Microsoft Lumia 650 is official: Features metal design, priced around $200

Over the past few weeks, we've heard quite a lot about the Microsoft Lumia 650. The handset was listed on a UK retailer's website way ahead of its official announcement, and we even got to see some of the press renders of the handset before announcement.

If you're waiting for the handset to hit retail, Microsoft has finally taken the wraps off the new device. There wasn't a big conference alongside its announcement, it was all done online this time around.

The handset is yet another addition to the company's mid-range smartphone portfolio and offers quite a similar set of specifications as the Lumia 550 with a few changes here and there. The most distinguishing factor about the handset is its metal build. The handset comes with a "highly polished, diamond cut and anodized aluminum frame" to give it a premium look.

Microsoft Lumia 650

The Microsoft Lumia 650 comes with a 5-inch AMOLED display sporting a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor under the hood. The handset also features 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, 16GB of internal storage coupled with a microSD card slot for expansion, an 8MP camera with autofocus for photos and videos and a 5MP front-facing shooter.

The device is equipped with a 2,000 mAh replaceable battery so you won't have to worry about running out of juice during your day. On top of this, the Lumia 650 runs Windows 10 Mobile as its operating system and supports Glance screen as well.

Additionally, the smartphone also comes in a dual-SIM variant, allowing users to use multiple SIM cards at the same time -- this feature is quite popular in developing countries. The handset comes in two color options: black and matte white.

As for the availability, it's set to hit retail in select European markets from February 18th carrying a price tag of around $200, which isn't too bad for a handset of this calibre. In the meantime, you can check out the promotional video of the Lumia 650 below.

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