Microsoft Lumia 550 with Windows 10 mobile arrives India


Microsoft has made the Lumia 550 available for sale in India, a week after the smartphone hit the stores in Europe.

The Microsoft Lumia 550 is currently the company’s cheapest smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile out-of-the-box, and will start selling in India from Wednesday for Rs. 9,399 (about 47,000 Naira).

Unlike its high-end devices – the Lumia 950 Dual SIM and Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM, the new Microsoft Lumia 550 doesn’t support the Windows 10 Continuum feature. The feature makes smartphones behave like computers with a desktop-style interface.

The Microsoft Lumia 550 however packs some exciting Windows 10 mobile features such as the new Microsoft Edge browser, revamped Outlook mail, OneDrive, Microsoft Office and the Cortana digital voice assistant. It also has the Glance Screen feature, which lets users see notifications without fully unlocking the smartphone.

The Lumia 550 features a 4.7-inch HD display (720×1280 pixels) resolution with a pixel density of 315ppi.

It is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC, Adreno 304 GPU coupled with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone has an inbuilt storage of 8GB which can be expanded further via microSD card up to 200GB. It however has support for a single Micro-SIM.

The handset comes equipped with a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with HD video recording and LED flash while a 2-megapixel snapper is placed upfront with an f/2.8 aperture and 480p video recording.

The Lumia 550 features 4G LTE (Cat. 4) connectivity and is claimed to support download speeds of up to 150Mbps and uploads of up to 50Mbps. Other connectivity options on the phone include Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality, FM radio, and A-GPS.

The Microsoft Lumia 550 packs a replaceable 2100mAh battery, which the company said can deliver up to 28 days of standby time, 16 hours of talk time on 2G, 14 hours on 3G, and 17 hours on 4G.

The Lumia smartphone also features ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and proximity sensors. It measures 136.1 x 67.8 x 9.9 mm and is available in Glossy White and Matte Black variants.