Microsoft have released their latest mobile device, the Lumia 550 smartphone. The budget 4G smartphone from Microsoft went on sale in select markets in Europe on the 7th of December. It is the company’s cheapest smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile out-of-the-box.
Microsoft continues to fight in a mobile arena dominated by Apple’s iPhones and by smartphones running Google’s Android software. Microsoft hopes for a shot with Windows 10. The operating system offers distinctive new features and a similar look and experience across PCs, tablets and phones, and it could be the company’s last-ditch effort to convince consumers to give its new mobile phones a try.
The Lumia 550 packs features such as the new Microsoft Edge browser, revamped Outlook mail, OneDrive, Microsoft Office, digital voice assistant, and Glance Screen, which lets users see notifications without fully unlocking the smartphone.
The handset also comes equipped with a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with HD video recording, and LED flash. The handset is available in black and white colour variants.
The device has 2100 mAh battery. This isn’t huge but it should be plenty for a phone of this size and power. To give you an idea it would be around 14 hours talk time, 60 hours of music or 672 hours of standby.
It’s not big at 8GB, but it also has a slot for microSD card in case you need more space.
It’s not the most advanced phone – there’s no fingerprint scanners! But for value this seems like a reliable smartphone and if you’re a fan of Windows 10, then it could be the one for you!