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Not just flagships: Microsoft reportedly working on low-cost Lumia 550 also

Affordable but allegedly pretty robust, with 4G LTE speeds, a 4.7-inch HD screen, quad-core processor, and front-facing flash camera in tow.


Microsoft should skip ahead to the Lumia 950 and 950 XL in around three weeks, after missing the window to upgrade the Nokia-branded Lumia 930 to a 940 generation. While Redmond is clearly focused on the high-end battle against Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Edge+, Satya Nadella & co. are also aware of their budget niche strengths.

As such, don’t act shocked if the world’s first Windows 10 Mobile flagships will break cover alongside yet another Moto E or G contender in New York City. The Lumia 550 is likely to stay on the sidelines a little longer, according to Windows Central’s sources in the know, and it’s possible the commercial launch ultimately gets pushed to “early 2016.”

But you can never be sure of these things, especially as a certain degree of confusion hovers around the low-ender’s specifications. Our safest bet at the moment includes a 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 pix res AMOLED display, quad-core 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 SoC, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage space, microSD support, LTE connectivity, and dual flash-touting cams.

Lumia 640

That’s right, Microsoft boldly plans to light up your selfies in addition to “normal” photos of your surroundings, and offer a slew of other respectable features at roughly €120 on the old continent, and presumably $120 stateside free of contractual obligations.

At the same time, we’d be remiss not to highlight qHD screen resolution is still a possibility, the secondary shooter’s flash endowment is far from confirmed, and the LTE option could cost extra compared to the base, 3G-limited model.

Last but not least, despite what the name suggests, the Lumia 550 apparently shares a number of design similarities with the 640 rather than the 540 and 535, and ergo, a confusing 650 release is probably out of the question.

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