Microsoft recently announced two new additions to its Lumia lineup of smartphones: the Lumia 435 and the Lumia 532. Both handsets are expected to be launched next month most likely in European and Asian markets. These Lumia smartphones will be offered by Microsoft for a price not exceeding $100.
At only $77, the Lumia 435 is the most budget-friendly among the two new offerings. It features a 4-inch display screen with an 800 by 480 resolution, as well as a 2-megapixel camera on the rear side.
The Lumia 435 is powered by a 1.2 GigaHertz dual-core Qualcomm processor and has 1 gigabyte of random access memory (RAM) as well as 8 gigabytes of internal storage. It is designed for 3G networks so it will not be able to work on faster LTE networks.
The other Lumia handset, the Lumia 532, is prices slightly higher but still comfortably below a hundred bucks. At just $93, it comes with a 4-inch display screen with 800 by 480 resolution (like the Lumia 435's) and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear.
The Lumia 532 shares some of the hardware specifications of the Lumia 535, the first Lumia handset released by Microsoft that ditched the Nokia branding. Thus, it has a 1.2 GigaHertz quad-core processor and offers 1 gigabyte of random access memory (RAM) and 8 gigabytes of internal storage. The main difference is the price -- the Lumia 535 costs $135 while the Lumia 532 is about forty bucks cheaper.
And just like recent new Microsoft smartphone releases, the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 come with free Microsoft services once customers buy the device. For instance, buyers who activate their camera backup will get 30 gigabytes of OneDrive storage. In addition to that, Microsoft Office is already pre-installed on both devices. AS for the Lumia 532, it is already Cortana-ready.
Fans of Windows Phone mobile devices are no doubt anxiously waiting for the next high-end Lumia smartphone. But for now, it appears that Microsoft is focusing on introducing budget-friendly handsets, especially for emerging markets. Just barely a week ago, Microsoft had introduced the Nokia 215, a phone that only costs $29.
One can hardly blame Microsoft -- after all, the best-selling phones of the Lumia line seems to be those with the most accessible prices. If that trend continues, we could be seeing more inexpensive Lumia handsets in the immediate future.
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