The Microsoft Lumia 435 is a recently launched budget Windows Phone device that will replace the famous (but now discontinued) Nokia Asha series.
The Lumia 435 features just the basics in terms of technical specifications, but that matches its affordable price tag.
Here is what the Nokia Lumia 435 has to offer.
Microsoft Lumia 435 Technical Specifications
Display Size: 4.0-inch
Display Type: LCD Transmissive
Screen Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels
Screen Resolution Density: 233 ppi
Screen Protection: None
The 4.0- Inch display of the Lumia 435 is a significant upgrade from the 3.0-Inch display of the Asha 503, the unofficial flagship of the Nokia Asha Line.
It is, however, interesting that the device lacks any form of screen protection, which is kind of the highlight feature of the Asha 503.
Frame Dimensions: 118.1 x 64.7 x 11.7 mm
The Lumia 435 has a larger frame than the Asha 503, which is most probably due to the larger display. It is, however, still petite when compared to the other massive giants that roam the mobile tech scene.
The diminutive size of the Lumia 435 acts well at giving the device a ‘cute’ appeal. This is further complemented by its smooth candy bar design plus its bold exterior.
Operating System: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
CPU: Snapdragon™ 200 Dual core 1.2 GHz
RAM: 1 GB
Internal Memory: 8 GB
Micro SD: Yes, up to 128 GB
The Dual-Core CPU is an obvious cost-cutting measure. Whilst, Dual-Core CPUs are now generally for lower entry-level devices, the Microsoft Lumia 435 features 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory, specs that mirror those of its more expensive surrogate, the Lumia 535.
It is noteworthy that the Lumia 435 comes with Windows 8.1 with Lumia Denim out of the box, as quite often entry-level devices come with an outdated OS. In addition to this, the Lumia 435 can take in a 128 GB Micro SD, and this is by current standards a high-end feature.
Rear Camera: 2.0 MP
Secondary Camera: 0.3 MP
LED Flash: None
It is rather disappointing that the Lumia 435 has a 2.0 MP Fixed focus snapper. The camera was clearly not of priority during the design of the Lumia 435.
Battery and Extras
Battery Capacity: 1560 mAh
30GB of Free Cloud Storage
Microsoft markets the Lumia 435 as a budget device that will help more people get connected while at the same time offer a first-rate Windows Phone experience.
This might just be some fancy words to actually mean that it wants to see more of its devices in the market. A recent report revealed that high-end Lumia devices aren’t selling that well and most buyers would rather spend on the fancy Droids and the iPhone.
The same report also revealed that low-end device tagged as ‘low memory’ devices such as the Lumia 520, populate the Windows Phone niche. It was, therefore, an obvious strategy for Microsoft to create a micro-segment within the low-end segment in order to diversify its offerings.
As a result, we have the Lumia 535 on the ‘high-end’ and the Lumia 435 on the ‘low-end’ of this segment. This might work well to accommodate a wide range of buyers in the emerging markets.
As Microsoft puts it, the Lumia 435 is designed for buyers seeking their first Windows Phone experience or alternatively just a backup Smartphone for your secondary needs.
Why you should buy the Microsoft Lumia 435
Cons of the Microsoft Lumia 435
Weak Camera Specs
Rivals of the Microsoft Lumia 435
Microsoft Lumia 435 Price in Kenya
The Microsoft Lumia 435 has a suggested retail price of Ksh. 8,999 in Kenya.
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