The Lumia 530 has gotten a promotion up the totem pole as now the Microsoft Lumia 435 and Lumia 435 dual SIM is now the entry-level smartphone in the Lumia line. The base model starts at an unbelievable $80 and considering how Lumias tend to have price cuts, a lower price is not out of the question yet.
So do you expect a very shoddy phone with bad specs? Well not really, the Lumia 435 keeps 5'' LCD screen (480 x 800 px) present on the 5xx series. It also runs Denim-enhanced Windows Phone 8.1 on a Snapdragon 200 chipset with 1 GB of RAM. That's remarkably double the RAM of the Lumia 635, albeit only half the cores. You also start with 8 GB of onboard memory which is expendable up to 128 GB with external memory cards.
One aspect that was cut by Microsoft is in terms of the camera, the main camera is a 2 MP fixed-focus snapper that records 480p video at 30 fps. There's also a VGA front-facing camera which the Lumia 635 does not. The Lumia camera and Lumia Selfie Apps come pre-loaded.
The new device weighs 131.9 g and comes with a 1,560 mAh battery which is good for almost 12 hours of talk time, 21 if you're using 2G. The phone boasts 42.2 Mbps downlink speeds over 3G, which is pretty much as good as it gets in the pre-LTE days.
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The Microsoft Lumia 435 and Lumia 435 Dual SIM will be available in February in select countries in Europe and the Asia Pacific.