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Lumia 635 will be available in the U.S. this summer

As anticipated, the Lumia 630/635 were announced at Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) BUILD conference by Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V) Nokia Devices.

Nokia's strongest traction has been on the budget end.  That success hasn't exactly been an accident.  While lower-end hardware at lower cost is largely an inescapable reality on all smartphone platforms, Nokia has been offering Windows Phones for under $200 without subsidy (!) that feature premium designs.

The Windows Phone 8.1 equipped Lumia 630 and 635 continue this trend.

Nokia Lumia 630 and 635

The Lumia 630 was developed under the name "Moneypenny".  It is possible the Lumia 635 was the device codenamed "Phantom", or it may just be another variant of Moneypenny given its high level of similarity other than in cellular modem choice.

The Lumia 630's spec is:

Lumia 630
  • Body
    • Chassis: Polycarbonate
    • Backplate Colors: black, orange, yellow, green, white
    • 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm (5.098 x 2.626 x 0.362 in.)
    • 134 g
  • Hardware
    • CPU: 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 400 (quad-core)
    • GPU: Adreno 305 GPU @ 400 MHz
    • Memory: 512 MB DRAM
    • Buttons: Soft-buttons (on-screen)
    • Storage
      • Internal: 8 GB
      • MicroSD
    • Camera
      • Rear
        • 5 megapixel f/2.4
      • (No flash)
    • Screen
      • FWVGA (854 x 480 pixel)
      • 4.5-inches
      • Clearblack IPS LCD
      • Corning Inc. (GLW) Gorilla Glass 3
      • Multitouch
    • Audio
    • Wireless
      • HSPA+
      • 802.11 b/g/n
      • Bluetooth 4.0
    • Battery
      • 1830 mAh
      • 3.7 V
      • 6.771 Wh
    • Other
      • MicroSIM
      • MicroUSB
      • 3.5 mm Jack
  • Price
    • Single-SIM: $159 USD
    • Dual-SIM: $169 USD
  • Availability
    • Asia, India/Middle East, South America, and Europe -- May 2014
    • North America -- ??
The Lumia 630's screen and camera (no flash?) leave plenty to be desired, but that's hardly a surprise.  At the $160 price point, this is still a pretty impressive device.  This is also the first time that a Nokia Lumia had dual-SIM capability, an increasingly vital feature for regions like Europe or South America, where traveling 20 miles from your home might take you into a different country served by different carriers.
Nokia Lumia 630
The Lumia 630 is Nokia's first dual-sim capable Windows Phone device.

It looks great, with plenty of customization/variety to adjust to your personal tastes.  And the fact that microSD is on this phone makes it more attractive than the richer-featured Lumia 930 in some regards.
Nokia Lumia 630
The Nokia Lumia 630

The phones pack key improvements from the Windows Phone 8.1 update, including the Cortana voice assistance, Swype-style typing, and an Action Center.

The new phones include the Cortana voice assistant.

Nokia/Microsoft has a strong challenger to low-end Android smartphones in the Lumia 630, and it would not be surprising to see it be a key driver of sales.

Lumia 630
Swype-style typing is found on the Lumia 630.

The Lumia 635 is nearly identical to the Lumia 630, adds a shinier finish and has "a unique dual-layered, luminous tonal surround that glimmers and glows" (aka a speaker upgrade).  It also adds on LTE support.

Lumia 635
The Lumia 635 adds gloss to the body and includes LTE.

Both phones feature SensorCore, a firmware/hardware solution that offers the ability to wake the phone or receive input under certain conditions, while saving battery life.

Lumia 635
The Lumia 635, in orange.

The Lumia 635 will be the first of the Windows Phone 8.1 devices announced today to be available in the U.S.  It will be "broadly available, including in the U.S. starting this summer".  It will retail for $189 USD -- $20 USD more than the base Lumia 630, on account of the LTE and the more refined finish.  AT&T, Inc. (T) and Deutsche Telekom AG's (ETR:DTE) unified MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA brands have all announced they will sell the Lumia 635 this summer.

Sources: Nokia [1], [2], Nokia on YouTube

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Damn that's a good price
By tayb on 4/2/2014 6:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
$189 without a contract? Am I reading that correctly? That is a damn good price.

RE: Damn that's a good price
By Belegost on 4/2/2014 6:11:24 PM , Rating: 2
Especially for having LTE, definitely ups the bar for the Moto G.

RE: Damn that's a good price
By ritualm on 4/2/2014 9:41:28 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't look like this has LTE. Its Wireless spec indicates HSPA+ only.

RE: Damn that's a good price
By coburn_c on 4/2/2014 10:06:34 PM , Rating: 2
They introduced them by saying the 635 would be 4G. Nevermind that LTE isn't actually 4G, or that t-mobile calls hsdpa 4G, or that LTE would eat that battery like a fat kid eats cake.

RE: Damn that's a good price
By Belegost on 4/2/2014 10:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
So Elop mentioned on stage that the 635 comes with LTE. But it's also mentioned twice in the article here.

RE: Damn that's a good price
By Belegost on 4/2/2014 10:15:15 PM , Rating: 2
Actually 3 times if you include the title of the article.

RE: Damn that's a good price
By ritualm on 4/2/2014 11:27:31 PM , Rating: 2
Hrmm. Guess I have a reason to try WP8.1 then.

RE: Damn that's a good price
By Motoman on 4/3/2014 2:35:22 PM , Rating: 2
Well...considering that the Moto G can be had for $99...maybe not.

RE: Damn that's a good price
By Flunk on 4/4/2014 3:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
MSRP is $180 so these are a good comparison. Specs aren't too different either.

RE: Damn that's a good price
By coburn_c on 4/2/2014 6:34:37 PM , Rating: 2
The 520 is $69 in the Windows Store.

RE: Damn that's a good price
By superPC on 4/2/2014 11:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
And I bet when they introduce 620 sometimes in the future, it will sell for around $130. Which makes me wonder, why did Nokia build Normandy? Since windows phone is now free anyway?

RE: Damn that's a good price
By superPC on 4/2/2014 11:10:17 PM , Rating: 2
Oops... can't be 620, it's out already. I meant something that replaces the 520 maybe 530?

six hundred and thirty is too big
By coburn_c on 4/2/2014 5:59:09 PM , Rating: 1
RAM is too small, battery is too small, this device doesn't fit its number.

RE: six hundred and thirty is too big
By StevoLincolnite on 4/2/2014 6:16:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah the Ram should have been doubled at the very least.
Several Apps and Games won't work if you don't have 1Gb of Ram.

It's a good step up from the stupidly popular Lumia 520 though in several aspects like the screen size and CPU.

By coburn_c on 4/2/2014 6:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
The larger screen with same small battery is part of the problem

RE: six hundred and thirty is too big
By fic2 on 4/3/2014 12:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
Don't really have to worry about that since still not too many apps....

By Wolfpup on 4/3/2014 1:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
I do wish it had double the RAM, although the 520 doesn't seem too constrained by it at the moment.

The battery though IS larger than the 520 and iPhone 5/5c/5s.

How does Nokia's Dual SIM implementation work ?
By Gondor on 4/3/2014 1:46:59 PM , Rating: 3
Is dual SIM variant supposed to have both numbers active *for incoming calls) ? I'm asking because I (like many others) could really use a phone with one SIM for my private number and one for work related stuff instead of having to mess around with two phones.

Unlike what the article implies this has nothing to do with switching carriers (a "dual SIM standby" version would suffice in such a case), it's just that there are many people who would prefer less clutter in their pockets while still being able to separate private and work stuff (and turn work number off/silence it when off-duty).

RE: How does Nokia's Dual SIM implementation work ?
By gixser on 4/3/2014 4:25:20 PM , Rating: 3

The presentations show one SIM handling business calls/txts and the other handling personal calls/txts. You can define which contact uses what SIM for outgoing calls

By gixser on 4/3/2014 4:27:02 PM , Rating: 3
Take a closer look at the opening picture on this page and you can see how it might look.

No more dedicated camera button?
By nikon133 on 4/3/2014 4:38:27 PM , Rating: 1
Looks like they dropped camera button, which is a bit of disappointment - I really like having it on my Lumia 920. Hope they keep it on high end phones.

But for the money, this should be great phone.

By Flunk on 4/4/2014 3:24:44 PM , Rating: 2
But, but, no one else is doing it!

Yeah, groupthink is ruining some things. I'm going to miss that button too.

By superPC on 4/2/2014 10:23:02 PM , Rating: 2
Like the new start menu ( )? Or that now devices smaller than 9" get windows for free with office ( )?

Nokia Android please
By plonk420 on 4/3/2014 3:13:09 AM , Rating: 2
i just want Nokia's cheap androids :< ...and on Verizon (Prepaid/MVNO)

Looks like the 520 replacement
By Wolfpup on 4/3/2014 1:14:45 PM , Rating: 2
The 520 is a pretty awesome phone. I've got several people set up on them, and this looks...even better.

My biggest complain with the 520 and Windows Phone is that like most Android devices, it has to get updates from the carrier. I don't know if there are any Lumias that let you just get updates from Microsoft or not, but that's what I'd prefer.

Second biggest complaint is just the much worse than iOS podcast support, but that's at least as true of Android so oh well.

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