Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, is a guest on Windows Weekly right now with Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott. Mary Jo asked when the Lumia 650 would be released and his response was that they hadn’t announced a release date yet.
Of course, up until this point, the Microsoft Lumia 650 was a rumored device. Some leaks have said that it would have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset while Windows Central reported Snapdragon 212. It’s a phone we’ve heard conflicting reports about, but Capossela has confirmed that it does exist, whether he meant to or not.
Microsoft has said that from now on, they will produce six phones a year. Two of those would be flagships, which are the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Two would be low end, which we’ve already seen is the Lumia 550 and now we know the Lumia 650. The final two will be business phones.
Let me be clear about something. Many people have asked me about the “other three phones”. No, there’s only one other phone. The other two are business phones. I think there’s this mindset out there that we’ll see three lines of phones, a low end, a mid-range, and a flagship, and an XL model of each.
I think there’s a mindset that a business phone is something that a consumer might want. Some have said to me that it will probably be a slightly different list of prioritized features. For example, they will focus on productivity rather than camera.
That’s not true. These two business phones will likely run Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise. You might need to use Office 365 for Small Business to use the Office apps.
You get one more phone between now and late next year. That phone is going to be the Microsoft Lumia 650.