On January 14, 2015, Microsoft announced the launch of three new low-end smartphones namely the Lumia 435, the Lumia 435 dual-SIM, and the Lumia 532 (dual-SIM only).

All three devices come packed with Windows Phone 8.1 (with Lumia Denimaa Update), which features Cortana (Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant), and Office Suite (comprising Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), as well as Microsoft OneNote and Microsoft Outlook.

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The three devices were targeted at the low-end smartphone market, which is undoubtedly very active in Africa and Asia.

The arrival of these devices in Nigerian will further give companies like Tecno, Infinix, Innjoo and others a run for their money, since people will tend to favor Lumia devices over products by those companies given that the prices are close or the same.

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Microsoft Lumia 435

This device sports a 4-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 4800 x 800 pixels. It uses a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A7  processor with a Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon 200 chipset and an Adreno 302 GPU. The device packs 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which can be extended by an additional 128GB using a microSD card.

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The Lumia 435 sports two cameras: a 2MP rear-facing camera (1600 x 1200 pixels), and a 480p VGA front-facing camera. It ho has an accelerometer and proximity sensor. And it has connectivity options such as Bluetooth, microUSB, WiFi, and WiFi hotspot.

In the battery, the device doesn’t disappoint, as it’s powered by a 1,560mAh Li-ion battery that promises to deliver for a full day even with heavy use.

The device, which is available in Black, White, Green, and Orange colors, comes in two version: a single-SIM version and a dual-SIM version. And the only difference between both versions is the extra SIM. Bear this in mind when you want to buy yours after it becomes available in Nigeria.

Microsoft Lumia 532

Measuring 118.9 x 65.5 x 11.6mm, this device also flaunts a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 16 million colors and a pixel density of 233 ppi. Like the Lumia 435, it uses a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A7 processor with a Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon 200 chipset and an Adreno 302 GPU. It has an internal memory capacity of 8GB (expandable) and RAM capacity of 1GB.

The camera aspect is what separates the Lumia 532 from the 435. The Lumia 532 flaunts a 5MP primary camera (as against the Lumia 432’s 2MP) and a 480p secondary camera. It can connect through Bluetooth, USB, WiFi, GPS, and WiFi hotspot.

As with the Lumia 435, Lumia 532 also hides a 1,560mAh Li-ion battery under its hood, which guarantees up to 528 hours of standby time and up to 61 hours of continuous music play.

The device is a dual-SIM device; there is no other version available at the moment.


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