Microsoft Announces the Stylish Lumia 650

With support for Windows 10 Mobile coming rather slowly to mid-range, budget phones, at least here’s another addition to the list of phones that run on Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile and are cheaper to buy. The Lumia 650.

The phone sits a bracket above the Lumia 550 which was announced a while back but failed to evoke many emotions. The phone has a slightly premium touch to it with an aluminum frame, though, the typical Lumia touch is retained with funky back colors.

The front has a spacious 5” AMOLED display with 720p resolution, which Microsoft calls its best under this price point.


Under the hood, you get a quad-core Snapdragon 212 processor, which is decidedly mid-range and only marginally better than the 210 on its sibling. Coupled with it is a paltry 1 GB RAM and 16 GB expandable storage.

At the back sits an 8 MP camera with 720p capture, LED and f/2.2 aperture. The front also boosts a 5 MP camera with f/2.2.

Connectivity options are decidedly rich, beginning with Cat.4 LTE, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1, and ending with GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS.

The phone will be available in two colors: Black and White, along with further back panels at launch. Pricing is set at $199 while retail availability begins in the coming few weeks.

Microsoft Lumia 650 Specifications:

  • CPU: 1.3 Ghz quad-core Cortex-A7
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 212
  • OS: Windows 10 Mobile
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, optional Dual-SIM
  • Design: Aluminum frame, with polycarbonate, interchangeable back
  • 142 x 70.9 x 6.9 mm; 122g
  • Display: 5” AMOLED with 720 resolution (297 ppi)
  • Memory: RAM: 1 GB / Internal: 16 GB
  • Card slot: yes
  • Camera: Primary: 8 megapixel with f/2.2  / Secondary: 5 MP with f/2.2
  • Connectivity: LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, FM Radio
  • Battery: 2200 mAh, user-replaceable
  • Price: $199