Microsoft Lumia 550 vs Best Budget Alternative Smartphones

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    At their Window 10 event in San Francisco, the Redmond giant Microsoft silently launched a budget Windows phones dubbed the Lumia 550.

    However the budget device failed to gain much spotlight thanks to the presence of heavy weights - 950 and 950XL - at the event. Nevertheless the Lumia 550 comes with a Windows 10 Mobile on top along with a 1.1GHz quad core Snapdragon 210 SoC under the hood.

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    On the rear is a 5MP AF camera along with a 2MP FF on the front. Microsoft haven't unveiled the pricing of the device yet. However a Zauba import listing quotes a price of Rs 8,999 (approx.) for each of the test units.

    But does it device has enough under the hood justify is high price tag? You, may be thinking that yes it does - after all it runs the latest Windows 10. But, Gizbot begs to differ. In fact there are a number of powerful alternatives which you can readily buy in India this festive season. So why wait for the Lumia 550?

    BLU Win HD LTE (Dual SIM)

    BLU is an American smartphone maker which made its entry into the Indian market in collaboration with Amazon a month back. The company has brought two new Windows Phones along with them to the Indian shores and the Win HD LTE is one of them.

    Display: 5 inch HD (1280x720) OGS panel with 294ppi
    Processor: 64 bit enabled 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 410 SoC with Adreno 306 GPU
    RAM/Storage: 1GB/32GB (expandable via MicroSD card upto 128GB)
    Camera: 8MP AF rear with LED Flash and 2MP FF front
    Battery: 2500mAh Li-Poly
    OS: Windows 8.1 (will be upgraded to Win 10 soon)
    Price: Rs 7,999

     

    Xolo Win Q1000 LTE (Dual SIM)

    This is the latest Windows Phone offering from the company. Just like any Xolo device the Win Q1000 comes with an excellent display panel and an equally capable 8MP camera. The major con of the device however is the lack of 4G LTE support.

    Display: 5 inch HD (1280x720) OGS panel with 294ppi
    Processor: 64 bit enabled 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 SoC with Adreno 305 GPU
    RAM/Storage: 1GB/8GB (expandable via MicroSD card slot upto 32GB)
    Camera: 8MP AF rear with LED Flash and 2MP FF front
    Battery: 2200mAh Li-Poly
    OS: Windows 8.1 (will be upgraded to Win 10 soon)
    Price: Rs 5,999

     

    Nokia Lumia 640 (Dual SIM)

    Lumia 640 hit the stores early this year with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC on the inside along with a HD display on the front. The camera of the 638 too has been improved to 8MP on the rear.

    Display: 5 inch HD (1280x720) OGS panel with 294ppi
    Processor: 64 bit enabled 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 SoC with Adreno 305 GPU
    RAM/Storage: 1GB/8GB (expandable upto 128GB)
    Camera: 8MP AF rear with LED Flash and 0.9MP FF front
    Battery: 2500mAh Li-Poly
    OS: Windows 8.1 (will be upgraded to Win 10 soon)
    Price: Rs 7,999

    BLU Win JR LTE (Dual SIM)

    This is lower priced version of the BLU Win sibling. Despite sporting a similar SD410 SoC and 1GB of RAM, BLU has managed to keep this device priced at Rs 5,999 thanks to the 4.5 inch WVGA display.

    Display: 4.5 inch WVGA (854x480) IPS display with 218ppi
    Processor: 64 enabled 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 410 with Adreno 306
    RAM/Storage: 1GB/8GB (will be upgraded to Win 10 soon)
    Camera: 5MP AF rear with LED Flash and VGA FF front
    Battery: 2000mAh Li-Poly
    OS: Windows 8.1 (will be upgraded to Win 10 soon)
    Price: Rs 5,999

     

    Nokia Lumia 540 (Dual SIM)

    Display: 5 inch HD (1280x720) OGS panel with 294ppi
    Processor: 64 enabled 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 410 with Adreno 306
    RAM/Storage: 1GB/8GB (will be upgraded to Win 10 soon)
    Camera: 8MP AF rear with LED Flash and 5MP FF front
    Battery: 2200mah Li-Ion
    OS: Windows 8.1 (will be upgraded to Win 10 soon)
    Price: Rs 8,789

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