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chip, a miserly 2,000mAh battery and a camera that is not even capable of recording 1080p video, the Lumia 650 looks outdated when compared against most Android phones of its class.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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Lumia 650
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2000 mAh

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38 Comments

1. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 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.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 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!

29. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

HAHAHA!

2. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

LOL..

17. Pavarottipig

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

The same specs again!!!! The same phone again! They never sell! WP is FAIL:

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 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...

40. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

8. CosmicLion

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 15, 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.

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

26. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 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?

12. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

19. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

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

35. garciano unregistered

your opinion is not valued for wp vick

38. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 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.

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

20. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 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 :)

27. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.

37. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 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 :)

16. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

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

21. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

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

25. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

39. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 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.

10. GoGoGalaxyNexus

Posts: 81; Member since: Nov 01, 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!!

14. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 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!!!!!!

15. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Terribly overpriced

18. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

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

22. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

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

24. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 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.

23. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 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.

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