Nokia Lumia 630 priced at €119 in Europe

The Lumia 630 was announced last month at Microsoft’s BUILD conference, alongside its counterpart, the 635, and the new flagship handset, the Lumia 930. Designed around Windows Phone 8.1, and targeted squarely at the lower end of the market, the 630 has assumed the role of the first device to go on sale with the updated OS.

Microsoft’s newly acquired Nokia division launched the 630 in India a couple of days ago, where it will go on sale from Rs.10,500 INR. Many other markets will soon see the affordable handset too, including Russia and parts of Asia, such as China and the Philippines, among others.

The Lumia 630 is also heading to Europe later this month, and today, Nokia confirmed pricing for Eurozone markets. Both versions of the 3G-only Lumia 630 will be made available in Europe: the standard single-SIM model will be priced at €119 EUR (excluding taxes and subsidies), while the dual-SIM variant will cost a little more, at €129. The company had previously announced dollar-pricing at its launch event in San Francisco, but exact prices for each market around the world tend to differ slightly.

While the dual-SIM capabilities of the device have been introduced primarily to target those in emerging markets - where not everyone can afford their own smartphone, and handsets are often shared between family members - the ability to use two SIMs concurrently in the same phone may also be of use to individuals wanting to switch easily between personal and work numbers on the same device, for example. 

The Lumia 630 offers a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC and 8GB of onboard storage, along with a 4.5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display’s resolution is just 854x480px - relatively low for such a large screen, but not at all surprising, given the handset's low cost. There’s only 512MB of RAM too (bizarrely, even less than the entry-level Lumia 525), and no front-facing camera, but you will get a 5MP rear camera, albeit with no flash.

The Lumia 635, which adds 4G connectivity into the mix, will also be coming to Europe; it is expected to cost around €149 (before taxes and subsidies), although Microsoft has not yet confirmed local pricing for that device. The 635 will also go on sale in the United States in July, priced at $189 USD (before taxes and subsidies).

We’ll be reviewing the Lumia 630 later this month, so stay tuned to Neowin to find out if it’s any good! 

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Confusing numbering. This thing is more like a 530.

The 620 however is probably the best bang for buck Lumia going.

shockz said,
I don't care how optimized WP8.1 is, 512MB of RAM is a joke for today's standards. Entry level price or not.

If it works, it works. There is no need for unnecessarily high specs in an entry level phone. My 620 with only 512MB of RAM is just fine.

shockz said,
I don't care how optimized WP8.1 is, 512MB of RAM is a joke for today's standards. Entry level price or not.

But for WP8 device standards 512MB works just great. If you're on a bloatware OS then yes of course you'll be needing more.

Makes me wonder where a future 530 will be priced, €89 to start would be my guess unless they don't do a 530 and want to just make the 630 the new low end device going forward.

George P said,
Makes me wonder where a future 530 will be priced, €89 to start would be my guess unless they don't do a 530 and want to just make the 630 the new low end device going forward.

Thing is, I would probably rather have a 525 than a 630. I think I would rather get a 620 than a 630...

It'll fail to compete with the Moto e though. Device is going to fall flat. I'm an exclusive WP user, but they need to do better if they're going to steal market share from the market leaders.

Lumia 630: 8 GB internal storage, quad-core cortex-A7 but only 512 MB RAM.
Moto E: 4 GB, dual-core A7 but 1 GB RAM.

I can't decide, to be honest.

Moto E will have SD card slot. But it will be interesting to see some reviews and comparisons between the two. They will be priced pretty much identically. So far, atleast from pics and videos, 630 seems to look like an overall better quality device.

Edit: Just checked, 630 will also have a microSD cardslot. Knowing that 512MB RAM isn't a problem at all for WP devices, I'm quite certain 630 will be a much better choice.

azoman said,
Moto E will have SD card slot.

It's not about the SD card slot, many other 4Gb android phones have a SD card slot, the problem is the internal memory that will keep running out because only a small portion is available (the rest is used by the OS) and a lot of internal phone data can only be saved there.

azoman said,
Yeah, but I thought in KitKat you can finally install apps on SD card space. No?

You could install apps on SD even in previous android versions but you can't install everything there and the ~1gb available storage ends up very quickly with updates, messages and temporary files, just like on the older 4gb windows phones.
azoman said,

Atleast on Lumia you can.

You can do that only with WP8.1. Even without a SD card, with a 8gb Windows Phone you have about 5.5GB free, enough to store a lot of apps, and even with just 512mb of RAM you won't have any issue because apps are tested on the lowest-end phones (typically on the lumia 520) and only an extremely small percentage will require more RAM. That's why I would buy a cheap Windows Phone over an Android phone anyday, everything runs fine and they receive OS updates for years.

Do any of these low budget phones come with a front camera? I would rather have a 2 MP front camera over a 5 MP rear camera I think. So I can skype with people...

The 620 does. Will work fine for Skype and such if you're looking for a low end with a front camera.
Not sure why they don't give the 630 a new class, its nothing like the 620 but more a combo of the 520 and 620.

Shadowzz said,
The 620 does. Will work fine for Skype and such if you're looking for a low end with a front camera.
Not sure why they don't give the 630 a new class, its nothing like the 620 but more a combo of the 520 and 620.

Thats what it seems like to me too. Its kinda odd...