The affordable smartphone range from Microsoft has been getting yet another device added, as the company now officially unveils the Lumia 430 Dual SIM smartphone, and this is Microsoft’s cheapest Windows Phone smartphone so far, coming in with a price tag of $70. Surprisingly, the Lumia 430 looks no difference with the spec sheet when compared to the Lumia 435, but the price is reduced by about $10.
Update: The Lumia 430 smartphone is just launched in India, for the price of Rs. 5299. There are some launch offers given by Microsoft, including Vodafone’s 500 MB of free data per month for a period of 2 months. Mobikwik is offering a cashback of Rs. 1000 for recharges and payments (Rs. 200 per month for five months), and RedBus will offer discounts worth INR 1500 on bus tickets over 6 single trips booked through the mobile app.
This is a 4-inch device with the WVGA display (480×800 pixels) keeping the pixel density at a modest 233 PPI, and internally, the Lumia 430 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor clocking at 1.2 GHz, along with 1GB of RAM. Microsoft had initially come up with devices having 512MB of RAM and claimed that the device would still run smooth, but later on, the recent devices all came with a gig of RAM.
There is nothing good to look at, on the camera aspect as the phone has a 2-megapixel rear shooter and a VGA front-facing camera, which should be enough for skype calls, if not selfies that show a lot of grains. It will have 8GB internal storage and a MicroSD card support for expansion up to 128GB, along with Microsoft OneDrive backup service giving 15GB cloud storage for free.
The best part is that the Lumia 430, just like any other Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone, will be later be upgradeable to Windows 10. The Denim update ensures that the latest features such as Files and folder manager, as well as Microsoft Office for Word, Excel and PowerPoint are all available in this OS version.
The Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM will be available only in Middle East and Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus from April 2015.