Microsoft has announced two new Lumias which are the most affordable Lumia devices to date. The two, Microsoft Lumia 435 and Lumia 532, will come with Windows Phone 8.1 and will be available in February 2015.
The two new smartphones are targeted towards users who intend to upgrade from feature phones to smartphones. The Lumia 435 will be the first device in the Lumia 400 series and the most affordable Lumia yet.
The Lumia 435 is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM, 4 inch screen (480 x 800 pixels), a 2 Megapixel back camera, VGA front camera and 8GB storage (expandable via a microSD card).
The Lumia 532 is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 4 inch screen (480×800), 5 megapixel back camera, 8GB storage (expandable via a microSD card) and 1GB RAM.
â€œWhen 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,â€ said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones at Microsoft. â€œWith the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532, weâ€™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.â€
The Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 will begin rolling out in Europe, APAC and IMEA in February. Both devices will be available in bright green, bright orange, white and black, and will be available in both single SIM and dual SIM. It is estimated that the Lumia 435 will retail at Ksh. 7,400 (69 euros) before tax and Ksh. 8,500 (79 euros) for the Lumia 532 before taxes.