Microsoft Launches $199 Lumia 650 Smartphone

Lumia 650
Lumia 650

Microsoft has launched a new Lumia-branded Windows 10 Mobile smartphone, only the fourth device anywhere in the world to sport the operating system.

Priced at $199 before local taxes and subsidies, the Lumia 650 comes in black or white and will only be made available in a handful of European markets, starting February 18. The smartphone is being pitched as a “business class” device, with a focus on productivity and security. “By providing a consistent experience across PC and phone through the power of Windows 10, we think professionals and Windows fans alike will love using it every day,” said Samuli Hänninen, general manager of Microsoft’s phones program management.

The device sports a 5” OLED display, aluminum frame, 5MP wide-angle, front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera, and 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 200GB via micro SD).

Windows 10 Mobile is Microsoft’s latest attempt to succeed in the smartphone realm, a market dominated by Android and iOS devices. As a successor to Windows Phone, Windows 10 Mobile is tightly aligned with the broader Windows 10 operating system (OS) for PCs, as the company looks to unify platforms with a single OS.

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SOURCE: Venture Beat, Paul Sawers