Build 2014: Dual-SIM Nokia Lumia 630 and 4G Nokia Lumia 635 announced

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The Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 were announced today by the Finnish company at Microsoft's Build 2014 conference. The low to mid-range handset comes in three variants - two of them are labelled as the Lumia 630, a 3G design with dual-SIM or single-SIM options, while the Lumia 635 brings 4G connectivity to the table.

The big-ticket item to note is the dual-SIM option. This will be the first Lumia to sport a dual-SIM design, although it's not the first Nokia to sport a dual-SIM design. The Lumia 630 will use the updated software in Windows Phone 8.1 to create the best environment for dual-SIM usage possible, including dual phone and messaging tiles, plus the option to combine these for a unified experience.

Lumia 630 and 635

Other specifications place the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 at the high point of the low end. The Snapdragon 400 SoC will run at 1.2 GHz, backed up by 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of on-device storage. There is microSD card support, and as always you have access to 7GB of cloud storage via OneDrive.

The Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 continue the 6xx tradition of interchangeable coloured shells to allow for personalisation. Looking at the press shots, the initial availability will be for green, orange, yellow, black, or white shells.

The Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 will ship with Windows Phone 8.1. The 3G enabled Lumia 630 devices are expected to ship in May, initially to India, the Middle East, South America and Europe. Price is expected to be $159 (€115) for single SIM and $169 (€122) for dual SIM before taxes and subsidies. The Lumia 635 will follow "in the summer" for $189 (€137) before taxes and subsidy. This variant is also being targeted at the US market.

Lumia 630

Specification comparison

Lumia 630

Key Hardware Features

  • Size and weight: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm, 134g in weight; monoblock touch form factor
  • Cellular connectivity: Nokia Lumia 630: WCDMA and GSM (bands vary by region); Nokia Lumia 635: LTE, WCDMA, and GSM (bands vary by region)
  • Other connectivity: WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 (including Bluetooth LE); microUSB (USB 2.0) for PC connectivity and charging
  • Memory: 8GB mass memory, microSD card slot, 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.2GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400), with 512 RAM
  • Screen: 4.5" LCD; 854 x 480 (FWVGA) pixels resolution; protected by Gorilla Glass 3; support for Lumia Colour Profile
  • Camera: 5 megapixel autofocus
  • Sensors: GPS, accelerometer, compass, proximity and ambient light sensors
  • Audio: 3.5mm audio out (AHJ + WP controls)
  • Battery: 1830mAh removable battery
  • Available in five colours: White, Black, Green, Orange, Yellow

Full specifications for the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 635 can be found at Nokia's website.

Key Software Features

  • Runs Windows Phone 8.1 (see separate stories for announcements concerning this)
  • Nokia apps pre-installed include Nokia MixRadio, Nokia Camera, Creative Studio, Cinemagraph, Panorama, Nokia Storyteller, HERE Maps, HERE Drive+, and HERE Transit
  • Additional Nokia apps available from Windows Phone Store in the Nokia Collection.

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