Have you wondered what would become of the Lumia lineup after Microsoft took over Nokia? If you have, you certainly weren’t the only one. Now, a year after Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, it’s clear that the series is alive and kicking, though these are rather low-end kicks. The company seems to focus mainly on budget sector of the market and, as if to confirm that, has just debuted the Lumia 540 Dual-SIM Windows smartphone which will be launched priced at under $150.
Lumia 540 Dual-SIM Windows Smartphone
The new Micorosoft Lumia 540 is a 5-inch device offering a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels which works out to a pretty decent pixel density of 294ppi. Under the hood the phone has a quad-core 1.2GH Snapdragon 200 processor paired with 1GB of RAM as well as 8GB of internal memory. Rather modest storage can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD slot, plus users will get 15GB OneDrive cloud storage and additional 15GB after activating auto-upload to OneDrive.
The phone packs an 8-megapixel main camera with auto-focus and LED flash and a 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor for shooting selfies. As the name suggests, the Lumia 540 supports dual SIM with unique profile for each SIM card, and is powered by a removable 2200mAh battery.
The handset will ship with Windows Phone 8.1 with Denim update out of the box, but will be upgraded to Windows 10 when it becomes available later this year. Like other Windows Phones, the Lumia 540 comes with integrated services such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Skype and more. Typical of the Lumia series, the 540 will be available in a number of bright colors including “glossy layered” cyan, orange, white, and black.
The Lumia 540 will go on sale next month at a very affordable price of just $149. The phone will first arrive to India, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region and a little later also to Italy. At the moment there is no word on possible US release, but we will keep our eyes open and as soon as we come across some news, we will let you know immediately.