Microsoft Lumia 650

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Microsoft Lumia 650
BrandMicrosoft
ManufacturerMicrosoft Mobile
Slogan"The smart choice for your business"
SeriesLumia
Compatible networksGSM, HSPA, LTE
PredecessorMicrosoft Lumia 640
TypeSmartphone
Form factorSlate
Dimensions142 mm (5.6 in) H
70.9 mm (2.79 in) W
6.9 mm (0.27 in) D
Mass122 g (4.30 oz)
Operating systemWindows 10 Mobile
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon 212 MSM8909 v2
CPU1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7
GPUQualcomm Adreno 304 clocked at 400 MHz
Memory1 GB
Storage16 GB
Removable storagemicroSD up to 200 GB
BatteryUser replaceable 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery
Data inputsMulti-touch capacitive touchscreen
Display5 in (130 mm) HD (1280x720) OLED, 297 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
Rear cameraMP 1/4 in sensor
f/2.2 aperture
LED flash
Front camera5 MP
f/2.2 aperture
720p video
ConnectivityHSDPA (850, 900, 2100 MHz), GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
LTE (Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20: 2100, 1800, 2600, 900, 800)
WebsiteMicrosoft Lumia 650

The Microsoft Lumia 650 is a smartphone developed by Microsoft, officially revealed on February 15, 2016.[1] It is the successor to the Microsoft Lumia 640 and is aimed primarily at business users, with support for Microsoft's business applications as well as security features like device encryption and remote wiping.[2] Due to hardware limitations, it does not support Continuum.[3] The phone is available in both single- and dual-SIM variants and is the most recent model in the Lumia series, with Microsoft discontinuing mobile hardware production the following year.[4]

Availability[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the Lumia 650 is available from EE,[5] O2[6] and Vodafone.[7]

In the United States, the Lumia 650 is available from Cricket Wireless.[8]

In Canada, the United States, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, the Lumia 650 is available unlocked from the Microsoft Store.[9]

Hardware[edit]

The Lumia 650 has a 5-inch pentile OLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and oleophobic (fingerprint-resistant) coating. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage with up to 200 GB[10] expandable storage via microSD cards. It has a removable 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery, 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 5 megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera. It is available in black and white.

Unlike its predecessor, the Lumia 650 is built with an anodized metal frame design, which gives it a distinctive premium look and feel compared to its high-end siblings, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL.[citation needed]

Software[edit]

The Lumia 650 originally launched with the Windows 10 Mobile November Update (also known as Version 1511). In August 2016, Microsoft released the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update[11][12] (also known as Windows 10 Mobile Version 1607). The rollout of the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update (Version 1703) began on April 25, 2017,[13] following a rollout to Windows Insiders.

Reception[edit]

Back of the Lumia 650 (black version)

The Lumia 650 was generally well-received, with most reviewers commending the design, display quality and low price. The main points of criticism were performance and stability.

Richard Devine of Windows Central praised the design of the Lumia 650, calling it "easily the best looking Lumia in the current lineup". While some performance problems were noted, especially in graphically intensive games, overall usability for everyday tasks was found to be acceptable. The reviewer also noted a number of bugs in Windows 10 Mobile, but most of those were fixed in a subsequent operating system update.[14]

Steve Litchfield of All About Windows Phone gave the Lumia 650 a score of 83%, regarding it as a considerable upgrade from the Lumia 550, but expressing disappointment at the low-end Snapdragon 212 chipset. The phone was compared favourably to the Lumia 830, with the reviewer noting that it's "the nicest feeling Windows Phone I've ever held" and concluding that it's "the perfect smartphone to hand out in companies".[15]

Rich Woods of Neowin gave the Lumia 650 a very favourable review, calling it "a budget device that punches well above its weight". The design was described as "stunning" and the display was said to have "vibrant colors and deep blacks". The reviewer also commended camera performance, noting the lack of 1080p video capture as the only drawback. Overall performance was found to be excellent considering the price tag, with idle battery life being the main point of criticism.[16]

GSMArena commended the design as "gorgeous" and described the phone as feeling "almost unnaturally light", while also praising the display's sunlight legibility and colour accuracy. The review also noted multiple performance and stability issues with Windows 10 Mobile and pointed out Continuum and Windows Hello as significant missing features.[17]

Alastair Stevenson of Trusted Reviews criticised the performance and described the camera as "uninspired", but considered the design and display to be better than most affordable smartphones. The reviewer also remarked that "for business users the Lumia 650 ticks all the right boxes".[18]

Katharine Byrne of IT Pro gave the phone two stars out of five, calling it "A Windows 10 phone that entirely misses the point of Windows 10" due to the lack of Continuum, and criticising the phone's performance in benchmarks. While the design and display were commended, overall verdict for the phone was "rather forgettable".[19]

Phone Arena commended the phone's design, build quality and camera performance, but noted a few issues with the out-of-the-box experience as well as the camera. Overall the phone was deemed "a solid choice for an entry-level Windows 10 handset".[20]

Tom Warren of The Verge praised the phone's high-end look and aluminum feel as well as its light weight. However, he found many drawbacks such as an underpowered processor and the lack of Continuum.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Litchfield, Steve (February 15, 2016). "Microsoft officially announces the Lumia 650". All About Windows Phone. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
  2. ^ Hänninen, Samuli (February 15, 2016). "Microsoft Lumia 650: sophisticated, metal design and Windows 10 under $200 USD". Microsoft Devices Blog. Microsoft. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
  3. ^ Burns, Chris (February 16, 2016). "Microsoft explains Lumia 650's lack of Windows' most business-friendly feature". SlashGear. Retrieved 2016-03-12.
  4. ^ Bowden, Zac (October 8, 2017). "Microsoft's Joe Belfiore says Windows 10 Mobile features and hardware are no longer a focus". Windows Central. Mobile Nations. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  5. ^ Fernandes, Dexter (February 20, 2016). "You can now get the Lumia 650 from Wind Mobile Italy and EE UK". Windows Blog. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  6. ^ Allison, Michael (February 18, 2016). "You can now buy the Lumia 650 from O2 UK from £9.99(Pay monthly) or £159.99(PAYG)". MSPoweruser. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  7. ^ Saleem, Hammad (February 20, 2016). "Vodafone UK has the Lumia 650 on sale, with contract". WinBeta. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  8. ^ Nguyen, Vu Anh (April 20, 2016). "Cricket launches Microsoft Lumia 650". WinBeta. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  9. ^ John, Callaham (April 1, 2016). "Lumia 650 officially goes on sale in the U.S and Canada at the Microsoft Store". Windows Central. Mobile Nations. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  10. ^ "Microsoft Lumia 650 Specifications". Microsoft. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  11. ^ Brengel, Kellogg (August 16, 2016). "Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update now available for some". WinBeta. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  12. ^ Fortin, Michael (August 2, 2016). "How to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update". Windows Blogs. Microsoft. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  13. ^ Cable, John (March 30, 2017). "Managing the Windows 10 Creators Update rollout for a seamless experience". Windows Blogs. Microsoft. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  14. ^ Devine, Richard (March 29, 2016). "Microsoft Lumia 650 review: Sleek looks, low price". Windows Central. Mobile Nations. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  15. ^ Litchfield, Steve (February 23, 2016). "Review: Microsoft Lumia 650". All About Windows Phone. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  16. ^ Woods, Rich (March 19, 2016). "Microsoft Lumia 650 review: a budget device that punches well above its weight [Update]". Neowin. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  17. ^ "Microsoft Lumia 650 review". GSMArena. March 30, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  18. ^ Stevenson, Alastair (April 2, 2016). "Microsoft Lumia 650 review". Trusted Reviews. Time (UK). Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  19. ^ Byrne, Katharine (March 9, 2016). "Microsoft Lumia 650 review". IT Pro. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  20. ^ D., Luis (April 13, 2016). "Microsoft Lumia 650 Review". PhoneArena. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  21. ^ Warren, Tom (February 22, 2016). "Microsoft's Lumia 650 looks and feels way better than the Lumia 950". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 2017-06-15.

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