Microsoft has announced availability details of the Lumia 550 smartphone. The budget 4G smartphone from Microsoft went on sale in select markets in Europe on Monday. The company further confirmed that the handset will be available to buy in other markets in the coming weeks.
Priced at $139 (roughly Rs. 9,100) before local taxes and subsidies, the Microsoft Lumia 550 is the company's cheapest smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile out-of-the-box.
With Windows 10 Mobile, the Lumia 550 packs features such as the new Microsoft Edge browser, revamped Outlook mail, OneDrive, Microsoft Office, Cortana digital voice assistant, and Glance Screen, which lets users see notifications without fully unlocking the smartphone.
For specifications, the Lumia 550 features a 4.7-inch HD display (720x1280 pixels) resolution with a pixel density of 315ppi. It is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC, Adreno 304 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB).
The handset comes equipped with a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with HD video recording, LED flash, and an f/2.4 aperture, apart from a 2-megapixel sensor placed upfront with an f/2.8 aperture and 480p video recording. The rear camera of Lumia 550 hosts features such as auto/ manual exposure, geo-tagging, and touch focus. It also features a Micro-USB port instead of USB Type-C.
The Lumia 550 features 4G LTE (LTE Cat. 4) connectivity and is claimed to support download speeds of up to 150Mbps and uploads of up to 50Mbps. Some of the other wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality, FM radio, and A-GPS. It comes backed by a replaceable 2100mAh battery, which according to Microsoft can deliver up to 28 days of standby time, 16 hours of talk time on 2G, 14 hours on 3G, and 17 hours on 4G. It features ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and proximity sensors. The handset measures 136.1x67.8x9.9mm and is available in Black and White colour variants.