Microsoft recently launched Lumia 650, a $199 Windows 10 Mobile smartphone which can be seen as an attempt to revive its mobile business. Under CEO Nadella, Microsoft’s mobile visions are clearer than ever before. It aims to deliver a smartphone with best Microsoft suite experience and one that extends to become a PC.
While Lumia 950 and 950 XL can turn into a full-fledged Windows PC with the help of Display Dock, the newly Lumia 650 apparently skips on that feature. Microsoft primarily aims to get this phone in the hands of businesses of all scales and with Continuum, it had a real chance of shipping one. Now Microsoft has responded why Lumia 650 misses out on that feature.
Microsoft has answered that part of the puzzle to Slashgear, which quotes an official spokesperson saying, “With the Lumia 650, our goal was to create a beautiful device that’s affordable for businesses to buy and deploy.”
The real reason for Microsoft Lumia 650 not supporting Continuum is its hardware. Microsoft says a Lumia smartphone to support Continuum, it should have Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, 808 or 810 processors coupled with at least 2GB RAM. More on Microsoft’s Continuum requirements listing can be found here.
While Microsoft may have answered the reason for Lumia 650 lacking Continuum support, it will have to offer this feature to really sell smartphones.