Microsoft launches Lumia 630 in India, priced from Rs.10500 ($176)

Alongside the official unveiling of Windows Phone 8.1 at Microsoft's BUILD conference last month, Nokia also announced its first handsets designed around the updated OS. While much of the excitement was focused upon the high-end Lumia 930, there was also a good deal of buzz around the more affordable Lumia 630 and Lumia 635.

The Lumia 630 will be the first device designed around Windows Phone 8.1 to go on sale, with the handset's official launch in India. At an event in Delhi, executives from Microsoft's Nokia division announced that both variants of the 3G-only Lumia 630 will be sold in the country - one with dual-SIM capabilities, and the other with a standard single-SIM configuration. It is not yet clear if the company has any immediate plans to sell the 4G Lumia 635 in India.

The dual-SIM variant will be available first, from May 16, priced locally at Rs.11,500 INR (around $193 USD / €140 EUR / £114 GBP), while the single-SIM version will arrive next month, for Rs.10,500 ($176 / £104 / €128). That's some pretty keen pricing, considering that the entry-level Lumia 525 - which has a smaller display and slower dual-core processor - launched in India just four months ago at an almost identical price

The Lumia 630 features a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 8GB of storage, along with a generous 4.5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, but those hoping for a high-def display will have to make do with FWVGA (854x480px) resolution instead.

To keep costs down, other compromises have had to be made on the spec sheet; there's just 512MB of RAM, versus the 1GB found in the cheaper Lumia 525; there's a 5MP rear camera, but no flash (and no dedicated camera button, unlike most other Windows Phones); and there's no front-facing camera at all.

But the price-sensitive buyers that this device targets may be more forgiving of such omissions than those who are more accustomed to flagship specs; the dual-SIM capability will be more useful than a camera button to many in a country where not everyone can afford their own top-of-the-range smartphone, and where it is not uncommon for one handset to be shared among family members. 

As you would expect of a Nokia device, a range of colour choices is available for the 630 with interchangeable shells in black, white and yellow, along with very India-friendly orange and green options.

Source and upper image via @NokiaIndia | Additional info via The Times of India

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Nokia priced this one a bit too high. No camera flash is just petty. Resolution still not great, same 512 RAM. The 520 has dropped to £70 or so here which I think should be the price of this successor day one not anywhere near or above £100 but I suspect it will.

Nokia are cutting too many corners and pricing higher than they should whereas Android devices are for once not offering complete crap for a low price now like the Moto G which shows the cheaper Lumias are lacking. Up your game Nokia/Microsoft.

Haha actually it's das hazar panch sau rupees. Though Indians would probably pronounce hazar as hajar because there's no z sound in hindi.

Guys this is a phone for emerging markets, WP 8 is perfectly capable of handling 512 mb. As someone mentioned above WP 8 is designed for low end devices and optimized for high end. My Lumia is 512 right now, and only a few times have I noticed issues. For the majority of these people buying this phone they won't notice or need more.

wv@gt said,
Guys this is a phone for emerging markets, WP 8 is perfectly capable of handling 512 mb. As someone mentioned above WP 8 is designed for low end devices and optimized for high end. My Lumia is 512 right now, and only a few times have I noticed issues. For the majority of these people buying this phone they won't notice or need more.

I live in an emerging market and believe me when I tell you, competing phone manufacturers have better to offer compared to Nokia and their low end devices.

My contract is up this fall (November). I'm hoping the 930 (or 1030) will be available in the US on AT&T by then... I'll want to upgrade for Christmas.

"Most games and apps need 1Gb." As an owner of a 620 I can tell you that that isn't the case. Very few games do, no app I've ever encountered does.

Moto G?
You're comparing it to an Android device.
Android is garbage and it's Android itself and its subsystems that makes the OS and all interfaces that are used by apps, to require insane amounts of RAM.

StandingInAlley said,
Moto G is better value for money. I don't know why they used 512mb ram. Most games and apps need 1Gb. Cheap Nokia.

Cheap thinking

Radium said,
Moto G?
You're comparing it to an Android device.
Android is garbage and it's Android itself and its subsystems that makes the OS and all interfaces that are used by apps, to require insane amounts of RAM.

The issue is that the consumer is fooled to think that all apps will work on their phone. Imagine their horror when they realize due to the limitation of ram in their phone, they can't run certain games. Yes! Android maybe cheap and garbage but that is YOUR opinion and I believe Android's market share out there speaks for itself and the developers supporting it

If you intend to play games that need a lot of RAM, then you're looking at the wrong phone. Games don't need that much RAM anyway.
All phones can't have 1, 2 or 3 GB of RAM.
You don't need as much RAM on Windows phones.
The iPhone 5, which costs many times more than this phone, only has 1 GB of RAM. Why aren't you barking at that tree, considering that iPhone 5 costs waaay more than this one?

Yogurth said,
Waste of money with 512 MB of RAM. 100% no support for WP9.

You need to know the fact that WP doesn't need GBs of RAM to run unlike android. No one said support about WP9 unless you are chief of Lumia divison

bogas04 said,
Windows Phone OS is designed to first run on low end and then is optimized for higher end.

Tell that to WP7 phones owners.

Yogurth said,

Tell that to WP7 phones owners.

WP7 is altogether different thing. Just because, WP7 not upgradable to WP8 becoz it's different system and WP uses now NT kernel to sync with Windows; it doesn't mean that WP8 to WP9 is not possible. Just trolling everywhere is becoming common thing now days

nitins60 said,

WP7 is altogether different thing. Just because, WP7 not upgradable to WP8 becoz it's different system and WP uses now NT kernel to sync with Windows; it doesn't mean that WP8 to WP9 is not possible. Just trolling everywhere is becoming common thing now days

Nothing is different it is much the same, just like from Windows NT to Windows 8, we have had increase in RAM requirements either for kernel alone or for applications, so it will be with Windows Phone which is if You say based on same kernel, as more and more tech gets crammed into it. 512 MB or RAM is pathetic by any standard not matter how You spin it.

Yogurth said,

Nothing is different it is much the same, just like from Windows NT to Windows 8, we have had increase in RAM requirements either for kernel alone or for applications, so it will be with Windows Phone which is if You say based on same kernel, as more and more tech gets crammed into it. 512 MB or RAM is pathetic by any standard not matter how You spin it.

The system requirements for windows have stayed the same since Windows 7 which was lower than what Vista needed. Windows 8 shares the exact same requirements that Windows 7 does, they stopped going up with each new version, now they're flat.

We also don't know what they'll do with WP9, it could be a free upgrade to everyone or maybe not, 512MB devices aren't going away yet, still going to be the target for low end phones next year which is when WP9 is going to come out, I'd say it's safe to bet on 512MB still being supported because that's how the market will still be. Maybe in 2016 or so when 1GB becomes the new low end for devices they'll cut it out but till then they'll keep supporting it.

As far as apps and games go, that's up to each developer, if a developer wants to make something that only supports devices with 1GB of ram that's on them, has little to do with what the OS can support.

Yogurth said,

Nothing is different it is much the same, just like from Windows NT to Windows 8, we have had increase in RAM requirements either for kernel alone or for applications, so it will be with Windows Phone which is if You say based on same kernel, as more and more tech gets crammed into it. 512 MB or RAM is pathetic by any standard not matter how You spin it.

Just now I told you, just don't troll without correct information.

nitins60 said,

Just now I told you, just don't troll without correct information.

You dear friend have to first learn what it means to troll.

I've been using the dual SIM 630 as a secondary phone to my 1020 for a while now and it's a serious contender. Fast, fluid and with a 64GB SDcard plugged in and all apps going to the card plenty of space. A serious step up from the 520!

paulheu said,
I've been using the dual SIM 630 as a secondary phone to my 1020 for a while now and it's a serious contender. Fast, fluid and with a 64GB SDcard plugged in and all apps going to the card plenty of space. A serious step up from the 520!

Where did you get it from?

And I agree, I still expect them to release a 530 with a smaller screen, 4" and priced lower as well.