Entry-level Microsoft Lumia 550 now available in Canada for $189

Ian Hardy

January 4, 2016 2:15pm

Last October, Microsoft announced the Windows 10-powered Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL to much fanfare, quickly selling out its initial inventory. At the same conference, Panos Panay, corporate vice president for Surface Computing, also quietly unveiled the Lumia 550, which he deemed to be the perfect “introduction to Lumia” for those who didn’t have $750 to spend.

The Lumia 550 features a 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 pixel display with 315ppi, a 1Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, a LTE radio, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB of storage and a 2,100 mAh battery.

While the Lumia 550 costs $139 in the United States, us Canadians will pay a bit more for the entry-level Windows device. Microsoft is currently showing the Lumia 550 available unlocked for $189, with a black chassis.

Source Microsoft
  • silver_arrow

    Decent price for a decent offering. Would of prefered to see a 4xx class processor but Microsoft made their choice.

  • vn33

    Wonder how well Windows run on 1 Gb RAM, and on a 2xx processor. Have not run Windows phone since my Windows Mobile time, so really curious to see what the performance is.

    • Brad Fortin

      Windows Phone is really lean, with few graphical flourishes, so it can run well on a wide range of hardware.

    • Nicholas Burke

      It runs pretty well on my Lumia 1020 with it’s aging specs. Windows was designed to run specifically on low end hardware to give all users the same experience. Yes higher end phones are snappier but the general use is the same.

  • Brodie

    1.1GHz and a pixel density of 315ppi, according to tech specs from microsoft store site.

  • Wilhelm

    For the price no one can really complain. It’s dirt cheap and will appeal to those looking for a quality product that fits their budget. Only downside is the dearth of apps but maybe that will be rectified soon too.

  • St. Misery

    Been running Win10 on a lumia 435 with SD200 dual-core, not horrible at all. Probably wouldn’t use as my daily driver due to no camera flash or LTE, but I would imagine the 550 providing a great experience for many, especially for the $$. The app gap seems like it’s closing up fairly well, get Nest and BMO apps and I may consider going Win10 full time.

  • Got a 550 on Day one in the UK. It’s a refreshing & superb OS on smartphone that is surprisingly useable for such a hardware spec. Zips along basic & adequately & the cameras just fine in good light. Prefer the OS really to Android but even with some same apps they are not as mature. So refreshing to experience the exact same familar interface on the small screen that you get on the PC though. If UAs kicked off efficiency would win hands down, you can feel this is crying out to be baked just a little longer. One thing about these lumias, OK they are plastic, but yank off their backs & examine their build quality beyond the surface, internally, this compares with the 950, everything is screwed together nicely & is removable. Totally repairable down to every individual component. No other handsets can boast that today.

  • They should do this with a lot more products. Like the surface. Making a low end surface would help get their devices in a lot of hands, rather then relying on third parties to do so.

  • Entegy

    Whoopee. Can we get the 950 series back in stock now? It’s been unavailable in Canada for over a month now.

  • This would make a good backup