The Lumia 435, Microsoft's newest entry-level smartphone, has been launched in the country. Now that the device is freely available in the market, it would be illogical to state that the Lumia 435 is a clear winner in the crowded budget segment.
The 4-inch dual-SIM has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and an expandable storage. Other features of note are dual SIM support and a 1,530mAh battery. While those specs don't sound too inviting, what makes the whole package interesting is the price of only Rs. 5,999.
In India, the affordable segment typically ranges between Rs 5,000 and Rs. 15,000. At Rs. 5,999, the Lumia 435 is bound to face rather tough competition from already existing similar-priced smartphones.
Microsoft has finally shown off its latest budget wonder. We've taken a quick look at how Microsoft Lumia 435 weighs up against the competition.
Ever since the ZenFone 5 burst onto the scene a few months back, the company has remained hard to beat in the entry-level segment. Its latest budget phone, the Asus ZenFone C, puts up a good show, although it's rivaled against the likes of Sony Xperia E4, Samsung Galaxy J1 and now the Lumia 435.
But which is the best budget phone of 2015? We compare the Lumia 435, Asus ZenFone C, Galaxy J1 and Xperia E4 for spec.
|Model number||Microsoft Lumia 435||Asus ZenFone C||Samsung Galaxy J1||Sony Xperia E4|
|Software||Windows Phone 8.1||Android 4.4 Kitkat (Zen UI)||Android 4.4 Kitkat ( TouchWiz)||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Display||4-inch WVGA (800 x 480)||4.5-inch FWVGA (480 x 854 )||4.3-inch WVGA ( 800 x480)||5-inch qHD ( 960 x540)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (dual-core)||Intel CloverTrail + 1.2 GHz (Z2520)||Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7||1.3 GHz Quad Core|
|Camera||2MP rear camera, VGA front shooter||5MP rear camera, VGA front shooter||5MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter||5MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter|
|Dimensions||118.1 x 64.7 x11.7mm||136.5 x 67 x 10.9 mm||129 x 68.2 x 8.9 mm||137 x 75 x 10.5 mm|
|Network||3G,GSM and Wi-Fi||3G,GSM and Wi-Fi||3G,GSM and Wi-Fi||3G,GSM and Wi-Fi|
|SIM Card type||Micro SIM||Micro SIM||Micro SIM||Micro SIM|
|Price||Rs. 5,999||Rs. 5,999||Rs. 7,190||TBA|
|Availability||Now Available||Now Available||Now Available||TBA|
Microsoft Lumia 435 Vs Asus ZenFone C Vs Samsung Galaxy J1 vs Sony Xperia E4: Quick Verdict
If you are trying to decide between these phones, we'd recommend you to buy the Sony Xperia E4. Out of all four smartphones, Sony Xperia E4 comes with relatively better specifications and features. Meanwhile, the benefit of the Microsoft Lumia 435 is that it is available to buy immediately, whereas you wait to wait a little longer to get the Xperia E4.
The Lumia 435 is as good as any other low-end smartphone. For those concerned about operating system, the Asus ZenFone C has a fantastic display, and it even feature a fast processor.
And then there's the Samsung Galaxy J1. This Samsung-made phone doesn't standout in this group. The specs on offers are outdated; even the retail priced appears to be high.