Last month, Microsoft has officially announced the mid-range Lumia 650 smartphone. While the device is already available in selected western markets, the device is launched in China today at a price of 1,699 Yuan (approx $260 / Rs. 17,500). Currently, the device is available for pre-orders while the shipping starts from March 31. In India, the device will be launched by the end of this month. The device comes with an Aluminum frame and a matte finished back cover. The Lumia 650 is the fourth Windows 10 powered smartphone launched by the Microsoft; earlier the company had launched the Lumia 950, Lumia 950XL and Lumia 550.
It features a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) AMOLED display and a Gorilla Glass 3 laid on top for protection. Under the hood is the latest Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and coupled with Adren0 304. The Lumia 650 has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be further expanded upto 200GB via MicroSD card slot. It comes with Microsoft’s AI – Cortana which brings works same as Siri on Apple devices or Ok Google on Andriod powered devices.
@mitesh_manorkar We are expecting Lumia 650 to be available for purchase in India by the end of this month. We’ll keep you posted. ^Raj
— Microsoft India (@MicrosoftIndia) March 17, 2016
In the camera department, it has an 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera on the front with the same f/2.2 aperture. The device is backed by a 2,000mAh battery that is rated to deliver 16 hours of talk time and lasts upto 26 days on standby. It will be available in both Single & dual SIM variants and offers 4G LTE connectivity. Connectivity options include Cat4 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port.
The device measures 142 x 70.9 x 6.9 mm and weighs just 122 grams. Since the device includes just a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, we cannot expect the device to support Continuum. It comes in Matte White and Matte Black color options. Recently Microsoft has rolled out latest Windows 10 Mobile update for the Windows 8.1 running Lumia devices that has more than 512MB of RAM. Stay tuned for official pricing and availability for Lumia 650 in India.