Earlier this year, Microsoft took a tad longer to unveil its first Windows 10 smartphones, Lumia 950 and 950XL. The company created a big buzz for its improved mobile OS, but once we saw it on the screens, it wasn’t a long affair to wait for the next instalment of the series, the Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual SIM! The new beauty from the company has been unveiled in India, and is flaunting a one-of-a-kind package with a sleek metal body, decent innards, and a bunch of mind-boggling security features of Windows 10 OS. It targets the entry-level smartphone segment, and stands against renowned budget players including Moto G Gen 3 and many others.
Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual SIM gets full marks for design and performance, and makes an ideal package for business focused users. The device has got everything on offer, but its hefty pricing is a slight matter of concern, which worries our readers as well. It has been priced at Rs. 15,150, which is practically a lot to ask for an entry-level Snapdragon 212 powered device!
To look beyond on-paper specs, let’s take an in-depth look into the capabilities of this handset.
Design and Build Quality
After a long line of plastic made smartphones, Microsoft has finally opted for a better, stronger, and highly premium design language. The new beauty from the company, Lumia 650, gives reminiscence of iPhone 4s and flaunts a sleek profile with a metal band running along its edges. The phone looks stunningly beautiful from all angles, fits nicely in one hand, and gives an impeccable user-experience with soft-touch matte finish on its rear-panel.
In our opinion, this handset is one of the finest in the entire family and is uncommonly handsome. It’s gunmetal grey frame and chamfered edges add a dash of business-class, and leave a striking effect on anyone tries the smartphone for the first time. To sum up, if you want something premium and better than a chunk of plastic, go for the Lumia 650!
Display and Visual Experience
While renowned phone makers are still stuck with high-definition, Microsoft is offering a unique bump-up with a sharp OLED display of 5-inches. This cutting edge display, with a tremendous screen-resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, stands out in the category, and posts maximum brightness and colour output with fine details.
The OLED display bundled with Lumia 650 is fairly more than respectable. It looks like a standard IPS panel according to on-screen specs, but to the eye, the experience is better than expected. The colours are punchy, and images and videos look true-to-life with deep blacks and super-saturated colours.
Performance and Innards
Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual SIM has been equipped with sub-par innards which handle basic usage quite easily, but fail to impress gamers and heavy users. The dual sim based device features a quad-core Snapdragon 212 processor with 1GB RAM, Adreno 304, and 16 gigs of inbuilt storage. It works perfectly with Microsoft’s light and easy-to-use Windows 10 OS, but if you’re a gaming freak, the chipset might take quite a dig from games like Asphalt 8 and Real Racing!
Moreover, in addition to inbuilt storage, Microsoft also offers a microSD card slot with a maximum capacity of 200GB. So, no matter what it is, there won’t be any issues for keeping a big bulk of data even on-the-go!
Software: Windows 10 Mobile
Launched last year, the PC version of Windows 10 was such a big hit that Microsoft took no time for upgrading its Windows Phone 8 OS to Windows 10 Mobile. As a result of this change, the new Lumia 650 also runs company’s latest mobile OS, and packs a slew of innovative features that are not available on an Android or an iOS based device.
With Windows 10 Mobile, Lumia 650 performs far better than any Windows phone in the sub-15k price category. The device includes Office Suite apps with advanced security options, and handles multi-tasking and app-switching quite effectively. The overall experience of Windows 10 ecosystem is quite good, but it is worth noting that the slow Snapdragon 212 processor does not reveal the OS in its best light!
As for camera performance, Microsoft Lumia 650 boasts an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. Both camera sensors on this handset feature an aperture as wide as f/2.2 and capture 720p videos at 30 frames per second. They deliver sharp and vibrant images in all environments, but fail to match against the likes of OnePlus 2 other players in the game!
In terms connectivity, except for Continuum, Microsoft Lumia 650 has got everything else on offer. The device includes major connectivity options such as, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE, and delivers a nice user-experience with a plethora of sensors including Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The overall experience with this handset was fairly decent, but added support for Continuum would have made great addition into this package, especially for on-the-go users!
Since last few years, Microsoft has always preferred giving a small battery which offers enough power for continued work and play. Even its latest device, Lumia 650 incorporates a small 2000 mAh battery, and offers sufficient amount of juice for an entire day of calling, social networking and multi-tasking. Thanks to Windows 10 Mobile OS, it stands out in the category and does not require additional 1000 or 1500 mAh as commonly seen in Android smartphones without humongous batteries jammed inside!
To sum up, we can say, Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual SIM is a decent buy for basic as well as business focused users. The device makes a great first impression with its stunning design language, and packs a strong punch with a slew of software tweaks and top-notch camera performance. The pricing of this handset is quite an issue, but a small price-cut from the company can make things right anytime!