Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Microsoft Lumia 650's screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Microsoft's performance ratings are 26 days standby time, 960 minutes (2G), 960 minutes (3G), 477 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



A great-looking Windows 10 Mobile smartphone that's let down by poor performance.

- Alastair Stevenson , TrustedReviews 

Ultra-poppy screen and fancy build bits make a good first impression, but it doesn’t feel fast enough.

- Stuff team , Stuff 

Reviews summary

6.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 18 reviews

What's good  

  • Vivid colors and deep blacks
  • Good battery life
  • Good performance for basic tasks
  • Premium design

What's bad  

  • Lack of apps
  • Very grainy low light pictures

The Lumia lineup has been known more for its fun color options than its premium build, but Microsoft hopes to change that with the Lumia 650. While still mostly made of plastic, the 650 utilizes a soft-touch matte for smoother finish and a brushed aluminum frame for sturdiness. Reporters describe it as "lovely" although they didn't miss the obvious iPhone 5 inspiration with its chamfered edges. What impressed them the most, however, was its incredibly thin (0.27 inches) profile and light weight (122 grams). Many were impressed with how light it was though some mentioned it took away from that 'premium' feel.

Spanning the majority of the front is the 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 for a pixel density of 297ppi. While technically not a full HD screen, reviewers still consider it a fairly sharp display. Thanks to the ClearBlack technology, they were able to get incredibly inky blacks, which brought out the vividness of the onscreen colors. For the most part, they had no qualms with the viewing angles or sunlight legibility for the most part.

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As a lower end handset, the Lumia 650 doesn't have the latest in processor technology or a lot of RAM. It does come with a reasonable 1.3GHz quad-core processor and only 1 GB of RAM. On paper this might seem incredibly weak, but critics were quite surprised at its decent performance. While they warn gaming isn't its strong point, especially with power-hungry 3D games, it worked fairly well for more basic tasks like checking email and browsing the web though they did notice some extended load times. MS Power User ads, "If you are happy with the decent-enough performance and [don't] do a lot of gaming, the Lumia 650 should be a pretty good device for you." Battery life is quite good with critics able to get a full day with moderate usage.

As for the camera it, like the processor, was perfectly adequate for the price. The 8MP rear camera didn't wow experts, but it didn't have any glaring issues either. Their daylight pictures came out detailed and colorful and, as expected, low light images were fairly noisy. And while they had some issues with the autofocus, they add that for the price the camera itself performs well enough to post pictures to social media. It also comes with a 5MP selfie camera that experts note was "capable enough."

While it isn't free of issues, for the price reviewers consider the Lumia 650 one of the best Microsoft 10 phones available. Yes, it still suffers from a lack of apps, but its sleek design, good battery life and decent performance make it a strong contender in the entry level Windows 10 market. Windows Central states, "The Lumia 650 is a good, cheap Windows phone…For the average person buying a phone that costs this much, there's not a whole lot to dislike."


Reviews (6.4/10 Avg. rating)


Phone Scoop

For Windows fans who also happen to be on a budget

from Phone Scoop
Given Microsoft's recent moves to deemphasize its phone hardware, I'd only recommend the Lumia 650 to die-hard Windows fans who also happen to be on a budget. If you just need a smartphone with Cricket for less than $150, there are plenty of other, better options... Full review
Cnet

Good looks at the right price, but Windows phone buyers beware

from Cnet
If you're set on a halfway decent phone with a truly budget price, the Lumia 650 does give you a solid Windows experience with better looks than most phones in the range. It just isn't clear how many updates and how much support Microsoft will be able to offer down the line... Full review
Notebookcheck

A decent mainstream smartphone with a great screen

from Notebookcheck
The Microsoft Lumia is a decent successor to the old Lumia 640. The mainstream smartphone now uses the design language from the bigger siblings Lumia 950/Lumia 950 XL and we get a good chassis with a great AMOLED screen. After the review, however, we do not really know why the device is supposed to be a perfect solution for business customers. We have to waive some features like Windows Hello or Continuum, so it basically comes down to Microsoft Office... Full review
TechRadar

Another enterprising offering from Microsoft

from TechRadar
With a great display, a nice design, good-enough battery life and a capable camera, the Lumia 650 makes a strong first impression. But a poor processor, lack of apps and buggy OS cause it to fall short of greatness... Full review
ZDNet

Almost there, but not quite

from ZDNet

Microsoft provides with the Lumia 650 for a device that perfectly meets the idea ‘we are almost there, but not quite’. The phone is beautiful in terms of design, lies well in the hand, Windows 10 Mobile is certainly a value, but the small defects are still too numerous: a bad browser, though, too few apps, but most of all a terrible processor. It delivers a device that you definitely should not avoid, but to our sense surely 50 euro is too expensive. For someone who is not much of a smartphone requires and just for reliability want to go, the 650 is perfect. The regular software... Full review

PhoneArena

A simple, understated Lumia phone that's a bit taller than needed

from PhoneArena
The Microsoft Lumia 650 provides a mostly adequate experience, making it a solid choice for an entry-level Windows 10 handset. It's nicely put together and handles well. The screen and speaker are of good quality and make for enjoyable multimedia. The hardware is competent enough to ensure smooth basic functionality, though it isn't capable of more than that. For an entry-level phone, the Lumia 650 delivered better photo quality than we expected, but then there's the borderline unusable camcorder... Full review
TrustedReviews

This Windows phone means business

from TrustedReviews
There’s plenty to like about the Lumia 650. It offers up a great design that makes it look and feel far more expensive than it actually is, and the OLED screen is one of the best I’ve seen on an affordable smartphone. While I’m still not convinced that Windows 10 Mobile is great for general consumers, for business users the Lumia 650 ticks all the right boxes... Full review
GSMArena

Dress for less

from GSMArena
At around $200, the Lumia 650 obviously cannot offer the fully-converged Windows 10 experience but if the redesign can be a reference, many people must be looking forward to Microsoft's next steps. How about a metal-clad 7xx phone with a Snapdragon 617 SoC and 2GB of RAM capable of running Continuum? Or if that's too much to ask, then perhaps at least one of those PureView imagers? Technically, a phone like the Lumia 650 should not get us carried away like that. But... there you go... Full review
Mobile Choice

Juddering Windows

from Mobile Choice
Unless you are a Windows super-fan steer clear of this phone. Microsoft make a big play about this being aimed at business users, but without the Continuum feature, this is just another cheap phone that will, in every liklihood, get overlooked because of Windows Mobile. The final nail in the 650's coffin is the frankly rubbish processor, which will make sure it falls down even before you have loaded up Candy Crush... Full review
Stuff

A budget Windows phone that looks anything but cheap

from Stuff
It’s all-change for Microsoft’s budget phones. Cheap Lumias of a few years ago used to do their best to guarantee a certain level of performance. It made phones like the old Lumia 620, things you couldn’t help but love. In some ways Microsoft has its upped standards, but only at a surface level. The screen and metal-rimmed design make a great first impression, but the slow performance and water-treading hardware in other areas make it seem less of a smart buy than several Androids around the same price... Full review

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