Only last week, Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela confirmed the existence of the Lumia 650 during the Windows Weekly podcast. Following which, a live photo and configurations of this handset have surfaced.

The freshly leaked live prototype image of the Microsoft Lumia 650 from Venture Beat confirms the stunning metallic frame running through the corners of the device. Even though the exterior gives the preferred premium-look, the components inside the handset can only be deemed as entry-level.

The Lumia 650 will apparently feature a 5.0-inch display, aided by 720p screen resolution. Earlier rumor suggested that the device will come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 chipset. However, now, the source said that Snapdragon 210 should be expected.

While the Snapdragon 212 comes with a higher CPU clock rate at 1.3 GHz, the Snapdragon 210 settles for 1.1 GHz. As expected, this handset will come backed by 1 GB of RAM.

The Lumia 650 will apparently house an inferior 2,000 mAh battery unit. In comparison, the predecessor Lumia 640 comes with a much-better 2,500 mAh cell and the recently released budget-friendly handset Lumia 550 houses a 2,100 mAh unit, GSM Arena reported.

When it comes to memory configuration, it is expected to come equipped with 8 GB of native storage space, along with a microSD card slot for further expansion. An 8-megapixel rear-facing camera sensor along with an LED flash and a generous 5-megapixel front-facing snapper will apparently be part of the handset.

As far as the Lumia 650 release date goes, past rumours pointed to “early 2016” -- in the timeframe of January and February. AT&T’s Cricket Wireless has been reported to offer this device starting April 2016 in the U.S. Lastly, Microsoft will apparently be marketing this device as an entry-level business-focused handset.

Readers, however, should note that Microsoft has not confirmed any Lumia 650 specifications thus far.