Recently, Microsoft made headlines as a spokesperson from the company spilled the latest Surface Pro’s launch date which is going to be on December 1, 2017. It is supposed to be revealed by the head of Microsoft’s Surface division, Panos Panay, on October 31 during the company’s Future Decoded event in London. However, the Microsoft spokesperson during the Ignite 2017 conference in Florida inadvertently revealed the launch date. Not to mention, the representative mentioned that the LTE version of the Surface Pro is already listed on the online storefront of Microsoft UK.
Microsoft Surface is one of the most successful hybrid tablets that managed to deliver top notch performance despite the handy packaging. That’s why the Surface Book series from Microsoft has become a device to watch out for. For the case of Surface Book 2, it seems like fans will be disappointed, not because of its performance but because of its release date. It seems like we’ll be waiting a little longer to get our hands on the Surface Book 2.
|Release Date in Malaysia|
|Processor frequency||1.1 GHz|
|Processor family||Qualcomm Snapdragon|
|Display diagonal||11.9 cm (4.7")|
|Display resolution||1280 x 720 pixels|
|Pixel density||315 ppi|
|Ports & interfaces|
|USB connector type||Micro-USB B|
|Headphone connectivity||3.5 mm|
|Weight & dimensions|
|SIM card capability||Single SIM|
|SIM card type||NanoSIM|
|Wi-Fi standards||IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n|
|2G bands (primary SIM)||850,900,1800,1900 MHz|
|3G bands supported||850,900,2100 MHz|
|4G bands supported||800,900,1800,2100,2600 MHz|
|RAM capacity||1 GB|
|Internal storage capacity||8 GB|
|Compatible memory cards||MicroSD (TransFlash)|
|Maximum memory card size||200 GB|
|USB mass storage|
|Assisted GPS (A-GPS)|
|Operating system installed||Windows 10|
|Rear camera resolution (numeric)||5 MP|
|Front camera type||Single camera|
|Front camera resolution (numeric)||2 MP|
|Optical sensor size||25.4 / 4 mm (1 / 4")|
|Video recording modes||720p|
|Maximum frame rate||30 fps|
|Resolution at capture speed||1280x720@30fps|
|Battery capacity||2100 mAh|
|Talk time (3G)||14 h|
|Talk time (2G)||16 h|
|Talk time (4G)||17 h|
|Browsing time (Wi-Fi)||10 h|
|Continuous audio playback time||60 h|
|Continuous video playback time||7.1 h|
|Colour of product||White|
|Personal info management (PIM)||Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list|
|Support for contact groups|
|Video compression formats||H.263,H.264,MPEG4,VC-1|
|Voice codecs||AMR-NB, FR|
|Subscription type||No subscription|
The mention of Microsoft with any device, be it smartphone or laptop, always suggests an incredibly strong suite of productivity applications and programs that work. It is to no surprise then, that the Microsoft Lumia 550 has all of the great features and specs that make it a superb smartphone with great productivity.
However great the smartphone is in the productivity and Windows operating system department, the physicality of it is the opposite. That isn’t to say that the design is bad by any means, but the smartphone does do the job of providing an excellent grip and comfortable shape to hold in the hand without any loud features that can come off as inconvenient. Clad entirely in matte plastic with no fancy curves or artsy design cues, the Lumia 550 is just that – a functional Windows smartphone. On the rear of the smartphone is nothing but a tiny little camera bump, the camera flash, and the ever present Windows logo sitting square on the centre.
The simplistic and quiet design of the Lumia 550 is nothing like the suite of great software that is built right into the phone. First of all, the Lumia 550 comes installed with Microsoft’s very own Windows 10 operating system, albeit slightly different from the ones you are probably familiar with on your personal computers. Turning on the phone will have you greeted with Windows tiles, little reactive squares on the home-screen that update with little bits of glance-able information.
The Windows 10 operating system also brings along with it great Windows applications such as Outlook Mail, Outlook Calendar, and even Microsoft Words. The Outlook application lets you read and manage all of your emails from various different providers. Its intuitive and provides a great interface that is very user friendly.
Like the great software, the humble little body of the Lumia 550 hides a rather well performing 5-megapixel camera. The camera of the Lumia 550 takes great photographs in most lighting, and when considering the price point, is pretty respectable. The camera app makes it easy to capture images as well, with a simple and straightforward interface.
The Rich Capture mode for example, takes photographs in similar fashion of HDR. It captures a single photo, and then analyses the scene before it applies effects such as to correct lighting and the like for a better photograph.