Microsoft has just pulled the wraps off the Lumia 650. The handset frequented our rumor mill over the past few months, and is now finally official.
The specsheet starts with a 5-inch 720p display, but unlike the lesser Lumia 550, the 650 packs an AMOLED panel. Microsoft is so proud of it that it calls it “our most beautiful screen ever” … “at this price point”.
The Snapdragon 212 is in charge of powering Windows 10 (but no Continuum), and its quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU clocked at 1.3GHZ – the sole difference to the S210 in the Lumia 550. It’s coupled with a single gig of RAM too, but storage has gotten a bump to 16GB, expandable via microSD. Imaging department is represented by an 8MP primary camera (type 1/4 inch sensor, 28mm equiv. focal length, f/2.2 aperture), while on the front you’re getting a 5MP sensor behind f/2.2 lens.
You get a full set of connectivity options, with multi-band 2G/3G/4G, and LTE is Cat 4 (150Mbps down, 50Mbps up). There’s Bluetooth v4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. A dual-SIM version of the smartphone is also present. An FM radio receiver is on board too, for those who asked.
The Lumia 650 boasts a solid aluminum frame, with exchangeable back covers and upon launch it will be available in black and white color schemes. The smartphone weighs 122g and measures a pretty sleek 142 x 70.9 x 6.9mm. Inside there’s a 2,000mAh battery, user-replaceable too.
The Microsoft Lumia 650 will be available in select European markets starting February 18, priced around $199 before taxes or subsidies. Yes, we too are wondering why Microsoft has announced a European launch with a price in dollars.