Back in early December, Microsoft launched the entry-level Lumia 550 in several markets across the globe
, and now it looks like the Redmond-based tech giant is ready to sell the smartphone unlocked through its US web store as well.
Previously, the Microsoft Lumia 550 was available from third-party retailers
such as B&H Photo Video, but now that the phone is available from Microsoft itself, we can say that the device has officially launched on US shores.
The unlocked Microsoft Lumia 550
is priced at $139 over at Microsoft.com, which is $10 cheaper than what B&H is asking for the same device. Unfortunately, though, Microsoft only sells the black version at the moment, while B&H also has the white version on sale. As an unlocked smartphone, the device can work with both AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.
At $139.99 with no contractual obligations, the Microsoft Lumia 550 is the cheapest way to get your hands on a smartphone that landed with Windows 10 Mobile out of the box, although you shouldn't expect to get top-class performance at this price point.
Compared to the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL
flagships, the Lumia 550 has a much more modest nature. It integrates a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset (literally the slowest chip that Qualcomm currently manufactures), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, a 5MP primary camera, and a 2MP secondary shooter on the front.
Microsoft Lumia 550
What do you guys think? Interested in a $139.99 Windows 10 Mobile smartphone?