flagships, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, defied expectations and wishes and still flaunted a polycarbonate shell. It seems strange, then, that one of the newest Lumia's to be clad in metal material won't be a high-end smartphone but rather an entry-level Lumia 650, expected to debut within the first half of 2016.

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Windows 10 Mobile delayed until 2016 for Windows Phone 8 users

Windows 10 Mobile delayed until 2016 for Windows Phone 8 users

Bad news for Windows Phone 8 users today: you're going to be waiting a bit longer than expected before upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft has said that the update to Windows 10 Mobile, originally planned to rollout starting this month for thus running select Windows 8 and 8.1 phones, has been delayed until early 2016. An exact reason for the holdup wasn't provided by Microsoft, nor was a specific date in the coming months for when over-the-air updates would begin.

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Lumia 850 renders appear, mid range phone still MIA

Lumia 850 renders appear, mid range phone still MIA

Early last October, Microsoft unveiled what would be its Windows 10 Mobile flagship, not a Surface Phone, but the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Then just last week, it announced the Lumia 550, what would become the first entry level for the shiny new Windows 10 OS. With both ends of the device spectrum set, all that's missing is a mid tier offering. Supposedly, that spot will be filed in by the Lumia 850, whose latest renders just appeared over the weekend. Sadly, the smartphone itself has yet to make an appearance.

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Cancelled Nokia McLaren prototype photos arrive a year late

Cancelled Nokia McLaren prototype photos arrive a year late

Some dreams do come true, but many also remain just as they are: dreams. One of those dreams, at least for Windows Phone fans, was the Nokia RM-1052, more popular for its codename McLaren. Heavily leaked near the end of 2014, what should have been Microsoft's new flagship vanished without a trace, to be replaced a year later by the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Now it has resurfaced on the Interwebs again, and again as a prototype, as a leaked device, and as a reminder of a feature that never came to be and might never come at all.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 launches at AT&T on Friday

Microsoft Lumia 950 launches at AT&T on Friday

Early last week, rumor surfaced that AT&T would launch Microsoft’s Lumia 950 on November 20, something the wireless carrier confirmed in an announcement today. The smartphone will be first available online through AT&T’s website on November 17, then Friday at its retail stores across the nation. This makes the carrier the first to offer Microsoft’s new Lumia handset — the smaller of the two, that is.

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