Along with the Lumia 930, Nokia has also announced two more smartphones but are both heading to the mid-range market—the Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 635.
Not much sets the Nokia Lumia 630 apart from the Lumia 635. They’re essentially the same smartphone that’s equipped with Windows Phone 8.1, with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, and 512MB of RAM running under the hood. The difference lies mainly in connectivity: the Lumia 630 will come in single and dual-SIM variants with 3G capability, whereas the Lumia 635 is only single SIM but with 4G LTE. Both handsets come with interchangeable covers, but the former ships with a matte back and the latter a glossy kind.
These two devices may not be sporting the best hardware around, but it’s worth repeating that they natively feature Windows Phone 8.1. As I’ve mentioned in my Lumia 930 article, new OS features include an intelligent voice assistant, a notification center, and UI changes.
Nokia Lumia 630 & Nokia Lumia 635 Specs
- Windows Phone 8.1
- 4.5-inch IPS LCD (480×854 FWVGA), ~221ppi
- 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
- Adreno 305 GPU
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, 7GB free cloud storage
- microSD support up to 128GB
- 5-megapixel main camera, with autofocus but no LED flash
- No front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 3G, HSDPA, (with 4G LTE on Lumia 635)
- Dual-SIM (Lumia 630 only)
- Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- Dimensions: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2mm
- Weight: 134g
- 1830mAh battery
Both the Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 are somewhat mavericks among Windows phones. For one, they don’t have a dedicated camera button. For another, the rear camera lacks flash. Nokia may be well known for smartphones that are designed for photo junkies, but these two phones are not like them. Clearly, the Finnish company has to let go of a couple of features to compensate for the low price, which brings us to the next point.
The Nokia Lumia 630 is expected to start selling in May, while the Lumia 635 won’t be in consumer hands until July. The former will cost $159 and $169 for its single and dual SIM models, respectively. The Lumia 635 will cost a bit more at $189. Hopefully these cheap prices (which make both devices the most affordable WP8.1 phones—with a premium look, to boot!) stay as such when they arrive in the Philippines.