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Microsoft Launches Lumia 650 — A Mid Range Windows 10 Smartphone Focused On Business Customers

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Lumia phones are not yet dead despite the abysmal response to Windows smartphones. And to add to that series, Microsoft has launched a fourth Windows 10 smartphone, named Lumia 650 — aimed at business customers looking for budget offerings. (which is rare, but thats what this phone targets, so yeah.)

Probably one of the better-looking devices from Microsoft, Lumia 650 comes in an aluminium frame focussed on the business needs. As evident by the nomenclature also, the phone stands somewhere in between the entry level Lumia 550 and the high-end Lumia 950.

The phone sports a robust structure and design coming in a precision crafted, diamond cut metal frame, helping keep it lightweight and slender.

As far as the features are concerned, it is pretty basic- 5’’ HD OLED display, 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing wide-angle camera, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 200GB via micro SD), and a 2000mAh removable battery.

Lumia 650 is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz Snapdragon 212 processor which explains the absence of Continuum support like in Lumia 950. The phone is touted as “the smart choice for your business”, and hence comes with the built-in enterprise level security features and productivity features of Microsoft.

These include one-click Office 365 set up, Cortana, OneDrive support along with latest mobile versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and OneNote.

Being a Windows 10 phone, Lumia 650 works seamlessly with all Microsoft IT platforms making it suitable for the business needs.

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.

wrote Samuli Hänninen, general manager of Microsoft’s phones program management, while announcing the phone via the blog post.

Lumia 650 has built-in support for Microsoft business applications, new third party Universal Windows Applications like Uber, and one click setup of common everyday tools like Office 365. It also allows IT to test the latest Windows 10 Mobile updates against critical line of business systems and apps, before you distribute to end users via MDM.

It’s secure by design and keeps company and personal data safer with features like device encryption and device wipe. These features allow businesses peace of mind, knowing important information in emails and files are protected from threats and empowers employees to use one device for work and play.

Lumia 650 is the fourth Windows 10 mobile device in the last 4 months. Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL were the first ones to arrive in November last year, followed by Lumia 550 in December.

There are speculations that Lumia 650 may also be the last Lumia device ever with a possible Surface phone coming up later in this year. And this may indeed be the last phase of Microsoft pushing for an increase in its smartphone business, particularly of Nokia legacy.


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