Microsoft retreats again to the low-finish with the Lumia 650

Microsoft retreats back to the low-end with the Lumia 650

Since Microsoft took management of Nokia’s Lumia smartphone model, it hasn’t precisely been cranking out probably the most compelling of hardware. The current(ish) Lumia 950 and 950 XL are the closest it is come to new flagships, however at the moment the corporate’s retreated again into its consolation zone with the low-finish Lumia 650. The brand new gadget’s boxy body is wrapped in an anodized aluminum border and measures solely 6.9mm (zero.27 inch) thick, however there’s little to get enthusiastic about underneath the hood.

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Up entrance you will discover a 5-inch, 720p OLED show with Gorilla Glass safety, and beating away contained in the 4G-prepared handset is a quad-core 1.3GHz Snapdragon 212 processor. Different key specs embrace 16GB of inner storage (expandable as much as 200GB with the fitting microSD card), NFC help, a 2,000mAh battery, an eight-megapixel major digital camera and 5MP entrance-facer with large-angle lens.

The system runs Home windows 10 Cellular out of the field, as you’d anticipate, and is available in single- and twin-SIM variants together with your selection of black or white get-up. The Lumia 650 is launching in choose European nations this week (February 18th) with a advisable worth of $199/circa £one hundred fifty, and an omission of any plans for different areas does not bode properly for wider availability, no less than within the close to future.

It is no nice secret that Lumia gross sales have been falling off a cliff for over a yr now, and Microsoft hasn’t managed to drum up a substantial amount of curiosity within the newest iteration of its cellular OS. Rumor has it the Lumia 650 will probably be Microsoft’s final handset bearing the Lumia model identify, and that the corporate might be taking a look at classes discovered from its Floor units to show round its cellular stoop.

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