Another day, another new “most affordable Lumia” from Microsoft. Or at least that’s how it seems. Months after outing the $81 Lumia 435 (and slightly more expensive $93 Lumia 532), Microsoft is back with another: the $70 Lumia 430.
Beyond the (unlocked) price and dual SIM capability — something which is popular in India and other parts of Asia — the Lumia 430 is what you’d expect from a budget Microsoft offering. The four-inch device comes with a two-megapixel camera, and specs that are identical to its Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 cousins. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon, with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of on-device storage. The latter is, of course, upgradable via a MicroSD card.
These days there’s more interest in the services bundled on these low-cost Lumias, and once again Microsoft is stuffing in a veritable range of things. Skype, 30 GB of OneDrive storage, and Office all come pre-loaded. The device will initially run Windows 8.1 (with the latest Denim update), but Microsoft confirmed that it will be eligible for the Windows 10 upgrade when it lands later this year.
So there you have it. The Lumia 430 — which is your cheapest route to Windows 10 on mobile, should you desire it — goes on sale next month, initially in “select markets” in the Middle East, Africa, APAC and Russia. It will head to India, where it could do well — on paper, at least — at the end of April.