Who says new Lumia hardware has to cost a premium? Certainly not the folks at Microsoft and Nokia, as they announced the budget Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 at the Microsoft Build 2014 developer conference.
Both handsets will ship with the brand new Windows Phone 8.1, complete with Cortana voice-activated personal assistant, as well as an interchangeable backing with five color options, and a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. Both will have a 4.5-inch display, with a low 854 x 480 resolution.
The difference between the two focuses on the mobile data connections. The 630 only supports 3G, while the 635 supports 4G LTE.
It’s worth repeating that these handsets will be very cheap. At launch the Lumia 630 will cost $159 off contract, with a dual-SIM variant available for $169. The 4G Nokia Lumia 635 will cost $189.
The budget Lumias will be available worldwide, and should arrive in the US by July. Both T-Mobile and MetroPCS have confirmed that they will carry them.
Lumia owners who don’t want to shell out any cash for access to Windows Phone 8.1 are in luck. Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 8.1 will be coming to all Windows 8 Lumia devices when the update launches in the coming months.