Lumia 650 review: The Microsoft smartphone lacks the best feature of Windows 10 Mobile

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A display for the Windows 10 operating system is seen in a store window at the Microsoft store at Roosevelt Field in Garden City, New York July 29, 2015. Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Microsoft has finally announced the Lumia 650, said to be the last Lumia ever, after months of speculation. The smartphone runs on Windows 10 Mobile, but unfortunately lacks one of its best features, the Continuum.  

Targeted at business users, the latest Lumia 650 comes with an affordable price tag as compared to the high-end Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL. Starting from Feb. 15, the smartphone is available in Matte Black and Matte White in select markets.

The Lumia 650 price sits under US$200. The smartphone will cost around $199 (AU$282) in the US and the Microsoft Store UK lists the phone at £159.99 (AU$323).

The Lumia 650 sports a classy look and feel at the said price point, but its downfall is not featuring Continuum, the most popular feature of Windows 10 Mobile.

According to Phone Arena, the Lumia 650 does not fulfill the basic hardware requirements to support Continuum. A device needs to sport a minimum of 2GB of RAM and a higher end processor to support the feature. The smartphone also lacks biometric authentication.

The Continuum, present in Microsoft’s current flagship devices, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL, coverts the Windows 10 Mobile handset into a computer once connected to a larger screen. The smartphone can also be paired with a mouse and keyboard to provide a PC-like experience.

However, the Lumia 650 enjoys other business-oriented features of Windows 10 Mobile. The device runs the latest Microsoft Office apps out-of-the-box, supports OneDrive and features digital assistant Cortana to help business users be more organised.  

The smartphone also offers built-in support for Microsoft business applications like Office 365, confirmed Microsoft.

Running on Windows 10 Mobile, the smartphone features a 5-inch OLED display with a screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels.

Under the hood, the Lumia 650 houses a quad core Snapdragon 212 clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The LTE supported smartphone sports an 8-megapixel rear facing camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera.

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