Microsoft Nokia Lumia 850 rumor: device teased in new leaked photos; device to release Q2 2016?

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Microsoft Lumia 850 is rumored to replace the Lumia 830 that was released in 2014. However, Microsoft is yet to release an official statement to confirm the rumor.

Several reports are pointing out that the device will make its debut at the Mobile World Congress 2016 (MWC 2016) in Barcelona. The event will be held on Feb. 22-25.

The Lumia 850's existence had been swirling on the web since July 2015. Back then, the rumor mill believed it would be released alongside Lumia 550, which is now out in the market since late last year. Thereafter, other reports claimed the 850 is going to be launched in the first quarters of 2016, together with the new Lumia 650.

Ithome revealed that a device with model number RM-1182 has passed 3C certification in China. It is believed that the mentioned device is the Lumia 850, but this must be taken with a grain of salt as well.

Meanwhile, alleged photos of the device recently surfaced online, hinting some features that might come with it. It is suggested that the phone will sport a 5.4-inch full-HD display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor clocking at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 405 GPU. Moreover, it will have a front-facing LED flash, which, if true, would be the first smartphone to have this feature. The front-facing camera itself is said to be 5 megapixels, while the rear-snapper is 10 megapixels.

The Lumia 850 is also expected to have 16 GB internal storage, 2 GB RAM, and a 2,650 mAh battery and able to support Cat.7 LTE. It is speculated as well that it will arrive in different color options, including white, gold, black and dark silver.

Microsoft has remained tight-lipped amidst the growing rumors about the device. Tech enthusiasts will then have to wait until an official statement from the company is published.

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