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Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM First Look: Brings Windows Phone 8.1 for Rs 5,299
The newly launched Lumia 430 isn't all about serving affordable hardware to a mass audience.
In fact, the Window Phone 8.1-powered handset will take forward Microsoft's vision to promote its core applications such as MS office and Skype to a larger section of users, especially in a country like India.
- Solid Design
- Windows Phone 8.1
- MS Office built-in
- Average Cameras
- Dull Display
- Weak Processor
We've gotten a brief look at the Lumia 430 Dual SIM here in Delhi. Come with us now as we walk you through the Lumia 430, as only GizBot can.
Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM First Look: Form Factor, Design, Display and Operating System
At first glance, the Lumia 430 looks like the 435 in terms of design. Available in a plethora of fruity colours, the Lumia 430 has a subtly polycarbonate body, like any other Microsoft-made handset.
The Lumia 430 measures 10.63mm, and weighs 127.9 grams. Sure, it's light and comfortable to hold. There's a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top and a microUSB port at the bottom. On the right are the usual power and volume rocker buttons.
The bad news is that there is no LED Flash alongside the back facing camera. Anyway, if we had to decide based on design, the Lumia 430 is a clear winner.
Like the Lumia 435, this phone too has a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The display is, of course, poor in 2015. Well, you probably won't mind a 4-inch low resolution display.
The core issue is that the screen isn't super crisp in outdoor settings. Overall it isn't as bright and colourful, but it's just a passable screen. We're expecting the successor to the Lumia 430 might pack at least 900 x540 display panel.
Windows Phone 8.1 is a fluid software when compared to Google's Android mobile OS. The software features themselves did manage to impress us, though.
Being a Windows-powered device, it's quite natural to expect Microsoft's core applications come pre-loaded (yes, these apps are absolutely free) on the handset such as MS Office, Skype and OneDrive. We appreciate the company's strategy to promote software and service over any other gimmicky feature.
Of course, we're yet to test Microsoft's native applications and software - but on first impression - the latest version of Windows Phone is definitely its best yet.
Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM First Look: Performance, RAM and Connectivity
For starters, it comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 200 running at 1.2GHz. And it's backed by 1GB of RAM. Although it's not the fastest chip that many were expecting, potential buyers needn't worry about performance. Loading our website was fast, as was streaming Youtube videos. We're yet to do a speed test, but we'll be sure to do so in our full review.
There's 8GB of storage, but you can insert a microSD card to expand the 430's capacity by up to 128GB. Unfortunately, there's no support for 4G (blame: Qualcomm), just 3G.
Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM First Look: Cameras
One of the camera front, you'll find a 2MP (fixed focus) rear-facing, and a 0.3MP front-facing shooter. We had a quick play with the camera, which proved rather disgusting experience, even in indoor settings.
Photos aren't great; they're grainy and full of noise. The handset can shoot a video (480 x 848), though, the quality was rather poor.
Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM First Look: Battery and Early Verdict
The handset is backed by a 1500mAh replaceable battery. Given the phone is an entry-level device, we're expecting the battery to last at least a day.
Based on first impressions, it's clear that the Lumia 430 Dual SIM is not at all about hardware. It's a great handset with enriching software experience that show the Redmond-based giant is pushing to do something different from other handset makers.
The Lumia 430 Dual SIM is now available in India at a price of Rs. 5,299.