Microsoft Lumia 550 arrives in select regions at a cost of $139

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The Microsoft Lumia 550 was officially unveiled back in October after a fair amount of speculation. Having gone for pre-order on November 14th, it was promised that the affordable handset would make retail on December 8th. Slightly earlier than billed, the Lumia 550 is now available to purchase across much of Europe, and with pricing set at the equivalent of $139, it's an ideal prospect for those seeking a basic, no-frills experience. 

While not packed to the gills with power, the Lumia 550 does have plenty going for it. For starters, it's 4G LTE ready, and includes an HD display of 4.7 inches in diameter. The Snapdragon 210 SoC, meanwhile, should cater to everyday tasks without too much resistance. If you want a Windows device that goes above and beyond the basic levels of performance, you should perhaps instead look at the likes of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. But for the cost, the Lumia 550 appears a good little runner, while the fluidity of Windows 10 Mobile should ensure a smooth experience despite the low-power chip. 

While only available in Europe as of right now, the Lumia 550 should be on offer throughout other markets during the next couple of weeks. Despite a stuttering, non-existent flagship stake until the launch of the Lumia 950 duo, Satya Nadella's firm has retained a keen interest in producing affordable, lower-end smartphones, with the Lumia 550 following the likes of the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 in budget releases from the company this year. 

Along with LTE, the HD display and Snapdragon 210, the Lumia 550 also bundles one gig of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing snapper, and 8 GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 200 GB by means of the microSD slot. 

As well as appealing to those wanting a smartphone without a hefty price tag, the Lumia 550 could tempt long-time Android / iOS fans interested in testing the waters of Windows 10 Mobile. 

If you'd like to take a closer look at the Lumia 550, please check out our hands-on coverage, as well as the gallery below. 

source: VentureBeat

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Lumia 550
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, Quad-core, 1100 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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24 Comments

1. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

With its design and image quality it produces, I would trade my G3 for, not this one, Lumia 950 next 24 hours if Windows Store had apps as many as Play Store. Sigh

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

"if Windows Store had apps as many as Play Store. Sigh" Windows Central has just as many useful apps as Play Store or Apple App Store if you don't count pornographic & other garbage apps... YOU GO BY THE NUMBERS, DON'T YOU??? Bigger = Better, eh? Typical American Thinking... (No Offense)

2. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Snapdragon 210 for $140!?!? LMAOOOO!!! Google Android One says hello!!!

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Google Android One says Hello??? Well, Hello, GOOGLE ANDROID ONE is DEAD!!!!!! So... Google Android One says... Well, "NOTHING"... And besides, WP doesn't need MEGA PROCESSOR to run smoothly, unlike Android. Check-out Lumia 430 Performance Test by Hisham on Youtube (Since I've less than 30 Posts, I can't post any link yet!!! BAD PA, BAD PA). Not to mention 550 has bigger display with AMOLED Technology, HD Resolution & LTE which your oh so beloved & also deceased Android One sorely lacks... RIGHT BACK AT YOU...

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

There are many Android One models. Infinix Hot 2 Android One got better specs than this 550: 16GB, 2GB RAM, 5-inch HD.. MediaTek Quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7, Droid 5.1.1 Lollipop and OS update for 2 years!! Andrioid One rocks!!! *Deal with it*

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Hexa-Core? Your I.D says it all...!!! I know a guy on a "gearheads forum" who calls himself 'V10' and has the same 'thinking' as you...!!! Anyhow, First thing first; Infinix Hot 2 also lacks LTE!!! And warranty claim of this African Company would be a nightmare!!! And I wouldn't bet on its build quality either... And it's not EXACTLY an AndroidOne Device!!! Update comes from the OEM and not from Google!!! So... RIGHT BACK AT YOU... AGAIN!!!

13. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

So you think carrier-based Nexus devices do not get updates from thier respective carriers? Hello, T-Mo and Verizon Nexus 6 is still stuck at Lollipop, no Marshmallow till now! But unlocked Nexuses and Android Ones all get updated from Google! So what's your point? *LMAO*

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Stop braging BS! What runs smootly? Lumia 520 with half gig of RAM is a lagfest!!! Android rules! Deal with it. *Meh*

14. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

That I agree completely. I was a former 520 user then moved on to better WPs. It was very smooth when I first bought it then after WP8.1 update it laggs terribly. Not mention 'resuming' 'loading' when multi tasking. It gets better on 1gb ram devices but its still there even on my bros high end lumia 1520. Don't know about windows 10 though...

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This is not a bad phone but could've been way better especially on processor. I should've come with at least a snpdrgn 410.

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Calm down dude... At this price range it is surely not the best phone you can get on market. This is for those people who wants low end WP. Besides countries like India where low end phones shines, people choose Chinese OEM over these. I mean we cant blame them! For 174$ u get 1080p 3GB ram MediaTek helio10, finger print scanner, metal body etc etc.. And they are pretty good in quality too...

9. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Android doesn't need mega processor either, SD400 is very enough for smooth operation, Moto E didn't also seem to have huge problem with SD200. Just to inform a delusional Android hater. Besides, with that price, you can already expect a better processor.

15. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

That guy just throws his Androis hate-weight all over on here.

16. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

That guy just throws his Android hatred all over on here.

19. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah, Come-on... I 'barely' hate Android. As a matter of fact, I'm in love with Android's looks since Lollipop! With that being said; I'm far from being a "FANDROID"...!!! And quite apparently, most of you haven't even tried a Windows Phone... Granted, it has its downfalls like limited number of Apps for example... But you just can't overlook it's SIMPLICITY & BUTTERY SMOOTHNESS even on 'Humble Hardware'!!! Took me no time to master, when I bough my first Lumia after Nokia 3120 Classic running Series 40 OS... I've tried Lumia 430 with a humble Dual-Core Processor at a demo & this thing was "almost" as smooth as The Flagship Lumia 9xx Series even while running multiple apps simultaneously!

20. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

I've tried a Windows Phone. My sister got an HTC 8X. After playing with it for some time, heck, I got bored! *MEH*

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Meh indeed, the phone we have come to 'rely' on here is a old 8x. Why? because this is the 5th time this month I am resetting our androids for errors. Thankfully my Z3 has been a breeze, still plays second fiddle to my 1520 though, I have it so I don't go soft on android for my daily job.

24. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Preferences are like assholes... everyone has one.

21. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Multi tasking on windows phone from my experience is very bad. Not to mention low end devices!

3. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Low end market is where android gets most of its users from.They should get more OEMs to produce windows phones.

7. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Windows Phone gets most of it's users from the low-end segment too!! You sound burtthurt by Android's dominance. *SMH*

18. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

haha..i'm an android user myself.Its always better to have competition.No one is even able to touch android dominance in lower segment.Samsung is trying though..

22. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Chinese OEMs rule at that segment.

17. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

it should be priced at 100dollars or something it has almost nothing to standout even lumia 550 and 640 are better nd few android alternative like galaxy on 5 nd on 7 or j series or u can get zenfone 2 laser may be k3 note too or xperia e4g or perhaps lg leon or may be desire 620g or may be meizu m2 note or may be redmi note 2 and so on list goes

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