Microsoft slashes 50% off the Lumia 650; now available for $99

In March, Microsoft launched the Lumia 650 - its last ever Lumia Windows phone - in the United States, priced at $199 unlocked and off contract. The Microsoft Store has previously offered the handset there for as little as $149, but it's now available for a good deal less.

As part of its Black Friday promotions, Microsoft is now selling the Lumia 650 Dual SIM for just $99; that's 50% below its usual price.

The Lumia 650's key specs include:

  • 5-inch OLED with HD (1280x720px) resolution and Gorilla Glass 3
  • Quad-core 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB onboard storage (plus microSD card support up to 200GB)
  • 8MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and 720p video recording at 30fps
  • 5MP front-facing camera with continuous autofocus, 'video light' and 720p video at 30fps
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with support for Wi-Fi calling
  • 4G LTE connectivity (bands 1, 3, 7, 8 and 20)
  • NFC support
  • microUSB 2.0 with Type B connector
  • Removable 2000mAh battery
  • 142 x 71 x 6.9mm; 122g

The Lumia 650 earned itself a very high score when we reviewed it earlier this year.

If you're not concerned about buying an unlocked device, and you don't mind switching carriers, you can get it for even less than the Microsoft Store price. In August, Cricket Wireless dropped the price of the Lumia 650 to just $49.99 with a new activation and no annual contract - and the device is available free for those who port their number across from other carriers.

If your budget stretches further, you might want to consider Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile flagships. The company is currently offering the Lumia 950 XL - priced at $499 - with a free Lumia 950, worth $399, along with a free Display Dock, usually priced at $99.

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