Since Microsoft has taken control of Nokia’s Lumia smartphone brand, the company has not been pushing out hardware intensive phones. The somewhat recent devices, 950 and 950 XL, are close to current flagships in terms of hardware and specs, still, they have to retreat to their comfort zone with low-end Lumia 650.
The design of the new device is still the same, however, the body is wrapped in an anodized aluminum border and measures only 6.9mm (0.27 inch) thick, as well as packing solid specs for its price tag.
The Lumia 650 sports a 5.0 inches wide IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (~297 ppi pixel density) and 16M colors.
Underneath the hood, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM at and 16GB of internal storage and Adreno 304 GPU. Built-in storage is expandable via microSD card up to 200GB.
Camera wise, the primary shooter, located on the rear, shoots at 8 MP and packs f/2.2 aperture, 28mm sensor size, autofocus, LED flash. The secondary ‘selfies’ camera, embed on the front, comes with a 5MP sensor.
In terms of connectivity, the Lumia 650 has been fitted with micro USB v2.0, 3G, GPS (with A-GPS), WiFi, Bluetooth v4.0, FM radio and an optional dual SIM.
To accommodate the HD 5.0-inch screen, Microsoft has backed the device up with a non-removable 2,000 mAh battery, which is expected to deliver up to 16 hours of talk time.
Dimensions wise, the Microsoft Lumia 650 measures 142 x 70.9 x 6.9 mm (5.59 x 2.79 x 0.27 in) and weighs 122 g (4.30 oz).
The device will come with Microsoft Windows 10 OS straight out of the box.
Pricing and availability
The Microsoft Lumia 650 is priced at around $199 and is expected to hit several European markets by February 15.
Even if the specs are still not at power with most recent Android devices, we think that for a Windows 10 device priced so low, the deal is quite good.