When it comes to smartphone launches, patience is overrated. Sure, you could hold back your big launch of the season for an expo like MWC – the sort of thing manufacturers are “supposed” to do – but where’s the fun in that? Earlier this month, we saw Microsoft reject the idea of saving its latest launch for Barcelona as it went official with the affordable new Lumia 650 mid-ranger. And while the phone may not formally be an MWC launch, it sure as sugar came along for the ride, giving us our first opportunity to go hands-on with the model.

Compared to the rest of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile offerings, the Lumia 650 looks good – far better than a phone of its meager $200 sticker price should.

Internally, the phone’s a little less impressive, with middling specs that are more of the “get by” than “shine” variety, but such considerations haven’t historically been too devastating for similarly equipped Windows Phone 8.1 models – and by contrast, that’s where the platform’s seen some of its heaviest retail action.

Right now, the Lumia 650’s already available in certain European markets – here’s hoping we see it spread elsewhere, and soon.

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