In recent months, smartphone prices have continued to fall to astonishingly low levels, with many new handsets being launched for well under $100. Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled its most affordable smartphone yet, the Lumia 435, which is now on sale in many markets at a recommended price of €69 EUR (around $72 USD) before taxes and subsidies.
The Lumia 435 has entry-level specs to match its tiny price tag - but if you're on the lookout for a low-cost smartphone, you can currently buy its bigger brother for even fewer of your hard-earned dollars.
The Lumia 635 is now on sale for just $29.99 off-contract in the United States - but this special promotional price will apply for today only. The deal is available on Amazon.com, but it will run out by the end of the day, so don't dawdle if you're thinking about ordering one.
Unlike the 435, the Lumia 635 includes 4G LTE connectivity - but be aware that the model being sold at a discount today is locked to AT&T. Key specs of the 635 include:
- 4.5-inch FWVGA (854x480px) IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB onboard storage (plus microSD support up to 128GB)
- 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording
- 1830mAh battery
There are some limitations to owning the Lumia 635 - for example, its rear camera doesn't have a flash, and there's no front-facing camera to speak of. The device also lacks an ambient light sensor, so you'll have to manage your screen brightness settings manually.
But as we discovered in our full in-depth review of the Lumia 630 - the 3G-only version of the 635, which is otherwise completely identical to it - the handset has a great deal to offer if you can live with these compromises.