Microsoft-owned Nokia aims to build its Windows Phone market share with the launch of the cheap Lumia 630. The dual-SIM smartphone will compete against the popular Motorola Moto G when it goes on sale from the 27 of May for $249.
The Lumia 630 is the first dual-SIM smartphone to run Windows Phone 8.1. Accommodating two SIM cards has come at the expense of 4G LTE connectivity -- a perk reserved for the Lumia 635. The two SIMs in the Lumia 630 will support the faster 3G band with HSDPA connectivity.
Dual-SIM smartphones offer other advantages, many of which can save price-conscious consumers money in the long term.
The 4.5in smartphone has a 480x800 resolution screen for a density of 207 pixels-per-inch. Inside is a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. A memory card slot supporting microSDXC cards can expand storage by a further 64GB.
Microsoft is giving away 7GB of OneDrive cloud storage to Lumia 630 customers.
Nokia has managed to shave the price down by only equipping the Lumia 630 with a rear camera. The 5MP camera can record videos in high definition (720p) at 30 frames per second.
Nokia's Lumia 630 will be sold by Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smith and Officeworks from the 27 May for $249. Telco Vodafone will offer the Lumia 630 for $179 on prepaid as from the 4 June. Good Gear Guide is awaiting confirmation from Vodafone on whether the smartphone will be locked to the network.