Nokia Lumia 630 launches in the UK, priced at £89.95

While many are eagerly awaiting the launch of Nokia’s upcoming Lumia 930 flagship, not everyone can afford a top-of-the-range device. But for those with modest budgets, the more affordable Lumia 630 is certainly worth a look.

Having launched last week in parts of Asia, the 630 became the first device to go on sale with Windows Phone 8.1, and is also the first new handset to be released since Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia last month. Today, Microsoft announced that the new Lumia will go on sale in the UK on 29 May, priced at just £89.95 off-contract.

The 630 features a 4.5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD screen with 854x480px resolution, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. There’s also a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, along with 8GB of internal storage, plus a microSD slot with support for cards up to 128GB. Additionally, you’ll find a 5MP rear camera, but no flash, and no front-facing camera either. Unlike Motorola's recently launched Moto E, which will sell for a similar price, the 630 does not have a smudge-resistant coating for those with greasy fingers.

The device is equipped with just 512MB of RAM too. However, Microsoft says that a key priority in its Windows Phone 8.1 development was to optimise the operating system for use on lower-end handsets, including those with just half a gig of RAM. But while the OS should run smoothly on the 630, some apps and games demand at least 1GB, and therefore won’t be able to run on it.

The UK won’t be getting the dual-SIM variant of the Lumia 630, so buyers there will have to make do with the standard single-SIM version instead. 3G connectivity is the fastest you’ll get on the 630, but if you’re planning to upgrade to a faster 4G device, you'll have to wait for the 635 to launch. Microsoft says that the 635 will come to the UK, but they're not yet ready to say exactly when it will launch there.

Nokia also says that the 630 is "the new entry-level Windows Phone 8.1 device". The Lumia 520 will continue to be sold at lower price points - and will of course be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8.1 - but the company has no immediate plans to launch a new Windows Phone 8.1 handset below the 630.

Sadly, though, if you want the version of the Lumia 630 that includes integrated digital TV, you’ll have to move to Brazil. And if you still aren't sold on the 630, here's a promotional video of someone kicking phones out of people's hands, because.. well we don't know why!

Images via Nokia

This article was updated after publication to add details regarding Nokia's low-end Windows Phone plans.

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Dude, sorry if my comments busted your chops. It was never meant to start a lengthy argument.
It seems I underestimated the moto g's specs. Better? ;-) <--- see, another smiley....

It has no flash and that is a major deal breaker for me. I don't want to take high quality pristine photo's for a gallery, but I do want a device that can take reasonable ones (particularly in the inconsistent weather here in the UK). I'd have happily paid a bit more for flash to be included, but without, I'll probably look towards the moto g.

Zlain said,
It has no flash and that is a major deal breaker for me. I don't want to take high quality pristine photo's for a gallery, but I do want a device that can take reasonable ones (particularly in the inconsistent weather here in the UK). I'd have happily paid a bit more for flash to be included, but without, I'll probably look towards the moto g.

There's enough alternative in the Lumia range to accomodate your needs, probably in the same price range as the Moto.
But it seem you find Android more appealing, or you wouldn't end with that comment..... ;-)

Edited by Dutchie64, May 20 2014, 2:40pm :

Dutchie64 said,

There's enough alternative in the Lumia range to accomodat your needs, probably in the same price range as the Moto.
But it seem you find Android more appealing, or you wouldn't end with that comment..... ;-)

I've not stated that anywhere, so please don't place words into my mouth.

Zlain said,

I've not stated that anywhere, so please don't place words into my mouth.

You ended with: "I'll probably look towards the moto g."

For me that's a preference towards Android, as the missing flash is just on this budget phone.... ;-)

But poteto potato....

Dutchie64 said,

You ended with: "I'll probably look towards the moto g."

For me that's a preference towards Android, as the missing flash is just on this budget phone.... ;-)

But poteto potato....

No, your deliberately looking to start an argument. I've reported your post, but any other individual will look at the cost of the phones:

Nokia Lumia 520 has no flash.

Nokia Lumia 625 is £110 + £10 top up. (Better Video calling, worse RAM)
Moto G is £100 + £10 top up. (Higher RAM, worse video calling)

Nokia Lumia 620 priced out of my budget.

So no, you have some warped logic to imply just because I'd pick a different phone, it would solely be for its operating system.

As a point of fact, there are only a handful of applications I use and all work fine to a sufficient level on blackberry, windows phone, iOS and android.

Dutchie64 said,

Not always..... ;-)


At least your not stuck with a gimped moto E that will have a hard time keeping up. We will wait for the reviews of the devices to see for sure.

Good price. I've been thinking of upgrading from WP7 though I was looking at the 620 rather than this which seems more feature packed but one negative is the battery, 620 has 1300 mAh while the 630 has an 1830 mAh battery. Everything else is in favour of the 620. I know it's more of a successor to the 520. Best going with the battery positive?

Comparison here

http://www.nokia.com/global/pr...cts=3459516-2204302-2019524

A micro SIM is a micro SIM. Unless a iPhone is different in that regards.
I've been swapping my SIM into new phones for years now. Don't care about the bundled phones.

iPhone uses Nano but you're right it's still just a sim, just need a plastic holder to change the size from Nano to Micro.

Some sims are send out with a "press out" functionality of the sim. You can keep those shells and press them back together. That way you don't need the adapter and you could make 3 different sims

At that price, this is quite tempting just to play around with and try a Windows phone.
My current mobile is iPhone 5 and I don't want to give that up, but is it possible to swap the micro SIM from that in and out of a 630?
If not, presumably can still use 630 on wifi as a small but cheap tablet?

you can do it, ive done it when playing with other phones, just walk into an O2 or other mobile phone provider and they'll give you a small plastic holder in which you stick the nano sim in and it upsizes it to Micro, when you've finished you just pop it out and can stick it back into your iPhone 5.

I do exactly that, i have an iPhone5, MotoG and Nokia 625 and it works well swapping between them,

You can connect it to Wifi and it will do everything but make calls and send txt/sms messages.
WP is a great OS and despite phones having lower hardware specs it runs like it would on higher speced hardware. For the time I had a Nokia 925 I really liked the phone but the lack of app support hurt too much and so I had to go to either iOS or Android.

I want the 530... I think £49.99 - £59.99 will be a bit too much to wish for but potentially we could see it at £69.99-£79.99 yeah... the 520 currently retails at the same price as this new 630 on Amazon at around £90. 620 is £120 or something.

Ilmiont said,
I want the 530... I think £49.99 - £59.99 will be a bit too much to wish for but potentially we could see it at £69.99-£79.99 yeah... the 520 currently retails at the same price as this new 630 on Amazon at around £90. 620 is £120 or something.

You have to keep in mind that the 520 pricing right now is pre-nokia handset division sale. Now the 630 coming in this low is, I think, because the deal is closed and MS is setting the prices. Otherwise I doubt the 630 would be this low, there's also aggressive competition from Lenovo going on here so that factors into it.

Key thing is that now you have MS backing the production of these, and they're not strapped for cash like Nokia was. Prices should be lower overall on Lumia devices from now on I bet, and we should also see faster rollouts of new models to market compared to before.

Very low price, if/when they do a 530 that should be in the £49.99-£59.99 price later. Also bang out a 730 for £119 or so for a more mid-range option.

a proper mid range should more be around 200 with the 730 and 300 with the 830 and up to 400-500 with the 930.
But I don't really understand why they have so many low end solutions like 5 6 and 7

-adrian- said,
a proper mid range should more be around 200 with the 730 and 300 with the 830 and up to 400-500 with the 930.
But I don't really understand why they have so many low end solutions like 5 6 and 7

Agreed, I have a 820 for work which (to me) is the right size a spec but after it disappeared from sale no alternative 800 appeared with current similar specs. We all don't want a cheap cut down phone.

Edited by Kravex, May 20 2014, 8:40am :

-adrian- said,
a proper mid range should more be around 200 with the 730 and 300 with the 830 and up to 400-500 with the 930.
But I don't really understand why they have so many low end solutions like 5 6 and 7

Well, the 630 is a bigger device yet low end, a 530 would be small and low end. In my opinion the 700s and 800s are mid-range with 930 and up high end. So really they have 2 models in each of the 3 price ranges, 5xx-6xx for low, 7xx-8xx for mid and 9xx-10xx for high. After that you get into phablets but I look at those as a different category.

I think it's a good number of devices to have and other OEMs, specially Samsung, have lots of models yet the tech media only really bothers to talk about a tiny number.

-adrian- said,
With 512 MB ram I wouldn't consider the 7xx as a mid range phone though

Well, back then the "high-end" 920 had/has 1GB of ram, so it's not like having 512MB or 1GB was much of a difference. Now though, with 8.1, or really with the Icon/930 we have 2GB, so I'm expecting that the high-end will have 2GB and maybe 3GB phones with midrange being the 1GB and low at 512MB for now, till 1GB becomes the new norm for the low end.

So right now we could be in for a 730 with 1GB, 720p screen. That's in the mid-range if it turns out to be that way, with 2GB+ and 1080p screens the high end.