Billed as the cheapest Windows Phone Lumia device to hit the South African market, Microsoft on Thursday announced it would sell its entry-level Lumia 435 smartphone starting at R1 149.
The 435 is the first 400-series Lumia. Low-cost Lumia devices have proved a hit for Microsoft (and Nokia before it), with the entry level Lumia 520 proving the hottest Windows Phone seller in South Africa.
The 4-inch Lumia 435 has a 1,2GHz dual-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM and runs the Lumia Denim update to Windows Phone 8.1. Screen resolution on the LCD transmissive display is 800×480 pixels, for a pixel density of 233ppi.
Internal storage is 8GB, though this can be expanded to 128GB via a microSD card.
The phone’s battery has a capacity of 1 560mAh and has maximum standby time of 21 days.
3G networks are supported up to 42Mbit/s.
Assisted GPS is standard, as is Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
The main camera is a decidedly pedestrian 2-megapixel affair with 1/5-inch sensor that shoots video at 30fps in 800×448-pixel resolution. There’s a 0,3-megapixel VGA front-facing camera for basic Skype calls and low-resolution selfies.
Until the end of March, the Lumia 435 will be available only through Ackermans stores on Vodacom prepaid. — (c) 2015 NewsCentral Media