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The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Bucharest March 20, 2013. Reuters/Bogdan Cristel

Microsoft’s CMO Chris Capossela recently confirmed that the heavily-rumoured Lumia 650 is under development. However, now, a live image and key specifications have emerged ahead of the release.

Venture Beat has ferreted out a live prototype photo of the Lumia 650 confirming the beautiful metallic frame running through the sides of this entry-level phone. Although, the exterior design offers premium-look, the configurations are quite unimpressive.

The Microsoft Lumia 650 will reportedly carry a 5.0-inch LCD display, bundled with a 720p screen resolution. According to past rumours, this handset will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 SoC. But now, the new source says, Snapdragon 210 is being used by Microsoft.

Technically, the Snapdragon 212 chipset uses a higher CPU clock rate of 1.3 GHz, whereas the predecessor Snapdragon 210 runs at 1.1 GHz. The hardware configurations will apparently be backed by a modest 1 GB of RAM.

The same source says, the Lumia 650 will house a meagre 2,000 mAh battery cell on board. The predecessor of Lumia 640, on the other hand, comes bundled with a good 2,500 mAh battery. The recently launched wallet-friendly Lumia 550 also comes with a relatively better 2,100 mAh cell, GSM Arena noted.

As far as the memory configuration goes, the device will come equipped with a good-enough 8 GB of in-built storage space and a microSD slot for expansion. Camera-wise, an 8 MP primary sensor with an LED flash and a gracious 5 MP secondary shooter have been tipped. Apart from the standard connectivity options, this phone will not support LTE.

When it comes to Lumia 650 release date, past rumours suggested that the device will be introduced sometime in “early 2016.” Plus, Cricket Wireless will apparently sell this device from April 2016 in the US.

As always, readers are advised to take the reported Lumia 650 specifications, release date and photo with the proverbial pinch of salt as the tech giant has not confirmed these reports so far.