Microsoft is expanding its Lumia line of smartphones as today company has launched the most affordable Lumia phone,the Lumia 435. While Lumia 535 was the first to shed the Nokia branding and wear Microsoft’s name instead, these two new phones from Redmond Giant sport a much lower end pricing.
The devices features a 4-inch WVGA display with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and the 1.2 GHz processor. It is powered by Dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor.
The Lumia 435 offers a 2 MP snapper on the rear side, while front-facing camera is of VGA quality. This Lumia device come with a 3G connection and will come in single as well as dual SIM models. It is aimed to replace the Asha series of smartphones.
The company will start to roll out these handsets in “select European countries, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa” from February. The pricing for Lumia 435 will be around €69, which roughly translates to $81.
Alike the Lumia handsets, it also comes in interchangeable colored shells like green, orange or white. And of course, with this lower-end pricing, sacrifices have to be made somewhere. This cheapest Lumia device packs 1560mAh battery and also have microSD card slot to expand storage up to 128GB.
Moreover, it will be shipped with Windows Phone 8.1 and the denim update pre-installed on both of them. Other Microsoft services includes Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote), Outlook for email, seamless Skype integration and front-facing camera for Skype video calling, HERE location services, as well as 30GB of cloud storage on OneDrive, Microsoft’s own cloud storage solution. Not that this is new, but for an affordable pricing, you get something without a need for any third party services as an alternative.
Update, 7th Feb 2015: The Lumia 435 is now available in India for a price of Rs. 5999, and this is quite a good one for the pricing set by Microsoft for its most affordable handset currently.