Known primarily as a PC software maker Microsoft doesn’t forget about its budget-conscious customers and releases a budget-friendly handset running Windows 10. Announced back in October the Lumia 550 finally hits the US market. Available without contract for as little as $139, the phone is a great alternative for all Windows enthusiasts on tight budget who want to benefit from the latest edition of mobile Windows platform.
Lumia 550 is the cheapest Windows 10 smartphone you can get now
Starting from the list of specs, the Microsoft Lumia 550 comes equipped with a HD 4.7-inch screen panel with 1280x720p of resolution which translates to 315ppi of pixel density and a 1.1 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 210 with 1GB RAM and 8GB of built-in expandable up to 200GB storage. The whole thing is kept alive by energy delivered by a 2,100 mAh battery, whereas optics are represented by a modest 5MP main camera sporting f/1.4 lens accompanied by a 2MP front-facing snapper.
Though, judging by the specs, the Lumia 550 seems to be a rather compact as for current standards, entry-level smartphone, it delivers Windows 10 experience and the ultra-fast LTE connectivity for less than $140, which will undoubtedly help the phone to win masses of loyal users.
Additionally, this measuring 136.1 x 67.8 x 9.9 mm phone will give its potential users a multiplicity of plastic back cover color choices, including a traditional black and white duet – a feature common for all low-budget Lumia line devices.
Although the Lumia 550 comes with apps like Microsoft Office, Cortana, OneDrive, Outlook Calendar, Skype and Outlook Mail, due to the fact that it is rather a low-end offering, the phone, despite having Windows 10 for its operating system, won’t sadly support features like Hello and Continuum.
As for pricing and accessibility Microsoft announced the Lumia 550 to be available in selected countries the specific list of which hasn’t been officially confirmed so far. However, we managed to learn that in Germany Amazon is offering the handset for €139 while in the UK the phone is being sold for £89. Looking at those European prices we can safely assume that when the Lumia 550 will eventually hit the US shore, it will be priced at something round $139 before taxes. Anyone interested?