Microsoft also announced a variant of the Lumia 535 with a smaller screen.
Microsoft has made it clear that launching Windows Phone devices at affordable prices is one of its goals ever since it acquired Nokia. Today, the Redmond giant has launched the Lumia 435, the cheapest Windows Phone smartphone yet. Leaked numerous times in the past few weeks, the Lumia 435 will cost €69 (roughly $80) before taxes, a price tag that is commendable for a full-featured smartphone from a major company like Microsoft.
The Lumia 435 features a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 2-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera, and a 1,560mAh battery. The phone comes with 8GB of on-board storage, something usually not seen on such low-cost devices, and also supports microSD cards up to 128GB in size, making the Lumia 435 a great option for those that install a lot of apps but are on a very tight budget.
On the software front, the 435 runs on Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update. Users will get access to Microsoft Office, HERE Maps, Skype, and free 30GB of cloud storage from OneDrive. Thanks to Windows Phone’s lightweight nature, the Lumia 435 will no doubt offer a smooth user experience despite its extremely low price, something that should give it the edge over similarly priced Android handsets (though Google’s Android One initiative will still give it some tough competition.)
Microsoft has also launched the Lumia 532, a variant of the Lumia 535 that keeps all the specs but lowers the screen size to 4-inches and is priced at €79. Both handsets will go up for sale in February in select markets in Europe, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East, and Africa in a multitude of colors. Each will come in a single and dual SIM model, with the latter expected to be sold mostly in Asian markets like India.