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Microsoft launches Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 Windows Phones priced under hundred bucks

ByinAnnouncements | January 14, 2015

Lumia 435Having bold plans to introduce Windows Phone to the wider audience through cutting down its price, Microsoft has just launched two more budget friendly smartphones. We’re talking about the measuring 4-inch Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 that come labeled with price tag under hundred bucks. Costing a little both phones still promise high quality design, decent specs and the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS with Denim update.

Microsoft Lumia 532 vs. Lumia 435

Lumia 532Earlier this month Microsoft added special gold editions of the high-end Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 to its lineup. To keep the balance in the portfolio, the company announced two more affordable smartphones targeting this time at the growing sector of customers interested in handsets priced below $100.

The new Microsoft Lumia 435 is the cheapest currently available Lumia smartphone available in the market. Priced at mere $80 it still manages to come with Windows Phone 8.1 out of box.

In terms of specs both, the Lumia 435, as well as the Lumia 532, go on sale equipped with almost identical pack of specs, including 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB via microSD cards, 5-inch 800x400p display and up to 30GB of free OneDrive storage.

As for the differences, the new Microsoft Lumia 532 sports a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, whereas the Lumia 435 features only a dual-core version of the chipset. Another difference can be found in the phone optics, the Lumia 532 comes with a 5-megapixel camera, while the Lumia 435 houses only a 2-megapixel shooter supported by a 0.3-megapixel front-facing unit.

Sporting slightly more advanced parameters, the Lumia 532 is also a bit less budget-friendly, with its price of $94. In addition, both devices are kept alive by a 1,560 mAh battery that, according to manufacturer, will deliver its future users 22 days on standby mode, 11.7 hours of talk time, 12 hours of surfing the net and 7 hours of video playback.

Perhaps, the presented specs won’t interest consumers searching for bleeding edge devices, but they are surely a great improvement when it comes to Microsoft bottom-end products. But here pops up the question whether they are good enough to compete with budget friendly offerings of Motorola or Xiaomi?

As for the price and availability details, both Lumia phones are scheduled to debut next month reaching Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East markets in a wide palette of color option including traditional black and white and fluorescent green and orange which resembles the palette of Lumia 930.

source: Microsoft

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