Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check h Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check him out on Google+.
At its Build 2014 conference today, Microsoft made a slew of software and hardware announcements – including the budget Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 smartphones.
Nokia has built a significant part of its business in recent times on lower-end feature- and smartphones, particularly aimed at emerging markets. And taking to the stage in San Francisco, Stephen Elop unveiled the two latest ‘affordable’ Lumia devices, before revealing that these two would in fact be the first devices to get Windows Phone 8.1, the much anticipated update to its mobile OS that was announced shortly before.
The 635 incarnation features 4G LTE, while the 630 will sport a 3G single-SIM version and a 3G dual-SIM variant – both will come with quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processors, 4.5″ ClearBlack screens, and be available in five colors with changeable shells. The 630 (single SIM) will cost $159, 630 (dual-SIM) will set you back $169, while the 635 will weigh in at $189.
The 630 and 635 will be available from May starting in Asia, and will be gradually rolled out to other regions over the next couple of months.
Meanwhile, check out Nokia’s own hands-on video of the new devices below, or have a peruse of our coverage of the higher-end $599 Lumia 930 smartphone, also announced today.
Get the TNW newsletter
Get the most important tech news in your inbox each week.