Microsoft Lumia 650 launched in India

Microsoft Lumia 650 launched in India for Rs 15,299

After a bit of cloak and dagger, Microsoft has launched the Lumia 650 in India for Rs 15,299. Only earlier in the week we had reported that the phone could be launched soon in India, and now it is available.

“We crafted the Lumia 650 with the finest detail while delivering a consistent and familiar Windows 10 experience. Lumia 650 brings the best of Microsoft productivity, beautiful design and an affordable price. The device is perfect for enterprises and Windows fans alike,” said Ajey Mehta, Country General Manager, Microsoft India.

Many believe the Lumia 650 to be the last Lumia branded smartphone from Microsoft. The phone was announced a couple of months ago without much fanfare.

The phone runs on Window 10 for mobile like most Microsoft products. It has a 5-inch OLED screen with a 720p HD resolution which is reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor which is a quad-core chip clocked at 1.3GHz. It has 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There’s also a memory card slot which supports SD cards with up to 200GB of storage.

The phone packs in a 2,000mAh battery and has a 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. It is also a dual-SIM smartphone supporting 4G networks.

Microsoft has emphasised on the design of the device. It has an anodised aluminium frame with chamfers which makes it look elegant and it is quite slim at 6.9mm. The phone is billed as enterprise focused offering. One of the unique features of the phone is that it allows IT managers to test an update of the operating system with their own business systems and apps before deployment.

As it is based on Window, it comes with signature Microsoft experiences like OneDrive and Cortana. It also supports Office 365.

While there are some unique experiences on the phone, Microsoft will find it difficult to compete in the market as phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 are offering consumers better value with more features and better hardware specifications.