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Microsoft Lumia 650 is now official: a $200 5" phone with good looks and miserable specs

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Microsoft Lumia 650 is now official: a $200 5" phone with good looks and miserable specs

The Lumia 650 has leaked out so many times that we're surprised it took Microsoft so long to finally make it official. Well, the day has come: the new member of the affordable phone class, a thin and good-looking 5" phone with a metal frame and Windows 10 on board, the Lumia 650 is now official.

And put simply, the Lumia 650 is a little absurd: a $200 phone with the paltry Snapdragon 212 chip, a miserly 2,000mAh battery and a camera that is not even capable of recording 1080p video, the Lumia 650 looks outdated when compared against most Android phones of its class. 

At the absolutely same price, you can get the 5.5" honor 5X, a stylish phone made out of metal with a fingerprint scanner, the multiple times faster Snapdragon 615 system chip with 3GB of RAM, a good 13-megapixel camera (yes, with 1080p video!), and support for 4G LTE.

At the same time, here is a quick look at the most important specs of the Lumia 650:

  • 5” OLED display with 720 x 1280-pixel resolution
  • Snapdragon 212 (quad-core, 1.3GHz) 
  • 1GB of RAM
  • diamond cut and anodized aluminum frame
  • comes in matte black and matte white
  • thin 6.9mm profile, weighs 122 grams
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with rich capture more and living images
  • 5MP wide-angle, front-facing camera
  • 16GB of storage, supports microSD cards for expandable storage
  • 2,000mAh removable battery

As most Lumia smartphones, the 650 has the latest Microsoft Office apps installed right out of the box, which is a nice bonus. As the phone runs on Windows 10, it supports new third party Universal Windows Applications like Uber, which is also good.


Made for enterprise, not for you


It's no surprise that given these quite unattractive specs (from a consumer's stand point), Microsoft says loud and clear that this is a device made for the enterprise. It declares the Lumia 650 "secure by design and [it] keeps company and personal data safer with features like device encryption and device wipe."

The list of enterprise features include:

  • built-in support for Microsoft business applications
  • one click setup of common everyday tools like Office 365
"It also allows IT to test the latest Windows 10 Mobile updates against critical line of business systems and apps, before you distribute to end users via MDM," Microsoft says.

Price and release date


The Lumia 650 will first be available in select European markets starting February 18th, with a suggested retail price of around $200 before taxes and subsidies.


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posted on 15 Feb 2016, 05:51 5

1. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Personally I would have miserable looks and awesome specs like the Galaxy S5.

But judging from the comments here many would prefer the contrary. Probably the same potheads that want Hillary for president, and if possible would keep Barry Hussein in office.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 05:58 7

3. GreenMan (Posts: 1229; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER So you're Trump kinda guy, eh...?

Well, in my dictionary; "TRUMPETS" translates as "MORONS" with an "F" word before it...

G'Day!

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 13:16

29. Oxygen (Posts: 125; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


HAHAHA!

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 05:52

2. aesthetics (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


LOL..

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 08:21 1

17. Pavarottipig (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)


The same specs again!!!! The same phone again! They never sell!

WP is FAIL:

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 06:09 7

5. GreenMan (Posts: 1229; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Its sure is sad to see Windows Phone dying slowly yet surely...

Only Windows Phone die hard enthusiast are going to consider it... Whereas men like me, who love both Windows Phone and stock Android will probably go with Motorola Moto G or heavily discounted Nexus 5X...

After burying the beloved Blackberry 10 OS, also say goodbye to Windows Phone...

You'll always remain in our hearts and will always be remembered for you were a little OS that could, but got betrayed by your own creator...

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 20:35

40. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I'm a long time Windows Phone supporter. I switched for a Note 5 around November last year.

Still absolutely love Windows Phone's UI as a daily use OS, but I simply can't rely on Microsoft to improve their situation in Mobile. They've failed strategically continuously, and it is a shame because it is still the better OS for my needs.

I feel like I just got tired of watching them shoot their own feet. I am tempted to use expletives to describe the collective intelligence level of the leaders of their mobile business. Pick up the average WP fan off the street to make your decisions; you can thank me later.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 06:32 2

8. CosmicLion (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)


With that price, people can buy 3 Lumia 650 for one IPhone. There you go. Fixed it for you and yeah America needs more Aliens and Islam. Vote for Hillary.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 07:05 7

11. jellmoo (Posts: 1583; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


The problem here is that they could also buy 3 of the Honor X, Zenfone 2 or G Flex 2 and get a considerably better device.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 12:51

26. DnB925Art (Posts: 1010; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Or you can buy 3 Lumia 640s (or 6 of you bought them for $30 recently at Walmart or Best Buy specials) for the price of a 650 and it's still a very decent phone.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 06:36

9. Arthurhkt (Posts: 482; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Guys, asking for your opinion, I am interested to getting the Lumia 650 for my backup phone, and I use to be having a Lumia 640 which unfortunately just spoiled recently. I had compare both of the processor, on surface of course Lumia 640 would be having a better processor (Snapdragon 400), while Lumia 650 are having Snapdragon 212 processor. So with all your opinion, thus would there be any big different in between both processor? I check the GPU wasn't that much different. Any advice?

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 07:07 1

12. Victor.H (Posts: 658; Member since: 27 May 2011)


I would go for the Lumia 640, especially considering that it's multiple times cheaper now

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 09:24

19. Arthurhkt (Posts: 482; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Alrighty then.... If in term of spec? Does Snapdragon 212 can play game like Asphalt 8 smoothly like the Snapdragon 400?

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 17:52

35. garciano (unregistered)


your opinion is not valued for wp vick

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 20:11

38. Arthurhkt (Posts: 482; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I am sorry, to me his opinion is very valuable as I as a consumer are looking for a opinion from professional, that why I am asking here, however not only I am not a WP "vick", I am a phone collector and phone lover, I am using Android phone as my daily driver and a WP for my backup/secondary phone, still I need a advice from anyone which has much more knowledge than me.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 07:12

13. jellmoo (Posts: 1583; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


The big difference may end up being LTE bands depending on where you live. The 640 had a NA variant to take advantage of LTE bands here. The 650 does not. Other than that, the differences are really minor. I doubt you'd notice a performance difference between the two. The biggest differences are likely going to fall into the front camera being much better on the 650, and the 650 coming with double the built in storage.

If you really like WP, you could also try and get a Lumia 830. I believe that they have dropped to a similar price.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 09:25

20. Arthurhkt (Posts: 482; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Too bad I can't get Lumia 830 at my country anymore :( , while I am a true fans of WP, but I do like the battery stand by time compare to other smartphones :)

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 12:57

27. DnB925Art (Posts: 1010; Member since: 23 May 2013)


But at least with the 640 even with 8GB, it has expandable microSD card storage so that helps a lot. Plus just recently you could have bought it for as low as $30 for the AT&T variant which is easy to SIM unlock for free through AT&T and you can now just about any carrier specific ROM on it thanks to XDA. I installed the T-Mo ROM on mine and it now runs nicely on T-Mo's network with all of T-Mo's bands (including band 12) and WIFI calling included.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 20:09

37. Arthurhkt (Posts: 482; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Thanks, unfortunately I am not from US :( , but anyway thanks for your opinion, maybe I will try looking for another Lumia 640 or Moto g :)

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 07:34

16. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


Unless you're dying for the nicer design, the 640 is probably your better option

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 09:26

21. Arthurhkt (Posts: 482; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


But if in term of performance? Especially in gaming part?

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 12:45

25. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


The L650s gaming experience probably won't be as good as the S212 has a Adreno 304 rather than the 305 of the S400. The difference probably won't be massive though.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 20:13

39. Arthurhkt (Posts: 482; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Hm.... I am thinking that also. Never mind then, maybe I will try looking for another Lumia 640 or Moto g :), thanks for your opinion.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 07:04 1

10. GoGoGalaxyNexus (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


There was a time when reading about Windows phones was exciting, Microsoft bought the Lumia line just to kill its OS, I hope other companies bring to the game much better phones than this Microsoft joke!!

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 07:31

14. davthom123 (Posts: 35; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)


u can get d xiaominredmi note 2 or redmi 3 meizu m1 metal lenovo k3 or k4 note for less.heck my unknown in Europe and Asia but popular in Africa infinix zero 3 with a 1080p screen,Helios x10,4k recording 20mp dual tone led camera,with reasonable software updates for bugbug fixes and even sometimes updates to d next version of android and a premium glass back with metal sides design only cost me 45000naira(about 223$) and its a 5.5inch phablet which are supposed to be more expensive.damn!!!!!!

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 07:34

15. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


Terribly overpriced

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 08:24

18. justrt (Posts: 385; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


It could be a marketing strategy or something.. They'll just start announcing major discounts..

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 09:55

22. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 294; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


Around $200 for this specs .
If the price around $100,it will be so far good phone (according to me)

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 10:40 1

24. Bernoulli (Posts: 3979; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


And you're absolutely right, windows phone is noted for not demanding specs therefore the author's diminishing comments are purely objective and biased against windows phone.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 10:26 1

23. Bernoulli (Posts: 3979; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Terrible specs, made for enterprise not for you.
Dear author : who are you to determine what I like and what I want? What if I own my own business? (which I do). Just because you don't like something doesn't mean all of us won't like it. In addition, aren't reviews supposed to be unbiased? And please, correct me if I'm wrong.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 13:01 1

28. nenadmitrovic (Posts: 58; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


He is paid to promote some phones and to say bad things about other

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 13:22

30. Oxygen (Posts: 125; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Vaseline, bruh!

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 14:19

31. Subie (Posts: 733; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Reviews are always biased in all genres of life and always will be. However this article is not a review and a more professional journalist would've just reported the news about this new phone in an unbiased manor. Would he dare point out that Apple doesn't give you the same specs as others for the prices they charge...

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 17:46

34. garciano (unregistered)


a very un professional article to say the least maybe he should try the phone first before mouthing off? better yet don't bother!

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 15:02

32. FrankUnderwood2 (Posts: 228; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


Correction PA, Huawei Honor 5X has 2 GB RAM, not 3.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 15:06

33. FrankUnderwood2 (Posts: 228; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


Looking at this, it seems like MS is not serious about their smartphone business at all...

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 19:55

36. shimanto1123 (Posts: 100; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


Another joke from Microsoft ....

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 06:12

41. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1544; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


some of you folks just do not realize that Windows 10 is on 180 Million plus Computers of Various Types and more are coming every day. Business/Enterprise use them and the BEST
smart phones to use with Windows 10 computers is a Microsoft Windows 10 mobile OS smart phone, especially using Microsoft Universal apps which are increasing in number. this MS Lumia 650 is a basic Windows 10 smart phone businesses might by because spending 500
to 700 or more for their employees company smart phone is not a cost effective option for them. Microsoft is now improving the Windows 10 OS to bring it up to a nice OS

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