Microsoft Lumia 550 brings Windows 10 Mobile to the masses

Microsoft's Lumia 950 didn't exactly get a warm reception from reviewers last month, but different price points come with different expectations. To hit a lower price point (where users may be more willing to forgive Win10's perceived shortcomings), the company has unleashed the Lumia 550, its $139 Windows 10 phone.

The Lumia 550 trades in the 950's high-end internals for a Snapdragon 210 SoC backed by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash storage. That paltry internal storage can be expanded with a microSD card. The 950's guts drive a 4.7" 1280x720 display, which is good for 315 PPI. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE are all present and accounted for. A non-removable, 2100-mAh battery provides juice to those components.

A five-megapixel rear camera captures pictures through an f/2.4 lens, and the 550 can throw light on dark scenes with a single-LED flash. Video recording is limited to 720p. The two-megapixel front camera should be plenty to see if you have broccoli in your teeth. Those cameras are wrapped in a polycarbonate body that measures 5.3" x 2.7" x 0.39" (136.1 x 67.8 x 9.9 mm) and weighs 5 oz (142 g).

Microsoft says its budget Windows 10 phone doesn't give up the Windows 10 experience, though. Cortana is included for countries where the company's digital assistant is available. Office, OneDrive, and Skype are all included, too. The company says the Lumia 550 is available now.

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