Microsoft Lumia 650 Hands-on: Microsoft At MWC 2016

By 09:33 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments

Microsoft had a small presence at the MWC, mostly to show off the recent Lumia 650. It's hard to pin down where this phone belongs - it combines a premium metal frame and Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen with low-discontinue specs.

Microsoft Lumia 650 at a glance

  • Body: Metal frame, polycarbonate back
  • Screen: 5" AMOLED, 720p resolution (297ppi)
  • OS: Windows 10 Mobile
  • Chipset: Quad-core Cortex-A7 at 1.3GHz, Adreno 304, 1GB of RAM; Snapdragon 212 chipset
  • Camera: 8MP with f/2.2, 28mm lens, 1/4" sensor; 720p video recording
  • Selfie camera: 5MP with f/2.2 lens; 720p video recording
  • Storage: 16GB built-in, microSD slot
  • Connectivity: LTE, optional dual-SIM; Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 with LE, NFC, FM-Radio;
  • Battery: 2,000mAh

The phone makes an fantastic first impression - it looks and feels much better than the Lumia 950 which was correct beside it at the stand. The aluminum frame makes the phone very sturdy.

5" 720p classy screen (AMOLED) on the Microsoft Lumia 650

The classy screen is very fine too - 720p is enough at a 5" diagonal and it offers the typical deep blacks and remarkable viewing angles of a quality Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display. It makes the Windows tiles see remarkable too, the single-color squares on a black background see best on OLED.

Anyway, the Microsoft Lumia 650 has a bargain bin chipset - a Snapdragon 212. That's four Cortex-A7 cores (remember those?) at 1.3GHz.

Microsoft Lumia 650

Still, the interface is smooth, apps (people, phone) load quick, scrolling through long lists was a breeze. The capturing camera interface was reasonably snappy too. The browser takes its time to re-render the page as you pan and zoom, though. That's what you acquire with a low-power chipset and a single gig of RAM.

Unimpressive capturing camera with manual controls

The capturing camera itself is nothing special. Yes, it has manual controls (Pro mode), including manual focus. It's still an 8MP capturing camera that tops out at 720p video. The selfie cam is almost the same - 5MP/720p, both with f/2.2 aperture.



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