Windows Phone may still be some way behind the Apple iPhone, and Android devices, but Microsoft and Nokia are starting to get quite a few new handsets out into the smartphone market, and they are priced to sell. AT&T announced on July 16 that they will offer the new Nokia Lumia 635 which will be running Windows Phone 8.1 starting on July 25 for just $99.
The Nokia Lumia 635 is another budget friendly Windows Phone that will appeal to those who want all the features of a smartphone, minus the price that usually comes with them. The Lumia 635 will be just $99 off contract and will be available on AT&T’s pre-paid GoPhone network. Alternatively if you want your new Lumia 635 to come with two additional covers (black and orange) you can wait until August 8, and pay $139.99.
When reading the entire specification sheet you can tell that the Lumia 635 is not the most powerful device to ever hit the market, but its specifications aren't too shabby. The device will be powered by a quad core processor that is clocked at 1.2GHz, the IPS display measures in at 4.5-inches and has a resolution of 854x480. In addition to those key specs, users will find the that Lumia 635 has a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage, a SD card slot that can house a 128GB SD card, 512MB of RAM, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and Nokia’s ClearBlack screen technology.
The Lumia 635 will be the first Windows Phone in the U.S to be shipped with the highly anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 update that features the personal assistant known as Cortana, and the new swipe down action center. The Lumia 635 will also be capable of accessing AT&T’s 4G LTE network. While the Lumia 635 might be a budget device, it certainly brings a ton of features to the table.
Following on from the announcement that the Lumia 520 has sold over 12 million units since its launch in April 2013, Microsoft and Nokia obviously believe that they can dominate the low and mid-range smartphone markets with devices such as the Lumia 635. The Lumia 635 will be a great replacement for the Lumia 520, and it should see great success not only in the North American and European markets, but also in emerging markets around the globe.
There is no doubt that Microsoft wants to increase its presence in the marketplace, and with consumers seeming to be unwilling to drop big bucks on flagship Windows Phone devices such as the Lumia 1520, 930, and the Lumia 1020, perhaps the budget route is the one Microsoft and Nokia need to follow if they want to start pushing out the same numbers as its competitors, Apple and Google.