"It may be late to the dual-SIM party, but the Windows Platform now has an offering in the form of the Lumia 630"
We'd been expecting it of course, but it still made us smile when it was finally made official. We all know how popular dual-SIM phone are in India and other emerging markets, especially in the budget segment. On the other hand, Nokia's WP-toting Lumia 520 turned out to be one of the most popular smartphones of the year 2013. Amazingly, there was no connection between the above two statements so far, but going by the latest developments, there just might be one going forward. Nokia used Microsoft's BUILD conference to announce the very first Windows Phone device featuring dual-SIM support, and it's time to say hello hello (twice, since this dual-SIM, remember?) to the Lumia 630.
The Lumia 630 also comes in a single-SIM flavour as well, and both devices support 3G. Specs of note cover a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 pixel ClearBlack display, a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable by another 128GB and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. The front shooter seems to be missing in action. Being budget devices, the Lumia 630 offers the usual connectivity options, and sips juice from a 1,830mAh battery. The Nokia Lumia 635 is the model name allotted to yet another variant, which sports exactly the same specs as the Lumia 630, but adds 4G capabilities to the mix.
While both the Lumia 630 and 635 will come in a variety of different hues such as bright orange, bright green, bright yellow, white and black, the former will ship with a matte finish while the latter, more accomplished cousin will feature a high-gloss finish. The rear panels will be changeable so you can switch colours later to suit your mood.
Of course, all three variants (counting the Lumia 635 and two flavours of the Lumia 630), will come with the latest and the greatest version of Microsoft's mobile OS – Windows Phone 8.1. Signature experience from both Microsoft and Nokia, covering MS Office, Nokia Camera, free MixRadio streaming, free global maps and navigation using HERE maps, Nokia Storyteller and Nokia Creative Studio will be around for sure, but newer goodies offered by the latest update will the ones hogging the limelight – most notably, the drop-down Action Center and the swipe-to-type Word Flow keyboard.
The Nokia Lumia 630 will hit stores in May, beginning with Asia, India/Middle East, South America and Europe, and will be priced at $159 (~ Rs 9,500) for the single-sim variant, and $169 (approximately Rs 10,100) for the dual-sim variant before taxes and subsidies. The Nokia Lumia 635 is likely to see a July launch, pegged at $189 before taxes and subsidies.