Microsoft Lumia 650

Looks like the Microsoft Lumia 650 is finally hitting Malaysian shores. The affordable Windows 10 smartphone is available for pre-order starting today exclusively from Lazada and is set to officially be on sale from 8 April 2016.

The Lumia 650 may be a budget phone, but it surprisingly boasts a premium design with a diamond-cut and anodized aluminum. When I had a hands-on with it at the recent MWC 2016, I thought it was better built than the flagship Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

Microsoft Lumia 650

It’s also the thinnest Windows 10 smartphone in the market, measuring at just 6.9mm.

Hardware-wise, it’s not going to break any performance records, but it’s sufficient enough to run Windows 10 well and smoothly. It sports a 5-inch HD OLED display protected by Gorilla Glass.

Powering the Lumia 650 is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 mated to 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. If you need more storage, you can expand further via microSD (up to 200GB).

Microsoft Lumia 650

In the optics department, it packs an 8MP f/2.2 main shooter with a 5MP wide-angle selfie camera.

The built-in battery is rated at 2,000mAh, and should keep it juiced for a day.

The device is 4G LTE enabled and supports a single nano-SIM.

Pricing and availability

The Lumia 650 retails at MYR899 and is available for pre-order starting today, 1 April on the Microsoft Online Store at Lazada. It will also hit Microsoft Authorised Resellers, Microsoft Mobile Reseller Stores and retailers nationwide from 8 April onwards.

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Pre-order offer

Early birds stand to be handsomely rewarded. Between 1-7 April, the first 150 customers will get 13,899 AirAsia BIG Point which can be redeemed for a free ticket to a dream destination. Additionally, there’s a MYR25 Lazada rebate voucher.

As an introductory offer, from 8-15 April, customers will also enjoy 13,000 AirAsia BIG points.

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