Microsoft Lumia 650 soon to launch in the U.S.

While the Microsoft Lumia 650 has already been released overseas, the handset has yet to launch in the U.S. Last month, we told you that the phone was heading for AT&T's pre-paid Cricket subsidiary. The Lumia 650 was reportedly designed for the enterprise as a handset that companies could buy by the dozen, and give away to employees to use in the field.

The Lumia 650 features a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1280. That works out to a 294ppi pixel density. Driving the phone is a Snapdragon 212 chipset carrying a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU, and the Adreno 304 GPU. 1GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of native storage and a 200GB capacity microSD slot.

An 8MP camera adorns the back of the phone, carrying an f/2.2 aperture. On front is a 5MP selfie snapping shooter that also handles video chats. A 2000mAh battery keeps the lights on, and Windows 10 Mobile is pre-loaded on the phone.

A tweet from Lumia U.S. says that a post will be made this week to social media, revealing information pertaining to the launch of the phone in the states. Pricing of the device is expected to be in the neighborhood of  $200.
source: @LumiaUS via MSPoweruser

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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



1. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Snapdragon 212, why? Those specs with a 6xx or even 4xx chip would be fine, but 200 series is pointless.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because they dont care about their product, they just think about profit for each device

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Sounds like Samsung's Grand Prime which this competes very well against, including price.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

cheaper and the 212 matches the same as the snap 400

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2361; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It's troubling to me how a company can go from selling a product like the Lumia 640 which now sells for $30 at BestBuy to offering this device which seems about the same or even worse in the hardware department for about 7 times the price. I could see this being $100, but $200? There is just no justification there. You can buy a mint-condition Lumia 1520 for that price.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Compare it to the $190 Grand prime... Prime: 8GB Rom 1GB Ram SD Slot (still semi limited without root or Android N) 5in TFT Screen (540 x 960 pixels) Snap 410 8MP back 5MP front Battery 2600 with a 17hr talk time Lumia 650 16GB Rom (So double space here) 1GB Ram (so same as Galaxy) SD Slot (not as limited as android 5.x and previous) 5in OLED (1280 x 720) - so bettery screen Snap 212 (shouldn't notice any difference) 8MP back 5MP front Battery 2000, 16hrs talk 4G So basically a slight upgrade in specs for nearly the same price...and now all of a sudden MS is the bad guy, where is your F-Samsung the way the Grand Prime released at 250 for us. Or just get an Alcatel for $140 Point? you guys are horribly insane

5. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It will be interesting to see how well this entry level Windows 10 smart phone sells to the general USA public. it does have more mass memory than a 640 which has 8 gigs while the 650 has 16 gigs of mass memory so you can load more apps in main memory. it has a better case design than the 640. it will get cheaper to buy as time goes onward. but I still think that Microsft's policy of just selling their smart phones on AT & T or it's sister networks is Flawed an will means LESS Windows smart phones will sell in the USA

6. jonathonpower7

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 09, 2016

I don't care about the is a plain, almost bottom barrel phone. I want the 950 or a lease like any other phone and WITHOUT switching to AT&T !!!!

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Every oem (besides apple) makes money off the bottom of the barrel devices, to the tune of 80% or so being low end devices....they must know something us flagship wanters don't know...

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