Although the Lumia 650 is a low-range phone, Microsoft said that it’s built for businesses.
Microsoft announced the Lumia 650, a Windows 10 smartphone that’s priced at $199. The announcement highlights Microsoft’s attempt in improving its own phone portfolio, a strategy that CEO Satya Nadella devised last year.
Available in matte black and matte white, the phone dons a diamond cut aluminium frame. Apart from its thin (6.9mm) and light (122 g) body, the Lumia 650 is pre-installed with Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Cortana, Microsoft’s own personal assistant.
Let’s check its specs. The phone sports a 5-inch AMOLED display, an aluminium frame, a quad-core 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor, 1GB RAM, and 16GB on-board storage.
Additionally, it has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing wide-angle camera, NFC and LTE support, and a removable 2000mAh battery. Although the Lumia 650 is a low-range phone, Microsoft said that it’s built for businesses. Strangely, the phone doesn’t support Continuum, a feature that supercharges the productivity of its users.
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“As we’ve sharpened our mobile strategy with a new focus in phones, the Lumia 650 is another step towards bringing Windows 10 to more than a billion devices. Our phones will continue to play a key role in this effort,” a Microsoft representative said. We’re improving our platform with regular updates and are committed to continuing to deliver the most productive and secure Windows-based smartphones to Windows fans and business customers.
The phone will launch at select markets in Europe on February 18th. Not bad, considering its $199 price tag. But could this be the last Lumia phone? Rumor has it that Microsoft will begin releasing Surface phones this year.
It sounds plausible. Last year, Satya Nadella decided to write off $7.6 billion in assets related to the Nokia Devices and Services acquisition. He also emphasized his commitment to first-party phones. Exciting times at Microsoft.
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