Microsoft's Newest Windows Phone Is The Lumia 650

Microsoft has just gone and announced a new phone in the shape of the Lumia 650, a device it claims is "the smart choice for your business". It might also be a smart choice for a budget phone buyer, like your probably-likely-to-accidentally-smash-their-phone kid.

The new phone bristles with the functionality that enterprise customers might like — particularly built-in apps including Office and OneDrive. But users might think differently: While it looks neat enough, with its 5-inch AMOLED display and aluminium casing, inside there's just a Snapdragon 212 chipset to keep things moving.

That means that many of the features included in modern Windows phones — like Continuum — aren't supported. Windows Phone does run extremely smoothly on low-powered devices, though, so we're not worried about its everyday performance credentials.

Australian pricing for the Lumia 650 will be shared soon, as will a local release date.

[Microsoft via The Verge]



    A bit of a downgrade from the 640. There's a new AMOLED screen, an updated front-facing camera and a lovely aluminium frame, but almost everything else is inferior from the CPU, battery life and rear camera video to name a few.

    Last edited 16/02/16 11:25 am

    If it had a dedicated camera button I might have considered upgrading my 625!

    Last edited 16/02/16 11:46 am

      Yeah, getting rid of the camera button is a big mistake. It is one of the real attractions of WinPhone.

    Come on MS, where's your flagship phones.

      They just released two at Christmas, and they got slated for being too pricey!

      They'll probably stick more to budget phones for a while yet.

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