Microsoft recently launched Lumia 650 without creating any buzz for the device. After the first and expensive Windows 10 phones, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, this is the first budget phone that runs on Microsoft’s latest operating system. What made Windows 10 popular overnight? Its features. The only sad part about this budget Lumia phone is that even after being powered by Windows 10, this phone has skipped Continuum and Biometric Authentication.
As Lumia 650 was launched, people noticed that two of the key Windows 10 features i.e., Continuum and Biometric Authentication are missing in the device. Continuum is what makes the latest smartphones unique. With the help of this feature, once can actually turn his/her smartphone into a full-fledged computer. Then what made Microsoft skip this feature? Is it the cost? Let’s hear it from the company itself.
To satisfy everyone’s curiosity, the team at Slashgear decided to contact Microsoft and ask them the reason behind ditching Continuum. And here is what the Microsoft spokesperson said,
“We are aiming to deliver the most productive Windows 10 Mobile devices at all price points. With the Lumia 650, our goal was to create a beautiful device that’s affordable for businesses to buy and deploy. In this price range we are giving customers smart business tools, including seamless Office and OneDrive integration and Cortana, so users can stay productive and synced across all Windows 10 devices. We encourage users looking for Continuum productivity features to explore the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.”
This is true that no company can afford to give you high-end features in a budget phone. Not only will the company suffer losses this way, but there won’t be any demand for their high-end products as well. Who will buy Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL if they get the same features for just $200?
If you were planning to bu Lumia 650 thinking that you will get one of the latest Lumia phones for $200, then Microsoft will clearly disappoint you here.