The affordable Microsoft Lumia 650 goes on sale in the US

Microsoft's Lumia 650 has officially landed in the US. The unlocked flavour of the Microsoft Lumia 650 is priced at $199 and can be purchased from the Microsoft Store with free shipping included.

The Microsoft Lumia 650 was unveiled all the way back in mid-February, and has been released in various emerging markets across the globe for some while now. In the US, however, Microsoft took its sweet time with launching its new affordable smartphone.

While the Lumia 650 is not going to impress anyone through its raw spec-sheet, the affordable handset left us with a pleasant first impression following a quick hands-on time. Major factors in this are the phone's thin and light construction as well as the metal frame that goes around the body of the handset.

The display of the Lumia 650 is a decent 5-inch AMOLED panel running at a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels. The processing power is drawn from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 SoC with a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. That's not an impressive setup, but the phone is able to handle basic tasks well.

Other specs include 16GB of expandable internal storage, an 8MP primary camera, a 5MP secondary shooter on the front, 4G LTE, as well as a 2000mAh battery. Unfortunately, the Windows 10 Mobile 'Continuum' function is not supported by the phone.

What do you guys think of the Microsoft Lumia 650, is it worth $199?

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 16GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2000 mAh



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

No whiners so far dissing the humble SD212? I'm impressed... Well, I've a Lumia 430 and and have recently updated it to Windows 10 Mobile, no regrets so far... And guess what, that thing runs on ancient Snapdragon 200 Dual Core! So, if an OS runs fluidly even on dated hardware, why complaining about lack of hardware muscle...? Nokia N70 had a 200Mhz Processor with about 50 or so MB I'd RAM, it was fluid... Original iPhone had just 128MB RAM and a 600Mhz processor it too was fluid... So, any takers?

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The SD 212 is a newer processor, look it up, it was announced in July 2015. Plus your 430 SD 200 processor came out in September 2013. It's not about the processors. Its about Microsoft now admittedly stating their focus this year is not Windows 10 Mobile. So why invest in something like this device. Not to mention Microsoft abandoned their older WP devices when they stated earlier that they would update them. Microsoft has lost credibility and trust. So, any takers? Not me.

7. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Microsoft's focus is on making their ecosystem strong. Soon people will be creating Windows mobile apps regardless of the fact WP market share is 1 or 2%. They have a clear vision. They said it long ago, they'll make phones for the fans (Lumia 950/XL), for enterprise (Lumia 650) and budget (Lumia 550). That's more than enough, bearing in mind the ecosystem is not strong yet.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I dunno. I bought a Lumia 640 for $11.99 on clearance from Walgreens. I don't think this phone is $188 better than the Lumia 640 I already have. LOL

3. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Just kill the Lumia family already.

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Unfortunately Same old MS. I use to own a WinCE phone device which MS promise to update to WinCE 6.x but when that came out they stated that the hardware was under powered and it could not be upgraded because the new OS was built from the ground up with a new kernel. So all of us WinCE users were forced to purchase new hardware that ran 6.x. Then again when Ms decided it was going to leave WinCE behind and built its new phone os on the NT kernel it admitted that the hardware that was running WinCE 6.x could not function with the new kernel. Again all of us loyal MS users were force to upgrade to newer hardware that supported the new WinMobile 7.x we where again promised that any new os that MS rolled out would be supported by our hardware, Surprise another version released with an all new kernel and our win 7.x device could not be upgraded. That's when I got off the MS bus and just watch from the sides line Windows phone , Win Phone 8, Win Phone 8.1 and now win Phone 10. Same thing it just seems MS has no strategy and are not even interested in the mobile market. Now with a new CEO and VPs that express it openly It seems MS should just concentrate on its desktop and X-Box platforms,

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I can't wait to buy this at $40

6. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Good thing is you probably won't have to wait too long. MS was so promising......ayyyy. What happened.

9. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

HMM if Verizon gets a variation of the the 650 I hope it comes with more main storage 32gigs. and a 1080p screen and the lumia 920's pure view camera. a C-USB to have Continuum now that is a good Mid level Windows 10 mobile smart phone. Folks I really think the big Windows smart phone NEWS this year will be the debut of 2 "Surface" Smart phones. one will be named simply "Surface Phone" it will probably be Windows 10 mobile OS a 5 inch screen 950 XL specs ARMS CPU smart phone made with the Surface Metal case. The other "Surface smart phone will be Named the "Surface Pro" it will not run Windows 10 Mobile instead it will run a stripped down version of the Full Windows 10 desktop OS. It will Use a specialized "NEW" Intel Mobile CPU, have at least a 5,5 inch 1080p amoled clear black screen, a Finger print ID reader at least 32 gigs of main man storage memory at least 2 gigs of ram, Micro SD slot for more memory storage, a 20 meg Pure view camera. A metal Case. it will run ALL windows 10 store Apps, MS "Universal Apps, plus it will run "SOME" but not all old and current Win 32 Full Desktop PC programs in 'its "Continuum" mode it will a Smart phone Pocket PC hybrid. it will sell very well. it will be a very controversial device. loved by some and called a stupid product by Others

10. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Would you like drink and fries with your 650? I'm sure Verizon and MS are cooking up your phone as we speak.

11. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

How can they even charge so much? Forget competition which are providing much better hardware, more RAM, better camera, larger full HD screen & other useful features... If we compare this device to Lumia 640 which is available @$120, Lumia 640, an year old device is far better than this crap... MS gone insane.. First they destroyed Nokia, note they want to do the same to MS..

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