Microsoft has announced the Lumia 650, and there’s already a review of the thing.
This is such a shame, as this would have been a great Windows phone if only it had a decent processor inside it. Battery life was very respectable at 11h 36m in our continuous video playback test with the screen brightness set to 170cd/m2, and its screen and build quality are practically second to none in its price range. However, when it’s so crippled by its bad choice of chipset, the Lumia 650 just can’t measure up to its infinitely superior predecessor. If you’re looking for a cheap Windows handset, the Lumia 640 is still your best choice, as you can now pick one up for Â£120 SIM-free or Â£90 on pre-pay. The only silver lining is that this could be the basis for a great mid-range Windows phone just around the corner.
I have no idea what Microsoft is doing with Windows Phone at this point. Nobody wants an underperforming Windows Phone device, and those that buy one without being aware of the bad chipset will just feel bitten.
Either give Windows Phone the proper love and attention it so badly needs in both software and hardware, or just kill it with dignity. What Microsoft is and has been doing to Windows Phone is a travesty.
Again MS is redoing the same line up. They just need the 750 and 850. There’s so little incentive to upgrade to a newer model.
What MS needs is a winning model. Something that can turn heads.
Just release a 5.7″ Surface phone complete with similar small magnetic keyboard.
Does Microsoft even want to win in mobiles? From releasing a WP7 that lacks features (1080p video recording, HD screens, Microsoft card) to not paying the top 200 debs to port their apps to WP8 and Win10 mobile, to releasing luckster hardware. Sell it at a loss like you did with the Xbox if you have to dammit! Sell it at a loss so even low end users can see the full benefits of continuum or whatever other features you have to offer. Don’t let Google monopolise mobile.
I guess the WinDiv has gotten used to every release they produce being a success by default and can’t get into the mindset.
Edited 2016-02-16 00:34 UTC