While it has been floating about in the rumor mill for the last week or so, Microsoft themselves have now confirmed that 1GB variant of the Lumia 635 is on its way to select markets and carriers. The change is welcome as the Lumia 635 remains the most popular Lumia Windows Phone on the market with every carrier globally seemingly having the device available for as low as $69. The 1GB will bring it up to spec with the Lumia 535 which has 1GB of RAM but is outperformed by the 635 overall.
You can read my review of the Lumia 635 at this link.
While it is unclear exactly which markets and/or carriers will have the 1GB variant, it will likely hit European markets first then make its way to the United States. That is not confirmed but I make that assumption based on how Microsoft tends to roll these out. Likewise, Microsoft could make a mini announcement about it at Mobile World Congress next week where other Lumia devices are expected to be announced. I don’t think they will make much of a big deal about the 1GB variant of the Lumia 635. I think this is simply a progression upgrade and frankly, RAM is so cheap these days there really isn’t a reason to make a 512MB memory device any more.
To be clear, if you have a current Lumia 635 like me, there is no upgrade path to the new 1GB unit if it is available in your region or country. You have what you have and if you want the new one it is a new phone. RAM in Windows Phones (or any phones for that matter) are not upgradable. There is no cost associated with the new 1GB Lumia 635 but you can probably expect a $25-50 bump.