Microsoft unveiled the most affordable smartphone device in the Lumia lineup called Lumia 435. The device is almost similar to the Lumia 532 in terms of specifications except for a few differences and it also comes in a dual SIM variant that will be launched based on the market. The device is aggressively priced at 69 euros that translates to approx. Rs 5,100) and with this pricing the Lumia 435 can lure in feature phone users to upgrade to a smartphone. Let’s take a quick review of the smartphone to know its capabilities.
Camera and Internal Storage
The camera unit at the back of the Lumia 435 is a low end 2 MP module that is sans flash and there is a front facing VGA selfie snapper as well. Of course, this imaging hardware is a basic one for a smartphone as its rivals pack in higher resolution sensor that would be relatively better in terms of performance.
The internal storage of the Lumia 435 stands at 8 GB which can be increased further with the help of a microSD card by another 128 GB. We have to admit that the storage aspects of the smartphone are pretty admirable as it packs in low end specs in other departments.
Processor and Battery
At its core, the Lumia 435 is a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon 200 processor. This chipset is assisted by 1 GB of RAM that will take care of rendering smooth multitasking desired from an entry level smartphone.
The battery unit inside the Microsoft offering a 1,560 mAh one that is claimed to pump in up to 12 hours of talk time to the basic smartphone. This battery life is acceptable for this smartphone and it sounds decent enough for a device in this class.
Display and Features
The Lumia 435 is bestowed with a 4 inch display with WVGA screen resolution of 480×800 pixels that is standard. There are many smartphones in the sub Rs 5,000 segment with such basic displays that are suitable for the usual tasks.
Running on Windows Phone 8.1 platform with Lumia Denim update, the device packs in features such as Live Folders, Cortana and Apps Corner. The Lumia Camera app is also preinstalled and it comes with Lumia Selfie that helps in clicking, editing and sharing self portrait shots. It also comes with HERE location services with international HERE Maps, HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit.
|Microsoft Lumia 435
|4 inch, WVGA
|1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 200
|8 GB, Expandable up to 128 GB
|Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
|2 MP/ VGA
|69 Euros (approx. Rs 5,100)
What we Like
- Lumia Denim update with preloaded features
- Competitive pricing
What we Dislike
- Not a capable imaging department
Lumia 435 touted the most affordable Windows Phone smartphone in the Lumia lineup appears to be an attempt taken by the software giant to lure the price conscious consumers who are stuck on with feature phones. It will render the Windows Phone experience to those who like to upgrade to cheap smartphones. Notably, this particular market segment is witnessing numerous advancements with smartphones such as Xiaomi Redmi 1S and 4G enabled Lenovo A6000. Hence, it depends on the users choice to prefer the Lumia 435 or pay a few extra thousands for an enhanced device.