It’s all coming thick and fast at the moment, if we go back a ways, Satya Nadella made it clear that Microsoft would focus on premium and budget devices in terms of handsets. @evleaks has again previewed renders of an upcoming Lumia that may fit the bill in terms of the latter category.
And finally, the 550. pic.twitter.com/dTRnSCRkT9
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 1, 2015
Again with a large event scheduled for October 6, we are expecting some new hardware to be announced, and would think that Microsoft would stick to the boss’s guns in terms of a forward looking device outline/roadmap.
In terms of purported specs
- HD 4.7-inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
- Qualcomm 1Ghz Snapdragon 210 Quad-Core CPU.
- Rear 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED Flash Geotagging +.
- Front 2 megapixel camera
- 8GB internal storage + 1 GB of RAM 128Gb + Micro-SD.
- 1905 mAh battery with rapid charger.
- Single/Dual Sim support
It is expected to cost around US$120. In terms of current devices this may be the equivalent of the Lumia 630/635 for Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft still needs to bring affordable devices to markets, where they may be popular, like Asia, China, were disposable income may not be as high as the US, or even Australia. While it’s been made clear that Microsoft is not going into mass hardware production any time soon, These sorts of reference devices are models for other OEMs.
It’s been well proven that devices like the Lumia 520, took awareness of the Windows Phone/related Microsoft ecosystem to the masses for what was an incredibly affordable price. It only makes sense that there would be another such Windows 10 device. Cheap and nice, not nasty, is the ultimate goal!