• Paul Fingleton

Microsoft announce the lowest priced Lumia phones: Lumia 435 and Lumia 532

When Nokia and Microsoft launched the first Lumia devices over three years ago, they committed to bringing devices to as many people and price points as possible. Since then, the Lumia 520 took the Windows Phone market by storm it forced Microsoft's hand to aim for the lower- to mid-tier smartphones to get the phones out to the market.

The more people using the Windows Phone devices and services, the more developers would come to the ecosystem, the more people would buy the phones and services. It's the circle of life in the Smartphone world.

The Lumia 520 had just 512MB RAM, now don't get us wrong it did a perfectly amicable job with that amount of memory, but it caused a problem for Microsoft. It's top-tier phones all had 1MB RAM or more, but every game or app needed to be optimised for 512MB in order to have a market.

Since Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset division has gone through every handset released has had a minimum of 1GB of RAM and are still targeting the lower price points in the market to woo customers.

Today, Microsoft have announced two new Lumia phones that have the lowest RRP of any Lumia to date.

Both phones come with Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, the Lumia Denim Update and Lumia Camera installed by default. The Lumia 435 comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and 2MP camera, whereas the Lumia 532 has a quad-core processor and a 5MP camera. Both phones have a 1560 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of memory as well as the ability to house a micro-SD up to 128GB.

The Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 will begin rolling out in February, with recommended to start at €69 for the Lumia 435 and €79 for the Lumia 532.

No word yet on which Networks will carry these budget Lumias in Ireland, but we look forward to getting our hands on these devices and putting them through their paces in the coming weeks.

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