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Microsoft announces the super-affordable Lumia 550 with Windows 10

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Microsoft announces the super-affordable Lumia 550 with Windows 10

Continuing in the footsteps of previous Lumia 500-series smartphones, the just-announced Microsoft Lumia 550 is the company's newest addition to the super-affordable line. Slated for a December launch, the Lumia 550 will cost $139 and bring Windows 10 for Mobile to the masses.

On the inside, as can be expected, the Lumia 550 is a conservative, entry-level solution that is aimed at first time smartphone users and people on a budget. Microsoft actually spent less than 10 seconds on the phone, and official pages are not available yet, so the best we can do is go on a leaked slide that provides a quick rundown of the specs. Here's what it reads:

  • 4.7-inch, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution screen (315 ppi) 
  • A 1.1GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with LTE
  • 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, optional storage expansion through microSD
  • 5-megapixel main camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel selfie snapper
  • 2,100 mAh juicer with quick charging support
  • Windows 10 for Mobile
  • 136.1 x 67.8 x 9.9 mm
  • 141.9g

In short, an all-around respectable specs sheet, specifically considering the $139 outright price tag, and a chance for the masses to get a taste of Windows 10 for Mobile on an exceedingly affordable device.

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posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:15

1. Pattyface (Posts: 1519; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


The 550 looks like the 5x from the back.. Haha

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:37 1

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3607; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


The white one yes...not the black.
1GB RAM finally for the low end Windows Mobile now... But snapdragon 210 is underwhelming, I think Microsoft could've done away with 410 with that price.
Maybe they have plans for 650 with snapdragon 410.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:23

3. mahima (Posts: 125; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


quick charging for low end... great!!

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:27

4. miket1737 (Posts: 2367; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


IPhonearena.... O wow wait this is a Mirosoft article oops . lollll.. /s

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:38

6. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Quad-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5 ??? Gosh, it lags like crap.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:04

9. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


you clearly haven't tried windows 10 on low end devices some features such as multitasking are limited for smoother performance !

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 12:40

16. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Okay my nigga, it's alright.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 13:33

17. kefalin (Posts: 228; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


720P recording,thats it,man.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:27

10. Sharky (Posts: 233; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


The 210 has a Cortex A7 architecture. As a matter of fact its pretty much the Snapdragon 400, with a newer LTE chip.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 12:38 1

15. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


c'mon man, newer isn't synonymous to better!

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:29 1

11. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Are you sure it's not Cortex-A7? Because there are Snapdragon 210 chips that have 4 Cortex-A7 cores

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 12:36

14. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Alright man, thanks for the correction.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:01

7. dazed1 (Posts: 318; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


LOL S210 for 140$?! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

Redmi Note 2 says hello.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:45

13. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Nice price.

Now...is MS backtracking on the OS being optimized for 512mb ram? That was all the news for them and Android a couple of years ago.

Because releasing this at this price I cant see how much lower they could go with even less specs.

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