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Microsoft Lumia 430 is announced as the most affordable Lumia ever, to cost $70

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Microsoft Lumia 430 is announced as the most affordable Lumia ever, to cost $70
There's a new Lumia smartphone in town and it is the most affordable member of the series to date. Microsoft will be launching the just-announced Lumia 430 for only $70 before taxes and subsidies – a move meant to bring popular apps and Microsoft's services to a broader audience. 

Now, you're probably thinking that a $70 smartphone doesn't really have much to shine with in terms of specs. And you'd be right if you do as the Microsoft Lumia 430 has "low-end" written all over it. The smartphone packs a 4-inch display with 480 by 800 pixels of resolution, a dual-core Snapdragon 200 SoC running at up to 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable storage. The main, fixed-focus camera has just 2MP of resolution, while the front-facing cam shoots 640 by 480-pixel images. The dual SIM functionality is welcome as it enables one to use two carriers' services on one device. All in all, a modest hardware configuration, but actually decent given the phone's price point. Windows Phone is known for running well even on low-end devices, and the 1GB of RAM should suffice for all the apps available on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Speaking of software, the Microsoft Lumia 430 will ship with Windows Phone 8.1 along with the Denim update. Later on, the smartphone will be treated to an update to Windows 10 for Phones. Users of the Lumia 430 will get to enjoy Microsoft's array of pre-loaded apps, including Skype for IMs, voice chats, and video calls, Microsoft Office for handling documents on the go, and OneDrive with up to 30GB of free cloud storage. Furthermore, hit games like Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft Pocket Edition will be playable on the device. 

Expect seeing the Microsoft Lumia 430 on shelves in April, when the phone is projected to launch in India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus, as well as in parts of Pacific Asia and the Middle East. You'll be allowed to have yours in any color, as long as it is black or orange.


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posted on 19 Mar 2015, 04:26

1. JaneChenLong (Posts: 374; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


snapdragon 200?
I think this phone is like a car that use motor bike engine. (or perhaps tata nano)
I wonder if Blackberry should follow Microsoft on how low can you go to gain more user.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 10:25

10. jesusnexo (Posts: 149; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


on thier defence.... WP is really lightweight.... but i could see them throwing a SD400 for 20 more dollars

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 05:17 1

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


same price as a Moto E ,

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 10:25 1

11. jesusnexo (Posts: 149; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Isnt the moto E 120 or so? is not under the 100 unless bought from carrier

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 15:23

15. Jason78 (Posts: 237; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


Yes, the Moto E is $120.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 05:20

3. mocir (Posts: 23; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Rejoice, Indians.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 14:13

13. hkxm8 (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


... and the third world people, poor people and the like.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 14:17

14. hkxm8 (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


if it release in my country, i'll consider buying one.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 06:11 2

4. timukh (Posts: 292; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I think this is a perfect example of how a low end device can also help people who have less disposable income with a fine device without too much compromises. $70 android phones are very laggy (galaxy star user) and it takes too much patience to use them! This is truely a great alternative!

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 06:19 1

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 5330; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


TLies. I use a 512mb RAM, 2GB internal storage Neptune Pines smart watch. Its good with WhatApp, Facebook and YouTube. No issue.

Moto E is also a viable choice for the same price. Don't knock off other brands and choices. Buyer are smart to make their own choices.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 10:00 1

8. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Depends bran new the Moto E was usually 100+ full price. So this is still cheaper. Even amazon is listing the E at 100+ right now. I could probably find it cheaper 'probably'. But at that rate i would argue the 635 for 50 from ATT is even a better buy.

As well yes your watch can run it, however...its 4.1 system, it's a 3yr old OS, let us know when the watch runs without lag on android 5.1 ;), considering this device will be getting Win10, it is a very valid point to make.

I wouldnt consider the avg buyer smart, not when I get to deal with them daily. I would call them price conscious

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 22:24

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 5330; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You twisting with unconfirmed information. That is phone will be getting WP10. But i am sharing fact that low end device can run all android social app without problem. Many of those app have yet to hit the WP platform. This is another important consideration for most buyers.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 06:07

17. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


It is not misinformation that this will get 10

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 10:03

9. Jason78 (Posts: 237; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


The new Moto E is $120.

http://www.motorola.com/us/smartphones/moto-e-2nd-gen/moto-e-2nd-gen.html

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 12:30

12. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


So $50 more for the 3g variant...so it is not 'the same price'.

And if you go for the LTE variant your spending 150. So a 640 would match right up against it and imo even outrun it.

After pitting the 640 side by side other devices during the testing phase here, its a really good phone and the 8mp shots are rather impressive and the rich capture is amazingly fast. Plus it has a larger screen and higher resolution for approximately the same price.

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 06:20

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Personally I'd rather get a Lumia 525 than this, even if I have to let go of the front-facing camera & dual SIM. Krait ftw!!!

posted on 19 Mar 2015, 09:20 4

7. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 590; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


I guess Microsoft's next phone will be a couple of cans joined by a piece of string.

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