Microsoft Announces the Ultra Low Cost Lumia 430

In the low-end segment of the smartphone market, one can argue that only Motorola and Microsoft offer phones with a decent experience. It is no surprise then that the latter is further lowering the bar now with the announcement of the $70 Lumia 430, which offers a fine feature set for its price.

The display at the front is 4” with 480 x 800 resolution and 235 ppi. The design is usual Lumia. The OS running on it is Windows Phone 8.1, which is said to be upgradeable to Windows 10, quite a treat for this price. There is also dual-SIM connectivity.

Underneath, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with a respectable 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage, which is said to be expandable by an impressive 128 GB. At the back lies a lowly 2 mp camera which is clearly the low-point of the package but trade-offs are to be expected.

Last is the 1,500 mAh battery. Price is set at $70 which is quite competitive and under the budget for a large number of people. This is clearly a new high-point in the low-end range of Lumia phones.

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Microsoft Lumia 430:

  • CPU: Dual-Core Cortex A7
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
  • OS: Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1, upgradeable to Windows 10
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G
  • Design: 58.8 % display-to-body ratio, available in Black and Orange
  • Display: 4” with 480 x 800 resolution
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 1 GB
    • Internal: 8 GB
    • Card slot: expandable by 128 GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 2 mp with 480p video
    • Secondary: VGA
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, dual-SIM
  • Battery: 1,500 mAh
  • Price: $70