Ever since the 520’s crazy success, Nokia and then Microsoft’s Lumia roster was way more about low-end, low-cost devices than pricey flagships. And while these often offered decent hardware and software specifications, they never shined in the design department.
Until today, when we’re finally officially introduced to the Microsoft Lumia 650. This is quite possibly the first business-oriented entry-level Lumia, and it’s without a doubt the handsomest of its kind and price bracket.
Slated to go on sale in “select” European markets on Thursday, February 18, at “around” $199 before taxes and subsidies, the 5-incher rocks a “highly polished, diamond cut and anodized aluminum frame”, yet somehow manages to tip the scales at only 122 grams while measuring 6.9mm in depth.
The age of awkwardly bulky Windows phones seems to be over, although obviously, Redmond’s “attention to every detail” and “highest level of craftsmanship” take their toll on battery capacity. You get a smaller 2,000 mAh cell here than even that of the 4.7-inch Lumia 550, which may produce vexingly low real-life endurance numbers.
On the bright side, the Lumia 650 does bump up the 550’s cameras to 8 and 5 megapixels, also doubling down on internal storage (to 16GB) while retaining the always handy microSD card slot.
Not exactly a powerhouse, the fourth Lumia released with Windows 10 Mobile pre-loaded packs a quad-core 1.3 GHz Snapdragon 212 processor and 1GB RAM. Business customers are its primary target audience, but there’s no Continuum support. Just your typical “best of Microsoft productivity features”, including Office apps, OneDrive, Cortana, enterprise-grade security, and various other business services.