The new Nokia will be the first device packing Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box and it is the first Windows Phone to have on-screen navigation keys. This will also be the first Nokia Windows Phone without a dedicated shutter button for the camera.
However, for devices to be affordable, and SIM-free below the $200 mark, some trimming around the hardware or feature set is unavoidable. Very often, high-speed data is one of the features sacrificed in favor of HSPA connectivity. CPUs get switched out for slower cousins. Cameras and system memory usually feel the pinch too.
The Lumia 635 avoids the data pinch, and while it does have a slower processor than its flagship counterpart, the Lumia 930, it is still a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 tuned at 1.2GHz, more than enough horsepower to handle the Windows Phone OS. Plus, because it is a Nokia, it has all the popular and well-made Nokia experience apps like HERE Drive, HERE Maps, and Nokia Mix Radio baked in.
The 5MP camera on the Lumia 635 is not a ZEISS optics, PureView unit, but we know Nokia, now Microsoft Mobile, knows how to make cameras. All that is left is for us now is to get our hands on one. The Nokia Lumia 635 will be available on AT&T, T-Mobile, and MetroPCS in the US, and in other markets around the world.