Microsoft’s upcoming Lumia 435 smartphone first showed up at the FCC last month, giving us the first hint at its arrival. The smartphone has now been certified by yet another telecommunications authority, this time in Brazil. Brazil’s Anatel recently certified the Lumia 435 and according to the documents seen on Anatel’s website, the Lumia 435 could be launched on January 21 when Microsoft shows off its new Windows 10 platform for desktop as well as mobile devices.
How can we be sure you ask? Well Microsoft has requested confidentiality from Anatel until January 30th, which means the device will be announced before the end of the month. As you can probably guess with the model number, the Lumia 435 will be positioned below the current lowest end Lumia 53x series of smartphones. The Lumia 435 is actually going to be significantly cheaper than the Lumia 535, at a sub $100 price tag as revealed by the Lumia 435 listing on Indian import database Zauba. The website listed the cost of the device at $57 back in December last year, but since that was just the declared value and not the actual retail price, we can expect it to be priced around the $75 mark when it does get announced.
The Lumia 435 carries the model number RM-1068 and comes with a 4-inch 800 x 480 resolution display. Unconfirmed reports also point to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset powering the device and a 5 megapixel rear camera. Not much else is known about the device yet, so we look forward to Microsoft’s scheduled press event on January 21 to find out more about this interesting low-end offering. So far, the Lumia 435 does seem to be a promising low-end offering and may help Microsoft attract the first-time smartphone buyers in a number of emerging markets where Google is trying to penetrate the sub $100 smartphone market with its Android One lineup.