Lumia 635 4G Windows Phone launches in UK on July 3 for £119.99

The Lumia 635 mysteriously disappeared from the Microsoft Store US site after just a day of preorders, but across the pond in the United Kingdom, there's good news for buyers hoping to get their hands on the low-cost 4G Windows Phone.

Microsoft's UK team just dropped us a line to confirm that the Lumia 635 will be available from July 3, priced from £119.99 off-contract. This will make it one of the most affordable handsets to include 4G LTE support in the United Kingdom, and it will be widely available too.

Three, EE, O2 and Vodafone will all offer the device directly, while retailers Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u and Tesco will also stock it. It will be sold in orange and green versions, featuring glossy dual-layered polycarbonate shells, or for those with more sombre tastes, a matte black version will also be available. 

Apart from offering 4G connectivity, the Lumia 635 is technically identical to its 3G-only sibling, the Lumia 630, which launched in the UK last month priced from £89.95. Both devices feature a 4.5-inch IPS LCD screen with 854x480px resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 1830mAh battery and a 5MP rear camera.

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Unless you go with THREE, the 4G plans are still pretty rubbish in the UK and some operators don't even offer 4G either. Something to think about certainly.


What I still don't get is why they took away the flash and front facing camera, the 620 has these and 512MB really? It should be 1GB just so that all apps can run on the phone. It makes me wonder what the spec for the 530 will be.

4g, gorilla glass, quad core. that's why.

To keep the cost down they had to omit things that they felt people weren't using that much. The only thing I'd manage to have an issue with is the flash as its always handy to everyone using the camera but the other items are more than understandable.

On my past 920 and current 1020 I don't think I have used the front facing camera once, I would have liked a model without one.

There are not many apps that need more than 512MB RAM, mostly games.

duddit2 said,

There are not many apps that need more than 512MB RAM, mostly games.

Agree. My handset has 512MB too and I've found 1 app (a game) that it wouldn't install. I'd be genuinely surprised if more than a handful of apps require more RAM.

The fact that WP8 runs so nicely on 512MB and any sort of dual core processor is a big plus for me. Helps battery life no end too. Can get 3 days out of my phone without too much difficulty.

The price is quite good however I wonder if it is really worth the premium over the 3G model. The specs are ok but they don't seem good enough to make the speed difference between 3G and 4G noticeable for most things. Also with a low res screen any HD content is just a waste. Kind of strange they go for a 4G chip over a decent front facing camera as one of the benefits of 4G is much better video quality in Skype, etc.

bithush said,
The price is quite good however I wonder if it is really worth the premium over the 3G model. The specs are ok but they don't seem good enough to make the speed difference between 3G and 4G noticeable for most things. Also with a low res screen any HD content is just a waste. Kind of strange they go for a 4G chip over a decent front facing camera as one of the benefits of 4G is much better video quality in Skype, etc.

The benefits of 4g are far more than video chat. I never ever use video chat and know hardly anyone that does, I find it annoying. I use 4g and benefit from the download speed on anything web related but especially video sites/apps. I also use it for tethering.

I think this phone exists because a lot of people simply do not take selfies or want video chat, it's a lot more than folks on here think anyway.

Also for video unless your holding the device close its a none issue, these high ppi screens are nice and all but when watching a video its never close to my face to notice.

Well enough people use video calling to make Microsoft buy Skype for crazy money. Purely anecdotal but I do 5 to 6 hours of video calls a week with Skype to family in South America so they can see their grandson. Pretty much every other parent I know uses video calling at least once a week with family and friends. To be fair we do use the tablet more but our phones are always with us so also get used at least once a week when we are out.

As for selfies my daughter is 12 so she and her friends are selfie crazy and this phone, being cheap, would be a good device for younger users.

Being a 4G user since last year I personally don't think it will be all that amazing on such a device. 3G speeds are pretty much pushing the phone to its limits for rendering complex web pages. You can see this when using a more powerful phone on a slower network over a lower powered phone on a faster network. The CPU and memory speed/amount is the bottleneck not the network. Also with 512MB RAM that also puts pressure on the browser for heavy lifting. Even with WP8 being very decent with its memory usage.

I agree on hi res displays in small devices but this isn't even a 720p display and you can tell the difference between this and, say, a Moto G display very easily. The text looks so much crisper on a Moto G and just overall the screen on the Moto is better. I don't expect a super screen for this price but the same as something like the Moto G is expected at least. Any higher than 720p on a <5" display is kind of pointless though, although it is possible to tell the difference it doesn't really impact the experience at all. I think Nokia went a bit cheap on the screen compared to what you can get elsewhere.

I would still pick a Moto G over this phone even though it means sacrificing 4G.

bithush said,
Well enough people use video calling to make Microsoft buy Skype for crazy money. Purely anecdotal but I do 5 to 6 hours of video calls a week with Skype to family in South America so they can see their grandson. Pretty much every other parent I know uses video calling at least once a week with family and friends. To be fair we do use the tablet more but our phones are always with us so also get used at least once a week when we are out.

As for selfies my daughter is 12 so she and her friends are selfie crazy and this phone, being cheap, would be a good device for younger users.

Being a 4G user since last year I personally don't think it will be all that amazing on such a device. 3G speeds are pretty much pushing the phone to its limits for rendering complex web pages. You can see this when using a more powerful phone on a slower network over a lower powered phone on a faster network. The CPU and memory speed/amount is the bottleneck not the network. Also with 512MB RAM that also puts pressure on the browser for heavy lifting. Even with WP8 being very decent with its memory usage.

I agree on hi res displays in small devices but this isn't even a 720p display and you can tell the difference between this and, say, a Moto G display very easily. The text looks so much crisper on a Moto G and just overall the screen on the Moto is better. I don't expect a super screen for this price but the same as something like the Moto G is expected at least. Any higher than 720p on a <5" display is kind of pointless though, although it is possible to tell the difference it doesn't really impact the experience at all. I think Nokia went a bit cheap on the screen compared to what you can get elsewhere.

I would still pick a Moto G over this phone even though it means sacrificing 4G.

Well I can only go off personal experience, but I am sure there are enough people not wanting to use it to justify a phone with no front facing camera. In no way am I saying no one uses it, its obviously popular and I would most likely use it if I couldn't see family but I can.

On the point of rendering complex web pages, its a quad core phone that is in no way slow. The memory issue isn't really an issue as background apps get tombstoned (r something similar) and memory freed up, the sites themselves even if complex wont be taxing the limits of RAM on this device I don't think. I currently have 8 tabes in desktop IE open and its using a total of 500MB, one is excel online, I have FB and Neowin and TNW and Business insider - The biggest hog here is the excel online @ nearly 300MB but you wouldn't be opening that on your phone browser.

4g will take over, what's the point in not having it?

The display on this phone also has gorilla glass making it better for the youngsters, I would like a slight bump in res but I cant see it being an issue IMO. Sure you can tell - never said you couldn't tell the difference in text and general usage, but in video when its not close (generally its closer when you are typing than watching a video) its not all that much, if any different. Things like text and GUI are always going to highlight DPI differences.

Edited by duddit2, Jun 25 2014, 12:03pm :