Microsoft Continues Entry-Level Assault With Launch Of Lumia 435, Lumia 532

If it's a low cost, entry-level handset you're after, Microsoft's Lumia line is quickly becoming the obvious choice. At the very least, it's one of the more prominent options, as Microsoft continues to breed an increasing number of lower end smartphones into its Lumia family, including two new devices announced today -- the Lumia 435 and Lumia 523.

The Lumia 435 is Microsoft's first ever 400-series device and the most affordable Lumia to date. What does that translate into in terms of hardware and features? Well, it starts with a 4-inch WVGA (800x480; 233 ppi) display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 1GB of RAM. It also sports 8GB of built-in storage flanked by a microSD card slot, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5G cellular, removable battery, and Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft Lumia 435
Microsoft Lumia 435

Microsoft's Lumia 532 is a bit more potent, though still at the lower end of the smartphone spectrum. Like the 435, it wields a 4-inch display WVGA display and shares many of the same hardware features, though the processor has been bumped to a quad-core part (also clocked at 1.2GHz) and the rear camera is 5 megapixels.

Microsoft Lumia 532
Microsoft Lumia 532

"When we launched the first Lumia devices over three years ago, we said we were committed to bringing as many devices to as many people and price points as possible. 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," said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for phones at Microsoft. "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."

Both handsets come with Microsoft's Office suit (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote), Outlook for email, Skype integration, HERE location services, up to 30GB of free cloud storage on OneDrive, and of course access to the Windows Phone store.

The Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 will be available in February in Europe, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East, and Africa. Pricing for the former will be 69 euros (~$81) while the latter will cost 79 euros (~$93).

Via:  Microsoft
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