After launching the high-end Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL last month, Microsoft has today launched the affordable Lumia 550 smartphone in India. The Windows 10 smartphone is priced at Rs 9,399 and will go on sale on December 23. Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this category
The Lumia 550, not surprisingly, is the most affordable Windows 10 smartphone in Microsoft’s lineup. Unlike aforementioned high-end smartphones though, the Lumia 550 misses out on features like Continuum, and Windows Hello. Also Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
Microsoft Lumia 550 specifications and features: The smartphone flaunts a 4.7-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) LCD display at a pixel density of 315ppi. It is powered by a rather dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.1GHz and paired with Adreno 304 GPU and 1GB of RAM. Also on offer is 8GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 200GB using a microSD card. Also Read - Windows 11 leaked online: Centralised start menu, revamped UI, new widgets, here's what to expect
On the photography front, the smartphone is equipped with a 5-megapixel f/2.4 rear camera with LED flash and 720p video recording capabilities. Up front is a 2-megapixel f/2.8 selfie camera with 480p video recording capabilities.
The Lumia 550 also features a FM Radio, and a 2,100mAh battery that Microsoft claims is good enough for up to 16 hours of talktime and up to 28 days on standby mode. Connectivity options include single-SIM card slot, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS.
On paper Microsoft’s Lumia 550 is a tad disappointing especially when you consider the dated processor, 1GB of RAM and a single SIM card slot. When you take this into consideration, Microsoft’s choice of the price tag is quite baffling.
At this price range, competition is stiff especially when you consider some of the popular Android smartphones like the Lenovo K3 Note, YU Yureka Plus, and Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime among others offer far better set of specifications and features.