Top 5 Unlocked Windows Smartphones in 2017

It’s all about the operating system, and in the case of smartphones this couldn’t be any closer to the truth. Windows is the third leading platform behind Android and IOS and over the year’s users have become reliant and loyal to one operating system over another. This isn’t to say that one is particularly better, but we as users have grown accustomed to what one OS does and in most instances have never decided to switch.

Windows smartphones offer a platform that is unlike Android and IOS and the familiarity of a windows based platform is enough to appeal to millions of users each year. Picking up an unlocked Windows smartphone makes it even better as it gives you the freedom to move between carriers who are on the GSM network. This works around the world as most of the larger carriers such as T-Mobile, AT&T, Cricket Wireless Straight Talk, and many more are all on GSM carriers.

If you’re in the market for a new handset, the following review on the Top 5 Unlocked Windows Smartphones in 2017 will give you all you need to make the best buying decision.

1. Nokia Lumia 920 32GB Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Windows 8 Smartphone Red – 9.8

The Nokia Lumia has been around for a few years, and some would say that sometimes the older models are way better than the newer ones. This is definitely the case with the 920 as it’s easily the most reliable and one of the most advanced Windows smartphones on the market. This model comes to you fully unlocked which can be used on any GSM carrier of your choice allowing you to roam freely and works anywhere around the world.

Available in 4G LTE speeds gives you even more freedom and this unlocked Nokia Lumia 920 features a stylish, and sleek red outer body with other colors to choose from. Complete with 32GB of native storage, 4.5” IPS LCD display, dual core processor, 8 megapixels’ primary camera, 1.3-megapixel secondary camera, and the screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection.

Specs and Features

  • 4.5-inch IPS LCD Display
  • 1.5ghz Dual-Core Krait processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 3MP front camera
  • Optical image stabilization, PureView Technology, Dual-LED flash, and Carl Zeiss Optics
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • QI wireless charging
  • Colors – yellow, red, white, and black

2. Microsoft Nokia Lumia 640 LTE RM-1072 8GB 5″ Unlocked GSM Windows 8MP Camera Smartphone Black – 9.7

The Lumia 640 boasts a 5” display, gives you LTE Speeds, and is 100% unlocked for under $80. This is a ridiculous price considering the mid-range specs the 640 has onboard which includes am 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, and has expandable storage with an optional 128GB micro SD card. This unlocked Lumia 640 handset is one of the most affordable Windows smartphones which can be used with any GSM carrier.

The Lumia 640 LTE handset is running Windows 8.1 operating system out of the box which gives you both familiarity and functionality. Protecting your screen won’t be a problem as it’s covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is an upgraded version seen on most Nokia handsets. You’ll appreciate the touchscreen display which comes in at 5-inches which gives you portability and practicality in one budget friendly unlocked handset.

Specs and Features

  • 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display
  • 1.2ghz Quad-Core Processor Cortex A7 chipset
  • 1GB RAM
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 8MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash
  • 1MP front camera
  • 8GB internal memory and expandable to 256GB with micro SD card
  • 2500 mAh battery

3. Microsoft Lumia 532 Unlocked RM-1032 Dual Sim Windows Phone 2G GSM Unlocked – 9.6

The Lumia 532 has become one of the top sellers from Microsoft and for a very good reason. This dual SIM handset gets you in on the Windows operating system with 2G and 3.5G speeds and comes to you 100% unlocked. The popularity of unlocked smartphones is increasing as it not only allows you to move to other GSM carriers, but they also hold a higher resale value.

The Lumia 532 is no exception, and in fact you won’t have to shell out a whole lot to get it. Coming in at under $50 with mid-range specs which include a 4” display, 5MP rear camera, VGS front camera, and a whole lot more. At this price, you will never go wrong especially considering this Lumia 532 is fully unlocked.

Specs and Features

  • 4.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 480 x 800 resolution
  • 1.2ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • 8GB internal memory
  • 1560 mAh battery

4. Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 8GB Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Windows Smartphone with 13MP Camera – 9.5

The Lumia 640 XL is one of the largest Windows phones to date, and the best part is you can finally get it unlocked. The XL model features Dual SIM technology and works internationally anywhere there is a GSM carrier. Some of the best features include a vibrant 5.7” IPS LCD display, Micro SD and Bluetooth technology.

Specs and Features

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD Display with a resolution of 720 x 1280
  • 1.2ghz Snapdragon Qualcomm 400 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 13MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • 8GB internal memory and expandable to 256GB with micro SD card
  • 3000 mAh battery

5. Nokia Microsoft Lumia 635 4G LTE 8GB Unlocked – 9.4

Last but not least is the Microsoft Lumia 635 which gives you blazing 4G speeds and of course, it’s fully unlocked. If you’re looking for a mid to high range handset that is still under $100 and allows you to move freely with any GSM carrier than out 5th choice in this review is definitely it. The 635 4G model gives you plenty of color options to choose from including yellow, black, green, orange, and white.

The unlocked Lumia 635 features a smaller, compact design which makes the best use of the 4.5” display. Onboard you’ll also find 8GB of native storage, 5MP primary camera, and a 1.2ghz quad-core processor. What is missing in the Lumia 635 4G model is a front camera which is the reason why it’s not #1 in this review.

Specs and Features

  • 4.5-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854
  • 1.2ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 8GB internal memory and expandable to 256GB with micro SD card
  • 0 MP rear camera with auto focus
  • Colors – orange, yellow, green, white and black
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1830 mAh battery

Hopefully, we answered all of your questions pertaining to the best Unlocked Windows Smartphones this year, and if not, be sure to drop us a comment below.

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