The device that we expected to be unveiled a few days back will finally go on sale in Europe on February 18th and according to its makers, it is targeted at business users. Its $200 pricing should, however, make it accessible to just about anybody eyeing a decent budget smartphone in the select markets it will become available in.
The Microsoft Lumia 650 becomes the fourth Windows 10 smartphone from Microsoft after the Lumia 950, 950 XL and 550 were unveiled towards the end of 2015. Microsoft has recently been seeding the Windows 10 Mobile update to older Lumia smartphones including the Lumia 535 whose users in the Middle East and Africa region started receiving the update in the last few days.
It has an aluminium frame to give it the premium look and feel and a matte finish to top it up.
Specifications of the Lumia 650 are as follows:
- Size and weight: 142 x 70.9 x 6.9 mm, 122g
- Display: 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels, 297ppi) AMOLED ClearBlack protected by Gorilla Glass 3
- Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 clocked at 1.3 GHz
- Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera (f/2.2 aperture), 5MP front camera (f/2.2 aperture)
- Memory: 16 GB internal storage (expandable via microSD up to 200 GB); 1 GB RAM
- Operating System: Windows 10 Mobile
- Battery: 2000mAh
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
- Network: GSM, WCDMA, LTE
- Colour options: matte white and matte black
- Other: Glance screen support
Just like the budget Lumia 550, the Microsoft Lumia 650 does not have support for Continuum, the Windows 10 feature that makes it possible to use a smartphone as a PC by selectively adapting to changes in use case scenarios.
It remains to be seen if the Lumia 650 will indeed be “the Last Lumia” as had been predicted in some quarters.