Microsoft Lumia 650 now official. A budget phone that could be better built than its flagship


Microsoft has introduced another Windows 10 smartphone with the arrival of the Lumia 650. This is yet a budget smartphone that’s a notch higher than its current entry-level Lumia 550. Based on earlier speculation, this might be the very last Lumia smartphone for the year.


While being an affordable device, the Lumia 650 could be the better built smartphone from Microsoft in a while. Instead of a plasticky body that wraps around its current Lumia 950/950XL flagships, the Lumia 650 features a highly polished, diamond cut and anodized aluminum frame for a premium feel. On top of that, it is currently the thinnest Windows 10 smartphone at only 6.9mm, the same thickness as an iPhone 6.

At the front, it gets a modest 5″ AMOLED display that pushes HD 720p resolution and it is toughen with Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood, it gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 Quad-Core processor that’s clocked at 1.3GHz. There’s also 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage that’s also expandable up to 200GB extra via microSD. For taking pictures, it gets a more decent 8MP f/2.2 main camera with LED flash, while the front gets a wide-angle 5MP shooter. Despite being a step above the Lumia 550, the battery on the Lumia 650 is slightly smaller at 2,000mAh. For this price range and processor, don’t expect this to support Continuum and it still charges up with a traditional microUSB cable.

The Lumia 650 supports 4G LTE and it is also available in a dual-SIM variant. Available in either matte black or matte white, it will be first available in Europe starting on 18th February at US$199 (about RM822). As comparison, the Lumia 550 is currently priced at RM559 in Malaysia.

For more information, visit Microsoft’s Lumia 650 product page.


Alexander Wong