Microsoft's most affordable smartphone breaks cover - meet the $80 Lumia 435

Although we're still waiting for a new flagship in the Windows Phone world (though certain rumors suggest we might have to wait for a long, long time), Microsoft today launched its most-affordable smartphone yet. That's exactly what the Microsoft Lumia 435 is - an ultra-affordable device that costs EUR 69 ($81.30 as per today's currency rates) before taxes and rebates. Sadly, that's the biggest highlight of the device.

Given its entry-level status, one shouldn't expect anything noteworthy in the specs sheet of this Lumia newcomer. Powered by a dual-core Snapdragon 200 chipset ticking at up to 1.2GHz, which works in concert with 1 gigabyte of RAM, the Lumia 435 is positioned on the lower end of the smartphone table. 

It has a 4" LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (working out a pixel density of 233ppi), a 2MP main camera with fixed focus, VGA selfie-shooter, 8GB of native storage, a microSD card slot, and last but not least, a user-replaceable 1,560mAh battery to keep the lights on.

The Lumia 435 is running Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update. The adopters of the device will also have up to 30GB of storage on OneDrive at their disposal. Free global navigation with HERE Maps and HERE Transit is also included in the mix.

The phone will be available in black, white, green, and orange. It will arrive in select markets across Europe and Asia this February.

Any takers?

source: Microsoft 

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Lumia 435
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1560 mAh(11.7h 3G talk time)



1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

let me see if i understand this.....MS seems to be focused on flooding the emerging markets with low end phones which is a pretty big market however........MS's phone market share is what again?

16. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Thats exactly why they are doing this, to get more users...

18. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

They are trying to make more people aware of Windows Phone. Most people won't want to spend a fortune on a Lumia with its non-Android OS, but they'll be willing to overlook it if it's affordable.

2. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

It's not actually their most affordable smartphone. If you factor in VAT/taxes and then check retail , you'll see that both Lumia 530 and Nokia X can be found for less.

3. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

that price is before tax and subsidies, so these are going to be more cheap than nokia x and 530 because ms subsidy its smartphone.

4. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

2MP & fixed focus?

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I'd rather get 520. Better phone, and most importantly it's Nokia.

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Even better a 525 which seems to be rare.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


23. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Yeah well you're getting a very capable smartphone for the price of a replacement battery on anything else so...

7. FadyNabil

Posts: 39; Member since: May 10, 2013

The only way for competing in such a market is to go cheap, like dirty cheap, WP is new to the market (when compared with android and apple), When you are new, ppl only will buy you're mobiles if the price is lower than the more established players. Two or three yrs later, ppl will realize that your product is OK and start bying it with the same price as the old players. So Microsoft have to go dirty cheap, 80$ isn't enough, you have to go to 40$ and even 30$ and 20$ to gain marketshare. That's the only way, and that's what sammsung have done for 2 years to compete with Apple(except that they didn't have to go to the extend of 30$), now samsung can make pricey phones.

9. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I don't think going beyond $80 is a good idea at all. Will affect their brand reputation. They better launch phones like the Asus Zenfone 2 and Yu Yureka. They are really tempting and offer so much for their price. I don't know how these are going to succeed. Damn, what are they doing?

11. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Direct response to Samsung Tizen Z1? Specs are the same.

12. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Weather you like it or not - Tizen is already a failure. They will just keep it delaying and eventually dump the whole project. Tizen does not offer anything special over the top 3 OSes anyway. Samsung seems to be 'totally' relied on Android/Google. Which they obviously don't want to. The only way out is Windows 10. Let's just wait & watch.

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Spec are similar, but there are some differences. This seems to have more built in storage and RAM, whilst the Z1 has a slightly better camera. Not really knowing how Tizen runs with those specs is the big question mark though. These specs are more than adequate to give a good WP experience. I'm curious to see if the same can be said for Tizen.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not really, the Z1 is a dual Sim phone with a 3.1mp camera, and when you get it for the price of $92 dollars, you also get 6 months free of up to 500mb of free data each month.

10. stocklee unregistered

Microsoft obviously has a long term plan when it comes to their marketshare. Instead of trying to build the best flagship in an ocean of flagships, and at the same time risk losing money and OS share if people decide not to buy it, they rather start "flooding" the market with phones in range from 80$ - 400$, get as many people as they can in emerging markets to use their phones and services (OneCloud, Office, etc..) and later tie them into their eco-system and hope that they remain "loyal" to windows phone when they decide to buy a new (expensier) phone... well at least thats how i see it.

13. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

This might sell well, in Greece of course

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Fodder that will sit. Even if its free, it'll be hard to move with little interest in current OS. If 10 is all that, wait with something better an see if a proper flagship appears. MS should have had a flagship that can handle this OS an new 10 to show people some faith that this will all consolidate later, but that would mean putting some dollars on the line an your signature on it almost, it's firewood that just hasn't been lit yet. As always, hold on a little longer, it'll get that an be all that, WP.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Fodder that other companies 'ship'.... Androids market share is nearly all fodder when you consider that up to 70% of their devices are low end phones or phones still stuck on 2.x that is considered fodder today. Flagships keep the money grabbers at bay and the spec chasers at bay. But in reality....when you so no interest in the OS, you have to first blame employees at the sale store, most dont even know MS had text backup, built in, etc. Most know none of its advantages. Next average user does not care about OS. We do on PA not the average user.

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Maybe give the people in the stores something worthy to note an sell to the people and it would sell itself. Hard to have a flagship when your products scope is bouncing around like a shopping cart on rail road tracks, it may be going forward butwho knows what it'll look like on arrival.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Even when they did have semi flagships they simply just didnt know. Point is that a ton of reps will point to a 50$ or 80$ droid crap phone, all day, knowing full well they are very useful for about 5 apps and in no time the customer is at my step of the way mad that SD card does not magically give their 4gb rom android more space for everything. Then i show them a 635, an sd card and app install, and their simple question is "Why didnt they show me this" and not to mention hit has LTE, something the other priced phones do not. They didnt care if it was windows, android, symbian, they asked about apps since i did tell them it was different, showed them the apps they wanted (which is like 10), and they were all there, sold them the phone in a heart beat. When they return, they simply say they love the phone. Of course i have others that have hated it. Its not all roses. But again, fodder goes both ways, and when the competing platform is 70% fodder, it makes sense why any company would produce fodder. Its where the market is at. Only phone lovers want flagships, everyone else just wants ones that work.

19. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Sold internationally only or can I buy in US at a Microsoft store?

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