The much talked and perhaps the Last Lumia, i.e. Lumia 650 is finally here. The Windows phone too is ticking a lot of the right boxes except perhaps the most crucial one, the operating system. So as things stand after the initial hype is slowly beginning to settle down is this – the Lumia 650 is being praised for its looks, style and build quality though there is still one reason i.e. Windows 10 Mobile, which’s likely to prevent buyers from lapping up this phone.
To start with the positives, the new Lumia 650 is an absolute stunner that is accentuated further by what Microsoft refers to as the ‘highly polished, diamond cut and anodized aluminium frame’ that imparts a premium touch to the phone. Even the flagship Lumia 950 and 950 XL risks looking quite bland compared to the 650.
What is also impressive is the 5-inch 720p AMOLED display up front while on the other side of it lays a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. Although, the equipped SoC makes the Windows 10 phone incompatible with Continuum feature, however, the company is keen to market the phone to be enterprise friendly.
The rest of the specs are almost familiar stuff, which includes a 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory with the latter further expandable to 200 GB via microSD cards.
Microsoft is also keen to harp on the 650’s other key attribute, it being its thickness at just 6.9 mm. There is also an 8-megapixel camera at the rear while a 5-megapixel wide-angle front shooter allows for selfies or chats. Providing the juice will be a 2000mAh battery.
However, beyond all the impressive façade lies Windows 10 Mobile OS that the Lumia 650 runs on and is also the one factor that users seem to have the most issues with. From the lack of quality apps to stability issues, Windows 10 Mobile has been making a lot of noises though for all the wrong reasons.
The beleaguered OS has also been pulled up for the perceived lack of privacy on account of the telemetry data that Windows sends to the company’s servers regularly. However, an independent analysis has proved the popular misconception wrong. Windows is not leaking any sensitive user details to Microsoft judging by the sheer size of the data packets which at the most run into MBs even though the actual packet content is encrypted.
Coming back to the Lumia 650, the smartphone is already up for order at the Microsoft Store at Germany, UK, France and Italy and is priced around $200.