Microsoft Lumia 650, Midrange WP Wonder!

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The Microsoft Lumia 650 is going to be a best seller and the work-horse of the company, at least in this writer’s opinion. Remember where you read it first, folks.

In case you are wondering what am I talking about, consider this: the Lumia 950/950 XL represented Microsoft’s answer to the WP OS fan-base, who were basically starving and looking forward to a complete flagship experience and high-end hardware.

The Lumia 550 on the other hand was the budget friendly option, which was launched alongside the aforementioned flagships, without too much fanfare, but it served a clear purpose: to present the “masses” with the complete Windows 10 experience at ridiculously low prices.

Enter the Microsoft Lumia 650, a gorgeous looking smartphone, filling the blanks between high-end and low end.

Are you starting to get the picture?

At a first glance, the Microsoft Lumia 650 is the perfect illustration of the fact that a little bit of metal and beautiful styling will make all the difference in the world.

What I’m trying to tell you is that the Microsoft Lumia 650 looks absolutely outstanding, being maybe the best smartphone (design wise) in the Lumia lineup, Nokia heritage included.

Truth be told and prejudice asise, the Microsoft Lumia 650 looks better than the flagship, the 950/950 XL, and that’s amazing in my book, considering the price-gap between these babies.

So, if you can buy an outstandingly beautiful smartphone running flawlessly on WP 10 OS for a price tag of under $200 (contract free), what’s the catch you may ask?

Well, the answer is obvious: the hardware platform doesn’t quite keeps up with the beautiful exterior of the Microsoft Lumia 650.

However, if you’re not a power user, hungry for the latest game and CPU intensive apps, but a regular smartphone-dude looking for something cheap, beautiful which just works flawlessly, you’ve just found your made-in-heaven match, provided Redmond is where heaven is on this Earth.

So, what’s up with the Microsoft Lumia 650?

Well, the smartphone runs on the latest and greatest Windows Phone OS 10, it’s built using a poly-carbonate body surrounded by an aluminum frame, featuring an exchangeable back panel, it’s surprisingly sexy, i.e. slim and light and it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Are you sold yet? Well, if not, stick around, there’s more to it.

The 5 inches wide OLED (!) display features a 297 pixels per inch density and 720p resolution, the system on chip is a Qualcomm variety, a Snapdragon 212 chipset (quad core @1.3 GHz, Cortex-A7 CPU) with one gigabyte of RAM. Also, the Microsoft Lumia 650 comes with 16 GB of internal storage capacity, an 8 megapixels shooter and a 5 MP frontal camera for video-calling and selfies, CAT 4 LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with GLONASS, micro-USB port and a 2000 mAh power-plant.

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Okay, there’s no 1080p resolution and an entry level hardware platform, but you must ask yourself this: do you really need a quantum-computer for day to day tasks, such as making calls, using Whats-app and Facebook or watching YouTube videos?

If you’re not a 16 years old hipster, living online 24/7/365, the answer is probably no way, Jose!

The Microsoft Lumia 650 really has it where it counts: a generous (in terms of real estate) and punchy AMOLED screen, a solid internal capacity, a fairly good camera and even a memory card slot. And all these for just under 200 bucks.

So, what else about this gorgeous, slick, light and elegant smartphone?

Well, the battery is relatively small, at 2000 mAh, but the Snapdragon 212 system on chip together with the 720p are doing great in terms of power consumption, I mean they’re not excessively power hungry, hence the Microsoft Lumia 650 comes with a decent 55 hours endurance rating, meaning that it will easily keep you online for at least 2 days on a single charge.

The fact to be considered is that the high-end Lumia 950 only comes with 48 hours endurance rating, so…

Regarding the entry-level hardware platform, keeping in mind the fact that the Microsoft Lumia 650 is the first smartphone running on WP 10 out of the box, it represents a great match, like beauty meets AI and they live happily ever after.

The camera is pretty basic, with a clean interface and it works well, producing surprisingly good pictures, given the price tag of the device, while the video-capability is only 720p, which is enough if you’re not trying to be Fellini.

In conclusion, the Microsoft Lumia 650 is a great smartphone in terms of looks, which puts to shame more expensive flagships with ease, while the hardware capabilities are a mixed bag if you’re looking for hardcore stuff.

 

 

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