The Lumia 550, which was announced in October, is now available in stores at a price of $139, which is more than four times less than the cost of the Lumia 950, but if you’re looking for a Windows 10 smartphone with weak specs, then this new model is what you need.
Designs and Displays
The Lumia 550 is made entirely of plastic and it comes in two colors: black and white. It has a circular rear camera in the top center and on the font side, below the 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (315ppi) are integrated three capacitive keys. The screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 3, so it’s a good thing, because it doesn’t easily scratch. The phone measures 136.1 x 67.8 x 9.9 mm, which means that it’s kind of thick and this results in a greater weight of almost 142grams, but the phone doesn’t feel uncomfortable to hold.
The Lumia 950 weights 8grams more, but it weights 145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm, which means that it’s screen is much larger. Microsoft has used an AMOLED panels with a diagonal of 5.2-inch and its resolution is much higher at 1440 x 2560 pixels (564 ppi), but it benefit from the same Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The device has also a plastic back available in black and white colors, but it features a metal frame which covers the sides, and the front panel is similar to that of the Lumia 550.
The Lumia 550 has the specs of a mid-range smartphone that has been released two years ago, as it features a 32bit Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7 processor which is backed by an Adreno 304 GPU and 1GB of RAM, but the surprising part about it is the maximum expandable memory size, which is 200GB, but the built in storage has a capacity of 8GB.
The Lumia 950 is a flagships that houses a 64bit Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor running on 1.82 GHz along with an Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB of RAM, but its internal memory is more generous, having a capacity of 32GB.
Cameras and Batteries
The Lumia 550 doesn’t take the greatest pictures, as none of its cameras are very advanced. The primary one supports 5MP and has basic features including LED flash, autofocus, 1/4′ sensor size, touch focus and geo tagging, while the other camera has a resolution of only 2MP. As for the battery, it’s removable and has a capacity of 2100mAh.
The Lumia 950 is equipped with a rear camera of 20MP which has plenty features which are contributing to the quality of your phones, such as OIS, autofocus, triple-LED RGB flash, 1/2.4′ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, but the camera is using also Carl Zeiss optics and PureView technology and it’s able to record 4K videos. The battery is also removable, but much bigger at 3000mAh.