Microsoft unveils new addition to affordable smartphone range with Lumia 430
Device will feature latest Windows software, Microsoft Office and Skype for business owners on the move
Microsoft has announced the launch of the latest addition to its affordable range of smartphones with the Lumia 430 Dual SIM.
With the latest Windows Phone 8.1 software, excellent processing power and Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive pre-loaded, the phone is designed to appeal to business owners on a budget – retailing at an estimated $70 (£47).
The Lumia 430 continues the expansion of Microsoft’s affordable smartphone portfolio, which includes the 435 with Lumia Camera and the recently announced 640 and 640 XL, which come with a one year subscription to Office 365 Personal.
Users of the 430 will have the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 when the service debuts later this year. The Lumia line has 13 layers of security built into its core system and uses encryption as standard to keep sensitive data safe.
The compact phone is also said to be durable for business owners on the move, and features a vivid 4-inch screen to take full advantage of apps and content.
OneDrive allows access to 30 GB of free cloud storage for important documents that need to be available at any time, and Microsoft Office and Outlook enable productivity and collaboration on the move. The operating system also features Skpe-integrated calling, with a front-facing camera so face-to-face business calls can be taken anywhere.
The Lumia 430 Dual SIM will be available in select markets in the Middle East and Africa, Eurasia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus from April 2015, and in India toward the end of April at $70.
For those with a bit more to spend, Samsung’s S6 and S6 Edge, which were unveiled at the end of February, will be available in shops on April 10. Both feature 4G LTE, the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software, a 16-megapixel camera and 5-inch screens. The Edge has a screen that wraps around the side of the phone for a unique way to interact and control the device. The phones will retail for around £710 for the 128GB, £635 for the 64GB and £560 for the 32GB.
Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for phones at Microsoft commented: “People around the world have responded enthusiastically to our affordable Lumia range. We continue to invest in this segment to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy signature Microsoft experiences, regardless of budget.
“The Lumia 430 Dual SIM continues our commitment to combining the right hardware, software, services and apps with the right price to give people a smartphone they can afford and be proud to use.”