Microsoft targets entry-level business users with its Lumia 650

— 9:09 AM on February 15, 2016

Microsoft has announced the Lumia 650, a budget Windows 10 phone targeted at business users. The Lumia 650 is another block in the tech giant's efforts to build a Windows 10 ecosystem across multiple device classes. Like other Windows 10 devices, the Lumia 650 can open businesses' Office documents and answer voice queries with Cortana. It can also sync content between Windows 10 devices via OneDrive. 

The Lumia 650 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad-core SoC with four Cortex-A7 cores running at 1.3 GHz.  That chip is paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. A microSD card slot can be used to add up to 200GB more storage.

The phone features a 5" 1280x720 AMOLED screen good for 297 PPI. Selfie shooters get a 5MP wide-angle camera on the front, while the rear-camera uses an 8MP sensor. Those internals are housed in an aluminum frame. Microsoft will offer buyers a choice of matte black or matte white back cover options.

The Lumia 650 comes with a surprising amount of connectivity for a phone of its class, including NFC and LTE support. The phone's 2000-mAh replaceable battery is good for up to 16 hours of talk time.

Microsoft is rolling out the Lumia 650 to select European markets starting Feb. 18 at a suggested price of $199.  There's no word yet on availability in other markets.

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