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Microsoft might want to launch its Lumia 650 soon before the focus shift to the flagship Galaxy S7 and LG G5 smartphones set for launch before MWC kicks off.

A new image purportedly that of the Lumia 650 has appeared online to add to the several more that we have seen in the past. The leak does warrant some respect coming as it does from serial leakster Evan Blass – better known by his Twitter handle @evleaks – owing to the uncanny accuracy his predictions usually have been.

The leaked image depicts the Lumia 650 with the Cortana app occupying pride of place along with other apps making up the Start screen. Microsoft is engraved at the top center while the front facing cam is seen placed in the top right corner.

At the same time, a French retailer has leaked a few more pictures of the Lumia 650 and confirmed some of the specs of the Windows phone.

Among the other notable inclusion with the Lumia 650 is the extra shine that it incorporates along the sides thanks to the metallic frame that it has been endowed with. With adding to its rigidity, the metal frame also makes for a pleasing style statement, particularly when viewed from the sides. This also will be a first on any Lumia devices so far that has so far been crafted almost entirely with plastic.

As for its internal makeup, the Lumia 650 will strictly be a mid-range affair with either Snapdragon 210 or 212 chip and 1GB of RAM. Onboard storage stands at a rather low 8 GB though the 128 GB of micro SD card support is the only saving grace here.

The front will be dominated by the 5-inch HD display along with a 5-megapixel front shooter. An 8-megapixel cam complete with an LED flash makes up the rear. Connectivity options include 4G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth v4.1. Powering the device will be a 2,000 mAh battery.

Another notable feature of the Lumia 650 will be its Windows 10 Mobile version though it’s not known if it will be the Redstone build, early previews of which has already been made available to Insiders in the Fast Ring.

Microsoft has a lot at stake on the Windows 10 Mobile and only mass acceptance of the operating system will allow it a foothold in the vast but intensely competitive smartphone segment.

As for its launch, it’s likely to happen next Monday, February 15 as there already are a few high profile launches, and will reportedly be priced at €229, according to Fnac, the French retailer – read Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 – scheduled on Feb 21. Microsoft surely will like to maintain a gap here if it wants the mid-range Lumia garnering enough attention.

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