Microsoft Announces The Lumia 430

Continuing their dive to the bottom of the price barrel on smartphones, Microsoft today has announced the new Lumia 430.  This $70 Windows Phone 8.1 powered device has minimal specs as you would expect for that price point but does has a few things going for it in that it is upgradable to Windows 10 for Phone and it is a Dual-SIM device.  Otherwise this phone is not going to set the world alight but that really isn’t want Microsoft is intending with the Lumia 430.  It is a budget friendly phone aimed at specific markets (APAC, IMEA, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus) to go after the “next billion” in Microsoft plans.

That means we will likely never see the Lumia 430 here in the United States.

Here is a rundown of the specifications of the Lumia 430:

  • Operating System
    • Software release: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim

      Lumia 430
      Lumia 430
  • Size & weight
    • Height: 120.5 mm
    • Width: 63.2 mm
    • Thickness1: 10.6 mm
    • Weight: 127.9 g
  • Display
    • Display size: 4 ”
    • Display resolution: WVGA (800 x 480)
    • Display colours: TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
    • Display technology: LCD Transmissive
    • Pixel density: 235 ppi
    • Display features: Brightness control, Tactile feedback, Orientation sensor, Refresh rate 60 Hz
    • Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch
  • Memory
    • Mass memory2: 8 GB
    • RAM: 1 GB
    • Maximum memory card size: 128 GB
    • Expandable memory card type: MicroSD
    • Free cloud storage3: 30 GB
    • User data storage: In device, Memory card, OneDrive cloud storage, App and data storage on memory card
  • Battery4
    • Replaceable battery: Yes
    • Battery capacity: 1500 mAh
    • Battery voltage: 3.7 V
    • Maximum standby time: 19 days
    • Maximum standby time with dual SIM: 12 days
    • Maximum talk time (2G): 12.9 h
    • Maximum talk time (3G): 8.4 h
    • Maximum music playback time: 46.7 h
    • Maximum Wi-Fi network browsing time: 9 h
    • Maximum video playback time: 6.5 h
  • Design
    • Design details: Exchangeable shell
    • Other user interface features: Double-tap to wake, Tactile feedback, Vibrating alerts, Voice commands, Word flow keyboard
  • Keys and Input Methods
    • User Input: Touch
    • Operating keys: Volume keys, Power/Lock key, Back key
  • Sensors
    • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor
  • Processor
    • CPU name: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200
    • Number of cores: Dual core
    • Clock rate: 1200 MHz
  • Connectivity basics
    • SIM card type: Micro SIM
    • Dual SIM: Smart Dual SIM
    • AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
    • Charging connectors: Micro-USB
    • System connectors: Micro-USB-B
    • USB: USB 2.0
    • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
    • Bluetooth profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1
    • Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
    • Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Cellular connectivity5
    • GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz
    • GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
    • GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
    • WCDMA network: Band 1 (2100 MHz), Band 8 (900 MHz)
    • WCDMA max data speed DL: 42.2 Mbps (Cat 24)
    • WCDMA max data speed UL: 5.76 Mbps (Cat 6)
  • GPS and navigation6
    • Location technologies: A-GPS, Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, Glonass
    • Maps: Free maps, Offline maps, Real-time traffic information, Turn-by-turn walk directions
    • Drive: Free global voice guided turn-by-turn drive navigation, Live traffic information
  • Main camera
    • Main camera: 2.0 MP
    • Main camera focus type: Fixed focus
    • Sensor size: 1/5 inch
    • Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.2
    • Camera minimum focus range: 44 cm
  • Front-facing camera
    • Front camera: VGA 0.3 MP
    • Front camera f-number/aperture: f/2.8
    • Front camera features: Still image capture, Video call, Video recording
    • Front camera video resolution: 480p (VGA, 640 x 480)
  • Video recording
    • Main camera video resolution: FWVGA (848 x 480)
    • Camera video frame rate: 30 fps
    • Video recording formats: MP4/H.264
  • Audio
    • Audio recording codecs: AAC LC, AMR-NB, GSM FR
    • Audio recording features: Mono
    • Audio playback features: Audio Streaming, Cloud music offline playback, Cloud music playback, Media Player, Music Player, Podcasts
    • Radio features7: Internet Radio, FM Radio
  • Video playback
    • Video playback frame rate: 30 fps
    • Video playback codecs: H.263, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1, Windows video
    • Video streaming: YouTube browsing and video streaming, Streaming from video services and internet, Progressive video download

A couple of observations.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Lumia 430 comes with 8GB of Storage.  Most devices on the low end only come with 4GB so that was a plus.  Second, and as I mentioned before, this device will be upgradable to Windows 10 for Phone when it is released this summer.  That’s encouraging and a good move by Microsoft to offer what will be a dramatically improved cross device harmony with the new Windows.

As I said at the top, don’t expect to see a Lumia 430 here in the US.  It’s possible but frankly the Lumia 530 and Lumia 635 are doing just fine sales wise here in the US so there isn’t much of a point.

Source: Microsoft