On Thursday, June 18th, the Lumia 735 was finally made available on Verizon after being announced back in September of 2014 (what’s up with that Verizon?). The Lumia 735 carries a $192 price tag when purchased without a contract, or $8 a month for 24 months via Verizon Edge.
“With a wide-angle front facing camera, affordable price tag, and sleek, pocketable style – alongside integrated Microsoft experiences – Lumia 735 lets people easily capture and share more of what they want. Lumia 735 is powered by Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, and is fully upgradeable to Windows 10,” a Microsoft spokesperson told WinBeta.
The Lumia 735 features a 4.7-inch ClearBlack OLED display sporting a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels with the processing handled by the Snapdragon 400 chip (1.2GHz). There’s 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5MP front-facing camera, and ships with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 out of the box. The device also features Microsoft branding.
This is the latest Windows Phone offering on Verizon with a rear camera that has a 6.7 MP auto focus with LED fash, ZEISS optics, f/1.9 aperture and 1080p video capture abilities.
The device has a removable plastic back cover, allowing you to insert the Micro SIM, SD card, and the battery. The cover itself allows for fingerprint smudges, so get ready to clean your device on a constant basis. On the side of the phone, you have nice buttons for the volume, as well as the power. There is no dedicated camera button.
The Lumia 735 is a low end budget smartphone but feels and runs great — and is now the newest member of the Verizon family, joining the HTC One M8 and Samsung ATIV SE (the Lumia Icon was discontinued). With Verizon taking quite a long time to have this phone available on the carrier, is the Lumia 735 worth it or should you look for another Windows Phone device on another carrier? We’ll be field testing this phone over the course of the next few weeks, so stay tuned.
Let us know in the comments below what you want us to explore in our in-depth review. In the mean time, enjoy some photos of the device below. The photo at the very end is a side-by-side comparison of the Lumia 830 and the Lumia 735.