The $199 Microsoft Lumia 650 is now available for pre-order in the US


If any further sign was needed to point out that Microsoft isn't doing very well in the US, then it's worth noting that the company's most recent smartphone, the entry-level Microsoft Lumia 650 has yet to make it on US shores despite having launched in other countries across the globe. Earlier today, however, Microsoft quietly started taking pre-orders for the Lumia 650 in both the US and Canada. 

An unlocked Microsoft Lumia 650 will set you back $199, and the smartphone will start shipping on April 1st. 

If this it the first time you're hearing about the Microsoft Lumia 650, then know that this is the company's entry-level Windows 10 smartphone. While we have yet to fully review the handset, the Microsoft Lumia 650 behaved quite well during our hands-on time with the device.

As far as the design and the build goes, the Lumia 650 is a rather well-built device given its price point, offering a thin and light construction as well as a metal frame that adds to the overall feel of the phone. The display of the Lumia 650 is a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels, which is a fairly average panel in terms of both size and crispness. 


Under the hood, the phone is equipped with a 1.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 212 chipset and 1GB of RAM. Now, that's not a setup that will allow for smooth performance in 3D-intensive games. Otherwise, we've been fairly satisfied with the performance of the handset during our time with the Lumia 650.

In the imaging department, Microsoft's newest Lumia is equipped with an 8MP primary shooter and a 5MP front-facing sensor. Other highlights include 16GB of integrated storage space, a microSD card slot, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 2000mAh battery.

On the software side, the Microsoft Lumia 650 runs Windows 10 Mobile out of the box and offers a complete Microsoft experience through apps such as Office, OneDrive, and Cortana. Unfortunately, though, the phone does not offer support for Continuum, one of the most interesting features that Microsoft has baked in Windows 10 Mobile.

Priced at $199 unlocked, the Lumia 650 is a fairly affordable handset, although some of the phone's Android competitors - such as the 3rd-generation Motorola Moto G - do offer better specs at a lower price. For Windows faifhfulls on a budget, however, the Microsoft Lumia 650 is just what the doctor ordered.

source: Microsoft

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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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13 Comments

3. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

How is the Lumia 650 any better than the Lumia 640 that is currently selling for $29.99 with free shipping at Best Buy?

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

This MS Lumia 650 smart phone has a better built case than the 640. This device has twice the main storage memory than the 640. This MS Lumia 650 has Windows 10 mobile already on so you wont have to go through the trouble to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. This smart phone is a Business class smart phone made for businesses to buy in mass and give it their Employees who they deem should have one for Business proposes. I am kind of surprised Microsoft is selling them to the general public. I predict the price of this smart phone will drop and it will sell well as an entry level Window 10 mobile smart phone

9. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Even with better case, twice the RAM this is not worth the huge difference between 30$ and 200$. The CPU is slightly better and not worth the price at all. MS must lose connection with reality to sell this $hit for 200$. If they want business to adopt this device and windows 10 with it, they should sell ot on lost for 50$ - that's how to expand pity market share.

15. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

yoo I said the 650 has 2 times as much MAIN storage Memory. RaM is not Main storage Memory. Frankly I would buy 640 XL before I buy a 650. Friend this smart phone might interest Windows smart phone fans who do not want any Android or Apples Iphones. I am aware that that there are Android smart phones for the same price but Windows smart phone fans wont buy them.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The 640 was NOT 30 bucks new. That is the difference. But people like you forget that.

4. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I played with the fierce xl with the same cpu. I must say that sd 210 on Windows 10 is pretty fast.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Fierce has 2GB of RAM.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The OS has the same amount of mem access despite the ram, the ram only dictates multitasking, and on low end phones you are not going to be doing 50things at once, regardless of ram size. I own the fierce, and when going against the old snap800 1520, ram doesn't mean jack. The Fierce is like the 640 with a little less loading screen here and there, but not much else in terms of 'speed'.

5. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Would not buy this bought a Lumia 640xl as a backup to my Lumia 950xl and Nokia 808 and I must say I'm impressed with it.

7. robertdenaro116

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

How is the Lumia 650 any better than the Lumia 640 that is currently selling for $29.99 with free shipping at Best Buy?

10. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

it is not...worth the difference.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

How can you compare months old pricing to new phone pricing? You can't. The 640 was never 30 bucks brand new. No phone with the 640 specs is sold that way brand new. The galaxy grand prime is 190$ bucks new, has worse specs than the 650, yet somehow that is justifiable?

16. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Yoo Verizon Executives please get this MS Lumia 650 and the 950 XL on Verison. We need better Windows smart phones than Verizon currently sells on it's network. US Verizon Windows smart fans want the MS Lumia 950 XL and we also want your online and physical store reps to stop trying to sell us Android or Apple iphone when we ASK to buy a Windows smart phone. GIVE THE CUSTOMER WHAT THEY ASK FOR !

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