Microsoft explains why Continuum is MIA on the Lumia 650
As we said, the Lumia 650 is odd. Why design a phone for the enterprise without including one of the best pro business features that you offer? For Microsoft that would be Continuum. On the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, this feature allows the user to turn the phone into a makeshift computer using USB cables and the Display Dock. You can plug in a mouse, a monitor and a keyboard, and let the phone power the portable computer set-up.
The reason why Continuum doesn't work with the Lumia 650 revolves around the minimum specs required to run the feature. According to Microsoft, a phone must be powered by one of three chipsets to use Continuum. Those three are the Snapdragon 617, Snapdragon 808 or Snapdragon 810. It also has to sport a minimum 2GB of RAM. These minimum requirements obviously eliminate the Lumia 650.
Of course, the next question is why did Microsoft not beef up the specs on the Lumia 650 so that it could support Continuum? The answer is rather simple. Microsoft makes phones covering numerous price points. The Lumia 650 is supposed to be cheap for businesses to buy and use. At its price point, it does contain several business features including Office, One Drive and Cortana capabilities. As one Microsoft spokesman says, if you want the Continuum feature, go buy the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL.