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Lumia 650 makes its debut in China for ¥1,699

The Lumia 650 is now official in China, with the phone up for pre-order on Microsoft Store China for ¥1,699 ($262). The phone is slated to be available in the country from March 31, in black and white color variants.

The Lumia 650 runs Windows 10 Mobile on a 5-inch 720p AMOLED display with Glance Screen, and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 212 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD slot, 8MP camera, 5MP front shooter, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and a 2000mAh battery.

See at Microsoft Store China

MORE: Lumia 650 review

107 Comments
  • Seems expensive
  • It is, when compared to high end phones being produced by number of OEMs to support droids. Sent from Nokia Lumia Martini.
  • I prefer the new Iphone
  • The new iPhone does not support 3D touch so is very expensive on this basis.
  • Well why do you come into a forum that's not for the platform you prefer? Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
    Proudly rocking my Lumia 1520!
  • The so-called "new" iPhone costs 2.5 times that of Lumia 650!!!!!! For that price, you can get a Lumia 950!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • That phone has a A9 processor in it! and way better camera!
  • But it's still a "phone". As the saying goes, when you can't innovate, bump up the specs!
  • With this price and specs, it would be a hard sell in China.  It just doesn't make any sense.
  • A very hard sell indeed! I am from China, 1699 would buy you an almost flagship spec Android device here, nobody with a right mind would pay that much for a phone with Snapdragon 212 processor and 1G RAM and virtually no available apps. Plus we all know this device won't make to the upgradable list to the Windows 10 "Blahstone" in 1.5 years. Ecosystem is a game of egg and chicken, more device sold => more apps developed => more device sold, we need better eggs here!
  • How does the competition look in the non-dead OS side? I suppose one can get pretty nice Xiaomi with the same price?
  • WP Fans in 3...2...1...
  • Jorge Bravo - WP fans on Windows Central? Imagine that. Who knew this is where they hung out. Didn't make yourself look overly clever there friend.
  • Isn't windows central for WP fans?? Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
    Proudly rocking my Lumia 1520!
  • Ummm, this is the WP site right... did I somehow transport to Mac9to5 or something... I hate when that happens... :)
  • Yes. Thats what im planning.. Buy a high spec android phone which will get a windows 10 than buying underpowered phone
  • How about buying and under size phone according to todays standard of larger phones: 5 - 5.2". Just get yourself the new 4" iPhone and go talk about it on imore. Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
    Proudly rocking my Lumia 1520!
  • poor little troll
  • Because not all people are after high spec phone
  • True. Why get similary priced Mi 5 when this is available. Lets add that Xiaomi do saves some money by not paying for all the IPR's it uses.
  • You can get a much better Xiaomi for that price.
  • A bit spicy but I hope the price will drop soon
  • When in Pakistan
  • But who wants it??
  • So many lumia lovers are here .
  • Me too..
    But I don't want an underpowered processor with minimal specs with high price..
    Waiting for a decent mid range phone
  • Don't expect a gud mid ranger from Microsoft anytime soon
    Buy the continuum supported vaio wp if its available in your country
  • None of us have to buy it, so why is it a debate if you already know it isn't the one for you? Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
    Proudly rocking my Lumia 1520!
  • Support!!! +720
  • Prices is much high but device looks so great .... Y didn't they made 950xl in that stuff... Love my lumia 1520
  • Will be priced in india at 15k
  • No ones gonna buy..
    Not even a sleepest sleeper hit
  • Yep.. MS sucks at pricing.. Im waiting for oneplus 2 rom to come out.. After what happend to all the *20 series phones its better to buy a high end device
  • I'll still wait for decent mid range WP.
  • That wait will be long.. We have good phones moly, alcatel, vaio but none of them are available in india.. :P
  • My 1520 is above midrange nearly 3 years after being made. Running build 10586.164; smooth as butter Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
    Proudly rocking my Lumia 1520!
  • A flagship will be flagship and can never be mid ranger..
  • What's about camera of l1520 ,,, .164 draining battry so fast with slow shutter and other minor bugs
  • Lol I have been waiting for a gud mid ranger wp for the past 6 months
    Still waiting
    Almost fed up of waiting
  • Me too.. I have both Oneplus 2 and Oneplus X.. will be happy if i get rom for both..
  • Oneplus 2 is rumoured to be getting one.. No plans for oneplus x.. But you cant trust MS right now.. Ill wait fpr the rom to come frst and then buy..
  • Isn't this the currency symbol for yen (Japan) ? Or are they the same?
  • He mean CHinese Yuan or RMB. Chinese Yuan has the same symbol with Japanese Yen.
  • If the 640 could not produce any sales for Microsoft how can they expect this phone to be better. I really (as the owner of two 640's and a 820 & 925) dont see the logic behind why this phone was even produced.
  • Well then, good thing you're not in charge of running the business, since you're so short-sighted.
  • True.. The only thing better here is the design.. This phone would've made an impact if it had 6** processor..
  • Agreed Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
    Proudly rocking my Lumia 1520!
  • The 640 actually sells very well, but I'm sure you're comparing it to iPhone and galaxy sales, so of course it isn't selling well by those standards. Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
    Proudly rocking my Lumia 1520!
  • Starting with very, very cheap phones in China from Xiaomi, Meizu, LeTV and 1000 others, I'm guessing you must be blind and have mental illness to buy Lumia 650 in China. For $20-40 more, you can get Xiaomi Mi5 with the latest SD820.
  • Just checked it, looks quite nice. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/03/xiaomi-mi-5-review-its-hard-to-ar...
  • Spec wise, the Mi5 is good, and great for the price.  But even Ars complained about the software. If they release a Windows 10 firmware like they did for the Mi3, perhaps people here will get one.  But it's Google we avoid more than the hardware.  The Samsung S7 is a better phone at twice the price.  But still Android.  Some of us just love our Windows devices - we like the security of Windows Mobile and having our data with one company rather than three.  The L650 is a premium budget phone.  Not sure who in China will buy it given how cheap local phones are, but the more markets a phone is sold in, the more potential for sales.
  • ^^This. Im not going to buy any underpowered lumia after what happened to the old devices.. 650 and other 8.1 devices are going to be in the list of unsupported devices too.. I'll spend more and buy oneplus 2 or mi5 and then install w10.. :)
  • 650 USP is it's looks. Believe me it will be a real babe magnet. Reason enough for many to buy ! Win 10 has very high level of optimisation, so SD 212 doesn't bother me much...
  • Great comment
  • And don't forget the oh so pretty Wooden cover !
  • MS is crap, blah blah, all WP are **** and overpriced. Get a (fill in the android handset of choice here)...blah blah. There, I've saved everybody time and effort....we can close the thread now as endless versions of the above interspersed with fanboy accusations against anyone willing to defend the offending handset is all that will follow.
  • .....you missed WP is dead lol
  • ...oh and I forgot....downgrade from 640 blah blah
  • Lmfao!!!!
  • Pricing is absured, considering the options available in that price point in china.
  • ...as if to prove the point
  • Who is even going to buy such a underpowered useless phone? That too in a country like China.
  • ...yay! Kamesh is here. We can always rely on him for some solid anti-MS advice. Thanks for that Kam, you've single handedly saved China.
  • Lol.
  • The contemporary Huā Mùlán!
  • LOL.....Kamikaze Kamesh strikes again.
  • Kamikaze Kamesh.... ok that's just damn funny... What I love is the time zone difference, notice how certain people are on at certain times.. That was posted by Kamesh around 5:20 PM India time, then we get the Europeans, then the early US peeps... then all goes quite... just something I noticed...
  • I second your comment. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The hardware isn't special for this price. What makes it good value? The mobile phone market is at the end of its growth spurt, now its good value or good bye.
  • I'll prefer spending more and buy a oneplus 2 and install w10
  • This is just to count available in +1 country. This spec can't fight in spec and iPhon obsessed Chinese market with this high price. I still feel MS should announce some kinda of buyback program for the users that could not upgrade their phones to Windows 10. It will at least bring the users to the shop and see this beautiful little phone. FYI, iPhone SE has been made to root out mid tiers in China and India. It will be Apple's weapon to target these markets for very long time into the future. Because iPhones internal specs = iPhone 6s specs > iPhone 6 specs. 
  • IPhone SE does not have 3D Touch which Apple are advertising as the best new thing. So the SE is expensive given the lower specs and incomplete OS.
  • Incomplete OS without 3D touch... Ahahahahahahahahah, like W10M is complete, ahahahahahaaaaaaa! Man, share that **** you smoke! :D
  • IPhone - the most expensive phone in the world does not have: SD Card
    Wireless Charging
    Waterproof
    Dustproof 4K screen
    2K screen
    Not even Amoled The SE does not even have 3D Touch which is being heavily promoted by Apple as the next best thing. Trust me, I feel happy not paying stupid prices for such an under privileged OS and overpriced phone.
  • In India almost 90% of the people buy an iPhone only for prestige
    Here if u have an iPhone u are considered rich
    People will talk abt it
    They will say wow he has an iPhone
    Higher they price the iPhone higher the prestige of owning it in India
    They don't care abt the specs or value for money aspect
  • 3D Touch!! Many are glad that SE does not have all those gimmicky stuff, curved display, Octa core Soc, 6 GB RAM, etc, all they need is return on investment and support for 5 years and Secured OS to store the stuff. This is how we as Windows Phones compromise and fail MS to become crazy lazy! Have peace!
  • You should contact Apple rav4kar and advise them they are wasting $millions advertising 3D Touch as it's just a gimmick. I'm sure Tim will be pleased to hear how wrong Apple are!
  • @tomtom, companies do advertise unique features always, are't we still obsessed with Lumia 1020's 41 MP camera or asking for its successor? I am talking about users'  view of a product, budget and ROI in this saturated mobile market. I am wondering how MS plans to keep those Windows Phone 8.1 user/fan base intact and carry them forward to Windows 10 Mobile.Peace!
  • Hope it get released in India below 14,000
  • I'm ordering it in the USA. I have the UK version and I love it
  • Sounds so cool. It looks great
  • This is way too expensive in my country wen converted, this money can get u a good 3gb 32gb clear black android phone, Microsoft needs to do a rethink if they want to capture the market low ends Posted from windows central for windows 10 mobile
  • The new iphone is even cheaper with more apps there and a robust OS Posted from windows central for windows 10 mobile
  • The new iphone is even cheaper with more apps there and a robust OS Posted from windows central for windows 10 mobile
  • The SE does not have Apples new best thing.....3D Touch....so the OS is anything but robust.
  • Where did you see the new iPhone listed as cheaper? Post the link; it will have more apps of course. Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
    Proudly rocking my Lumia 1520!
  • We are all a little disappointed with this Lumia but in the end we are all gona buy it.
  • Yeah because there is no other option in the price range for people who want a wp
    The snapdragon 400 in 640/xl is way too outdated
    Even though Lumia 650 has snap 2xx series it has the lastest atleast
    & the looks & design is too gud to turn down
  • Isn't the Alcatel WP cheaper with a better processor? Posted via Windows Central app for Windows 10!
    Proudly rocking my Lumia 1520!
  • alcatel xl not available in India & it has a even weaker snap 210 processor
  • Great comment
  • Exactly my position. My 720 is on the verge of dying and I see no other mid ranger to replace it. 640 is old and has a mediocre FFC, the XL just doesn't look good to me design wise. So I'm gonna have to settle for the 650 as of now. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Looks like we are in the same position
    My 2.5 year old 720 is dying
    It won't go on much longer
  • When in India?
  • If you don't like then don't buy it smh.....
  • Beautiful phone! Waiting for its launch in India
  • Guys, any chance of getting a 650 XL? If not, then I will have to replace my L720 with L650 itself. Although I would love to have USB OTG support. Not that I use it. Just for show off purpose. To droids....:P
  • Please...wait for some time...
  • No 650xl coming.. If you dont care about the specs of the phone go for 650.. If you care then wait for other phone or wait for an android phone to gwt windows 10 rom.. For eg. Oneplus 2
  • It's hard to switch to something like 1+2 after using a Lumia. My only concern with 650 is it processor and battery. I think Microsoft should push Lumia 850 or 750. It's not fair to force us to choose between a flagship and a budget handset.
  • Yeah really need a 750/850 with snap 6xx & continumm support
  • This phone is badly overpriced
  • Fail..I am sorry to say this but fail..In Indian currency, its ₹17468. Costlier than all mid range Lumias..Lumia 730, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL.. 
  • Hope that Lumia 650 comes to Slovenia as fast as possible, because I really want this phone and I want to replace my Lumia 630 already. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 Mobile
  • Lumia 730 started at 16,500 when it launched. Today it's street price is about 12k. 650 will be launched at about 17999 or so. Best time to buy it would be around July
  • The 640 XL was released for 15799, A year later it's still around 14k. Bottom line the data we have is insufficient to predict considerable price fall.
  • I still dream that my Lumia 720 could be upgraded to 1GB RAM and Quad core processor with Lte. I own Lumia 735 but the 720 is still my favourite device in terms of physical design...compared to 720, the 735 is bulkier, less proportionate and generally a bit unweildly !