Nokia Lumia 635 hands-on

Nokia Lumia 635 hands-on
The new Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 are the same device. Between the 3G single-SIM, 3G dual-SIM, and 4G LTE variants, screen size, chipset, and software are identical.  These new Lumias are going to be affordable, and they will be a pretty good hit, especially in emerging markets, the single-SIM Lumia 630 will retail for $159. The dual-SIM model will be $169.

The Lumia 635 with LTE will retail for $189.  It will be sold in the United States with AT&T and T-Mobile.  The prices are a great starting point for what is arguably a mid-range device.  These new Lumias will certainly put pressure on other accessible devices like the Motorola Moto G.


The Lumia 630 and 635 are lightweight, and use plastic around the body.  The screen is Gorilla Glass 3.  Its overall size is comfortable to hold in the hand.  Two significant design features about these devices is that they are the first Windows Phones to use on-screen navigation buttons.  Also, they are the first Lumias to not have a dedicated camera button.


The display is an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 854x480 pixels and measures 4.5-inches.  It is protected by the aforementioned Gorilla Glass 3. The colors pop rather nicely based on our brief time observing it.


As we have show in other Windows Phone news items, Windows Phone 8.1 is not a new user experience, but there are new features, like an action center, and the Cortana digital assistant.  Being a Nokia, all the Nokia experience applications are available, like Nokia Drive, MixRadio and HERE Maps. 

Processor and memory

The Lumia 630 and 635 each have a quad-core Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor.  There is 512MB of RAM which seems counter intuitive given trends on some other devices, but there were no hints of the hardware having any issues managing the operating system.  There is 8GB of storage with expandability with microSD cards up to 128GB.


The camera is a 5MP sensor and there is no flash. The user interface is similar to the old “stock” Windows Phone camera experience which is to say, simple and efficient.  Being a more affordable device, features found in the Nokia Camera app are not present, but you can take panorama and cinemagraph images.  Video can be recorded at 720p at 30 frames-per-second.

Other design items

Keeping the lights on is a 1830mAh battery which is good for 12 hours of talk (16 for the 630) time and standby time of up to 27 (25 for the Lumia 630) days. It should also be able to deliver up to 7 hours of video playback time and 58 hours of music playback.

The Lumia 630 variants will see market availability in Europe, Asia and Latin America this summer, beginning in June. The Lumia 635 will have a similar rollout, though it will also be available in the United States.

Out of the two devices announced today, the Lumia 630 and 635 are set to make a bigger impact. The overall accessibility, smooth operation of Windows Phone, Nokia experience apps and pleasing form factor make for a winning combination.



15. Multplx

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

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14. bakarock

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

design inspired by asha and nokia x... can it outsells nokia x, that's what nokia is up to.. :-)

12. r3trokiller

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 30, 2014

Lumia 630 should have been same Lumia 620 with LTE, Bigger Battery and 1 GB Ram. 1 GHz dc works still perfect.

11. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Really getting kind of tired of Nokia & them being all over the map wirh their designs & model numbers etc. They give this a 4.5 screen but no camera flash! WTH that should be standard! They had a real chance to compete in the same space as the Moto G but flopped with this. I'd rather get the 925 thats on sale at various outlets if I want to have WP. The carriers like Tmobile should stop thinking consumers are stupid and demand more. Sorry to anyone who thinks different, But this is pretty low end actually. I hope Nokia isn't considering this as a successor to the 620..?

7. yahiaM

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Any one knows when the update will be available for developers?? , i can't wait to update my Lumia 820 ;)

6. timezone

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

What is worse is T-mobile is not getting the 930. No flagship phone for T-Mobile. I plan to check over the weekend if I can buy an unlocked 1520 to run on Tmobile. I know some of the frequencies will work. If I can do this then for the moment no need for Jump. That will help a bit with the no more Corp discounts. Otherwise I either get it on...ugh at&t or the Icon on Verizon.

5. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

The design looks bold, but I like it.

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

As a low range phone i can understand lack of flash and front facing camera but why 512MB ram???? i know wp run smooth on 512mb ram but Many games and app needs minimum 1GB Ram, even Lumia 525 has it. that's a shame..

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Where were you past few days? Yeah, it's a kinda trade off with no flash, no FF camera and 512 MB RAM. Same applies for 630. But 930....Oh Gosh...look at that freaking beauty with killer looks. It's amazingly gorgeous and I liked the white one. And I want that. :)

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Completely agree with 930... And WP8.1 update is also an awesome update for WP. cant wait for update to hit on my phone Lumia 820&520.

8. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

630 is an addition to the picks. get 525 if you want a low end phone with 1gb ram. mind you that 630 has gorilla glass 3 and a quadcore snap400. its still a win for both because even lumia 525 will get 8.1

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7659; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Since the 630 and 635 only have 512mb of ram then people may as well go with the 520. But a lot of apps and games now require 1gb of ram.

10. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i know. developers need to optimize games for 512 devices fast. they initially release on 1gb rams then 512mb rams on future updates.

1. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

My next phone :)

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