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Microsoft Lumia 550: Specifications Review

October 7, 2015
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The Microsoft Lumia 550 is a recently launched Windows Smartphone and is currently the best budget smartphone that runs Windows 10 out of the box.

The Lumia 550 is an upgrade of the Microsoft Lumia 540 and it features some significant hardware improvement that makes it slightly more awesome than the Lumia 540.

That said, here is what the Microsoft Lumia 550 has to offer.

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Microsoft Lumia 550 Technical Specifications

Display

Display Size: 4.7 inches

Display Type: Capacitive touchscreen

Screen Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels

Screen Resolution Density: 315 ppi

Screen Protection: None

The Microsoft Lumia 550 boast of a 4.7-inch display with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. The Lumia 550 display is in comparison to that of the Lumia 540, 0.3-inch smaller. However, it’s slightly smaller display provides the smartphone with an impressive 315 ppi screen resolution display.

The downside of the display is that it lacks screen protection. Microsoft was among the first smartphone to offer screen protection to budget smartphones via the Lumia 535, and thus it’s peculiar that the feature is missing on the Lumia 550.

Design

Dimensions: 136.1 x 67.8 x 9.9 mm

Weight: 141.9 g

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The Microsoft Lumia 550 has the generic Lumia design that consists of a candy bar chassis with some well rounded corners. The Lumia 550 in fact looks a lot like the Lumia 940 and Microsoft could have easily gone the Samsung way and marketed it as the Lumia 940 Mini.

Performance

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Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10

CPU: Octa-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7

RAM: 1 GB

Internal Memory: 8 GB

Micro SD: Yes, up to 200 GB

The performance profile of the Microsoft Lumia 550 is impressive. The Lumia 550 has one of the most powerful CPU you will find on a budget smartphone, a feature that augurs well with the light-weight nature of the Windows 10 operating system.

Talking about Windows 10, which currently runs on over 110 Million users, all I can say is it’s (almost) perfect. Windows 10 is definitely the best OS Microsoft ever created and it will be interesting to see how the operating system will run on Lumia 550 hardware.

The significant downside of the Lumia 550 profile is that it does not support the Windows 10 Continuum feature via a dock.

Other, than that, you get 8 GB for your files and Micro SD slot.

Camera

Rear Camera: 5 MP

Secondary Camera: 2 MP

LED Flash: Yes

The Microsoft Lumia 550 provides a 5 MP Rear camera for general photography and a 2 MP camera for your selfies.

Furthermore, you have an LED flash for low-light photography.

Battery and Extras

Battery Capacity: Li-Ion 2100 mAh

The Microsoft Lumia 550 packs in a Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery, which is enough to provide enough battery juice to take you through the day.

Extras

Dual-SIM
4G LTE

Verdict

The core purpose of the Microsoft Lumia range is “providing a strong portfolio of phones that offers something for everyone.”

The Microsoft Lumia 550 is an embodiment of that statement and provides an excellent starting point for smartphone users interested in the productivity potential of the Windows 10 operating system.

Why you should buy the Microsoft Lumia 550

Impressive Display Properties

Great Technical Specifications

4G LTE Connectivity

Generous Battery Capacity

Cons of the Microsoft Lumia 550

Plain Design

Doesn’t support Continuum

Rivals of the Microsoft Lumia 550

Rivals of the Microsoft Lumia 550 includes the Infinix Hot 2 X510 (Ksh. 8,999) and the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime (Ksh. 12,999).

Price in Kenya

The Microsoft Lumia 550 has a suggested retail price of about Ksh. 13,999.

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Kevin is a Passionate Technology Enthusiast and the Lead Writer at MobiTrends. He has been writing about Smartphones and Mobile Technology since 2012. Drop him your comments below :)

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