Microsoft has been in the news quite a bit over the past couple of days, all thanks to the announcement of the Lumia 950 and 950XL. Bringing flagship specs to Windows 10, they rightly deserve their five minutes of fame, however, Microsoft also announced another phone at the show…
The Microsoft Lumia 550 only got a short mention at the show, but now we’ve got all of the juicy details about the handset for you to check out. So, what are we likely to get from the Lumia 550?
Unlike the Lumia 950 or 950XL, the Microsoft Lumia 550 focuses on a more budget feel with its spec sheet. It all gets started with a 4.7” 720p display – which is arguably its best piece of hardware, but behind this we also get a solid spec sheet.
A Snapdragon 210 chipset is included, and brings 4G connectivity with it, whilst 1GB RAM and a quad-core processor also make the cut. It’s also quite tight when it comes to internal storage as well, with only 8GB up for grabs inside the device, you can improve this by using a MicroSD card however.
Camera fans get a 5 megapixel rear lens and a 2 megapixel front facing snapper to play with, bringing a standard level of performance for all your Snapchat and Instagram exploits. Whilst powering everything is a 2100mAh battery, which should provide a day’s worth of charge with regular use.
Microsoft has stuck with its traditional budget design for the Lumia 550, with a polycarbonate chassis taking charge instead of the metallic ones we’ve seen on more expensive models.
Like previous affordable handsets from the manufacturer, we get a selection of colours to choose from, with the back cover being completely interchangeable. The phone itself weighs in just a shade below 142g and is a fairly sturdy 9.9mm thick, making it distinctly average for its price.
If you plan on buying the Lumia handset, you’ll have to wait until December, when the phone will go on sale for $139 (£90) sim-free. Contract deals will likely be made available closer to the phone’s launch date, but are likely to price up at around the £20/month mark.
This comes a while after the release of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, which are due to launch next month, bringing the Windows 10 operating system on to the mobile market. The system itself will be made available to previous Lumia handsets in December, most likely on a similar date to the 550’s launch.
Written by Luke Hatfield