After months of speculation, Microsoft has finally officially unveiled their next smartphone, the Lumia 650. It packs great specs into very pretty build with a nice and low price tag of $199 (£159.99 in the UK, or €229.00 in Germany).
It’s more on the budget side, but if you look at the picture above, you’d think it could be a flagship thanks to Microsoft adding the highly polished, diamond cut and anodized aluminum frame around the 650’s 6.9mm thin, 122 gram body. This is truly a phone with a perfect balance of power, budget-friendliness, and premium appearance.
Display wise, we’re looking at a 5-inch 720p AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass 3, ClearBlack technology and Glance screen. This should give users a nice experience while using the phone.
Inside, Microsoft has packed in a quad-core 1.3Ghz Snapdragon SoC, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card for up to an extra 200GB, a 2000mAh battery, 8MP rear and 5MP front camera systems, LTE, and Windows 10 Mobile.
Here’s a full spec sheet of the Lumia 650:
Windows 10 Mobile
HD (1280×720) AMOLED, ClearBlack
720p Video Recording
Still image capture
Qualcomm Snapdragon 212
Memory & Storage
Internal storage: 16GB (expandable up to 200GB)
GSM Bands: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz
LTE Bands: Band 1, Band 3, Band 7, Band 8, Band 20
Wi-Fi: IEE 802.11 b/g/n
As you can see, the budget factor is starting to show a bit. However, that’s not gonna stop users from buying and using this phone. I can tell this is gonna be a hit, as it’s similarly packaged to the Lumia 640, which is currently going for $49 at the Microsoft Store.
The Lumia 650 will be available starting February 18th in regions in Europe. It will soon make it’s way to the U.S. via Cricket Wireless where it’ll be sold for around Microsoft’s suggested price of $199.