From the past few months, we’ve seen Microsoft focus more on the entry-level segment of the market with its budget-friendly Windows Phone handsets. The company has launched some decent devices such as the Lumia 535, Lumia 530 and a few more, but it seems the company doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.
Recently, the software giant announced two new additions to the Windows Phone family: Lumia 532 and Lumia 435. As you can recall, both handsets were spotted on a number of occasions at regulatory authorities in Brazil, as well as the FCC, hinting at the imminent launch of the handsets.
“When we launched the first Lumia devices over three years ago, we said we were committed to bringing devices to as many people and price points as possible,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for phones at Microsoft.
“With the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532, we’ve realized our goal of creating the most affordable Lumia devices to date, opening up the opportunity to reach those people who are buying a smartphone for the very first time. Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 deliver competitive hardware alongside innovative software that will continue to receive the very latest updates and enhancements, keeping users up-to-date with the best new features.”
The Lumia 435 is the first smartphone for the 4xx series, and is really low on your budget, and when I say low, I mean extremely low — its estimated price is just 69 Euros. Microsoft Lumia 435 boats a 4-inch display sporting a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels with a pixel density of 233 ppi. The processing power comes from a dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz paired with 1GB of RAM (Thank you Microsoft), and 8GB of internal storage coupled with a microSD card slot for expansion of up to 128GB.
Other notable features include a 2MP rear camera for photos and videos with an aperture of f/2.7 and 1/5inch sensor size, a 1,560 mAh battery, 3G connectivity and ships with Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim out of the box.
Coming over to another budget-friendly offering, the Lumia 532. It’s basically comes with a similar set of specifications as the Lumia 535, but in a more compact body. It also boasts a 4-inch display with a 800 by 480 pixels resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz and 1GB of RAM.
The handset also comes with 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot for expansion, a 1,560 mAh battery, 3G support, 5MP camera with a slightly lower f/2.4, VGA front-facing camera and it also comes with Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim as its operating system. Lumia 532 also comes with support for Glance Screen, so if you’re fan of the feature, you’ll be glad to know it’s present in the budget-friendly device.
Both handsets come with single-SIM and dual-SIM variants, and are expected to hit select countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa in February at an extremely competitive price.Further reading: Lumia, Lumia 435, Lumia 532, Microsoft, Windows Phone 8.1