Lumia 630 sales begin....

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The official (Nokia) Conversations site has announced that the Lumia 630, the vanguard of the Windows Phone 8.1 set and down at the budget end of the spectrum, is now available - in Asia at least, with the USA and Europe to follow.

From the Conversations article:

With two versions to choose from, the Lumia 630 and Lumia 630 dual-SIM offer greater flexibility at an affordable price, while still packing in the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS, to deliver the most personal smartphone experience.

Windows Phone 8.1 has received plaudits for its amazing new features like new personal assistant Cortana (initially in the USA), Start screen backgrounds for even more personalisation, Action Center, and the little things that really help, like individual volume controls, Data Sense, WiFi Sense, Storage Sense and much, much more.

The ClearBlack 4.5-inch LCD (Corning ® Gorilla ® Glass 3-protected) screen and wide-viewing angles mean the Lumia 630 is perfect for whiling away the hours with Xbox games, or reliving precious memories with Storyteller.

At the heart of the Lumia 630 is a quad-core Snapdragon processor that delivers a fast, uncompromised performance with your favourite apps, games and websites.

Of course, that’s not the only core inside this phone. The Lumia 630 also introduces the new low-power SensorCore, tuned and primed to monitor your movements in real-time – without using up the large 1,830mAh battery.

You will be able to discover how many steps you’ve taken, how many miles you’ve run, or how many calories you’ve burned, by simply taking your phone along with you and using apps such as Bing Health and Fitness, which will be updated to use the SensorCore. When combined with free HERE Maps and HERE Drive+ to plan your route and fitness mixes on MixRadio to help you along – the Lumia 630 doubles as a complete fitness companion....



The Lumia 630 and Lumia 630 dual-SIM are available in a range of colours with changeable shells, including: bright orange, bright green, bright yellow, as well as black and white. We expect to see the single-SIM version of this handset in Europe within a month, and the USA shortly afterwards.

See also our hands-on photo gallery of the Lumia 630, with comments, plus the original launch news story. We'll have a hands-on review in due course - think of the 630 as the merging of the popular 620 (smaller) and 625 (larger), together with newer chipsets and updated OS. We think it's got 'hit' written all over it.

The only question is - will this get low enough in price to challenge the likes of the new Moto E or will a new Lumia 530 also be needed, to follow up last year's best-selling Lumia 520?

Source / Credit: Conversations