Nokia sets sights on £100 barrier with ultra-affordable new Lumia 630

Nokia sets sights on £100 barrier with ultra-affordable new Lumia 630Recent Nokia rumours have centred around two devices – the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 630 – and with the former making its big debut during Microsoft's Build 2014 keynote yesterday, it wasn't a huge surprise to see the Lumia 630 doing likewise.

As expected, the Lumia 630 is a new entry-level Windows Phone smartphone available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM configurations, while a Lumia 635 variant adds 4G LTE support to the mix.

Nokia's lower end Lumia devices have typically gone for a fun and colourful approach to design, and the Lumia 630 is no different.

There are five base colours to choose from – orange, bright green, bright yellow, white and black – interchangeable of course – and you can either stick with the standard matt finish cover or upgrade to a glossy one for a bit extra (the Lumia 635 will ship with a glossy cover as standard).

The 4.5in ClearBlack display is limited to a resolution of 854 x 480, which shouldn't prove too taxing for the 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. Memory is restricted to just 512MB, while the 8GB of storage can be added to via microSD card.

The unspecified 5MP camera doesn't seem to be much to write home about either, though on the software side you do get the Nokia Camera software and various other goodies for getting the most out of it.

In fact, the focus across the board is on services and included extras, rather than just the on-board hardware – which is how it should be. Needless to say, Windows Phone 8.1 plays a starring role on that front, with its Cortana voice assistant, the latest Xbox games and IE11 integration out of the box.

Plus there's the likes of Nokia's MixRadio streaming and its SensorCore low-power sensor, which can capture and monitor relevant data for use with fitness-tracking or exploration services without chewing up battery life.

Speaking of which, Nokia has kitted out its new entry-level campaigner with a decent sized 1830mAh battery, which should keep you trucking for a fair while between charges.

The Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 should be available from next month, and prices (before local taxes etc) have been pegged at $159 (£95) for the single-SIM Lumia 630, $169 (£101) for the dual-SIM Lumia 630, and $189 (£115) for the 4G-loving Lumia 635, although it's only expected to arrive in July.

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