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Microsoft has officially released its Lumia 650 in the United States and Canada weeks after it was put up for pre-orders. The budget smartphone comes with a price tag of $199 and is available for purchase on Microsoft Store.

The Lumia 650 was unveiled Feb. 15 before being released to select European markets three days later. It was speculated that Cricket Wireless would bring the handset to the U.S. but this has turned out to be false as it's been made available on Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Lumia 650 runs Windows 10 Mobile operating system, has an aluminium-based metal frame and sports a 5-inch HD AMOLED display with 1,280x720 pixels (297 ppi pixel density). Available in matte black and matte white colours, the handset measures 142.0x70.9x6.9 mm in dimension and weighs 122 g.

The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor clocking at 1.3GHz, houses an Adreno 304 GPU, and comes packed with a 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 200GB via microSD card and a 1GB RAM. It also has an 8MP main camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and 28 mm lens, a 5MP wide-angle front-snapper with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2,000mAh battery.

In terms of connectivity, the Lumia 650 supports 4G-LTE, micro-USB v2.0, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/), NFC, 3.5 mm audio jack, A-GLONASS/A-GPS and FM radio.

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