Microsoft recently unveiled the Lumia 650, a device aimed at businesses. The Lumia 650 is apparently a “smart choice for businesses,” according to Microsoft. It comes at an affordable price and offers some decent specs. However, despite being aimed at businesses, the device doesn’t feature one of the best productivity feature in Windows 10 Mobile: support for Continuum for phones. Of course, the Lumia 650 does not have hardware that can support Continuum for phones as it’s pretty much a high-end feature.
Continuum for phones can be seen on high-end phones like the Lumia 950 XL, which includes a Snapdragon 810 processor and the upcoming Alcatel Idol Pro 4, which is expected to come with a Snapdragon 820.
So why doesn’t the Lumia 650 support Continuum for phones? Microsoft explains:
“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.”
Microsoft’s statement kind of makes sense – the Lumia 650 may not be the high-end business smartphone which some customers will be looking for. However, the device could be a pretty sweet option for businesses looking to get some smartphones for their employees at an affordable price, but still get a good set of business-focused features like Office 365 and OneDrive.
Microsoft isn’t expected to launch any other Lumia devices this year. However, the company is expected to launch a flagship device which the Surface team is involved in. Of course, Microsoft needs to evolve Continuum for phones with its upcoming flagship, and it will be very interesting to see what the company comes up with later this year.